Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Additional Field of Practice (SCPHN) (School Nursing)

Key information

Start date:
To be confirmed

(Dates by arrangement)

Attendance dates:
To be confirmed
Kate Granger Building, 30 Priestley Road, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YH

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online.

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Contact details:
  • Level
    7 (postgraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module aims

This module aims to:

  • Facilitate practice based learning in the additional SCPHN field of school nursing
  • Enable the development of proficiency in the additional SCPHN field of school nursing.

Study dates

Study dates will need to be arranged with Sarah Roberts (module leader) and your practice manager. 

Please note: A minimum of 50 days in practice is required.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Transfer knowledge and skills from one client group to a different context.
  • Demonstrate competency in all domains of school nursing practice.
  • Deliver the healthy child programme as part of your school nursing practice.
  • Work in partnership with clients and their families to systematically identify their needs and priorities and make referrals to appropriate support services.
  • Work collaboratively with members of the inter-professional team, statutory and voluntary agencies to provide services and minimise risk.
  • Gain an insight into strategic planning and commissioning of services in school nursing practice.
  • Critically reflect on your professional journey.
  • Identify further continuing professional development needs.

Course content

You will set learning agreements with your practice teacher and receive regular feedback on your progress in achieving competency in the SCPHN domains.

Learning and teaching methods

For the 2023/24 curriculum, our PGT/CPD modules will continue to be delivered using hybrid learning. This means that depending on the subject and content of learning and teaching, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face to face and online delivery (both live and asynchronous), as this has worked really well for our practice-based colleagues. It is important to recognise the majority of modules contain face to face contact time and attendance at the University will be required.

Learning and teaching methods include:

  • A minimum of 50 days in practice 
  • Observation
  • Participation and demonstration of skills 
  • Professional conversation and reflection
  • Clinical supervision
  • Contribution to inter-professional forums in practice. 


Attainment of practice proficiencies will be assessed by the practice teacher.

The assessment consists of two parts which must both be passed:

  • Part A - Portfolio of evidence
  • Part B - You will submit a reflective account which demonstrates your learning in the field of school nursing:
    • You will self evaluate your progress and identify your future development needs
    • You will critically analyse two specific practice experiences to evidence how you have achieved competency in all four domains of school nursing practice.         

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Course leader

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Sarah Roberts

Lecturer, Pathway Lead for Health Visiting

Reading list

Take a look at the module reading list.

Entry requirements

Live registration on part 3 of the NMC register as a health visitor.

Fees and funding


How to apply

Please download and fill in an application form. 

Please note: 

  1. Applications typically close six weeks before the start of the module or earlier if we reach a maximum number of applications. If we still have spaces on the course, we may extend the application deadline date.
  2. It is important to ensure that you complete all sections and answer all questions, incomplete forms will cause a delay and may result in you missing out on an available place.
  3. If you are registered on a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course then you will need to complete an application form for each CPD module you wish to apply for.

Send your completed application to postreg_admin@surrey.ac.uk.

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.

Cancellation policy

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.

Module availability

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 the full disclaimer.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

Our Medicine (Graduate Entry) BMBS degree, nursing and midwifery, and health science courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

Additional information

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online.

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH.

Post-registration Administration team

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH