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Community Practice (BSc)

This flexible programme has been designed to prepare and develop post registration nurses for diverse and complex roles within the community. It is aimed at nurses who currently work in a community environment and nurses whose role may move from acute to community settings in the future.

This is a modular programme for those wishing to pursue a BSc (Hons) in Community Practice and whose role does not require a community specialist practice qualification. Course fee funding is available from WEDS, for nurses currently working in the community in Wales and for nurses whose future roles will be in the community, for the mandatory Fundamentals module and for additional modules in consultation with your organisation and the SONMS.

The BSc (Hons) in Community Practice is made up of 120 credits at level 3, with 30 credits awarded for the core ‘Fundamentals’ module, 50/60 credits from optional modules relevant to each student’s community role, selected from a choice of modules outlined below and 40 credits for the dissertation module. All community modules are 50% theory and 50% practice. The programme may be undertaken via a part time route over two to three years. All students will follow the two core modules and two optional modules that apply to their clinical area. On successful completion students will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Community Practice.

Mandatory modules
Fundamentals of Community Practice (NR3160)
Advancing Community Nursing - 40 credits (NR3170)
Optional modules

Please note: The viability of all modules is determined by student numbers.

Achieving Excellence in Care of Older People
Clinical Patient Assessment for Health Professionals
Developing Expertise in a Focused Area of Professional Practice
Diabetes Care and Management
Foundation in Caring For Acutely Ill Children
Foundations in End of Life (Eolc) /Palliative Care for District and Community Nurses (Distance Learning)
Minor Illness
Neonatal Examination & Behavioural Assessment
Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice


Entry Requirements

The overall entry criteria for the BSc (Hons) in Community Practice are as follows:

  • Current level 1 registration on the NMC register;
  • Normally a minimum of one year post registration experience;
  • 120 credits at level 1 in nursing/midwifery or a subject area relevant to nursing verified by certification (e.g. Certificate in Professional Practice,);
  • 120 credits at level 2 in nursing/midwifery or a subject area relevant to nursing verified by certification (e.g. Diploma in Professional Practice, Diploma in Nursing);
  • Relevant prior learning or experience that allows for the necessary 120 credits at level 1 and 120 credits at level 2 to be accredited via Cardiff University APEL procedure by portfolio and APEL panel verification as per Cardiff University guidelines;

AP(E)L at level 3 is not permitted for this course of study.
Further Information about AP(E)L can be obtained from the School’s AP(E)L Advisor.

  • Applicants whose first language is not English or Welsh are required to provide proof of their proficiency in the English Language and must have attained a minimum score of 7.0 in the IELTS Test, no more than 2 years before the date of application, to gain entry to the University
  • Applicants must be working in an area of clinical practice that allows achievement of the learning outcomes and clinical/ theory hours of the particular modules the student wishes to register for;
  • Secured funding and employers consent;
  • Students may self fund whereby employers consent may not necessarily be required, although the student must be able to guarantee exposure to a clinical environment which allows the learning outcomes to be achieved
  • Students will NOT be allowed to undertake a module which they have previously studied at level 2 which has the same title and content, as the module applied for.


Mrs Gina Newbury
Position: Lecturer - Primary Care and Public Health Nursing
Telephone: +44 (029) 20 91 7836
Extension: 7836


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