Public Health Practice with SCPHN (Health Visiting) BSc

This flexible award will allow you to develop your knowledge within the field of public health and qualify as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) health visitor.

The award is suitable for nurses currently registered on part one or two of the NMC Register. The programme runs over 52 weeks and is equally divided between theory and practice. It will enable you to develop the core skills required for specialist community public health nursing and will enhance your core skills and knowledge, as well as the specific knowledge and skills required for specialist community public health nursing. The programme will also enable you to continue to develop your ability to display the values required in modern healthcare and within the NHS Constitution, including compassion, kindness, empathy, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.

It aims to enhance practitioners’ understanding, knowledge and competence to manage and develop public health practice in a range of settings. Successful completion of the award will equip you with a sound knowledge of public health issues and practice skills. It will also support you in developing the skills of critically appraising evidence from a wide range of sources and integrating that into your professional life. All students are supported in their development by a personal tutor from the University and a practice teacher or mentor from their practice area.

You will need to be sponsored by an appropriate health care provider and the selection process is a joint one between the health care provider and the University. In light of NHS changes, please contact the post-registration admin team for up-to-date advice regarding sponsorship.

Compulsory modules

You must achieve 75 credits from the compulsory modules.

  • Public Health Assessment
  • Application of Leadership and Management
  • Health Promotion: Partnership and Enablement
  • Research for Professional Practice

And 45 credits from the required modules.

  • Early Intervention Work with Children, Parents and Carers (15 credits)
  • Professional Practice in SCPHN (15 credits)
  • Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults (15 credits)

Students will also have the opportunity to undertake the Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing module at the discretion of the sponsoring health care provider.

You can find full details on the above modules on our CPD module page.

Programme length

One year (52 weeks) full-time or two years (104 weeks) part-time.

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Applications should initially be made via NHS jobs. Eligible applicants will be given further information on how to submit an application to the University following a successful interview with the Trust. If you have any questions please email

For enquiries

For admissions enquiries, please contact:

+44 (0) 1483 684505

Pathway Leader

Felicity Jones

Programme facts

Type of programme


Programme length

  • Full-time: 52 weeks (1 year)
  • Part-time: 104 weeks (2 years)

Start date:

Sep 2018

Entry requirements

Students will normally hold a previously accumulated credit volume of 120 FHEQ Level 5 credits and 120 FHEQ Level 4 credits. Students who do not meet these requirements should seek advice from the Faculty as it may not exclude you from applying. 

Students applying for the BSc (Hons) Public Health Practice with SCPHN endorsement will also need to secure sponsorship from a community healthcare provider. Advertisements for sponsorship will be on NHS Jobs. There is a joint selection process between the providers and the University.

Fees and funding

This course is only available to students with NHS sponsorship, please contact the post-registration team team for further details.

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