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Health Visiting (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) BSc (Hons)


This is a CPD programme for registered nurses.

Health Visiting consists of developing, leading and managing activities that aim to promote health and social well-being, prevent health breakdown and ameliorate ill health through working with individuals, families, groups and communities. Through partnership working, health visitors seek to enable clients to take control of their lives whilst protecting vulnerable members of society. Public health work that promote social inclusion and reduces inequalities in health is central to health visiting practice.

The course focuses on promoting the health of children, families and groups in a community setting. It considers the issues involved in safeguarding the health of vulnerable children, families and populations. The overall aim is to develop an effective practitioner who is able to identify actual and potential health needs, stimulate an awareness of health needs, facilitate evidence based health enhancing activities and influence policy at all levels.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Should I take the BSc (Hons) or the PgDip qualification?

Depending on the level of your existing qualifications you will either undertake the BSc (Hons) course, or the PgDip qualification. If you qualified as a nurse with an Undergraduate Diploma you should take this course - the BSc (Hons). If you qualified as a nurse with a Bachelor's degree you should take the PgDip Health Visiting (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) programme. The content of the courses is the same.

Important note for applicants

Places on the course are currently funded through sponsorship arrangements with NHS Community Trusts/ NHS Organisations.
The posts are usually advertised through NHS Jobs. The NHS organisation usually begins to advertise between February and April each year, dependent on the availability and confirmation of funding.

Read the 'How to apply' information for full details.

If you would like to discuss the Health Visiting programme at LSBU, please contact the course director, Rita Newland:

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
1-4 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


BSc (core units)

  • Developing professional practice for health visiting
  • Evaluating research for health care
  • A public health approach to promoting health and well-being
  • Mental health and well-being of children and families
  • Protecting vulnerable children
  • Developing leadership and management skills for SCPHN

Optional component

  • Community practitioner nurse prescribing (V100)

For further details on individual course units, visit our online CPPD prospectus.




Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and 120 credits at Level 5. Applications are accepted from newly qualified nurses or those who are due to qualify. Applicants must have sponsorship from an employing organisation that provides a practice placement and practice teacher to fulfil NMC standards.

English language

If your first language is not English you must have the following minimum International English Language Test Score (IELTS) results at the time of applying:

  • 7.0 overall or equivalent
  • 7.0 in the listening and reading sections
  • 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections.

Numeracy and literacy test

As part of the selection process, you'll be expected to undertake an assessment on campus which identifies your attributes for the course and gives you an indication of various scenarios you might face.

Applicants must book a numeracy and literacy test and pass this as part of their preparation for applying.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
1-4 years
Start date
Application code
Application method

The process to apply is:

  1. Identify the Trust you want to be sponsored by. All sponsorship opportunities are advertised on NHS jobs and the Trust's vacancy listings.

  2. On your application form, state London South Bank University as your university of choice.

  3. Note: there is no separate application form via LSBU - ensure that you clearly state your education to show you meet the entry requirements.

  4. Successful applicants are invited for interview with a panel consisting of both Trust and LSBU representatives.

  5. Candidates who are successful at interview will be sent an offer letter from the University.


You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

This course is sponsored by the government and as a result of government commitment to increase the number of Health Visitors there are many more sponsorship's available. See How to Apply tab for more detail.


Select a story and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start


You need to declare any previous convictions, cautions, warning or reprimands through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Find out more on the DBS process for applicants.

To see when and if convictions and cautions are removed from the DBS certificate check the filtering rules for the criminal record check certificates.

For more information please read our DBS FAQs.

To complete the DBS application and get your ID documents checked, please follow the steps below:

Step 1:

Complete the online DBS application and ensure you refer to the corresponding DBS course title when completing your application, to ensure we can track your application.

Organisation: LSBUHSC
Password: london2013

If you already have a DBS certificate and are part of the DBS update service, we need to see the hard copy of your DBS certificate. You’ll also need to e-mail the details below so that we can perform a status check on the update service website:

  • Your DBS certificate number
  • Your name as it is on the DBS certificate
  • Your date of birth

Step 2:

You will need to bring in and show us three accepted ID documents so we can verify your application. You can bring them to the Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building during working hours, Monday-Friday (9am-11am, 1pm-4pm). No appointment is needed.

Please note:

If you are unable to physically come to campus and show your three forms of required ID, you can use the Post Office which offers an identity document checking service for a fee of £10.50.

Take photocopies of your three items of ID documents and your three original documents with you to the Post Office.

The Post Office will stamp the form and the photocopies and give them back to you

The documents should be scanned (including the Post Office receipt) and sent to

If you have further questions you can email

Enrolment and Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.


Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.

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Course Enquiries - UK

Tel: 0800 923 8888

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