Specialist Community and Public Health Nurse Apprenticeship: Health Visitor or School Nursing

Level: 7 

Course duration: Typically 16 Months (Practical training and EPA)

Next start date: September 2023

Mode of delivery: Blended Learning (Online Teaching + Campus Teaching) with integrated placements dependent on module requirements


Our innovative Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing) course enables apprentices to develop their practice as a specialist public health nurse. Apprentices will finish the course as collaborative practitioners who are able to lead practice forward.

On successfully completing this course apprentices achieve a PG Diploma, and are eligible for registration by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC):

  • on the third part of the register (specialist community public health nursing)
  • and able to prescribe from the community practitioners formulary (V100)

This apprenticeship route has been crafted to meet both NMC and IFA standards, and the blended approach is designed to meet the needs of postgraduate apprentices.

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Who is it for?

This apprenticeship is aimed at qualified nurses and midwives (NMC registrants) who wish to further their career and qualify as a School Nurse or a Health Visitor. This programme will enhance your career in a leadership role within the public health arena, working alongside professionals and agencies for families with children aged between 0-19. 

Entry criteria and costs

The cost of the Apprenticeship for 2022/23 entry: £12,000 (drawn down from the monthly employer levy)

Apprentices should be employed in a suitable role, and must already be professionally registered on either nursing or midwife pathways (parts one or two of the NMC register). 

In addition:

  • evidence of degree level study (Level 6) from a recognised UK / overseas institution, or an equivalent professional qualification - but extensive experience will also be considered.

as well as:

  • hold English and Maths Level 2 equivalent to GCSE A*-C or 9-4
  • eligible to join an apprenticeship scheme.

English & Maths Level 2 are discretionary for entry if not already held; however, both must be completed by gateway of the End Point Assessment.

How to apply

We welcome employers and individuals to contact the Apprenticeships Team by completing the expression of interest form below. Once submitted, we will be in touch to outline your next steps and/or arrange a meeting with the Faculty.

Learning outcomes

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nurse or Health Visitor) awarded by Oxford Brookes

  • Professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (on the Third Part of the Register)
  • Enhanced care delivery in community settings
  • Advanced skills required for evidence-based care of children, young people and their families
  • A problem-solving approach to leadership and clinical practice
  • Professionalism and accountability
  • Communication and interpersonal skills

Teaching overview

The core modules contain learning outcomes linked to competencies as a SCPHN and a V100 Nurse prescriber - including specific modules mapped to professional standards. Each element must be passed, and there is no compensation between the assessment of theory and practice.

A number of modules detailed below use a synchronous teaching delivery, which means working or learning at the same time. On-campus learning refers to conventional lectures or seminars. For online learning, chat rooms and online “live” seminars are used to enhance real-time discourse.

Study modules

Year 1                                                                                                                                              Year 2

End Point Assessment

This programme has an integrated End Point Assessment (EPA), so there are no additional assessments as part of this apprenticeship route.

The final examination board, the oversight of an external examiner and finally informing the NMC of successful completion of this programme are defined as the stages of the EPA. 

The Oxford Brookes experience

  • The Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery (OSN+M) is an innovative partnership that seeks to be at the forefront of research-driven education, clinical practice and high-quality healthcare research.
  • In collaboration with other universities and healthcare providers, OSN+M enjoys an international reputation in healthcare research, with the majority of it considered world-leading (Research Excellence Framework assessment 2014). 
  • Our SCPHN programme has successfully been delivered as a non-apprenticeship for many years, using that programme as an overarching structure. 
  • The apprenticeship programme fully integrates the teaching, learning and support the University offers with the assessment and training offered within your practice.
  • We have excellent relationships with placement providers, which results in high-quality learning environments and support from Supervisors and Practice Assessors.