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Occupational health services, provided at the workplace, address the health care needs of working populations and this has been identified as an important component of the current public health strategy. These services have shown to make a significant contribution to other government initiatives, such as:

  • reducing health inequalities
  • reducing social exclusion
  • sickness absence
  • protecting and promoting the health of the working age population

Our Post Graduate Diploma Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health) course will enhance the education and training of First Level Nurses wishing to gain a Specialist Practitioner qualification and enable you to contribute to these initiatives.

You will obtain both an academic qualification and a professional qualification in Occupational Health and be entered on to the 3rd part of the NMC register.

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Placement Opportunities

Practice based learning experiences comprise 50% of the total course hours and equates to 22.5 weeks. Each practice placement is aligned to a module of theoretical learning, assisting you to integrate theory with practice and supporting the development of your knowledge base and competence. All your practice placement experience is guided by a Practice Teacher.


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Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

You must be a First Level registered nurse on part 1 of the Nursing & Midwifery Council’s professional register and hold the necessary academic qualification for SCQF level 11 entry (normally degree - please contact the Course Leader for details).

In addition, you should have a minimum of two years post-registration experience and be working in or be able to secure a placement in an occupational health setting.

If you do not meet these criteria then you may be considered on an individual basis.

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 (Occupational Health) course is: Overall IELTS 7.0 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 (Occupational Health) 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 Post Graduate Diploma, Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health) course has been developed in line with the recent rapid development in workplace health. This is largely due to the new demands and expectations from employers, employees and their representative bodies as they recognize the economic, social and health benefits achieved by providing these services in the workplace. The rapid development of occupational health services has also, in part, been driven by the expanding program of legislation in the areas of:

  • health
  • safety
  • environmental protection
  • the need by employers to respond to this legislation


The common core modules that you will study are:

  • Research for Health and Social Care
  • Leadership for Effectiveness
  • Responding to Public Health Challenges


Discipline-specific modules are:

  • Contemporary Occupational Health
  • Managing Risk in Occupational Health
  • Consolidation of Practice


The final module at the end of our course entails a 10.5 week full-time period in the defined area of occupational health practice.

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

Teaching strategies used will include:

  • interactive lectures
  • electronic teaching materials
  • interactive synchronised discussion forums
  • ongoing practice e-portfolio
  • group work
  • enquiry case studies
  • concept mapping
  • problem solving
  • interactive quizzes

There will be a variety of approaches taken to assessment within our course. The nature of assessments differ depending on which module is being assessed and the learning and teaching strategies used. The range of assessments include:

  • preparing literature reviews
  • poster presentation
  • presenting a research proposal
  • written reports
  • invigilated exam
  • presenting of case-studies
  • analysis of practice based problems

Career Prospects


You will emerge as a key figure involved in delivering high quality occupational health services to the working population.

After exiting from our course you will work independently or as part of a larger multi-professional team and be at the frontline in helping to protect and promote the health of the working aged population.

Further Study

On successful completion of the Post Graduate Diploma you will be encouraged as part of your continuous professional development, to consolidate your postgraduate learning by proceeding to completion of a Master Degree dissertation.

If you are a successful Master Degree graduate then you may have the potential to enrol for Doctoral studies depending on individual institutional entry criteria for Doctoral studies.


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


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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