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Overview

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) will prepare you for 21st century Health Visiting practice and entry to the third part of the professional NMC register. While studying, you will acquire the theoretical knowledge and practical experience required to promote and improve the health and wellbeing of:

  • children
  • young people
  • families
  • communities

 

The programme of study leads to both an academic award and professional qualification. It consists of equally distributed theoretical learning and practice based experience within the six core modules.

Each module has been designed to take into consideration the health care needs of children, families and communities currently within the UK.

The course is governed by the Nursing & Midwifery Council and is regulated by University of the West of Scotland.

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Professional Approval and Accreditation

Our course is recognised by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)

Placement Opportunities

The placement hours in the full-time course are 30 days (6 weeks/225 hours) in trimester 1 and 2 = 60 days/12 weeks. This is then followed by a further 10.5 weeks in trimester 3. This placement will be determined by employing NHS Health Boards and will be guided by the availability of Practice Teachers.

If you are undertaking our course on a part-time basis then there are 15 days in trimester 1 and 2 in year one = 30 days (6 weeks), a further 30 days (6 weeks) in trimester 1 and 2 in year 2 = plus a further 10.5 weeks in trimester 3 of year 2.

85%

Overall student satisfaction amongst UWS postgraduate Health, Nursing & Midwifery students (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)

88%

UWS postgraduate Health, Nursing & Midwifery students would recommend us to a friend (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)

99%

Graduates in work/further study 6 months after graduating (HESA performance indicator 2014/15)

Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

You must be registered as a nurse or midwife on either parts 1 or 2 of the NMC professional register.

You can be admitted to our course if you can evidence successful completion of your pre-registration nursing education course and if you have applied for NMC registration.

You will normally be educated to degree level. Admission is permitted with relevant previous academic credit and/or prior learning. This will be in accordance with the University of the West of Scotland Regulatory Framework.

You must have the language and literacy skills to understand and use the written materials utilised in the learning and teaching of our course and be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English as per University guidelines or Nursing and Midwifery guidelines* (IELT score of 7 or above) for practice-based placements.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) course is: Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 7.0 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) course, we offer a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this degree.

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree course at UWS and who need to improve their English

Course details

Our course leads to both an academic award and professional qualification. It consists of equally distributed theoretical learning and practice based experience within the six core modules. Each module takes into consideration the health care needs of:

  • children
  • young people
  • families
  • communities

For the award of postgraduate diploma and professional registration, you are required to complete six 20 credit modules (120 credits).

Learn a language (Optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. View the language modules on offer.

Teaching and Assessment

Our course consists of 50% practice based learning that will be undertaken in Health Boards in NHS Scotland.

Modules that you will study are taught on campus, online and on practice placement over three trimesters.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Career Prospects

Jobs

On completion of our course you will be eligible for employment at a specialist practitioner level. You will have competency in:

  • advanced assessment practice
  • leadership
  • public health

Further Study

Our course will prepare you academically to progress to Masters level study with the option of continuing to the MSc Health Studies (Community Health).

HOW TO APPLY

You should apply for all UWS postgraduate courses using our online application form.

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

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.

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

You can find out more here in our Postgraduate Application Guide.


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

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