The University of Wolverhampton

PGDipPostgraduate Diploma Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing)

Why choose this course?

The aim of this course is to develop your skills as a specialist practitioner who can combine theory and practice to improve and develop knowledge and skills in District Nursing, or General Practice Nursing. You will gain the necessary intellectual insight needed to evaluate the economic, social and political influences that affect all aspects of healthcare. Preparing you to play a proactive role within your specialist area of practice, this is a professional course and it incorporates a practice component.

What happens on the course?

The practice placement takes place throughout the programme and culminates in a 10-week block at the end of the course. Practice is normally carried out within your place of work. There are core modules that are shared by all students and specialist modules. It may be possible to undertake the programme over a longer period of time.

There are a variety of learning and teaching strategies which are utilised during the course as well as a range of assessment methods to assess the knowledge and theoretical components which underpin practice.

Why Wolverhampton?

The core modules and the specialist modules are designed for the development of practice, as well as facilitating generalist, specialist and multi-agency approaches. As roles within Primary Care over recent years have become altered and diverse the course has been developed to reflect the needs of this changing community. The focus of the programme is on enabling the monitoring and improvement of standards of healthcare through the supervision of practice , clinical audit, development of practice through research, teaching and the support of professional colleagues, through the provision of skilled professional leadership. This programme supports professional progress by developing professional awareness and decision-making.

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Career path

This course equips you with the skills required to become a Specialist Community District Nurse. You will be both academically and professionally prepared to practice as a member of the multi-disciplinary team.

What skills will you gain?

On completion of this course you will:

Develop your subject knowledge and understanding of the principles of primary care as well as the development of maintenance of health of individuals and communities.

Evaluate and apply the theories of research and evidence-based practices that contribute to health care and identify trends in health policy and their effects on primary care

Demonstrate high levels of judgement, discretion and decision making in areas of clinical practice, care and management, clinical practice development and leadership.

Critically evaluate a range of skills including communication, organisational, analytical, presentation and interpersonal skills and be able to approach situations with an open mind.

Utilise a wide range of evidence to support decisions and critically analyse them and be able to justify your actions and beliefs.

Practice competently and evaluate personal and professional performance as well as being able to lead others and work to deadlines in an efficient manner

Who accredits this course?

On successful completion of the course you will be able to record your qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Entry requirements

In order to access the course you must be registered on the appropriate part of the NMC register.

You must have a first degree in nursing / health related subject and have access to a practice placement within your chosen area.

Course fees and finance

Fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact us for further information.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites, or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (// If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (// for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


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