Primary and Community Care (Community Children's Nursing) (SPQ) MSc

Why choose this course

Expanding your nursing abilities.

By studying our MSc Primary Community Care (Community Children’s Nursing), you’ll develop your knowledge and skills to care for children with a range of long term and acute conditions. This course will give you the in-depth understanding you need to lead on innovation and change within modern healthcare. 

What you will study

You’ll learn the high-level clinical skills and in-depth knowledge that primary and community nursing requires. Our course also inspires and nurtures the personal characteristics which are greatly valued by employers in modern healthcare such as, compassion, encouragement, good communication, a strong belief in the value of teamwork and, perhaps most importantly, respect for every patient’s privacy, individuality and dignity.

While constantly staying updated with any changes within the healthcare sector, our course also offers you the opportunity to learn from practitioners from other specialties while you take advantage of the University’s excellent research within the School of Health Sciences. 

Our course involves a 50 per cent split between theory and hands-on experience within a practice setting. 

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Placement Start date
MSc Full-time 48 months September 2019
MSc Part-time 60 months September 2019

Professional recognition

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an approved programme for the recordable qualification of Community Children’s Nurse.

Course lengths

Our full-time course runs for 52 weeks (or 12 months). This gives you time to achieve a recordable SPQ qualification of CCN. An additional 16 months’ part-time study allows you to complete the dissertation module and achieve the MSc. You will study and or attend university for 50 per cent of your time. The other 50 per cent of your time will be spent in practice with a teacher and or mentor for rest of the course. Our full-time course also includes seven weeks annual leave, and your final two weeks are spent in a practice setting so you can consolidate your learning. 

Our part-time course runs for 104 weeks (or 24 months). Like our full-time course, it includes a 50 per cent split between study and practice-based experience. You’re also entitled to two weeks annual leave. You will spend your final 12 weeks in a practice setting to carry out what you have learned throughout your time on the course. 

You’ll be able to achieve a recordable SPQ qualification of CCN within this extended period of time. Like the full-time course, this also includes the additional 16 months’ part-time study to complete the dissertation module and achieve the MSc. 

Please note, you will then also need to negotiate with your sponsoring organisation whether your practice experience can be done full time or part time. 

Sponsorship

You require sponsorship by a healthcare provider organisation. These sponsorships are advertised on NHS Jobs. Your recruitment and interview process is held jointly between the sponsoring organisation and the university. 

Further course information

We’ve designed our MSc course so that it enables you to meet the NMC (2001a) Standards for Specialist Practice within 52 weeks or 104 weeks, depending on whether you study full-time or part-time. At the end of this period, you will have met the requirements of the NMC and be eligible to record your SPQ with the NMC. You also have the option to exit with a postgraduate diploma after 52 weeks or, to gain the full MSc, to continue with the dissertation module over a further 16 months’ part-time study. Please note that you must complete the MSc within five years of starting the course.

Programme leader

COLLIETY P Dr (Health Sci.)

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. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

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The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (full-time)

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Students must complete all core modules and take Specialist Practice Portfolio OR Specialist Practice Portfolio with V100.
Students must choose one optional module. Information on CPD modules can be found at: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/healthsciences/professional-development/cpd-mo…

Year 1 (part-time)

Optional modules for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Students must complete all core modules and take Specialist Practice Portfolio OR Specialist Practice Portfolio with V100.
Students must choose one optional module. Information on CPD modules can be found at: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/healthsciences/professional-development/cpd-mo…

Year 2 (part-time)

Optional modules for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Students must complete all core modules and take Specialist Practice Portfolio OR Specialist Practice Portfolio with V100.
Students must choose one optional module. Information on CPD modules can be found at: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/healthsciences/professional-development/cpd-mo…

Timetable

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). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Learning and disability

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

Entry requirements

Normally, applicants will have completed a Bachelors degree or have recently studied at FEHQ level 6. Individual advice will be provided by the Director of Studies. Students will need to have current registration on  the NMC professional register, and will normally have at least two years’ post-registration experience. Students applying for the Community Children’s Nursing pathway must be registered as a children’s nurse.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

Application link is provided to apply post internal trust interview with University of Surrey representative. Applicants should apply through NHS jobs initially.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Study mode Start date Placement UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time September 2019 To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part-time September 2019 To be confirmed To be confirmed

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2019-20 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

How to apply

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 admissions@surrey.ac.uk.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

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