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Overview

Our Specialist Practitioner (District Nurse) course will prepare you for 21st century district nursing. It combines theory and practice and you will develop your knowledge to become a safe, autonomous and competent specialist practitioner district nurse.

In addition, you will possess the expertise to initiate, lead and deliver contemporary district nursing practice.

The programme comprises 50% theory and 50% practice and is underpinned by the philosophy and values of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the requirements for a recordable qualification as a Specialist Practitioner District Nurse.

The programme consists of six core modules, some of which are discipline specific and others which are shared. The shared learning provides a highly effective experience and contributes to the overall strength of the programme. All modules provide new knowledge, understanding and skills needed for contemporary district nursing practice.

 

Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

You must be registered as a first level Nurse on Part 1 of the NMC professional register and have a first degree.

As our course includes non-medical prescribing, you must have at least three years’ post registration experience. Of these three years, the year immediately preceding application to the course must have been in the clinical field in which you intend to prescribe. In addition, you must have the support of your employing organisation. You must identify a designated medical practitioner (DMP) who can provide a minimum of 78 hours of supervision and who meets the criteria for supervising students on the Prescribing in Advanced Practice module (NMC, 2006).

As our course includes the Assessment and Decision Making in Advanced Practice module, you must have obtained agreement from an experienced practitioner or Advanced Nurse Practitioner to act as a clinical supervisor.

Competitive entry requirements necessitate the need for an interview. Interviews will be conducted in partnership with stakeholders.

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

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, 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 score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0


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

 

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).

Course details

Our course consists of six core modules, some of which are discipline specific and others which are shared. The shared learning provides a highly effective experience and contributes to the overall strength of our course. All modules provide new knowledge, understanding and skills needed for contemporary district nursing practice.

The practice component will be undertaken within the District Nurse setting and you will be supervised and assessed by a Practice Teacher or an experienced District Nurse who is a sign-off mentor.

On completion of our course you will receive an academic award of Postgraduate Diploma and the professional recordable qualifications of:

  • Specialist Practitioner District Nursing
  • Community Practitioner Prescriber
  • Nurse Independent/Supplementary Prescriber

Teaching & Assessment

Our course encompasses both theoretical and practice based learning experiences with an equal distribution of each, comprising 50% theory and 50% practice (United Kingdom Central Council (UKCC), 2001)

A range of innovative teaching, learning and assessment methods are utilised within our PG Dip to enable inspirational and transformative learning. Our emphasis is on the development and application of both your academic and clinical skills.

A range of teaching strategies will be used which will include:

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

 

You will be assessed using a range of assessments including:

  • preparing literature reviews
  • poster presentation
  • presenting a research proposal
  • OSCE practice assessment
  • written reports
  • pharmacology
  • numeracy class test
  • presenting case-studies
  • analysis of practice based problems

Throughout the duration of your course you will be fully supported by a Personal Tutor.

Course Structure

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

Course Structure (17/18)

Career Prospects

Jobs

Our course will prepare you for a demanding and rewarding career as a Specialist Practitioner in District Nursing.

Further Study

Our course will prepare you to continue onto our MSc Health Studies course.

HOW TO APPLY

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

APPLY ONLINE

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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