Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) MSc



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.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) MSc at Bedfordshire and:

  • Study issues of direct relevance to your personal and professional development and achievement of status as a School 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 school 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.





Accreditations
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) - MSc - Multiple Sites

  • Apply Via - DIRECT ENTRY
  • Course level - Postgraduate
  • UCAS Code -
  • Campus Location - Multiple Sites
  • Start dates - Mar
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

This course offers the opportunity to study for a combined Master of Science / Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) qualification. Success in the Master of Science in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) or in the intermediate qualification of Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) will provide the professional qualification and eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (School Nursing).


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 Community Public Health Nursing status as a School Nurse whilst pursuing a postgraduate course of study in a supportive learning environment.


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. Emphasis on continuing personal and professional development (lifelong learning).

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Units

  • Assessment And Interventions In Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) (CEL031-6) Compulsory
  • Public Health: Principles, Policies And Practice In Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (CEL037-6) Compulsory
  • Service Improvement Project In School Nursing (CEL015-6) Compulsory
  • Specialist Community Public Health Practice (School Nursing) (CEL034-6) Compulsory
  • Transforming Healthcare Through Effective Leadership (CEL016-6) Compulsory

How will I be assessed?

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. Examples include: written assignments ranging from reflective pieces to academic essays culminating in a service improvement project, assessed practice within your placements, a portfolio of evidence of learning in practice and a profile of the health needs of your local practice area. The course assessments also include a timed, invigilated exam as this is an NMC requirement


Assessment tasks are designed so that students can tailor them to professional interests, experience and development needs. They area also designed so that students can rehearse ways of thinking and acting that are professionally relevant

There are specific professional requirements for passing some of the units in the course. These requirements are stated on the relevant unit information forms (UIFs).

Entry requirements

Standard entry requirements for postgraduate taught courses apply to this course. In addition, applicants should hold a relevant current, professional qualification as a Registered Nurse or Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and have secured a practice placement with a provider organisation.

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

Students who are direct entry midwives must provide evidence of the completion of their Intention to Practice, which will be held by the course team. A supervisor of midwives will be appointed who will develop a written plan with the student as to how they will meet their practice hours for both the SCPHN course and their practice hours to maintain their midwifery practice.  This will be reviewed regularly during the tripartite visits.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

During the course you will acquire a range of professional and transferrable skills which are intended to prepare you for working as a school nurse. The course provides a student- focused process for integrating personal, academic and career development. You are encouraged to undertake self-assessment to identify your strengths, interests and development needs in relation to your learning needs. Through negotiation with your personal academic tutor you will be enabled to identify your areas of interest and the areas in which you feel you need to develop. Towards the end of your studies you will be actively supported and advised regarding potential career development.

You will carry out a service improvement project in your workplace which will both consolidate your knowledge and further enhance your career opportunities.



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and funding

  • Fees are £6,800. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

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

  • Fees are £12,000

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

UK/EU

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

International

A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Facilities

Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply

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

  • EU students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or apply online

  • 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

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