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Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing), BSc Hons (Top up) Undergraduate 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 practise learning appeals to you, our programme provides on-the-job training as well as state-of-the-art laboratories to support your theoretical studies
  • Our placements often result in employment, with students being regularly recruited through the trusts they are seconded in / sponsored by.

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1 years full time

2 years part time



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

Our Top-Up degree is a one-year qualification for nurses who wish to pursue a career as a specialist practitioner in district nursing. 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 lecturers 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.

We have a 50:50 theory and practice element to our degree, 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 our work placements often result in employment, with our students regularly 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 top up degree fully prepares you to innovatively promote health and wellbeing, while proactively preventing ill health within the context of contemporary local and national policy.


Our nursing degrees are ranked:

  • First in London for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017
  • Within the top 20 nationally for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

120 academic credits at level 4.

Applicants who are registered nurses or midwives but who do not have the required amount of Level 5 credit should contact the programme team at us on to discuss their academic profile.

In addition:

Candidates will be required to:

  • Hold a nursing or midwifery qualification and current NMC registration
  • Undertake selection tests and an interview
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check, occupational health screening and meet residential regulations.

Please note that this programme is not available to international students.

Extra information


The course is assessed through:

  • Presentations
  • Written assignments
  • Exams
  • A practice assessment document.

Professional recognition

This programme is professionally recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


Career options include District Nurse and a range of Leadership roles.

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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New Eltham and Falconwood (approx. 15 min walk)

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