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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Postgraduate
Duration: 1 Year
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

When you study with us on this course, you will focus on the provision of healthcare and social care to individuals, groups and communities within specialist community services.

The focus is on developing your competence, confidence and expertise in assessing the needs of your clients, and working in partnership with them to make informed, holistic health choices.

The ultimate aim is for you to mature into someone with the skills, knowledge and understanding to function as a valuable member of the community, and become a reflective, evidence-based and innovative practitioner as you deliver a client-centred programme of care.

Choose Specialist Practitioner Community District Nursing PgDip at Bedfordshire and:

  • Study issues of direct relevance to your personal and professional development and achievement of status as a District Nurse, and increase your prospects of fulfilling employment
  • Explore the latest research and practice, and develop a range of public health nursing skills that are pertinent to district nursing
  • Develop your sensitivity and understanding in relation to cultural and religious values, beliefs, abilities and the needs of individuals, groups and populations
  • Gain an understanding of the evidence on which care interventions are based in order to promote, evaluate and design interventions, and critically develop effective questioning techniques to enhance your communication skills
  • Benefit from student-focused, self-directed and guided learning that uses a variety of teaching methods including e-learning, work and problem based learning, simulation, role play and student-led seminars.

This course offers the opportunity to study for the Specialist Practitioner Community District Nursing (incorporating the V100 Community Nurse Prescribing) qualification, with the addition of the V300 Nurse and Midwife Independent and Supplementary prescribing qualification.

 

The course can be taken on a full-time basis over one year or as a part time course over two years. For the full time course, success in the first year leads to the award of PGDip in Specialist Practitioner Community District Nursing and provides the professional qualification and eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Specialist Practitioner Community District Nurse with V100.

 

For the part time course, success in years one and two leads to the award of PGDip in Specialist Practitioner Community District Nursing and provides the professional qualification and eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Practitioner Community District Nurse with V100.

 

The V300 Nurse and Midwife Independent and Supplementary Prescribing unit is embedded within both the full time and part time Specialist Practitioner Community District Nursing courses. Success in this unit leads to a further qualification of Nurse and Midwife Independent and Supplementary Prescriber (recordable with the NMC).

 

Emphasis throughout the course is placed on your continuing personal and professional development with the aim of improving your employability prospects. You will focus on issues of direct relevance to the achievement of Specialist Practitioner Community District Nursing and the V300 status whilst pursuing a postgraduate course of study in a supportive learning environment.

 

There are opportunities for conference attendance and presentations. Studentfocused, self-directed and guided learning, small group tutorials, encouragement of peer support, using a variety of teaching methods e.g. e-learning, work based learning, problem based learning, simulation, role play, studentled seminars. There is an emphasis on continuing personal and professional development (lifelong learning).


Units

  • Nurse And Midwife Independent And Supplementary Prescribing (V300) (HCE033-6) Compulsory
  • Public Health: Principles, Policies And Practice In Specialist Community District Nursing (CEL032-6) Compulsory
  • Specialist Practitioner Community District Nursing (CEL056-6) Compulsory
  • Transforming Healthcare Through Effective Leadership (CEL016-6) Compulsory

The course assessment strategy is closely aligned to the teaching and learning strategy which is designed to have: - Immediate professional relevance - Draw on expertise-by-experience - Foster active learning and be leaner-centred in approach. A distinct feature of the course is the range of assessment tasks, including those that allow students to undertake workplace relevant assessments that can have an immediate impact in practice. The assessments will include a range of possible approaches: - Portfolio of learning - Case studies - OSCEs and written examination - Reflective accounts - Community Profile - Presentations - Essays - Journal and report writing Dissertation or Service Improvement project Each of these completed assessments will enable you to demonstrate the ability to critically understand and evaluate complex issues relevant to healthcare and communicate these effectively to a range of audiences. This strategy informs the assessment methods for each individual unit within the course and is based on Masters level descriptors and course learning outcomes. There are specific professional requirements for passing some of the units

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

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Entry Requirements


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.


To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country


To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

You must have a degree or Diploma of Higher Education with evidence of continuing professional development. In addition, applicants should hold a relevant current, professional qualification as a Registered Nurse (Adult) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

A variation to current University regulations has been approved to enable those students who registered for, and successfully completed, the PGDip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) course as the target award, to register to complete the masters qualification by taking the 60 credit dissertation unit (Service Improvement Project).

Fees and Funding

The standard fee for a Postgraduate Diploma for the Academic Year 2019/20 is £4,893

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Scholarship Available

The University of Bedfordshire is proud of its alumni and is delighted to offer a tuition fee discount for those who choose to continue or return to the University for on campus Postgraduate level studies.

We offer a 20% discount on full and part-time Masters courses to those who were successful in completing an Honours Degree with the University of Bedfordshire, DMU’s Bedford campus or the University of Luton.

The standard fee for a Postgraduate Diploma for the Academic Year 2019/20 is £4,893

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Scholarship Available

The University of Bedfordshire is proud of its alumni and is delighted to offer a tuition fee discount for those who choose to continue or return to the University for on campus Postgraduate level studies.

We offer a 20% discount on full and part-time Masters courses to those who were successful in completing an Honours Degree with the University of Bedfordshire, DMU’s Bedford campus or the University of Luton.

The standard fee for a Postgraduate Diploma for the Academic Year 2019/20 is £8,000

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The standard fee for a Postgraduate Diploma for the Academic Year 2019/20 is £4,893

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Scholarship Available

The University of Bedfordshire is proud of its alumni and is delighted to offer a tuition fee discount for those who choose to continue or return to the University for on campus Postgraduate level studies.

We offer a 20% discount on full and part-time Masters courses to those who were successful in completing an Honours Degree with the University of Bedfordshire, DMU’s Bedford campus or the University of Luton.


The standard fee for a Postgraduate Diploma for the Academic Year 2019/20 is £4,893

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Scholarship Available

The University of Bedfordshire is proud of its alumni and is delighted to offer a tuition fee discount for those who choose to continue or return to the University for on campus Postgraduate level studies.

We offer a 20% discount on full and part-time Masters courses to those who were successful in completing an Honours Degree with the University of Bedfordshire, DMU’s Bedford campus or the University of Luton.


The standard fee for a Postgraduate Diploma for the Academic Year 2019/20 is £8,000

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

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How to Apply

UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student