• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: One Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

If you care about children and supporting their development, public health nursing gives you a chance to help give children the best start at life. By the end of this course, you will be qualified to work within health visiting or school nursing.

As a school nurse, your additional training allows you to support children and young people. Your role would provide a vital link between home, school and the community with the ultimate goal of improving wellbeing.

On the other hand, as a health visitor, you would be working with children from birth to five years old and their families. You would be responsible for providing support to families, assessing their health needs and monitoring growth and development.

What will this course cover?

The course has been designed to meet the NMC requirements of Specialist Community Public Health Nurses. You will learn the necessary skills for working within the community and qualify for the third part of the NMC register.

The course focuses on developing the leadership and management skills needed for effective healthcare. Modules will cover a range of topics including protecting children and the vulnerable, and supporting developmental needs through their lifespan. You will also complete an evidence-based project.

As a health visitor or school nurse, an important aspect of your role will be safeguarding and protecting children from harm. You may be working with at risk or deprived groups, so it is important you recognise when a child is at risk of harm and what action to take. We'll ensure you know how to identify risk factors and are aware of the signs of neglect.

Attendance and Personal Study

You will be expected to attend the University two days, have two days in practice and one study day a week.

Course Details

Our wide range of nursing courses gives students the opportunity to specialise in different areas of interest. We also have our own Institute of Research in Nursing that keeps our thinking at the forefront of research.

Learning style
We understand that all students learn in different ways. At Bucks we use a wide range of teaching, learning and assessment methods to fit the different learning styles of our students. All of these methods will help you apply the theory you learn to practical work in a community health setting.

At Bucks we encourage you to discuss your experiences and knowledge with your peer group. You will be part of a strong community of nurses who all share the goal of providing excellent care. The experiences you share are important to help you develop as a specialist community public health nurse and will help you learn how to make complex decisions.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.


You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose. Assessments are broken down into coursework, written exams or practical. Coursework covers both written work such as essays and reports and practical work such as the preparation of a portfolio and project outputs completed on many art and design programmes. Exams include both formal written exams and in-class time-constrained assessments or TCAs. Practical assessments largely consist of oral presentations and contributions to seminars, and competency-based activities such as clinical or lab skills.

Please note: The percentages above do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.


You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course entry requirements?

You will need to be registered on the appropriate part of the NMC Professional Register, with normally 120 credits at Level 5.

It is required that you have a practice placement arranged prior to the start of the course.

Students will need to be funded on this course by a Trust.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Foundations for Specialist Public Health Practice
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Nurse Prescribing V100
  • Leading and Managing Effective Healthcare Provision
  • Protecting Children and the Vulnerable: studies for enhancing practice
  • Supporting Developmental Needs through the Lifespan (optional)
  • Enabling Effective Community Development (optional)
  • Principles of Practice Education


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU: £8,750

Full Time International: £10,500

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow