BSc (Hons) Community Specialist Nursing

Course details

  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 1 YRS (FT) 2 YRS (PT)
  • Location Wrexham

Course Highlights

Learn

from a team of professional nurses who have backgrounds in district nursing and community nursing roles.

Opportunity

to undertake a 6 week period of practice consolidation at the end of the programme.

Choose

to study on a full time, part-time or flexible module-by-module basis. 

Why choose this course?

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is the only provider within North Wales offering the District Nursing Programme. The programme is for qualified nurses who hold a current registration as a nurse (part 1) with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council Register (equivalent to parts 1 or 12 of the NMC Register).

  • The specific aim of the programme is to broaden the student’s understanding of key aspects of district nursing, including the acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge at the forefront of care.
  • The course will prepare students for study and competent practice at a specialist level within district nursing, in order to meet the NMC (2001) Standards for Specialist Practice.

Key course features

  • On successful completion of the course, students will be able to qualify as a District Nurse. 
  • The qualification will be recordable with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • The course can be taken full time, part-time or flexibly on a module-by-module basis. 
  • You will be taught by a dedicated team of professional nurses who have backgrounds in district nursing and community nursing roles.

What you will study

The programme consists of 50% theory and 50% practice (minimum of 600 hours practice) within a district nursing team. There is also a 6 week period of practice consolidation at the end of the programme, ensuring that you feel fully prepared for your new role as a District Nurse.

MODULES

  • Foundations of Community Practice - This module will enable registered practitioners to enhance their knowledge and problem-solving skills to a point where they can practice competently in a community setting. 
  • Process of Enquiry - This module aims to provide the student with insight into the principles of a range of research methods while encouraging critical thinking and stimulating the development of research-based practice.
  • Clinical Portfolio - This module will enable the student to engage in critical reflection during their community placement and explore their professional practice and personal development.  
  • Nurse Prescribing (V100) - This module aims to prepare community nurses to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively from the Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary for Community Practitioners.
  • Assessing Complex Needs - This module will prepare students to deal with complex care situations systematically and creatively, and make sound judgements within the boundaries of their own discipline.
  • Managing Community Specialist Practice - This module will equip the students with the underpinning knowledge of leadership and management in the context of district nursing practice.
  • Innovations in Community Practice - This module will enhance the students’ ability to lead and manage a district nursing team by recognising the need for change and designing and planning innovation to reflect the needs within the locality. The module will also enable the students to disseminate this good practice.
  • Consolidation of Practice (NMC requirement) - Students will complete this module at the end of their studies and it will enable them to manage a small caseload of patients in readiness for embarking on their new role as a District Nurse. The students will feel fully prepared having worked towards the NMC proficiencies over a prolonged period of time.

  

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

To apply for this course you must:

  • Hold current registration as a nurse (part 1) with the UK NMC and be educated to at least diploma level. 
  • Provide a satisfactory reference from a current employer/line manager.
  • Provide a self-declaration of health and good character and where required, undertake a satisfactory occupational health assessment.
  • Hold a current Full UK driving licence.

Before you are offered a place on this programme, you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance (previously known as CRB) and pay the appropriate fee so that a check can be made on your suitability for working with children and/or vulnerable adults.

All candidates who meet the entry criteria will be offered an interview.

To apply, please contact postregadmissions@glyndwr.ac.uk.

Teaching & Assessment

Students are assessed in a variety of ways over the course of their studies. The balance between the different forms of assessment is determined by the different aims and learning outcomes of the modules.

Assessment methods include academic assignments, case studies, poster presentations and examinations. As the programme is about learning in practice, all students have a clinical portfolio which is completed as students’ progress through the modules. All students are allocated a mentor/sign off mentor within practice, who will assess your competency against the NMC Specialist Practice Standards for District Nursing.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

On successful completion of the programme, the qualification will be recordable with the NMC. This coveted qualification will enable you to apply for Band 6 roles within district nursing, and will increase opportunities within community nursing as a whole. 

Fees & funding

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the FAQs section of those pages. 

Please contact the programme leader to discuss the possibility of accessing Welsh Government funding for this programme.

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study, then why not take a look at our accommodation section to get more information.