Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) (PgDip)
- Duration: 2 years
- Mode: Part time
Why study this course
This programme is designed to prepare nurses and midwives to become Specialist Community Public Health Nurses. The programme will lead to the professional award of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (health visitor), with subsequent registration on the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.
This two-year, part-time Postgraduate Diploma course is designed to prepare nurses and midwives to become Specialist Community Public Health Nurses.
It leads to the professional award of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visitor) with subsequent registration on the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.
Half the course takes place on a clinical placement, and Welsh Government funding may be available.
Only by completing the Postgraduate Diploma (Pg Dip) programme will practitioners be eligible to have their names recorded on the third part of the NMC register.
Please note that candidates will be selected through an interview process and will need to meet Health Board requirements.
- Enables registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, annotated as a health visitor on the third part of the professional register.
- You will spend 50% of the course on placement (this placement may not be in their local area and you will be expected to travel).
- Applicants may attract funding from the Welsh Government based on meeting the HEIW eligibility requirements.
- Candidates must be registered on either parts one or two of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register.
- Candidates can enter the programme either with a diploma (120 credits at level 2) or with a degree.
- Adult, children, mental health or learning disability nurses as well as practitioners who qualified as midwives via the three year direct entry route can undertake the programme and become health visitors.
- A Disclosure and Barring Service check will be undertaken on prospective students and this must be deemed satisfactory before admission to the programme.
The personal statement on your application form will be considered when a judgement is made on your suitability for the programme for which you have applied.
You must address the following points in your personal statement, this list is not exhaustive:
- Why have you selected this programme?
- What interests you about the programme?
- Any relevant experience related to the programme or module content.
- How you plan to use the qualification in your career.
- How you and your profession will benefit from your studies.
- Why you feel you should be given a place on the programme.
Application deadline: Applicants are recommended to apply by 9th April. Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are available.
Find out more about English language requirements.
Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements
You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.
If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
- access to computers or devices that can store images
- use of internet and communication tools/devices
- freedom of movement
- contact with people related to Cardiff University.
The Diploma course is divided into four modules that are credit rated. Each taught module offers 30 credits and all must be successfully completed in order for students to have their name included on the third part of the professional register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse.
The course offers an optional dissertation for those who wish to move to MSc level.
Each module is credit rated at M level and all five modules are compulsory.
Note: A clinical practice element will account for 50% of the taught programme, which is in accordance with NMC (2004) regulations. Students are required to pass assessment in both their clinical and theoretical work in order to achieve their qualification as a Specialist Community Public Health nurse.
Each student will be allocated a practice teacher (PT) who will take accountability and responsibility for assessing the student's clinical progress, which is evidenced through a clinical portfolio.
Students who complete the programme successfully will be awarded a Pg Dip in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing and registered at the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Health Visitor. Students may proceed to Part 2 to obtain a Master’s Degree in specialist Community Public Health Nursing any time within three years of completing the Pg Dip SCPHN.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Research Methods and Health Improvement in Health and Social Care||HCT133||30 credits|
|Public Health: Promotion and Protection with Community Nurse Prescribing (v100)||HCT144||30 credits|
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.
Learning and assessment
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed by various means, including written work, classroom tests, and presentations, as well as a clinical portfolio for the practice element.
How will I be supported?
The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support students. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, crèche and day facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.
This programme gives students the opportunity to share ideas with health professionals. As well as developing their own intellectual abilities, this sharing of ideas enables them to learn and benefit from the experiences of others. Opportunity is given for this sort of discussion and exchange of ideas through seminars and tutorials.
All students are given a named personal tutor following registration onto the programme, who is able to assist them with any pastoral care as well as advice on writing style, grammar and academic mentoring.
All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which students will find course materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars.
For students whose first language is not English there are open access English Language courses available. These are 5 week courses run on a first come first served basis and cost an administration fee of £25.
We will provide you with feedback on your work in a variety of formats. These will include oral feedback during lectures, written feedback provided through online module discussion forums, and electronic written feedback on assessed coursework through GradeMark. You can discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.
What skills will I practise and develop?
By fully engaging in this course, you should develop the knowledge and skills to enable you to:
- Develop academic knowledge and understanding to achieve Master’s level competence.
- Achieve clinical prowess and integrity to be awarded a specialist qualification.
- Practise effectively as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse.
- Register as a health visitor with the NMC.
UK and EU students (2020/21)
This programme is funded by the Welsh Government for current NHS Wales Employees. Those interested in self-funding should contact the School directly via the admissions tutor.
Students from outside the EU (2020/21)
This course does not currently accept students from outside the UK/EU.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?
You will not need to provide any specific equipment.
Careers and placements
This course is designed to prepare nurses and midwives to become Specialist Community Public Health Nurses.
It leads to the professional award of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visitor), with subsequent registration on the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.
A clinical placement accounts for 50% of the course.