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Exciting responsibilities at a more local level. 

Our Primary and Community Care (General Practice Nursing) course will give you the skills and abilities you need to succeed as a general practice nurse. As you learn about how to help with long-term conditions, screening, immunisations and health promotion and more, this course will teach you to take on and manage the varied responsibilities of this demanding, exciting role.

Thanks to our forward-thinking research and the practical experience we can offer, we can easily help you develop the good judgement and shrewd problem-solving skills that potential employers are looking out for.

What you will study

Working as a general practice nurse is rewarding, but it is not an easy job. We’ll make sure you’re ready.

We’ll equip you with valuable high-level clinical skills and the knowledge to help you succeed. Our strong links to practice mean that we’re highly responsive to change within the industry. Equally, we’ll make sure you’re prepared with the mindset and attitude that the profession demands such as good communication, compassion and empathy, encouragement and respect for patients and their individuality.

Professional recognition

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an approved programme for the recordable qualification of General Practice Nurse.

Course lengths

Our full-time course runs for 52 weeks or 12 months which allows you to achieve a recordable SPQ qualification. You’ll also have an additional 16 months’ part-time study in order to complete the dissertation module and achieve the MSc. 

Our part-time course runs for 104 weeks or 24 months. This also allows you to achieve the recordable SPQ qualification of GPN. There’s also an additional 16 months’ part-time study which enables you to complete the dissertation module and complete the MSc.

Further course information

Growing your knowledge and experience, our course will transform you into a critical and discerning practitioner capable of driving innovation and change in health and social care. We will also give you the opportunity to develop excellent clinical leadership skills, while enhancing your critical decision making abilities. 

Our programme operates on a 15 credit modular structure over two semesters. All taught modules are semester based and are worth 15 credits. This adds up to 150 hours of learning, including student contact, private study and assessment. Project and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 60 or 90 credits.

Our course makes use of a 50 per cent split between theory and practice and you will need to be sponsored by an NHS provider. This is so that the course coheres with the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s requirements. The sponsor will provide the placement and your associated practice teacher and or an appropriate mentor for the placement. They’ll simultaneously support and evaluate your practice abilities throughout the course. 

We’ve made sure that this course enables you to meet the NMC (2001a) Standards for Specialist Practice within 52 weeks or 104 weeks. After meeting the NMC’s requirements, you’ll then be able to record your SPQ with them. You can exit with the postgraduate diploma after 52 weeks or choose to continue on with the dissertation module for a further 16 months of part-time study. This allows you to complete the MSc in full, and the MSc must be finished within five years of commencing study. 


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

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