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Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing), PGDip Postgraduate prospectus

  • If you are looking to specialise as a district nurse, we provide the essential knowledge and education to lead a team of staff and provide care in the community.
  • If 50:50 theory and practice learning appeals to you, our programme provides on-the-job training as well as state-of-the-art laboratories to complement your theoretical studies.
  • All our placements have resulted in employment, with students being recruited through the trusts they are seconded/sponsored by.



Do you have the leadership qualities to become a district nurse and inspire your own team in the community?

Our post graduate diploma is a one-year qualification for nurses who wish to pursue a career as a specialist practitioner in district nursing. On our programme you will integrate the study of health, policy, research and evidence-based practice in order to focus your career and specialise as a district nurse.

Our expert tutors will help you develop the required knowledge and skills to deliver care to patients of district nursing services. You will also learn essential leadership skills and how to head up your own team of staff responsible for this provision.

50:50 Practice and theory

We have a strong 50:50 theory and practice element to our diploma, meaning half of your learning time will be spent in practical work placements, where you will be assessed by qualified practitioners. We are proud to report that all our work placements have resulted in employment, with our students being recruited through the trusts they are seconded/ sponsored by.

Nursing skills theory is taught and assessed in our four state-of-the-art laboratories on campus. Learning clinical skills in laboratories ensures that our students develop competence in a safe, protected environment. Your studies with us will enable you to explore and debate policy, theory and research related to district nursing, all within the public health context.

We offer strong support to all our students. We aim to help you deliver and lead district nursing services safely and effectively at individual, group and community levels.

Our postgraduate diploma fully prepares you to innovatively promote health and wellbeing, while proactively preventing ill health within the context of contemporary local and national policy.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • Current NMC Registration for nursing (first level)
  • Community experience (minimum 6 months, preferably 2 years)
  • An honours degree normally at 2:1 or above.

In addition:

  • Students for this programme require a mentor or practice teacher and are usually seconded or supported by their employer to undertake the programme.

Extra information


The course is assessed through presentations, written assignments, exams and in practice through a practice assessment document.

Professional recognition

Recordable with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) and Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber.


On successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to work in a wide range of community based settings, mainly within health and education sectors.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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