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.
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 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through 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. 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.
The practice project involves critically analysing the existing evidence base in your area of specialist practice.
Optional modules will be decided at the end of year one. Students must study 60 credits per year.
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.
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.
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.
These courses are normally supported by Welsh Government commissioners in collaboration with Welsh NHS University Health Boards
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.
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
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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.
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Students have to cover their travel costs for their placement. The costs vary, depending on location.
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.
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.
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.
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.