BSc (Hons) Community Health Studies (Specialist Practitioner District Nursing) with integrated V100
This part-time course is for registered nurses working in a community setting who want to progress their careers. Successful completion of the course will lead to registration of a Specialist Practice Qualification (SPQ) in District nursing and V100 nurse prescriber status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Currently all staff applying for band 6 and band 7 leadership positions within district nursing teams are required to have (or be working towards) an SPQ so this is an essential qualification to gain if you wish to enhance your career within community services.
Primary services are being increasingly developed to meet the increasing needs of a complex and ageing population providing care closer to home. Community nurses need to have the specialist knowledge to be able to lead and deliver these services while ensuring quality of care for their patients.
This SPQ course will enhance your knowledge of the management of adult patients and their families within a community setting. There is an emphasis on leadership skills, reflective inquiry, self-awareness, assertiveness and critical thinking skills. Excellence in case load management is also fostered, as well as optional modules in key areas such as long term health and diabetes care.
This course is funded by the Workforce, Education and Development Services department of Welsh Government.
Year One: District Nursing course
During the first year of study, you will undertake three core modules.
- Fundamentals of Community Practice - 30 credits
This module prepares you to work safely, effectively and efficiently in a community setting, with patients, clients, families, colleagues and members of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams.
- Decision Making - 10 credits
This module enables you to critically explore decision making processes as they relate to practice.
- Specialist Practitioner (district nursing - 20 credits
This module prepares you to develop specialist knowledge and specialist clinical expertise, within the complex and changing context of caring for, and working with, children, young people, and their families in community settings.
Year Two: District Nursing course
During the second year of study, you will undertake two or three modules.
- Law, ethics and nurse prescribing - 20 credits
This module aims to assist you to utilise and make judgements about the legal and ethical frameworks relating to patient and clients in society. To analyse the accountability of Community Health Nurses and to prepare community participants to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively from the community practitioner formulary for nurse prescribers.
- Practice Project - 40 credits or 20 credits
This module involves an analysis of evidence-based practice and the production of a literature review. The 40 credit modules aims to develop the student’s analytical approach to the application and dissemination of relevant theoretical knowledge to their clinical practice. The 20 credit module aims to develop the student’s analytical approach to the application of theoretical knowledge relevant to their clinical practice.
Optional modules will be decided at the end of year one. Students must study 60 credits per year.
- Diabetes - 20 credits
This module aims to enable you to acquire further evidence-based knowledge of issues related to diabetes care and to understand the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in the care of people with diabetes.
- Living well with long term health conditions - 20 credits
This module aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of Long Term Health Conditions and its management to enable Service Users to live with the
conditions and improve their health and wellbeing.
- Minor Illness - 20 credits
This module enable you, as a first contact practitioner, to attain clinical knowledge and skills to meet the health needs of the practice population in delivery of care for a range of undifferentiated minor illnesses and or minor injuries (focus is primarily on the general practice nurse role).
The course is taught on the Glyntaff campus where you will be taught alongside other community nurses.
The NMC require forty academic days to be completed. Twenty-six of these require attendance on a Tuesday, from September to May.
The other fourteen academic days will be self-directed and recorded in a course diary. Each academic day is counted as 7.5 hours, thus achieving 300 hours of student effort.
You will also undertake 40 clinical practice days between September and May, again equating to 7.5 hours, thus 300 hours of student effort.
Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, workshops and self-directed study.
If you have undertaken the Fundamentals of Community Practice module (30 credits) within the last five years, this can be transferred to the degree.
Whilst undertaking the course you will meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (1994) Standards for Specialist Education and Practice. On successful completion you will be awarded a specialist practitioner qualification (SPQ), which is recorded with the NMC, as well as a BSc (Hons) Community Health Studies (Specialist Practitioner District Nursing).
Please note, this course fully funded by the Workforce, Education and Development Services department of Welsh Government.
You will be assessed using a range of methods including written assignments and case studies, formal presentations, poster presentations, examinations, literature reviews and clinical practice assessments.
Fundamentals of community practice
The practical assessment will require developing and completing a portfolio demonstrating achievement of the four clinical learning. The academic assessment will take the form of a 5000 word case study examining in-depth, the theoretical outcomes associated with the four themes.
