Looking to qualify and work as a district nurse? This BSc (Hons) Specialist Practitioner Qualification offers the advanced level of training you need.
Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), it will give you specialist skills and knowledge to improve your practice and take your career forward.
Specialist skills for an invaluable role
District nurses perform vital work, caring for housebound patients in their own homes and keeping them out of hospital for longer. By studying at specialist practitioner level, you will gain the insights and skills to be able to lead teams of district nurses effectively and make your mark in this rewarding field.
Take a bigger picture view
This specialist course covers key aspects of current district nursing practice, from mental health across the lifespan and long-term conditions, to effective caseload management and self care.
Developing your skills in managing and leading people, you will also learn to take a more strategic view of the way healthcare is delivered in the community, drawing on the latest research, ideas and policy.
Well known for our district nurse training
Highly regarded by students and practice partners for our teaching in this area, Bucks has a strong reputation for its district nurse training. You will work with highly skilled academics, who have worked in the community – and spend 50% of your time in practice yourself, consolidating and deepening your understanding and skills.
Who is it for?
This course is for qualified nurses with a diploma. You will be sponsored by a health organisation or trust and achieve a degree, while gaining advanced skills and knowledge in an area of community nursing you want to specialise in.
You can choose to study this course either full-time or part-time.
This course covers all the areas needed to meet the NMC professional requirements for district nurses.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Understand the complexities of working in a community setting
- Better appreciate strategic influences on policy
- Take a critical approach to nursing care in the community, with a strong emphasis on providing holistic, evidence-based care to patients in their homes
- Analyse how decisions about care are made, drawing on relevant research
- Work at the forefront of caring for people with a range of healthcare needs, including highly complex ones .
Flexible, practice-based learning
The course makes use of a range of flexible learning and assessment approaches, to ensure you learn in the way that suits you best. We will be looking, in particular, at how well you apply the theory to your own nursing and leadership practice.
You will benefit from strong support throughout, with personal and link tutors at the university, and a practice teacher supporting you to learn in your trust.
As well as spending half your time in practice, case study-type simulations will allow you to explore the kind of issues you will face as a district nurse. You will also work closely with students from other community nursing courses at Bucks, building your experience of working in a multi-professional way.
By the end of the course, you will have developed the higher level of skills and knowledge you need to become a leader in this specialist field of nursing. Your e-portfolio will provide evidence of this, to validate your learning with the NMC.
Study this course full time for a year. You will spend two days a week at university and two days a week in practice.
What are the course entry requirements?
The academic criteria for admission to this programme are normally a diploma (120 credits at level 5) in nursing. However experienced nurses who have at least 60 credits at level 5 will be asked to provide evidence to the programme team of their ability to study at level 6.
This evidence will be a piece of written work related to their prior experience. The NMC professional requirements are for applicants to be entered on the appropriate part of the NMC Register.
Applicants will be a level 1 nurse and have a qualification in child or adult nursing, and have completed a period of experience of sufficient length to have consolidated pre-registration outcomes. This will be assessed at application and interview.
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250
Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks