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

If you are interested in a career in Occupational Health nursing, this specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) course helps you meet the challenges you will face in the rapidly changing area of public health nursing practice, preparing you for work in complex and varied settings. The course 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.

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 SPCHN Occupational Health Nurse. Students must be employed within occupational health at least one day a week in order to study this course.

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


  • Critical reflection on learning in the workplace
  • Evidence based Public Health
  • Law, ethics and safeguarding
  • Review of learning and development in the workplace and programme plan
  • Promoting the public heath of populations
  • Governance and leadership

N.B Part-time students will study three modules per year.


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. Where appropriate, some clinical placements will involve the use of the Welsh language.


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

2 work/academic references are also required.

Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted from November 2016 and interviews will take place during June/July  2017. The closing date for applications is 12 June 2017

This course may attract Welsh Government funding for 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 2018 - July 2019 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 persue 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 activity and location.

Practitioners will usually be employed by local health boards, and public or private organisations, such as local government.

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.