Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2021/22)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Study a Programme for registered nurses who wish to gain a professional qualification in district nursing or general practice nursing.

The Specialist Practitioner role requires skills in negotiating, teaching and supporting patients and their carers’ whilst effectively collaborating with other agencies and services involved in enabling patient safety. The programme reflects the contemporary and future requirements for the Specialist Practitioner to ensure flexibility to respond to future strategic developments in community health.

The course is for qualified nurses who want to gain a professional qualification in district nursing or general practice nursing. For those who hold either a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in nursing studies, it will enable you to top up your qualification to degree level. If you already have a nursing degree then you can progress onto our MSc Community Specialist Practice.

Within primary care the role of the district nurse and general practice nurse is changing to reflect the needs of communities. There is a lot more emphasis on bringing care to patients so it is closer to their home environment. This means you will be keeping your professional development in line with latest health care guidelines.

By completing this course you'll be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of clinical practice, care and programme management, clinical practice leadership, and clinical practice development. Programme content around diagnostic reasoning in clinical practice supports the development of autonomy and safe practice for non-medical prescribing. We'll teach you in a variety of ways including lectures, workshops, seminars and group discussions. You'll be assessed through assignments, exams, presentations and the production of a practice portfolio. You'll also be assessed on your placement by your practice teacher.

Practice assessment will encompass clinical care, facilitation of learning, leadership and management, Evidence, research and development.

In order to study this course you'll need to apply for a place through a  sponsoring organisation so they can support you throughout your practice placements and provide you with a practice teacher. Without this, unfortunately we won't be able to offer you a place.

We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change. Please check the website for the latest information.

You'll complete a practice based project, work within a District Nursing Team and be taught by a range of lecturers with specialist qualifications and clinical practitioners from local employing organisations.

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What you will study

By completing this course you’ll be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of clinical practice, care and caseload management, clinical practice leadership and clinical practice development. Within the Specialist Practice Module you will undertake the V100 Community Nurse Prescribing qualification to enable you to become an independent prescriber. Whilst studying on this course you’ll spend equal amounts of time in clinical practice on placement and in the learning environment on campus. This means that you’ll gain a mixture of theory and practical experience, supporting you to provide effective patient care when you graduate.

You'll study modules such as:

  • Principles of Practice Assessment
  • Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Evidence Based Project
  • Leading for Quality
  • Applied V100 prescribing
  • Symptom Management in palliative
  • Principles of Long Term Conditions management
  • Palliative Care
  • End of Life Care
  • Educating Health and Social Care
  • Tissue Viability.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

We’ll teach you in a variety of ways including lectures, workshops, seminars and group discussions. You'll spend half of your time on practice placement. Your placement is a key element of your learning and you will gain vital skills and experience working within primary care settings. Placement hours are subject to change.

You will complete a practice based project, work within a District Nursing Team and be taught by a range of lecturers with specialist qualifications and clinical practitioners from local employing organisations.

How you're assessed

You will be assessed through assignments, exams and presentations, You will also be assessed in your placement by your mentor/practice teacher against the NMC (2001) Specialist Education and Practice Standards through the use of case based discussions, observation and evaluation of clinical practice.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Entry requirements

To join this course you will need:

You will need to be working in an area that enables achievement of the individual pathway aims and module learning outcomes.

If you are undertaking a registrable pathway, you must have completed a period of sufficient length to have consolidated pre-registration outcomes and to have gained a deeper understanding in relevant professional practice. This will normally be one year.

It will be the employers responsibility to ensure that any necessary DBS checks and health checks are carried out prior to confirming the offer of a course place.

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)


£9,250 per year





Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

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This Programme will encourage you to reflect on your practice and develop the knowledge and skills you’ll need to keep your career moving forward. When you have completed this Programme you’ll have the relevant skills to autonomously practice in your own area of expertise and become a confident Specialist Practitioner.

When you've completed this course you could continue your professional development by studying a masters such as our MSc Advanced Practice and take your career to the next level. Alternatively you could study towards being a Practice Teacher by studying your Post-graduate certificate in Inter professional Practice Education.

If you already have a bachelors degree in nursing then you should study our MSc Community Specialist Practice which will help you to become an advanced practitioner in your own area of expertise. 

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Course: Louise Boole (Programme Leader) +44 (0)1332 592351

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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