KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting/School Nursing) BSc

Apply now
The Specialist Community Public Health Visiting/School Nursing BSc course is tailored to offer the professional qualification for qualified nurses who wish to gain entry to part-three of the National Midwifery Council (NMC) nursing register as a health visitor or school nurse.
  • You will be studying at the top nursing faculty in the UK, ranked second in the world (2020 QS World University Rankings).
  • King's College London offers exciting placement opportunities at world-class teaching hospitals.
  • Our study programmes are delivered by internationally renowned clinicians and academics.
  • 99% of our graduates find successful employment.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 120/ECTS 60

Course leaders Cameron Cox  cameron.cox@kcl.ac.uk

Further details

Course contact for further information

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's college London

Faculty Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care



Explore campuses

Welcome to King's

In the heart of London

Discover the advantages of studying at one of the top 25 universities in the world and take a look at our central London campuses.

Watch more videos

Course detail


This course will equip you with the evidence to demonstrate eligibility to register for specialist practitioner status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).  This course may also be suitable if you are a registered practitioner seeking further educational opportunities covering supporting autonomous practice, educational and practice development or exercising clinical leadership.

You can expect approximately 510 hours of scheduled contact time, which may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision and workshops.

To complete the course and receive the professional award, you are required to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council Standard of a minimum of 113 days of practice. This timescale will include 55 days learning and 15 days gaining relevant experience in areas of responsibility, even if not central to the defined area of practice (i.e. Health Visiting or School Nursing). It also includes a minimum of 50 days of consolidated training at the end of the course to enable you to strengthen your education and competence in the practice field (Health Visiting or School Nursing). Your overall time spent in practice will total 120 days.

You will also spend approximately 540 hours of independent study such as e-learning, preparing for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading and completion of assessment tasks and revision.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


  • Coursework
  • Examinations

Fifty per cent of the course is undertaken in practice and students’ achievement of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards of Proficiency is assessed during this element by a practice teacher. Fifty per cent of the course is undertaken in theory, here students are assessed through coursework such as: essays, portfolios and presentations along with an unseen written examination.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.


Year 1

The programme begins in mid-September. Assessment is predominantly by coursework but at least one module is assessed by examination. Most modules have a single assessment.
Required Modules
  • Delivering the Healthy Child Programme
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Child Protection: Assessment and Intervention
  • Prescribing from the Community Nursing Formulary
  • Leadership skills for Public Health Nursing
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Assessment and Treatment
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice portfolio

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 120 credits per year. This course begins in mid-September.

Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Please contact the Programme Leader, Cameron Cox at cameron.cox@kcl.ac.uk

The normal entry requirement for the BSc is a Diploma in Higher Education (120 Level 5 credits) (or overseas equivalent). Applicants with other backgrounds or qualifications can be considered.

If you do not meet the normal entry requirements or you have only the minimum academic standard, you should pay particular attention in preparing your supporting statement and CV to ensure that you draw attention to evidence of potential success at undergraduate level. This might include accreditation of prior experience.

Applicants wishing to enrol on this pathway must have secured sponsorship from a community healthcare organisation for the duration of the programme. These organisations advertise their sponsorships for health visiting and school nurse training through NHS Jobs. To gain updates on the process contact the Programme Leader.

Applicants must be a qualified or newly registered level 1 nurse (all branches) or midwife.

Your King's application is made in addition to the application for Trust sponsorship through NHS Jobs. You may complete the King's application form at any time but you can only obtain a place on the programme of study if you have obtained sponsorship from a Trust.

Do you want to apply for the Health Visiting or School Nursing Programme in 2021/22? To gain sponsorship most Trusts will require a numeracy and literacy assessment undertaken at a participating university. Find out more and book your assessment today.

Application procedure

Personal statement and supporting information

Application closing date

Please contact the Programme Leader, Cameron Cox at cameron.cox@kcl.ac.uk


Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

NHS funded.

Please note: further details about NHS funded courses and bursaries, including eligibility criteria, are available here

Full time tuition fees - Overseas


Additional costs/expenses

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course. These costs are not included in your tuition fees.



Student Placement

Students are sponsored by a community healthcare organisation. Employment of the student and thus the contract, is with the community healthcare organisation not the university. The terms and conditions of this contract, including payment of salary and any reimbursement of costs such as travel, must be agreed between the student and the sponsoring organisation and does not involve the university. If the placement breaks down and the sponsoring Trust is unable/unwilling to provide another placement, the student would need to seek an alternative sponsor. The university is unable to provide a practice placement if a student is unable to find another placement and they would be required to withdraw from the programme.


In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

For further undergraduate funding information, please visit our fees and funding webpages.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

Next steps

Upcoming events

Full list of student events

View our postgraduate guide

Learn more about postgraduate degree programmes at King's.

View guide

Sound like the course for you?

Apply now

Explore King’s

Accommodation Take a look at our comfortable, safe residences to suit your budget, located close to King's teaching campuses. 
Student life Art, food, music, shopping – you'll never find yourself with nothing to do in the world's most vibrant city.
Extra-curricular Discover the huge variety of extra-curricular opportunities at King’s, from MOOCs to language courses.
London living With four campuses by the River Thames and one in south London, King's is right in the heart of the capital.