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Expanding your nursing abilities.

By studying our MSc Primary Community Care (Community Children’s Nursing), you’ll develop your knowledge and skills to care for children with a range of long term and acute conditions. This course will give you the in-depth understanding you need to lead on innovation and change within modern healthcare. 

What you will study

You’ll learn the high-level clinical skills and in-depth knowledge that primary and community nursing requires. Our course also inspires and nurtures the personal characteristics which are greatly valued by employers in modern healthcare such as, compassion, encouragement, good communication, a strong belief in the value of teamwork and, perhaps most importantly, respect for every patient’s privacy, individuality and dignity.

While constantly staying updated with any changes within the healthcare sector, our course also offers you the opportunity to learn from practitioners from other specialties while you take advantage of the University’s excellent research within the School of Health Sciences. 

Our course involves a 50 per cent split between theory and hands-on experience within a practice setting. 

Professional recognition

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an approved programme for the recordable qualification of Community Children’s Nurse.

Course lengths

Our full-time course runs for 52 weeks (or 12 months). This gives you time to achieve a recordable SPQ qualification of CCN. An additional 16 months’ part-time study allows you to complete the dissertation module and achieve the MSc. You will study and or attend university for 50 per cent of your time. The other 50 per cent of your time will be spent in practice with a teacher and or mentor for rest of the course. Our full-time course also includes seven weeks annual leave, and your final two weeks are spent in a practice setting so you can consolidate your learning. 

Our part-time course runs for 104 weeks (or 24 months). Like our full-time course, it includes a 50 per cent split between study and practice-based experience. You’re also entitled to two weeks annual leave. You will spend your final 12 weeks in a practice setting to carry out what you have learned throughout your time on the course. 

You’ll be able to achieve a recordable SPQ qualification of CCN within this extended period of time. Like the full-time course, this also includes the additional 16 months’ part-time study to complete the dissertation module and achieve the MSc. 

Please note, you will then also need to negotiate with your sponsoring organisation whether your practice experience can be done full time or part time. 


You require sponsorship by a healthcare provider organisation. These sponsorships are advertised on NHS Jobs. Your recruitment and interview process is held jointly between the sponsoring organisation and the university. 

Further course information

We’ve designed our MSc course so that it enables you to meet the NMC (2001a) Standards for Specialist Practice within 52 weeks or 104 weeks, depending on whether you study full-time or part-time. At the end of this period, you will have met the requirements of the NMC and be eligible to record your SPQ with the NMC. You also have the option to exit with a postgraduate diploma after 52 weeks or, to gain the full MSc, to continue with the dissertation module over a further 16 months’ part-time study. Please note that you must complete the MSc within five years of starting the course.

Visit the Primary and Community Care: Community Children's Nursing (MSc) page on the University of Surrey website for more details!






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