Community and District Nursing Specialist Practice (Postgraduate Diploma)

Female nurse with eldery male patient

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Progress your career by developing advanced skills in the delivery of quality person-centred district nursing services

Develop expert practitioner skills to be proactive in finding solutions to the challenges of meeting complex care needs in the community. Learn how to collaborate strategically with key partners for a high quality and sustainable person-centred approach to nursing in the community. Modules include:  Person-Centred Care in Practice; Leadership and Management in Healthcare; Clinical Assessment and Decision-Making Skills; Work-based Clinical Competence for Specialist Practice; Non-medical Prescribing; and Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Practice (NMC Practice Teacher Award).

As a community nurse, you will develop the competence to implement the new vision and model of care as suggested by the Department of Health, NHS Commissioning Board and QNI (2013).

Study style

Learn through a range of methods such as lectures, workshops, case studies, a portfolio, seminar presentations, essays and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). The course requires students to learn through 50% teaching activities and 50% clinical practice in line with NMC requirements.

Entry requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent
  • You must be a registered nurse and/or midwife on either part 1 or part 2 of the NMC register
  • You will need to be able to demonstrate evidence of ability to study at Level 7
  • You will have post-registration experience
  • You should be working in a relevant clinical setting
  • You must have a DBS Disclosure
  • You will need support from your employer for clinical experience and study support
  • Mentorship is required to support learning in a clinical practice
  • International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.


Fees - 2017/18 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Postgraduate Diploma £4000
Non-EU Students
Postgraduate Diploma £9000

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full or part-time study. Fees can be paid in instalments over the duration of study with further details available in our tuition fee policy.

Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) accredited qualification

Benefit from professional recognition and industry-specific and up-to-date skills development in core areas of community nursing. Register on the NMC's specialist practice register to progress your career.

Achieve a stand alone award or progress onto a Masters qualification

Take this qualification as a stand alone award to refine your professional skills or progress onto a Masters degree to further enhance your career.

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