12 months
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If you are a qualified adult nurse, this Community Specialist Practitioner - District Nursing from Leeds Beckett University will enable you to specialise as a district nurseand register as a specialist practitioner in district nursing and community practitioner nurse prescribing with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC). 

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Your Community Specialist Practitioner - District Nursing from Leeds Beckett University will prepare you to use your discretion and judgement to make high-level clinical decisions in the management and provision of quality care.

You will learn how to apply your theoretical grounding and practical experience in line with the NMC's core standards for safe and effective specialist practice, including clinical practice, care and programme management, clinical practice leadership and clinical practice development. Your clinical placements will develop your practice as an effective district nurse, and they will also enable you to build a network of contacts that will enhance your career options.


Upon graduation, you will be able to record your qualification with the NMC as a specialist practitioner, district nurse. You will also be qualified to work in specialist community nursing roles, such as palliative care nursing. After graduating, you could also work towards our MSc Health & Community Care by completing a dissertation.

  • District Nurse
  • Community Nurse

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Building Community Capacity & Public Health
  • Understanding Social Research & Evaluation
  • Leadership, Management & Enterprise
  • Therapeutic Relationships for Heath Care Practitioners
  • Specialist focus District Nursing modules
  • Getting it right for adults with complex care needs 
  • Professional Development in Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should have NMC first level registration (previously known as UKCC parts 1, 2, 7 or 12), at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subject of Health and be able to evidence recent professional development. Applicants who do not meet this academic requirement are advised to undertake the Professional Profile Development module in order to apply for recognition of prior (experiential) learning.
  • Applicants will also need to secure a suitable practice placement in order to undertake the course. Applicants need to have consolidated their pre-registration nursing outcomes and to have gained a deeper understanding in relevant professional practice 
  • All applications should be supported by two references, either academic or professional; you can download our reference template for completion, please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee.

Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 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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