Ulster University is the only Northern Ireland University to offer the BSc Hons in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing.
The programme is designed to prepare students to register on the 3rd part of the NMC Professional Register in the following areas – health visiting or school nursing. This programme is only offered on a full-time basis for Health Visiting and School Nursing students.
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About this course
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The specialist pathways we offer (health visiting or school visiting) enable you to choose optional modules which in turn means you can focus your qualification in a particular area of interest.
Students undertaking a programme leading to a Specialist Community and Public Health Nursing qualification complete 113 days of practice to permit you to attain the required specialist competencies and enable you to make the necessary links between theory and practice. Each student has a Teacher Practitioner identified who provides the support, guidance, and facilitation necessary for the student to develop the competencies/attributes needed and assesses their achievement.
Full-time. Health Visiting and School Nursing.
Full-time. The duration of the programme is 52 weeks.
One – two days weekly + practice days.
- September 2018
Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.
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Public health is high on the political agenda and specialist community public health nurses are recognised as playing a key role in this agenda. Public health practice encompasses health promotion, health protection and service commissioning. This module covers the spectrum of public health activity enabling students to analyse policies and practice; evaluate models of practice; work in partnership with communities and stakeholders, develop a needs assessment of a defined community, prioritise needs and design interventions to meet those needs. Assessment is by dissertation.
Children, Families and Parenting
The role of the SCPHN (HV, SN) in identification and early intervention with children and parents has become increasingly significant in trying to improve the long term overall health outcomes of children. The SCPHN (HV, SN) needs to be responsive to families? individual requirements and be able to tailor interventions accordingly. This module will provide the knowledge required to fulfil this role and partnership with teacher practitioners in the practice learning will give the student the opportunity for application in practice. Assessment is 100% by coursework.
Surveillance Screening and Communication
Health surveillance includes the whole range of screening activities which take place in community clinics, surgeries, schools, workplaces and people?s homes. To manage these activities and engage appropriately with clients and patients SCHPN must be skilled in good communication techniques. This module aims to give SCPHNs the knowledge and skills to contribute to this process.
Safeguarding Children is a key issue for all SCPHN?s coming into contact with children and families. This module explores their role in the recognition and referral of children in need and at risk of abuse. There is strong emphasis on collaborative working to safeguard children, ethical and legal issues and professional responsibilities in relation to record keeping and report writing.
Leadership and Management in Public Health
This module will attempt to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the context in which they will be working through examining and relating professional and recent policy developments and their implementation to their practice. The students? increasing knowledge base and placement experience will facilitate critical thinking through reflection and integration of theoretical perspectives with practice experiences. Assessment is by 100% coursework.
Evidence & Research Underpinning Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice
This module provides students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills to review evidence, in particular research findings on which to justify or change current practice, and use certain research techniques. Teaching methods will comprise introductory lectures and workshops. Assessment is by coursework.
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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English Language Requirements
International students must achieve a score of 7 overall and 7 on each sub-scale on the IELTS test of proficiency in English (NMC requirement).
Additional Entry Requirements
Applicants must have current registration as a nurse or midwife on Part 1 and/or Part 2 on the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) register.
Hold a Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing/midwifery which is equivalent to 240 academic credits OR
Applicants without a Diploma Higher Education in nursing/midwifery must have successfully completed a portfolio of evidence for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) which demonstrates the achievement of all Level 4 and Level 5 learning outcomes. Please note this APL portfolio must be successfully completed and assessed by Ulster University before the applicant can proceed to interview.
Health Visiting students are required to apply through a Regional Recruitment and Selection process and pass the standard set at interview.
Occupational Health Nurses and School Nurses apply directly to the HSCT and must pass the standard set at interview.
Provide an Access NI Enhanced Disclosure certificate, which is current on application to Ulster (date of issue to be within the last 2 years).
Exemptions and transferability
All modules must be completed to obtain the award.
Students not meeting the required NMC competencies may apply to transfer to the BSc Hons Health and Wellbeing.
Careers & opportunities
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Career prospects of graduates from this programme are excellent with the majority moving rapidly into permanent posts with their specialist area.
Upon successful completion, you will be eligible to register on the 3rd part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register.
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (adult).
Health Visiting - Places on this pathway are commissioned by the Department of Health (DoH) in Northern Ireland. BSO (Business Services Organisation) are fully responsible for the recruitment and selection process. Entry to the course is through application and interview and can be completed at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. These training posts are advertised once per year on the HSC Recruit website (normally around February time onwards). ALL applicants MUST apply online via the HSC Recruit website http://v2.hscrecruit.com/
School Nursing & Occupational Health Nursing – Places on this pathway are normally commissioned by the Department of Health (DoH) in Northern Ireland. Anyone who will be receiving a Commissioned place from the DoH via their HSC Trust should contact the Practice Education Team in their relevant HSC Trust in order to obtain a commissioned Application Form. The HSCT will manage your application. Please DO NOT apply directly via the University online application system. Those who are not eligible for DoH Commissioned places, must apply via the University online application system.(known as the self-funded route).How to apply
- September 2018
Fees and funding
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Fees (per year)
Important notice - fees information
Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy
- Northern Ireland & EU:
- England, Scotland & Wales:
- £9,000.00 Discounts available - find out more
Additional mandatory costs
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.