PgD Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)

Health Visitors (Specialist Community Public Health Nurses) are healthcare specialists who make a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of children 0 – 5 year and families.

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Course Details

1 Year
Start Date
12 September 2016
Full Time
Subject Area
Nursing and Midwifery
GCU Glasgow


Tuition fees need to be paid to the university however some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university. A guide to fees at GCU.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

You will also have to think about accommodation, living costs, travel, books and socialising. To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this available at and

Minimum Entry Requirements

All entry requirements listed here represent the requirements for entry to the programme that are normally sought. The Admissions Team may assess additional evidence to assess your eligibility however, depending upon your full academic/employment background.
Minimum Entry Requirements
First degree or equivalent, Nursing and Midwifery Council first level registered; Practice Teacher availability.
English Language
IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent)
Additional Information
Applicants are required to apply for PVG before commencing the programme. Applicants must also provide proof of professional indemnity (e.g. RCN membership).

Selected applicants may be invited for interview.

Programme content and structure

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Download course content here. (PDF document)

Programme Description

GCU has a long established history of delivering education for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN). This course provides education and training in the promotion of health and well-being at individual, group and community level to meet the challenging and diverse needs of individuals, families and communities of the future.

Working in the field of preventative and anticipatory care, the SCPHN Nurse occupies a unique position within the health service. It is a child and family centred public health role with a collaborative and empowering approach.

The expertise of the Health Visitor lies in rapidly assessing client needs, while building rapport and supporting and encouraging people in making the adaptations and changes associated with becoming parents. As such good communication skills are essential.

Leading a team of skill mix healthcare workers, a key part of the health visitors’ role involves a collaborative approach which enables clients to take ownership of their own healthcare needs and get the best healthcare outcomes for the child and family.

Programme Content

  • Research
  • Public Health Theory to Social Action
  • Enhanced Health Visiting Practice
  • Contemporary Leadership and Change
  • SCPHN Consolidation of Practice
Integrated throughout the modules is Nurse Prescribing V100


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Graduate prospects

On completion of the SCPHN programme, students willexit with a PgD in SCPHN, a Recordable CommunityPractitioner Nurse Prescribing qualification and entry to3rd part of the NMC register.

Modes of study and durations

Full-time - 1 year (2 days at university and 3 days practice a week).

Part-time - 2 years (1 day at university and 1 days practice a week)

Progression to MSc Health and Social Care

In recognising some students may desire to automatically continue and progress beyond Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) level, this programme articulates as a discrete pathway within the MSc Health and Social Care.

Attainment of the MSc Health and Social Care will be conferred following successful completion of a Masters Research Dissertation.

How to Apply

The university does not accept direct applications for this programme.

The recruitment process is managed by the NHS and applicants should refer to the SHOW website for programme vacancies. These are typically advertised during the early part of the year, with interviews held before the summer.

Key Staff

Programme Leader
Mary Scott