BSc (Hons) Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing)

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Develop your nursing skills by learning in a practical work-based environment on our Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) BSc (Hons) course. To apply for this course, you must already be approved to do so by your funding organisation and a Registered Nurse.

Meet course leader Kellie Norris

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Kellie Norris introduces ARU's Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) degree course

District nurses care for people in their home and in the community.

Our one-year Top-up Degree combines university study with experience in practice with the support of Practice Assessors and Supervisors to enhance your knowledge of working and caring for people in the community.

In particular, you'll focus on population and caseload management; on supporting your patients to achieve and sustain independence; and on caring for those who are either unwell, recovering or at end of life.

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Professional experience

With our Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) course, you’ll:

  • gain hands-on experience, with 120 days on placement
  • learn from registered, practising tutors who will make sure you’re being taught the latest techniques and give you the support you need to succeed
  • hear from guest speakers
  • work with a mentor to develop a personalised learning programme for you.

Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • study at a campus that suits you: choose from Cambridge or Chelmsford
  • enjoy full use of our IT and library facilities, with library resources accessible 24/7 online
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Our Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) BSc (Hons) degree is NMC-validated and you’ll be linked to one of our eight NHS healthcare trust partners for your placements.


Once you have graduated, you’ll be able to record your qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) with a prescribing qualification.

We work with employers to ensure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they require. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

Apply now for BSc (Hons) Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing)

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