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The Graduate Diploma (GradDip) in Integrated Community Nursing is an innovative programme designed for nurses working at level 5 of the Career Framework for Health (Agenda for Change Band 5 equivalent) in district nursing, care home nursing, prison health and general practice nursing.

This programme provides core theory and practice-based modules for effective nursing practice and will build knowledge, skills and competencies to meet the needs of nurses working across different community settings. This part-time two-year programme of study will enable flexibility and support you to learn at a time and place that suits you.

Students secure funding for this programme through NHS Education for Scotland (NES) after being nominated by their health board or employer. Please ensure that this funding is in place before making an application directly to the University.

Career Prospects

On completion of this GradDip you will have developed a range of new knowledge, understanding and skills in integrated community nursing to enhance your current role or prepare you for future study.

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Integrated Health & Social Care

The Scottish Government is committed to integrating health and social care in order to improve the care and support received by the people of Scotland. Nurses, working alongside colleagues in integrated teams, play a vital role in providing, leading and coordinating care that is compassionate, evidence-based and person-centred within this changing health and social care landscape. They make an important contribution to the promotion of health, health protection and the prevention of ill health by empowering people and communities to take control of their own health decisions and behaviours, and by supporting people to manage their own care where possible.

Nurses working within community integrated teams must be able to care for people in their own home, in the community or in any health care setting where their needs are supported and managed. Furthermore, they work in the context of continual change, challenging environments, different models of care delivery, shifting demographics and rapidly evolving technologies. Education and continued professional development will be central to ensuring nurses are equipped to provide the flexible and effective responses the population needs now and in the future.

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Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

Applications are welcome from staff nurses in district nursing teams, care homes, prison health care and general practice settings. You need to be able to provide evidence of managerial support to complete the programme.

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate & Post-experience Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic & Professional Requirements

In line with UWS's NHS-Education for Scotland (NES) Contract, candidates undertaking the GradDip need to be in employment with a participating Health Board and be able to provide evidence of managerial support to complete the diploma.

You will normally be employed as a nurse working within the community at level 5 (Agenda for Change Band 5 equivalent) in district nursing, a care home, prison health care or general practice. You may be experienced or newly qualified; new to the community setting or experienced in the setting but with limited professional development; with or without a degree.

You will normally have a Clinical Guide who will support you throughout the duration of the course. The Clinical Guide will be determined and agreed by the Health Board and the candidate.

You must hold current registration as a Level One Registered General Nurse on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register.

In addition, you must have the ability to use a range of Information Technologies and have access to a computer with internet access.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)


IELTS Score Exceptions (Research degrees, Nursing & Midwifery degrees with NMC registration, Certificate of Higher Education, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS or Occupational English Test (OET)*.

For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • score of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and no less than 6.5 in writing

* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019). 

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5



TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.


West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.


Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

    • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
    • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
    • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Find out more about our English lanaguage Courses.

Course details

The GradDip Integrated Community Nursing comprises of five modules.

All modules provide the new knowledge, understanding and skills needed for Integrated Community Nursing.

There are four core modules and one option module in year two so students can tailor their learning to their role and/or interest. Two twenty credit theory modules will be delivered each year, with each module building on existing knowledge and facilitating student learning and development.

In addition to these taught modules, a forty-credit work-based learning module would be undertaken alongside and would span both years of the diploma to help you gain and evidence experience and practical learning that will fit around your work and personal commitments.

Core & Optional Modules

To achieve the Graduate Diploma you must achieve 120 credits comprised of the four core modules (three taught and one work-based learning) below and one optional (taught) module.

Core modules include:

  • Contemporary Integrated Community Nursing (Year 1, 20 credits)
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care (Year 1, 20 credits)
  • Integrated Community Nursing Work-Based Learning (spread across Years 1 and 2, 40 credits)
  • Improving Assessment and Professional Practice (Year 2, 20 credits)

Option modules could include:

  • Community Nurse Prescribing V150 (Year 2, 20 credits)
  • Integrated Care of Children and Young People (Year 2, 20 credits)
  • Long Term Condition Management (Year 2, 20 credits)

How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & some Post-experience courses (CertHE, BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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