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Community Health Studies (SPQ), Postgraduate Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #154 (QS) ,
This programme aims to prepare you for work in a complex and dynamic community setting. Successful completion leads to the award of the NMC recordable Specialist Practitioner Qualification, in either District or Practice Nursing.


This part-time course is for registered nurses wishing to pursue a career in community nursing. It leads to a postgraduate diploma in Community Health Studies, a recordable specialist practitioner qualification with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) in district nursing.

The course aims to:

  • Develop a critical awareness and understanding of discipline specific knowledge, informed by current practice and scholarship.
  • Judiciously apply the evidence-base to clinical situations that are complex and justify decisions to the inter-professional team.
  • Develop discipline specific competencies to Masters practice level demonstrating self-direction and the ability to act autonomously in the management of patient care, within the scope of professional practice.

The Postgraduate Diploma course consists of three core generic modules and one core specialist module equating to at least 600 hours of student engagement. The focus of learning and teaching is to link theory with practice and therefore the modules are split into 50% theory and 50% practice. The theory covered during the modules aims to prepare you for the supervised clinical practice you will be undertaking during the course.

For the practice element of the course, you will work alongside a practice teacher or sign-off mentor. A total of 600 hours in practice must be achieved during the programme. 

You must have the agreement of your employer to release you for the necessary theory and practice hours.

Distinctive features
  • 50% theory and 50% practice.
  • Provides a recordable specialist practitioner qualification with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) in district nursing.
  • Fully supported by local service providers.
  • Incorporates community practitioner nurse prescribing qualification, V100.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Issues in District Nursing
  • Contemporary Issues in Practice Nursing
  • Leadership in Community Nursing: Transforming Care
  • Research Methods and Health Improvement in Community Nursing
  • Fundamentals of Community Practice (SPQ)

        Detailed Programme Facts

        • Programme intensity Part-time
          • Average part-time duration 36 months
        • Credits
          150 alternative credits
        • Languages
          • English
        • Delivery mode
          On Campus

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        General Requirements

        Entry Requirements

        • Current registration with the NMC on Part 1 of the register.
        • A BSc/BA Honours degree or equivalent.

        Entry criteria for entry to specific Specialist Practice pathways are as follows:

        • District Nursing: First level nurse trained in general nursing or in adult nursing.
        • Practice Nursing: First level nurse trained in general nursing, adult nursing, the nursing of sick children or children’s nursing.

        Tuition Fee

        This course does not currently accept students from outside the UK/EU.

        Living costs for Cardiff

        • 628 - 1070 GBP/month
          Living Costs

        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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