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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing BSc

Course code

B710USCPHNO (Occupational Health Nursing)

Start date


Placement available

Mode of study

1 year full-time

2 years part-time



UK £9,250

International £23,615

Entry requirements

Qualified nurse with active registration on the NMC Nursing Register.

A Diploma of Higher Education or the equivalent of 120 FHEQ Level 5 credits.

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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.

We have recently upgraded our nursing skills suite to include stare-of-the-art blending learning simulation suite. Our new Blended Learning Interactive Simulation suite (BLISs) offers an innovative unique learning space which brings multi-sensory environments into the modern classroom giving students innovative learning experiences.

You can choose from the following three 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.

If you choose this pathway, you’ll be eligible for free membership to Inspiring Occupational Health (iOH). Benefits include a wide range of services including full access to the iOH website, support line, subsidised events, networking opportunities and access to exclusive iOH publications for one year.

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.

For Occupational Health Nursing, you should apply direct to Brunel. For Health Visiting and School Nursing, you should apply via NHS jobs. See Apply Now button.

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.

The NHS Values are shaped by 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.

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 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

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

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Our exciting range of modules are currently under review and may be updated for 2024.

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Careers and your future

Fifty per cent of the course involves supervised practice placements within the 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.

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UK entry requirements

  • Qualified nurse with active registration on the NMC Nursing Register part one or two (NMC PIN number should be provided within the application).  Two satisfactory references of which one should be an employment reference.

All applicants are required to be interviewed to ascertain their professional readiness to undertake the programme.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is available for students with insufficient credits to be considered on the BSc course. Students are assessed on an individual basis.

Literacy and Numeracy Tests

To gain sponsorship for the Health Visiting and School Nurse pathways most Trusts will require a numeracy and literacy assessment undertaken at a participating university. Click here for further information and to book your place.

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

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Fees and funding

2023/24 entry


£9,250 full-time

£6,935 part-time


£23,615 full-time

£17,710 part-time


  • Health Visiting: NHS fee: £9,250 (full-time) / £4,625 (part-time)
  • Occupational Health Nursing: £9,250 (full-time) / £4,625 (part-time)
  • School Nursing: NHS fee: £9,250 (full-time) / £4,625 (part-time)


  • Health Visiting: £21,470 (full-time) / £10,735 (part-time)
  • Occupational Health Nursing: £21,470 (full-time) / £10,735 (part-time)
  • School Nursing: £21,470 (full-time) / £10,735 (part-time)

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

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

Please refer to the scholarships pages to view discounts available to eligible EU undergraduate applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

How the course will be delivered

Required equipment

How you'll learn on your course

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Assessment and feedback

You’ll be assessed through a range of essays, projects, examinations and practice assessments. These are handed in at different stages of the year.

On the full-time course you will attend university two days a week and spend two days in practice.

On the part-time course (two years), you will attend university one day a week and spend one day in practice.

The academic year on this course is 12 months long.


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