BSc (Hons) Community Health Studies (Specialist Practitioner General Practice Nursing)

Community healthcare is undergoing rapid and immense change following structural changes and reorganisation of the National Health Service in Wales. This Community Health Studies degree is fully funded by the Welsh Government and gives you an understanding of the contemporary primary and community health agenda.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) states that to achieve specialist practitioner status, graduates must have achieved prescribed standards, both core and community-specific. The BSc (Hons) Community Health Studies meets the specific requirements from the Nursing and Midwifery Council regarding community nursing competence. When you successfully complete this Community Health Studies degree, you will have a recordable specialist practice qualification in General Practice Nursing.

2022/23 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for delivering our courses in the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to change during the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. Whether you’re on-campus full time, part-time with online study, or full-time online, USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2022
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2023
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A

Year One

  • Fundamentals of community practice
  • Decision making
  • Specialist practitioner

Year Two

Core modules

The practice project involves critically analysing the existing evidence base in your area of specialist practice.

  • Practice project (3000 words)

Optional modules

  • Minor illness for primary care nurses
  • Diabetes care
  • Law, ethics and nurse prescribing
  • Long-term health conditions
  • Transitions and continuations of care

Optional modules will be decided at the end of year one. Students must study 60 credits per year.

 

Teaching

You will complete 40 academic days which run from September to June. Year one requires attendance every Tuesday.

In addition you will undertake 40 clinical days per year. Ideally you should be working in a community setting, however if you are not placements maybe negotiated. While in practice, you will be assigned mentor who will assess your clinical competence.

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, self-directed study and workshops.

If you have undertaken the Fundamentals of Community Practice module (30 credits) within the last five years, this can be transferred to the degree.

Assessment

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

Lecturers

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).

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 2021 - July 2022 Fees

    These courses are normally supported by Welsh Government commissioners in collaboration with Welsh NHS University Health Boards

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees


  • Part-time UK: TBC

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

    These courses are normally supported by Welsh Government commissioners in collaboration with Welsh NHS University Health Boards

Student Perks

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.

Additional Costs

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. Below we’ve listed what types of additional costs are associated with this course:

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £55.42
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

 

Funding to help pay for/cover tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying you’ll have two main costs – tuition fees and living costs. You can get a range of funding to help with these costs.

There are a number of ways to fund your postgraduate study. This can be through student finance, bursaries or help from grants, trusts and charities (see Alternative Funding), or a combination of all three.

Click here to find out more about funding your postgraduate tuition fees and living costs.

 

USW Alumni Postgraduate Discount 

The University of South Wales is offering a 20% reduction in tuition fees for all University of South Wales graduates studying a postgraduate course from September 2021 (this includes students starting their course in January/ February 2022). T's and C's apply.

Click here for more information about the USW Alumni Postgraduate Discount

 

Please apply directly to the University for this course.

Admissions statement

Undertaking the BSc (Hons) Community Health Studies course ensures you will graduate with the knowledge, skills, competencies and capacity to provide safe and effective nursing care within 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.