BSc (Hons) Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing)

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Studying Community Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) at ARU

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.

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.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

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

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