Postgraduate Diploma On Campus

Community Health Studies (SPQ)

Cardiff University

36 months
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Successful completion of this Community Health Studies (SPQ) programme from Cardiff University leads to the award of the NMC recordable Specialist Practitioner Qualification, in either District or Practice Nursing.


This part-time Community Health Studies (SPQ) course from Cardiff University 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.

Career prospects

Successful completion of this course should equip you with skills and knowledge to help advance your career in nursing.

The ongoing shift of care closer to home is driving the continued development of primary care services both locally and nationally, and community nurse education features strongly in these plans to ensure the workforce is fit for purpose.

Service reconfiguration requires specialist district nurses and practice nurses to be able to lead and deliver services to meet the increasing demands of an ageing population.

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)

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

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Academic requirements

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English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Current registration with the NMC on Part 1 of the register*.
  • A BSc/BA Honours degree or equivalent.
  • Selection of students for the course may require relevant Health Board selection and support, along with meeting University and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) selection requirements.

The personal statement on your application form will be considered when a judgement is made on your suitability for the programme for which you have applied. You must address the following points in your personal statement. This list is not exhaustive.

  • Why have you selected this programme?
  • What interests you about the programme?
  • Any relevant experience related to the programme or module content.
  • How you plan to use the qualification in your career.
  • How you and your profession will benefit from your studies.
  • Why you feel you should be given a place on the programme.

Tuition Fee

This programme is funded by the Welsh Government for current NHS Wales Employees.

Living costs for Cardiff

628 - 1066 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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