Primary and Community Care (District Nursing) (SPQ) BSc (Hons)

Key information

Start dateSeptember 2020
Full-time52 weeks (one year)
Part-time104 weeks (two years)

Why choose this course

Our BSc (Hons) Primary Community Care (District Nursing) course gives you access to our forward-thinking research in this field, as well as our strong links with practice.

This course is completely up-to-date with the changing healthcare industry, so you’ll graduate into a professional environment with a level of knowledge which will give you a competitive edge with prospective employers.

What you will study

To become a district nurse, you will be expected to cope with multiple responsibilities such as visiting people in their homes and providing continuous complex patient support. Our course will provide you with the high-level clinical skills and in-depth understanding which prospective employers want in the fields of primary and community care.

Drawing on our pioneering research into healthcare, our course offers you the chance to learn from practitioners in other specialties, assisting you in enhancing your knowledge-base and professional prowess.

Benefitting from our strong practice links, we will help develop the values that employers and the general public need from modern healthcare professionals such as, compassion, good communication skills, teamwork and treating patients with dignity and respect.

Course length

One year/12 months to achieve the BSc (Hons) Primary and Community Care and recordable qualification of Specialist Practitioner (DN) (full time). Part-time the programme is two years or 24 months.

Further course information

The structure of the programme allows you achieve 120 level 6 credits and the recordable specialist practice qualification of District Nurse in 52 weeks. The NMC Specialist Practice Standards require the student to attend the University (50 per cent theory) and to achieve work-based and practice related experience (50 per cent practice) on a supernumerary basis. A period of consolidated practice of ten weeks is also required to complete the Specialist Practice programme.

You will be supported by a practice teacher and mentor in the clinical setting and you will have a personal tutor in the University. Your tutor will visit you in practice to discuss your progress with your practice teacher and mentor and you’ll complete three progress assessments throughout the year.In this time, you will spend 50 per cent of your time in practice and 50 per cent of your time at University.

Professional recognition

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.


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 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:

Optional modules for Year 1 - FHEQ Level 6

Students must complete all core modules and take Specialist Practice Portfolio OR Specialist Practice in SCPHN including V100.


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).

Fees and funding

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

Entry requirements

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 seek advice from the School of Health Sciences 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. 

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