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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting/School Nursing) - PGDip

Course content

Nursing is a demanding, yet rewarding profession. Our undergraduate programmes have been designed, developed and are delivered to recognise the core values of the NHS and the required standards of our accrediting body the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

We are one of the largest university trainers of Nursing and Health Professionals in the north west of England and are very proud of our strong associations and partnerships with the local NHS trusts and other stakeholders. Our award-winning pre-registration Adult Nursing programme has been developed in partnership with practice colleagues and service users to provide a high quality, flexible, student-centred and patient-focused educational experience.

This course is designed to lead to careers in Health Visiting or School Nursing. Applicants must be a first level nurse or midwife with a current or pending registration on the NMC Professional register and must have a supported practice placement. All aspects of the course focus on the development of skills, knowledge and attributes required for the SCPHN role. There is a focus on public health, community development, health needs assessment and health inequalities.

The programme builds on the core values of the NHS constitution and is approved by the NMC to offer students the opportunity to gain a specialist practitioner qualification in School Nursing or Health Visiting.

Features and benefits of the course

-All aspects of the course focus on the development of skills, knowledge and attributes required for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing: Health Visiting or School Nursing.

-This course leads to registration on part three of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses.

-This course can also be studied at BSc(Hons)Level.

Placement options

50% of the course takes place in the practice setting. You will be supported in the placement area by a practice teacher.

About the Course

This course is designed to prepare you with the required knowledge and skills to work as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) in the field of Health Visiting or School Nursing and it leads to registration on part three of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses. All aspects of the course focus on the development of skills, knowledge and attributes required to undertake the specialist role.

To apply you must be a first level nurse or midwife with an active registration on the NMC professional register, and must have a supported practice placement. These are always sponsored or seconded from a NHS Trust funded by NHS North West.

The course is 50% theory and 50% practice, focusing on core elements of public health and community development, health needs assessment and health inequalities.


Visit the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting/School Nursing) - PGDip page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

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