Community Specialist Practitioner BSc(Hons)

Community Specialist Practitioner BSc(Hons)
Our BSc (Hons) Community Specialist Practitioner course is a top-up degree which has been developed to enable nurses to obtain a professional qualification in community nursing and an honours degree. The Community Specialist Practitioner course focuses on three areas of specialist practice: General Practice Nursing, Community Children's Nursing and Community Nursing in the Home.

The course consists of theoretical teaching combined with supervised practice in the student's area of professional work. This coherent programme of study enables practitioners to critically examine and reflect on their ways of working thus promoting the evolution of an adaptable, reflexive and responsive practitioner who promotes the highest standards of client care. Theory and practice will be closely linked in both course delivery and assessment. 

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:


Ancillary Award:




Study Mode:

Full time and Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Full-time: One year, Part-time: Over two years. The full-time programme will be delivered over a minimum of 40 weeks, including fixed annual leave. A part-time option is also available and this can be completed over two years.


School of Community Health and Midwifery

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



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Entry Requirements:
All applicants must have:
  • An effective appropriate 1st level registration on the NMC professional in respect of the route they wish to take, as follows:

- General Practice Nursing: entry on sub part 1: Adult - RN1 or RNA or Child - RN8 or RNC.

- Community Children's Nursing: entry on sub part 1: Child - RN8 or RNC.

- Community Nursing in the Home: entry on sub part 1: Adult - RN1 or RNA.

  • The equivalent of at least one year's post registration practice experience. This is to consolidate your pre-registration training outcomes and gain a deeper understanding of relevant professional practice. (NMC Standards for Specialist Education and Practice, 2002: 9.2).
  • Experience of practicing within a healthcare environment for a minimum of 18 hours per week (or equivalent part time) clinical activity.
  • Hold 120 credits or equivalent at level 5 study: this should preferably be via a diploma course but if you have no prior academic credit / qualifications, an APEL claim demonstrating your ability to study and achieve level 5 outcomes should be developed (please note that this takes time, an APEL claim should be started at least nine months prior to the start of the academic year in September).
  • The ability to be self-funding or have the commitment of your employer to support course fees.
  • Your managers support for the course (where appropriate).
  • You are required to have a current DBS clearance which will be organised through your employing organisation.

Please Note this programme is also offered at a Postgraduate Diploma level - see separate factsheet for further details.

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2016/17 | 2017/18.

Course Content

Course Outline:
The aim of this course is to prepare and develop registered nurses and midwives to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional standards for specialist community practitioner (General Practice Nursing or Community Children's Nursing or Nursing in the Home) (UKCC 2001) and the 'Standards for Approval of Higher Education Institutions and Programmes' (ENB 1997). These standards have been accepted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council from April 2002. The course is available full-time over 40 weeks or it can be accessed as a part-time course over two years. The course will be delivered at the main university campus site in Preston, but fifty per cent of learning will take place within a practice placement.

The course incorporates the key principles of specialist practice and is grouped into four domains:-

  • Clinical Practice
  • Care and Programme Management
  • Clinical Practice Development
  • Clinical Practice Leadership.

This course meets the following core Knowledge Skills Framework (KSF) dimensions:-

  • Communication
  • Personal and People Development
  • Health Safety and Security
  • Service Improvement
  • Quality
  • Equality and Diversity.

In addition individual pathways will meet a number of elements within the following specific dimensions, for example:

  • Health and Well Being
  • Information and Knowledge
  • General.

Students will undertake the equivalent of 6 standard modules at level 6 (120 credits). All students on the programme will undertake the following modules:

  • Principles of Public Health and Social Policy (20 credits)
  • Valuing Reseach (20 credits)
  • Developing Leadership Skills (20 credits)
  • Community Specialist Practice in Context (40 credits).

This equates with 100 credits for all pathways except Community Nursing in the Home where students will also undertake an additional compulsory 10 credits through completing V100 Community Practitioner Prescribing. A further 20 credit option module (minimum of 10 credits for Community Nursing in the Home students) is required to complete the award. Each of the three pathways has a named pathway leader and they will guide you in making appropriate choices for your chosen pathway's option module. The selection of option modules will be discussed with you at interview, pre-course briefing day and also again during enrolment week. You will be required to discuss the rationale for your choice with the pathway leader and appropriate advice and guidance will be available.

The School of Health is committed to the values and principles of the NHS Constitution and these are integral to our programmes. The approaches to delivery and the content of our programmes aim to foster a culture which embraces the NHS Values of:

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts.

Course at a Glance

Semester One

  • Principles of Public Health and Social Policy
  • Valuing Research
  • Context of Community Specialist Practice

Semester Two

  • Developing Leadership Skills
  • Option Module
  • Context of Community Specialist Practice

Semester Three

  • Consolidation of Specialist Practice

Learning Environment & Assessment:

The curriculum design facilitates development of a wide range of learning experiences to encourage lifelong, independent learning. These approaches include reflection, critical reading, problem-based activities, directed study, lectures, discussion groups, role play and eLearn (a virtual learning environment).
A major strength of the programme is the facility to offer shared learning across a range of community disciplines. Opportunities are also available for multi-professional education and practice through the chosen option modules.

Assessment is through a mixture of assignments, examinations, poster, presentation, portfolio development and practice assessment. You will be required to develop a Portfolio of Competencies and Evidence throughout the programme. Learning contracts will be developed in partnership with you, your mentor / practice teacher and an identified educationalist to support progress and achievement of NMC standards along with individually identified learning outcomes.

Our student selection process is underpinned by  the National  Values Based Recruitment strategy .The selection process has to provide evidence that the future students would aspire to a high standard of excellence in professionalism which is  consistent with the NHS values i.e : working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives and everyone counts.

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

The programme has been validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the College of Health and Wellbeing.

Part time fee of £760 per 20 credit module

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

This course may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. Where this is the case, students will be legally required to register with the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) which is administered by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Following successful registration individuals will be issued with an ISA Registration Number which will stay with that person for the rest of their career. If you are not already registered, your employing organisation will take you through the process.

For further information please go to the School of Health website.

Course Specific:-

Access to this course is dependent on a successful application and interview process. Interviews are conducted jointly by staff from both the university and primary care trusts.

Internal Recruitment:-

Please note that this may be a secondment opportunity for staff who wish to be seconded by the NHS Trust that they already work within.

Please complete your Trust internal application form before the closing date. Application forms can be found on your Trust internal communications system.

For informal enquiries please contact your Trust Professional Development Manager.

Joint interviews by the Trust and the University will take place over two days each year.

External Recruitment:-

Please note that this is an opportunity for applicants who wish to seek sponsorship from an NHS Trust which they are not currently employed by.

To apply for external recruitment, please see the relevant Trust website and apply using their application process. These courses are also advertised on the NHS Jobs website at -

External interviews take place each year, after internal recruitment has taken place

Our student selection process is underpinned by  the National  Values Based Recruitment strategy .The selection process has to provide evidence that the future students would aspire to a high standard of excellence in professionalism which is  consistent with the NHS values i.e : working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives and everyone counts.


UCAS Code:

Short Form of Course:

Institution Code Name: CLANC

Institution Code: C30

Campus Site: U

University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, Lancashire, United Kingdom

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

College of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839