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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing PGDip and MSc

Course code

B712PSCPHNH

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

52 weeks full-time

104 weeks part-time

Fees

2020/21

UK / EU £6,245

International £12,850

Entry requirements

A first degree or a minimum of a Diploma of Higher Education.

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Overview

Do you have a first degree and are ready to study at postgraduate level? Are you a qualified nurse or midwife and looking for your next career step? Perhaps you would like to progress into a leadership or management role. This course enables you to specialise in one of three areas and on successful completion of the course you’ll be a qualified Specialist Community Public Health Nurse in your chosen area. Our course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), granting a license to practice, so you’ll be eligible to apply for specialist community public health nurse posts within your specialism. You’ll be at the forefront of specialist nursing and be able to influence and facilitate change within the community environment.

Once you have successfully completed the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing PG Diploma at Brunel, you’ll have the option to apply to complete the MSc qualification by registering for a dissertation module for an additional fee.

On the PGDip programme you’ll follow one of our three specialist pathways:

Health Visiting

You’ll learn to promote health and the prevention of ill health in a proactive and innovative way. This can be applied to individual, group and community levels within the context of national and international considerations.

Occupational Health Nursing

This course covers health and safety at work, risk assessment, management of occupational disease and the promotion of physical and psychological health among the workforce.

School Nursing

This course will prepare you to lead a school nursing team of variable skill mix, to promote school health and meet the health-related needs of children and adolescents at school and their families and carers.

Brunel University London also offers some modules from this programme as a CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development). To find out more and to apply, please click here.

If you are considering studying Specialist Community Public Health Nursing at Brunel University London, then you are committed to working jointly with the NHS to demonstrate the values and beliefs of the constitution.

NHS values
Patients, public and staff have helped develop this expression of values that inspire passion in the NHS and that should underpin everything it does. Individual organisations will develop and build upon these values, tailoring them to their local needs. The NHS values provide common ground for co-operation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS.

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Course content

You’ll benefit from a course designed to combine your professional education with academic excellence. You’ll continue to gain valuable work experience while you study, as half of your time will be spent on supervised practice placements. You’ll also undertake a combination of compulsory and professionally-specific modules, the latter will be during the practice-based component of the course.

Please note, you'll only study the 'Managing Professional Perspectives in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing' module that relates to your chosen pathway. 

This course can be studied 52 weeks full-time or 104 weeks part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

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Careers and your future

Fifty per cent of the course involves supervised practice placements within your chosen area of specialist practice. These are generally arranged with NHS trusts and involve experienced practice teachers who attend study days at Brunel.

If you have specialised in Occupational Health Nursing you’ll gain practical experience within occupational settings in either the public or private sector, and be supported by a qualified and experienced practice teacher. Career opportunities are available within the private sector such as airlines or retail, with local authorities and within the public sector.

Career progression as team leaders and managers frequently result following this award.

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UK entry requirements

  • Qualified nurse/midwife with active registration on part one, or part two,  of the NMC Nursing Register.
  • Ideally a first degree or a minimum of a diploma of higher education, plus evidence of recent study that demonstrates the applicant’s readiness to study at postgraduate level.
  • Two satisfactory references, one of which one should be an academic reference.
  • All applicants are required to be interviewed to ascertain their academic and professional readiness to undertake postgraduate study.

Please note: This course may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. Where this is the case, students will be legally required to register with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The DBS costs £51 (depending on the method of application) and is a one off payment. Please note that, in all cases, SCPHN students will complete this process through their employer or course sponsor, and not through the University. For further guidance please email dbs@brunel.ac.uk

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all sub scores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 79( min R18, L17, S20, W17)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2020/21

UK / EU

£6,245 full-time

£3,120 part-time

International

£12,850 full-time

£6,425 part-time

UK/EU

  • Health Visiting: full time TBC / part-time TBC
  • Occupational Health Nursing: £6,245 full-time, £3,120 part-time
  • School Nursing: full time TBC / part-time TBC

International

  • Health Visiting: £12,850 full-time
  • Occupational Health Nursing: £12,850 full-time, £6,425 part-time
  • School Nursing: £12,850 full-time

An additional 60 credit module fee is charged for the dissertation for the award of MSc.

Overseas students who are funded by the NHS will be charged the NHS fee. Fees should be available early summer, however this fee is paid by NHS London. Self funded overseas students will be charged the displayed fee.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

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Teaching and Learning

You’ll be allocated a qualified and experienced practice teacher who will support you in reaching your targets on this programme. Our lecturers are active in research and we have strong links with practice partners so you know your learning will be up-to-date in a fast-moving field.

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing is part of the College of Health and Life Sciences at Brunel, a college with a well established reputation for providing high-quality education to healthcare professionals. You’ll benefit from shared experiences with other health professional students (for example social work, physiotherapy and occupational therapy). Additionally you’ll benefit from studying alongside others who are actively working in your profession.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

You’ll be assessed through a range of project work, assignments, examinations and practice experience.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.