With a strong theoretical grounding coupled with the practical experience developed on your placements, you will have the necessary expertise to meet the Nursing & Midwifery Council's high standards of care as a specialist nurse. There will be the opportunity to explore concepts of health behaviours and promotion in the public health arena, and you will also consider how to effectively meet the wellbeing needs of individuals, groups and wider communities. By exploring leadership and management in clinical practice, you will examine the challenges of delivering health and social care services in the current climate especially in relation to professional school nursing.
At the end of your course as a qualified school nurse you will have the skills to deliver effective healthcare to children, young people and their families.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.
You will have the chance to progress to our MSc, which incorporates a dissertation, systematic review or work based study, and offers you the opportunity to pursue research as a scholarly activity and influence practice.
We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.
Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.
This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.
Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.
Applicants should have NMC first level registration, at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subject of Health and be able to evidence recent professional development. Applicants who do not meet this academic requirement are advised to undertake the Professional Profile Development module in order to apply for recognition of prior (experiential) learning. Details of the module can be found at this link Applicants will also need to secure a suitable practice placement in order to undertake the course. All applications should be supported by two references, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link, please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link Students will be recruited on the basis that their values align with those of the NHS Constitution, as well as having the right skills and aptitude, in accordance with Value Based Recruitment, (Health Education England, Value Based Recruitment Framework, October 2014) click here and if selected will need to attend an interview. At interview you will be tested on the values which promote quality care and a positive patient, staff and student experience. We recruit to this course jointly with our placement partners in the West Yorkshire region. Applications are made through the NHS jobs website in the first instance and applicants will complete their application based on a job description and person specification, an example is available here
Enhanced Criminal History Checks:Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here. The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.
Self DeclarationYou will be required to undertake a Self-Declaration prior to acceptance on the course
Health Checks:Satisfactory health checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course.
IELTS:IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature ApplicantsOur University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
Teaching and learning
Understand how to build sustainable capacity and resources for health improvement, and reduce health inequalities. You will be able to identify priority community health needs and write a business plan in order to secure resources effectively using sustainable community capacity.
Learn what it takes to meet NMC standards for specialist practice, specifically standards that relate to your role in leading and managing specialist practice.
Increase the skills and knowledge required for both your personal and professional development in the current modernisation agenda.
Develop your interpersonal capacities and skills by gaining the theoretical knowledge of people's emotional/mental health and wellbeing in relation to being service users/patients within health and social care systems, and relate this understanding to their particular areas of practice.
Gain a theoretical, methodological and practical foundation for social research, enabling you to act as a social researcher to resolve practice based problems.
Learn how to deliver the national model and vision for school nursing, by focusing on four principle areas of practice - managing and leading the Healthy Child Programme, leadership and delegation, early help, support and referral, developing and delivering public health programmes.
Fees & funding
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:
- 24/7 Library and student IT support
- Free wifi via eduroam
- Skills workshops and resources
- Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
- Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.
Placement locations and experiences will vary throughout the course. Students are responsible for any additional travel or dual accommodation costs.
Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).
Optional course costs
- Books: £100 per year (books are available on loan from the library).
This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.
It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.
Once you've decided what course to study, here is a step-by-step guide of what to do next.
2POSTGRADUATE AND RESEARCH OPEN DAY
Apply directly to us via our online application site *.
* Exceptions to this are:
- Teacher Training (PGCE & EYTS)
- PG Dip Legal Practice PG Dip Law
- Chartered Institute of PR (CIPR): Advanced Certificate & Advanced Diploma
- MA Social Work
- MA Art Psychotherapy
- PGCert/PGDip/MA Play Therapy
4YOUR OFFERReceive your offer - remember, the sooner you apply the sooner an offer can be made. Please note that certain courses do have set application deadlines so you should check before applying. Some courses may require you to attend an interview or submit a portfolio before an offer can be made.
5SEND US YOUR RESULTSIf we make you a conditional offer, send us your results as soon as you have these so we can confirm your place.
6ACCOMMODATIONApply for our university accommodation if you need it.
7INTERNATIONAL STUDENTSCheck visa regulations and apply for your CAS number if necessary.
8FEES & FUNDINGDiscover more about your funding options and set up your fee payments.
9ONLINE REGISTRATION & ENROLMENTReceive your online registration and enrolment information.
10WELCOME WEEKAttend Welcome Week and begin your course.