Why study PG Dip Specialist Community Public Health Nurse – School Nursing

  • Specialist Community Public Health Nurses lead and deliver public health services for children, young people and families in the community.
  • Develop the skills to assess the health needs of individuals, families, and communities within diverse and changing contexts, to enhance health and well-being.
  • You’ll be exposed to the breadth and depth of public health working and demonstrate your ability to participate safely in the practice of School Nursing.
  • The course is offered in partnership with 0-19 years Public Health service providers, with theory learning at BU and practice learning supported by a practice supervisor and practice assessors.
  • There is also a health visiting pathway available. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

How to apply if you're self employed or looking to self-fund this course: please contact Dr Karen Rees, Principle Academic in Public Health and Health Visiting. Email: [email protected]

NMC approved

This course is approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) which means upon successful completion of the course you will have achieved the NMC ‘Standards of Proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses’ (2022) in the field of School Nursing and can then register your Specialist Community Public Health Nurse award with the NMC. This should be registered within five years of completion of the programme.

Key information

Next start date:

23 September 2024


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


1 year full-time

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject. Part One or Part Two registration on the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) register. A training contract or secondment from a 0-19 years' service provider/NHS employer, or if self-funding – confirmation that the proposed 0-19 years public health practice provider can, and will, support practice learning.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 7.0 (Academic) with a mininum of 7.0 in listening and reading, with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and speaking. For more information check out our full entry requirements