You will complete three academic ‘enabling activities’. These activities will consider decisions made by yourself relating to your own workplace. Each activity has equal weighting and will be marked out of 100. The completion of a clinical portfolio of evidence that supports and demonstrates the decisions made (within the Summative assignment).
Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing)
Academically you will present a 20 minute oral presentation of a short quality improvement exercise within your practice area. Sign-off mentor verification of achievement of the five clinical learning outcomes.
Year Two modules
Law, ethics and nurse prescribing
Poster presentation exploring one of the themes of this module applied to Community Health Nursing, which aims to recognise ethical and legal issues which have implications for nursing practice and take appropriate action A written examination consisting of four parts and to achieve a clinical learning outcome.
Practice Project (40 credits)
A written 6,000 word review addressing a negotiated subject area, exploring the relationship between the theory that underpins student's practice and its application to practice. To include recommendations that can be disseminated and to achieve all four clinical learning outcomes.
Practice Project (20 credits)
A written 3,000 word assignment that explores, in detail, a negotiated area of the students’ sphere of practice. The study must address the relationship between the theory that underpins the students practice and its application to practice. Two clinical learning outcomes to achieve.
A 3,000 word assignment focusing on an aspect of diabetes care, examining relevant literature and discussing implications for diabetes care. One clinical learning outcome to achieve
Living Well with Long Term Health Conditions
A case study that identifies an individual with at least one Long term Health Condition, which critically examines how the professional works with the service user and other professional to enable them to improve their health and wellbeing. One clinical learning outcome to achieve.
The student will undertake a 3000 written piece of work, whereby they will need to analyse the evidence base for the management and treatment of five prescribed pharmacological scenarios’ commonly seen in practice. Three clinical learning outcome to achieve.
The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI).
Students must achieve 40 clinical days within a community setting that meets the needs of adult clients. Clinical placement dates are negotiated and agreed by the mentor or health board.
Students can arrange placements with appropriate teams and practitioners to aid their understanding of the clinical learning outcomes. The mentor will generally enable the student to source useful placements. The course does not hold any exchange partnerships, although the students can arrange placements outside of Wales if they are deemed to be helpful in meeting the clinical learning outcomes. The course lead has links with managers of community nursing teams in six health boards.
As part of the Decision Making module you will use the Hydra Suite which is used to help analyse and improve decision making for a variety of scenarios faced by professionals within district nursing.
Learn from a highly experienced team of community nurses who possess a depth of knowledge across many areas.
The course team is supported by other members of the nursing faculty and outside speakers who are specialist in their topic area.
Main team members are:
- Angela Hiscocks, programme and district nurse lead
- Sue Dunlop, community children's nurse lead
- Eileen Munson, general practice nurse lead
- Donna Pace, lecturer adult community
- Cheryl Doyle, general practice nurse specialist
We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement
At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
Applicants must have a first level registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Ideally applicants will be working as a qualified nurse in the community before enrolment.
You must have acquired a credit rating of 120 credits* at Level 5 (Diploma).
An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child & Adult Workforce and Child and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the DBS Update Service. (Overseas equivalent required for non-uk applicants)
*If you have not achieved 120 Level 5 credits, there is a process of accreditation of prior and experiential learning (APEL) you can undertake.
Fees: This course is fully funded by the Welsh Government.
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 2023 - July 2024 Fees
These courses are normally supported by Welsh Government commissioners in collaboration with Welsh NHS University Health Boards
August 2024 - July 2025 Fees
Part-time UK: TBC
At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.
Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.
Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.
As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
|DBS Updating Service *||£13||
Subscription required for each year of the course for a yearly fee of £13. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
|Other: Placement *||£0 - £300||
Students have to cover their travel costs for their placement. The costs vary, depending on location.
Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs
Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).
To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.
Undertaking this District Nursing course ensures you will graduate with the knowledge, skills, competencies and capacity to provide safe and effective nursing care in community settings. Employers such as the Welsh Government, commissioners and nursing managers value this specialist practitioner qualification.
Our Careers and Employability Service
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.
- MSc (Hons) Community Health Studies (Specialist Practitioner - Community Children’s Nursing)
- BSc (Hons) Community Health Studies (Specialist Practitioner General Practice Nursing)
- BSc (Hons) Community Health Studies (Specialist Practitioner - Community Children's Nursing)
- MSc Community Health Studies (Practice Nursing)
- MSc Community Health Studies (Specialist Practitioner District Nursing)