2021/22 entry

BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nurse

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full-time home tuition fee: Not applicable
Part-time tuition fee: Not applicable

Course type

BSc (Hons)

Bachelor of Science

UCAS info

Points required:

UCAS code:

Institute code: L51

Study mode

52 weeks full-time, 104 weeks part-time

About your course

Study at Liverpool John Moores University for this registered qualification providing routes in School Nursing and Health Visiting (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) and have your professional competencies, set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, assessed in practice.

  • This undergraduate version of the SCPHN course provides a top-up degree for those with a DipHE in Nursing or holding current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (please see Entry Requirements tab for full details)
  • Learn from expert nurses and visiting specialists on this contemporary programme which encompasses registration for practice
  • Benefit from a curriculum praised for its enhanced practice perspective and 'outstanding' fitness for practice by the NMC
  • Experience 22 weeks of practical placements
  • There is option for those with significant workplace experience but without academic qualifications to undertake a portfolio to access the course
  • Please note: This course will only run subject to minimum numbers

"“This course has changed the way I think. I feel my academic skills have come on greatly and I feel this will help me in practice to make a difference to families and communities.”"

Recent graduate

Course details

During the course you will develop a comprehensive partnership approach, using your skills and expertise to examine and reflect on practice from a public health perspective.

You will explore topics such as: health education, health promotion, health protection, community development, empowerment, advocacy, autonomy and informed choice. You will consider the wider determinants of health and focus on maximising health improvement and addressing inequalities within local contracting priorities.

The programme promotes a non-judgmental, anti-oppressive, respectful approach, valuing diversity and supporting freedom of choice. It encourages you to challenge accepted wisdom, equips you to deal with conflicting priorities and diverse health needs and enables you to support the empowerment of individuals, carers, groups and communities.

What you will study on this degree

Teaching builds on your existing clinical experience, extending your theoretical and professional knowledge and understanding. Many sessions are shared with other LJMU community nursing programmes, enabling you to better understand and appreciate the roles of other healthcare specialists.

As a public health nurse you must be able to work flexibility and creativity, demonstrating high quality practice leadership. The programme prepares you to take responsibility for vulnerable individuals, identify healthcare needs, facilitate health-enhancing activities, safeguard health and welfare and influence health policies.

You can study full time (52 weeks) or part time (104 weeks), with modules delivered two or three days a week and clinical placements interspersing the classroom learning blocks. Theory days can be used for activities such as non-module specific sessions, masterclasses, personal study and assignment preparation.

You will be appointed a personal tutor to support and oversee your progress through the course and you will work with an experienced practitioner - your practice teacher - on work placements. 

Formal teaching takes place in Tithebarn Street in the city centre campus. This vibrant location offers everything you could possibly need during your studies. The resident Avril Robarts library, for example, is open 24/7 during semesters and has computer rooms, learning spaces and on-site catering facilities. 


  • Public Health
  • Leadership for Specialist Practice
  • Research for Specialist Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in SCPHN Part 1
  • Contemporary Issues in SCPHN Part 2
  • Risk and Vulnerability  

The Contemporary Issues in SCPHN Part 2 module includes V100 nurse prescribing for those students who are not NMC recorded prescribers.

Teaching and work-related learning

At this level of study, you are expected to work independently and much of the learning is self-guided. Lectures, workshops, seminars and reading lists provide a framework around which you can think, discuss, debate and produce your assessments.

​Formal lectures introduce concepts whilst tutorials and workshops offer the opportunity for deeper investigation. You will then be invited to present a paper at a group seminar which will be used as a starting point for peer group debate. To support your independent study, course materials, presentations and handouts are available on Canvas – the University's virtual learning environment. Practice is at the heart of the curriculum and all course modules build the foundations for this practice. During your placements you will work with a Practice Teacher and will need to demonstrate what you have learnt through the Practice Evidence Tool.

Your lecturers

Tutors have a variety of research interests which inform course learning. These include:

  • school nurse impact and outcomes
  • childhood weight management
  • service user involvement in education
  • assessment of need
  • qualitative methods
  • infant mental health
  • safeguarding
  • parenting programmes 
  • fatherhood
  • online support groups 

Assessment and feedback

To gain the credits required for each module you must be able to demonstrate that you have achieved all of the learning outcomes for that module and completed the Practice Evidence Tool.

Formal grading, which counts towards your final module results, involves essays, poster presentations, reflective accounts, exams and clinical skill observations. You will also receive feedback on your progress throughout the course. 

Theory assessments are awarded pass, refer or fail and practice assessments are classed as competent or not competent in each specific area.



Entry requirements

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Application and selection

​Applicants must have current first level registration on the NMC professional register (part 1 or 2)

120 credits at Level 5 (to study at Level 6) or 120 credits at Level 6 (to study at postgraduate level) in nursing 

You will apply for the programme directly with a supporting NHS Trust via NHS jobs. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.


GCSE and equivalents

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required:

BTEC qualifications

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Career prospects

There are many opportunities for networking during the course, not only amongst your multi-disciplinary peer group, but also with the clinical practitioners you will encounter on placements, as guest speakers or taking part in the annual masterclass.

​To maintain the professional relevance of the course and enable you to forge key contacts, we work with local, national and international stakeholders. Our health and social care partners include: Merseycare NHS Trust, St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and the North West Ambulance Service. Our education partners include: City of Liverpool College; Alexian Research Centre, Germany; Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherland; University College Thomas More, Belgium and KPY University, Malaysia. We also work with charities and community/ voluntary groups.

This programme is specifically designed to balance academic content and practical experience. It is geared towards securing motivating and rewarding employment as a Specialist Community Public Health Practitioner.

As a graduate you may go on to lead and develop future public health nursing services, take a strategic job or progress to further study.


​"Our Service has greatly benefitted from the recent experience that a member of our team had on the SPQ CCN course. She has returned to her post with an added confidence around the leadership role she has. She demonstrates this with assertive, constructive comments in her daily work. She has also brought new ideas into the Service". Denise Hogg, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Professional accreditation / links

    ​This programme is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

You can find a full list of NMC approved programmes at www.nmc.org.uk/education/approved-programmes

International study

International and non-UK EU nationals should check the NHS bursary website for details on residency conditions:

NHSBSA website

If you have any further queries, please contact the International Office on 0151 904 6499.

The university reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the university. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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