Primary and Community Care (District Nursing) (SPQ) BSc (Hons)
Attendance dates:To be confirmed
Why choose this course?
On this course, you’ll develop the knowledge and clinical skills needed to effectively provide care to people in their homes and those with continuously complex conditions. You’ll become a critical and discerning practitioner, capable of driving innovation and change within health and social care.
This course meets the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) standards for specialist education and practice. On successful completion of this course, one year (full-time) or two years (part-time), you’ll be eligible to record your qualification with the NMC.
What you will study
Throughout your hands-on clinical training, you’ll develop values that employers and the public need from modern healthcare professionals such as, compassion, good communication skills, teamwork and treating patients with dignity and respect.
You’ll learn high-level clinical skills and develop an in-depth knowledge of primary and community care nursing. You’ll study topics, including community nurse practitioner prescribing (V100), decision-making, health assessment, leadership, management of long-term conditions, mental health, and primary and community care policy.
To study on this course, you’ll need to be sponsored by a healthcare provider organisation. Your sponsor will provide you with your clinical placement and a community practice assessor and supervisor. They’ll simultaneously support and evaluate your practice abilities throughout the course. You’ll need to negotiate with your sponsoring organisation whether your clinical placements can be full-time or part-time.
Advertisements for sponsorship will be on NHS jobs. There is a joint selection process between the providers and the University.
You’ll spend half of your training in clinical placements, allowing you to develop your knowledge, skills and practice within healthcare settings, under the supervision of qualified practitioners. You’ll complete 10 weeks of consolidated practice with your sponsoring organisation.
You’ll be supported by a community practice assessor and practice supervisor in your clinical setting and you’ll have a personal tutor at the University.
You’ll benefit from our multi-million pound facilities, home to our Clinical Simulation Centre. Our virtual environments, lifelike mannequins and actors, will transport you to the centre of communities, so you can practise your skills and get a taste of scenarios you may face during your training and when you’re fully qualified.
You’ll also get exclusive access to our independent clinical learning room, set up each week with the necessary equipment required to practise the techniques you’ll be learning.
We have a clinical-led focus to our teaching, ensuring everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to the healthcare sector. You’ll be taught by lecturers who are qualified practitioners, which may include district nurse, Neesha Oozageer Gunowa.
You’ll also be taught by guest lecturers, made up of local doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare workers.
Throughout your placements, you'll have an educational supervisor, who’s a senior clinician. They'll guide you through your experience and feed into your evidence portfolio.
Postgraduate nursing options
If you're looking to gain your specialist practice qualification but also want to complete a dissertation in an area of personal interest, you may want to explore our masters version of this course.
BSc (Hons) - Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an approved programme for the recordable qualification of District Nurse.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
We’ll prepare you to meet the demands of modern healthcare, by equipping you with advanced knowledge and skills.
This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which means that on successful completion of your studies, you’ll be eligible to record your specialist practice qualification with the NMC.
Our graduates typically take on district nursing roles within the NHS. Visit the NHS careers website for further information on district nursing.
Academic year structure
This course can be taken either full-time or part-time. If you choose part-time, your teaching will take place across two academic years.
This course will take 1 year.
After 1 year, you’ll have gained a BSC (Hons) Primary and Community Care (District Nursing) (SPQ) qualification and you’ll be eligible to record this with the NMC.
This course will take 2 years.
After 2 years, you’ll have gained a BSc (Hons) Primary and Community Care (District Nursing) (SPQ) qualification and you’ll be eligible to record this with the NMC.
Year 1 (Part-Time) - FHEQ Level 6
Year 2 (Part-Time) - FHEQ Level 6
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
This course is 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice. For your theory elements, you’ll be in lectures, practical sessions and studying independently. You’ll spend half of your training in clinical placements, allowing you to practise the skills you’ll learn in the classroom out in the real-world, under the supervision of qualified practitioners, from a range of specialisms.
We use a variety of methods to assess you, including case studies, examinations, presentations, simulated learning experiences (objective structured clinical examinations – OSCEs) and written work. When you’re out on placement, your knowledge, skills and professional behaviour will be assessed by your mentors.
We assess modules individually and award credits for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.
Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
We use a variety of methods to assess you, including case studies, examinations, presentations, simulated learning experiences (objective structured clinical examinations – OSCEs) and written work. When you’re out on placement, your knowledge, skills and professional behaviour will be assessed by your community practice assessor and practice supervisor.
Modules are assessed individually, and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
You will normally hold a previously accumulated credit volume of 120 FHEQ Level 5 credits and 120 FHEQ Level 4 credits. However, applicants who do not meet these requirements should contact the post-registration team as it may not exclude you from applying.
You will need to be registered as a level 1 nurse on the appropriate part of the NMC register and will normally have at least two years post registration experience.
In addition to the overall programme entry requirements, students who undertake Specialist Practice normally receive sponsorship from a Primary Care Trust or organisation. The selection process involves partnership working between specialist tutors, practice teachers and trust managers to ensure that the applicant meets the entry requirements.
Advertisements for sponsorship will be on NHS jobs.
Fees and funding
NHS sponsored course
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the University's prospective student privacy notice.
If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.
If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.
Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to module content) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the module. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a module with us. Read more.