Study for a full honours degree in just one year, and get the skills you need to work with children and families as a health visitor or school nurse.
If you already have a nursing or midwifery qualification, our course is designed to help you specialise as a specialist community public health nurse in the role of Health Visitor or School Nurse.
As part of the course, you’ll develop the skills you need to work with children, young people and families at home, in schools and at community level and to influence policy.
Our course has full UNICEF Baby Friendly accreditation. Only 25% of specialist community public health nursing courses in UK universities have gained this prestigious award which is recognised by the Department of Health, NICE and World Health Organization as a standard of quality and effectiveness.
Join our supportive nursing community in Cambridge, and top-up your existing qualifications to a full honours degree in one year.
With the support of our expert tutors, you’ll gain a strong foundation of knowledge needed to support families with all aspects of infant feeding including Breastfeeding and relationship building and you’ll learn how to improve children’s health and reduce health inequalities. The UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative is designed to enable public services to better support families with infant feeding and developing close and loving relationships, ensuring that all babies get the best possible start in life.
You’ll build your knowledge, skills and experience on campus in Cambridge or Chelmsford, on a range of practice placements, and by using innovative learning methods such as our Virtual Learning Environment.
Our Specialist Community Public Health Nursing degree has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and meets their professional standards for Part 3 registration. When you graduate, you’ll be able to register to prescribe from the community practitioners’ formulary.
As this course is work-based, it’s open to UK and EU students only.
Applications should be made through NHS Jobs. Local community providers such as Virgin Care, Cambridge Community Services, Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, North East London Foundation Trust, and Southend on Sea Borough Council will all release jobs for ‘Student Health Visitor’ or ‘Student School Nurse’ or ‘Student SCPHN’ positions. Once your application is successful you’ll be registered on our course at ARU.
Nursing is far more than a career. As a nurse you'll make a difference to many people’s lives - including your own.
As a nursing student at ARU, you'll use purpose-built skills labs and sophisticated healthcare equipment.
From Year 1 you'll be out on placement, getting hands-on experience in hospitals and community healthcare teams.
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Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council so, when you graduate, you can consider careers in a range of interesting and rewarding specialisms.
You could, for example, register as a health visitor or school nurse, build a career in public health, or register with the NMC to prescribe from the community practitioners’ formulary.
Whichever path you choose to follow, you can be sure you’re graduating with the knowledge, skills and abilities that employers need. 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.
Top-Up courses are a great way to gain a full degree, while learning more about a subject or developing your professional knowledge.
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