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

The BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) will prepare nurses and midwives to become Specialist Community Public Health Nurses. You will gain the knowledge, interpersonal skills and managerial capabilities to practice confidently, competently and effectively.

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 health visiting course can apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for Part Three registration as an SCPHN Health Visitor. This Health Visiting course may attract Welsh Government funding for Welsh NHS staff.

Funding is available via the Welsh Government. Please note, candidates must work for the NHS in Wales to receive funding from WEDS (Workforce, Education, and Development Services).

2021/22 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 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.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year 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
  • Foundations of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - 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).


Placements are undertaken within the employing/hosting health board. Students may undertake a week-long alternative placement in a different geographical location. Please note, there is no funding for this.

The placements are within health boards in Wales and students are expected to work in Health Visiting in Wales once the course is completed.


Through our Hydra Simulation Centre and Clinical Simulation Centre, we can effectively replicate practice experiences in a safe and supported environment.



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.

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. 


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




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

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 * £53.20
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
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.