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Public Health (School Nursing, Health Visiting and District Nursing)  BSc (Hons)


Nursing is changing with recent shifts to graduate level entry and increasing focus on public health, prevention of ill health and community care. These changes mean more specialist nursing practitioners are required that are competent and confident in clinical, research and leadership knowledge and skills outside hospital contexts.

The BSc Public Health (School Nursing, Health Visiting and District Nursing) offers qualified, NMC registered nurses and midwives an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and broaden their skills base in ways that can improve health within communities. City offers three specialist community practitioner routes within the BSc course, these are school nursing, health visiting or district nursing. These routes lead to an academic and professional (specialist practitioner) award.

Who is the course for?

The course is for qualified, NMC registered nurses or midwives who are looking for a new career path and second registration in school nursing, health visiting or district nursing.

The course is for individuals who are confident, possess good communication skills and are excited by the prospect of working in the community.

Please note: The health visiting and school nursing routes are open to students who have completed their adult, child, mental health or midwifery course. For the district nursing route you will need 2 years experience in a community setting.

Why study Public Health at City?

  • Undertake shared learning between school nursing, health visiting and district nursing students.
  • Gain from a rich diversity and wealth of learning opportunities by spending 50% of your learning time in community settings.
  • Expand your career opportunities by being eligible to take on posts for school nurses, health visitors and district nurses in local Trusts.
  • Undertake modules which are set in the context of the four domains of specialist public health nursing practice
  • Graduate from a NMC approved course.

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £See fees & funding

Start Date:

January 2016
September 2016

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Tariff Points for BSc

  • The course is only available to students seconded by the NHS.
  • Normally 120 academic credits at level 5 (HE Diploma).
  • Current registration on part one (nursing) or part two (midwifery) of the NMC register for school nursing or health visiting. For the District Nurse route you need to be a registered adult nurse.

Please note: The health visiting and school nursing routes are open to students who have completed their adult, child, mental health or midwifery course. For the district nursing route you will need 2 years' experience in a community setting.

Due to the high demand for places on NHS funded courses, as well as meeting the stated academic entry requirements, applicants will be required to attend a selection day held at City University London. You will be asked to complete the NHS Constitution Assessment, which is used to demonstrate that your values match those of the NHS Constitution. For further information and example tests, please visit our Selection Day page.

English Requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.5.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
January 2016
September 2016
Full-time: One year Part-time: Two years

Course Content

To fully prepare students for specialist nursing roles in the community, the course offers students the opportunity to learn new knowledge and skills. It also promotes shared professional learning about clinical practice, evidence-based practice and leadership. Learning reflects current public health and community care policy agendas.

Course Structure

The BSc degree in Public Health is usually undertaken as an intensive one year programme, it may be undertaken over two years of part-time study.

Successful completion of the School Nursing and Health Visiting routes allows graduates to register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (third part of the NMC register). District Nursing graduates can record their specialist practice qualification with the NMC.

The course consists of 6 core modules and one optional module (this optional module is specific to either the School Nursing and Health Visiting or District Nursing routes). All modules are offered at level 3 and M level. Students are taught together providing a unique opportunity for shared learning between school nursing, health visiting and district nursing students.

Alternatively students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses. In this case, course costs might vary. For further information please click on the CPPD links below each module.

Core modules

Discover more School of Health Sciences CPPD modules.

In addition, a route specific module relating to district nursing or school nursing and health visiting.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching and learning methods will include lecture sessions, workshops, small group activities and discussions. On practice placements student learning is supported through portfolio development and guided reflection.

The course comprises 50% theory and 50% practice. During placements students work alongside a named practice teacher within their sponsoring NHS Trust. This practice teacher will be experienced in the students' chosen field and has undertaken further study to enable them to facilitate and assess student learning in practice.

Formative assessment strategies (these are developmental strategies that support learners in passing a final assessment) will include seminar presentations and feedback on the development of practice-based portfolios.

Summative (final or marked) assessment focuses on the evaluation and application of theory and practice through essays, examinations, poster presentations, research proposals and development of a practice portfolio.


  • Full-time EU: £See fees & funding

Funding is provided by the sponsoring NHS Trust from HEE NCEL. Please note there is no self-funding opportunity for this course. We suggest that you carefully consider which NHS Trust you are interested in working for and check that this Trust will sponsor health visiting, school nursing or district nursing students at City University London. To apply for the programme at City University London you must submit an online application through a suitable job vacancy as advertised through NHS Jobs.

You should try to establish a connection with your preferred NHS Trust, particularly if you want to study part time, as you will also have to arrange to work part-time for your sponsoring NHS Trust.


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January:


Career Prospects

Successful completion of School Nursing and Health Visiting routes on this programme will enable you to gain second registration on the third part of the NMC register (professional award) plus an academic award at degree or postgraduate diploma level. You will also be able to practise as a school nurse or health visitor. Successful completion of the District Nursing route will enable you to record a district nursing qualification with the NMC.

The programme is approved by the NMC. It is aligned to NMC standards of proficiency for specialist community public health nurses (School Nursing and Health Visiting routes). It is also aligned to V100 standards (community prescribing) and specialist professional qualification standards for District Nursing.

Previous graduates have taken up posts as school nurses, health visitors and district nurses in local Trusts.

About the School and Department

School of Health Sciences

Recruitment to this course is now managed locally by NHS Trusts with vacancies advertised on NHS Jobs. Please monitor NHS Jobs for vacancies or contact your local Trust for further information.

When completing the application form please ensure you clearly list all qualifications you have completed as both the NHS Trusts and City University London need to be certain you meet our entry requirements. You will also need to provide us with your original documents so we can verify these.

On your application you should select City University London as your preferred HEI. Once your application is received, if you are shortlisted you will be invited to a joint interview undertaken by your Trust and the University and asked to present your original qualifications and identity documentation. Please note: candidates must also undertake numeracy and literacy testing as part of the selection process.

City University London is part of the North Central and East London Local Education and Training Board (LETB). We work closely with Barts Health, Homerton, East London (Newham Community) and Whittington to provide training for health visiting, school nursing and district nursing, and Enfield to provide training for district nursing. You are entitled to apply to one than one Trust; however you may accept only one Trust's offer of a training place.