Why choose this course
Expanding your nursing abilities.
By studying our MSc Primary Community Care (Community Children’s Nursing) course, you will 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 will learn the high-level clinical skills and in-depth knowledge that primary and community nursing requires. Our course 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 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 theory and hands-on experience within a practice setting, so your theory skills are integrated with practical experience.
Our full-time course runs for 52 weeks, where you will be at the University or undertaking self-directed study for 50 per cent of the time. The remainder of your time will be spent in practice with a practice teacher and/or mentor. Our full-time course includes seven weeks annual leave and the final 12 weeks are spent in a practice setting so that you can consolidate your learning. At the end of the 52 weeks, you will be eligible to record your specialist practice qualification with the NMC. A further 16 months part-time study allows you to complete your dissertation and achieve the MSc.
Our part-time course runs for 104 weeks and includes seven weeks of annual leave pro-rata. Like the full-time course, it includes a 50 per cent split between study and practice-based experience. You will spend your final 12 weeks (full-time or pro-rata part-time) in a practice setting so that you can consolidate your learning. At the end of the 104 weeks, you will be eligible to record your specialist practice qualification with the NMC. A further 16 months part-time study allows you to complete your dissertation and achieve the MSc.
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.
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.
MSc - 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.
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.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
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:
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). 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).
A minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant UK honours degree. You must be currently registered as a healthcare professional to apply.
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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.
Application link is provided to apply post internal trust interview with University of Surrey representative. Applicants should apply through NHS jobs initially.
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.
Students will pay fees on a module-by-module basis, please see our modules for further information.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 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.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about student finance.
Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (PDF) 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.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. 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 course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Campus locationKate Granger Building
The School of Health Sciences has now moved to the Kate Granger Building located on 30 Priestley Road on the Surrey Research Park. This is where our nursing, midwifery, paramedic science and operating department practice courses are taught.
Some modules on this course will be taught on Stag Hill campus.