Specialist Community Practitioner (District Nursing)

Liverpool John Moores University

Postgraduate Diploma
12 months
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The Specialist Community Practitioner (District Nursing) programme offered by the Liverpool John Moores University combines theory and primary care practice, preparing practitioners to lead service development.

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The Specialist Community Practitioner (District Nursing) programme offered by the Liverpool John Moores University is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

The course’s student-centred approach values prior learning and experience and builds on existing clinical and theoretical knowledge. 

Many sessions are co-taught with other community nursing programmes enabling you to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the roles played by, and the challenges faced by, other healthcare specialists.

You can study full-time (40 weeks) or part-time (80 weeks). Modules are delivered one or two days a week and clinical placements intersperse the classroom learning blocks. Theory days can be used for activities such as complementary module-related sessions, masterclasses, personal study and assignment preparation.


LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

This District Nursing programme is specifically designed to balance academic content with practical experience. It is geared towards securing motivating and rewarding employment. Underpinning all aspects of the training offered is a commitment to: ethical and anti-oppressive values, the values and principles of the NHS Constitution and Professional Body requirements.

As a graduate you may go on to lead and develop future services, follow a career in public health, work as a community educator, in a safeguarding role or a healthcare leadership/management position. There is also, of course, the opportunity to progress to further study.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Public Health
  • Advancing Leadership through Action Learning
  • Contemporary Issues in District Nursing: Part 1 with V100 Nurse Prescribing
  • Contemporary Issues in District Nursing: Part 2
  • Long Term Conditions: Context, Assessment and Management
  • Research for Specialist Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in District Nursing: Part 1 (without V100 Nurse Prescribing)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Current level one registration on the NMC professional register (part one).
  • A minimum of one year’s post-registration experience.
  • 120 credits at Level 5 (to study at Level 6) or 120 credits at level 6 (to study at postgraduate level) in nursing.
  • RPL is accepted on this programme.

Tuition Fee


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