BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)

The BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) has been designed to meet the NMC (2004) SCPHN requirements of a balance of theory and practice. You will gain the knowledge, interpersonal skills and managerial capabilities to practice confidently, competently and effectively in your chosen discipline and sector.

Registered Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (SCPHN) aim to reduce health inequalities by working with individuals, families, employees and communities, to promote health and prevent ill health. The emphasis is on partnership working that cuts across disciplinary, professional and organisational boundaries. Graduates of this course can apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for Part Three registration as an SCPHN Health Visitor. Funded places are available for April.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years April Glyntaff A
N/A Part-time 2 Years April Glyntaff A
  • Contemporary Developments in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice - 20 credits
  • Promoting the Public Health of Populations - 20 credits
  • Evidence Based Public Health - 20 credits
  • Law, Ethics and Safeguarding - 20 credits
  • Governance and Leadership - 20 credits

Successful completion of the above modules and the 16 clinical learning outcomes enables you to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for Part Three registration as an SCPHN (health visitor) and exit the course with a BSc at the end of one year if studying full-time or year two if studying part time.


You will spend 50% undertaking theoretical study and 50% in clinical practice. Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, self-directed study and workshops, as well as clinical assessments.

You will be assigned a practice tutor who will assess your clinical skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of clinical environments.


You will be assessed by a range of methods including a 3000 word essay and case studies, formal presentations, poster presentations, examinations, literature reviews and clinical practice assessments.


The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI).



Applicants are required to have 120 credits at Level Four (higher education diploma or equivalent).

You must have NMC professional registration and be on Part One and/or Part Two of the NMC Register as a Registered Nurse and/or a Registered Midwife.

Two work/academic references are also required.

This Health Visting course may attract Welsh Government funding for NHS staff.

Applications for the April 2018 intake are currently open until the closing date of 30th September 2017. Interviews will take place during Oct/Nov/Dec 2017.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £57.2
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Placement
Year 1 FT and Year 1 & 2 PT. Placement costs will vary depending on where the student is placed, but some costs can be reclaimed.
Other: Poster Printing £40
Year 1 FT and Year 2 PT
Other: Extra-curricular opportunities
Costs of conference attendance and extra- curricular activities are changeable, with some being free. However these are optional and extra-curricular opportunities. Costs will vary depending on location and activity.

Please apply directly to the University for this SCPHN course.

Admissions statement

Graduates of this SCPHN course can apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for Part Three registration as an SCPHN Health Visitor. SCPHN practitioners are usually employed by local health boards and public or private organisations, such as local government.