Public Health Practice (SCPHN) (School Nursing) BSc (Hons)

Key information

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

Why choose this course

Combining taught modules with hands-on practice, this course will give you the necessary skills to meet the challenges of modern healthcare while enhancing your academic, professional and clinical prowess.

If you are a registered nurse or midwife, our BSc (Hons) Public Health Practice with SCPHN (School Nursing) course will set you on the path to qualifying as a school nurse, a career which will see you working with children, young people and families, and making a significant impact on their lives. We will nurture your skills so that you can make your own mark in this profession and in public health.

What you will study

Completion of our BSc (Hons) Public Health Practice with SCPHN (School Nursing) allows you to register the academic award with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Continually updated to match the evolving nature of healthcare, this course addresses the high-level clinical skills and in-depth understanding that prospective employers want. This course’s strong emphasis on hands-on practice will help you towards a seamless transition into a professional position.

Enhancing your understanding of the intricacies and challenges of modern public healthcare, this course will give you access to the pioneering research conducted at Surrey to support your studies. During the course, you’ll learn about important values of modern healthcare such as compassion, advocacy, good communication, teamwork skills and respect and understanding of patients.

Course length

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

Professional recognition

BSc (Hons) - Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an approved programme for the specialist community public health nursing part (SCPHN) of the register.


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 in SCPHN 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 need to be registered on part one or two of the NMC register.

You 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.

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