2022/23 entry

BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time, Part time

Course Duration:

1 year, 2 years



Tuition fees (per year)

Not applicable:
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

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Faculty of Health:

0151 231 5829


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Why study Specialist Community Public Health Nursing at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • 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). Also available as a postgraduate PgDip (Level 7) programme.
  • 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

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.

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.

"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

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

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students


The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)


  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.


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.

Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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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.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 6

Core modules

Leadership for Specialist Practice
20 credits

This module facilitates the development of leadership and management skills for specialist community practitioners. It aims to provide you with opportunities to enhance your skills and knowledge to enable you to take a central role in the development of practice within your own environment. It will also provide an opportunity for you to engage in debate and discussion which will help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses as a leader within your own organisation.

Contemporary Issues in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Part 1
20 credits

This module provides you with a theoretical foundation to Specialist Community Public Health Nursing. Practitioners can build on this module to develop innovative and creative practice. You will be required and facilitated to extend your theoretical learning to apply to your own core settings/clients, and this is reflected in your assignments. In addition you will have practice specific sessions with a health visitor or school nurse.

Risk and Vulnerability
20 credits

This module provides you with an opportunity to critically consider contemporary practice across the safeguarding continuum and propose service developments for improved practice. It will support the development of competent and dynamic practitioners in the field.

Public Health
20 credits

This module provides you with the knowledge and skills to work as public health practitioners in the community setting. The module will introduce you to the discipline of public health and the use of evidence to improve services. You will also learn how public policy can influence health needs and service development. The wider determinants of health and health inequalities will be examined in detail, as well as principles and concepts of health promotion.

Research for Specialist Practice
20 credits

This module seeks to provide clinicians with an overview and understanding of a broad range of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and their application in the clinical and social care environment, enabling you to read, understand and critically analyse clinical and social care research literature.

Optional modules

Contemporary Issues In Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Part 2 With V100 Nurse Prescribing
20 credits

In this module you are required and facilitated to extend your theoretical learning to apply to your own core settings/clients, and this is reflected in your assignments. In addition there are route specific sessions with a health visitor or school nurse. The module continues to provide a theoretical foundation to your practice as well as enabling practitioners to develop innovative and creative practice. 

Contemporary Issues In Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Part 2
20 credits

In this module you are required and facilitated to extend your theoretical learning to apply to your own core settings/clients, and this is reflected in your assignments. In addition there are route specific sessions with a health visitor or school nurse. The module continues to provide a theoretical foundation to your practice as well as enabling practitioners to develop innovative and creative practice. 

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

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.


Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

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.




What you can expect from your School

Part of the City Campus, the School of Nursing and Allied Health works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design and deliver a dynamic suite of courses. In addition to specialist clinical practice suite facilities, you will find high quality seminar rooms, IT suites and lecture theatres, plus a café and social spaces. The School’s flagship Tithebarn Building adjoins the Avril Robarts Library, which is open 24/7 during semesters.

Entry requirements

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Minimum points required from qualifications:

GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

International entry requirements

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

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​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.


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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