BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing) (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

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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.

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What does a health visitor do?

Health visitors are trained nurses and midwives who support families with young children. Find out more about their work.

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.

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Specialist facilities

As part of your nursing studies with ARU, you’ll be able to take advantage of:

  • purpose-built nursing skills labs, which simulate many aspects of a working hospital ward
  • sophisticated healthcare equipment
  • registered, practising tutors who will make sure you’re being taught the latest techniques and give you the support you need to succeed.

Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


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.

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