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

Overview

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This award-winning programme is a CPD programme for registered nurses. Occupational health (OH) nursing is a distinct specialty within the family of public health nursing, and OH nurses practice in a wide diversity of settings within both the public and private sectors. If you’re wondering whether to take the BSc (Hons) or the PgDip qualification, this will depend on the level of your existing qualifications. If you qualified as a nurse with an Undergraduate Diploma you should take this course, but if you qualified as a nurse with a Bachelor's degree you should take the PgDip Occupational Health Nursing (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) programme. The content of the courses is the same.

We guarantee all undergraduate Home/EU students a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2018.

Why Nursing at LSBU?

Professional accreditation: our courses are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Student satisfaction: we’re the no. 1 London modern university for overall satisfaction with course in Health Professions (Guardian League Table 2018).
Career opportunities: you’ll gain practical experience in leading NHS Trusts across London, and 97% of students are in employment 6 months after graduating (UNISTATS 2017).
Our three Occupational Therapy Labs, with facilities including simulated living spaces and artistic intervention tools.
No.1 in the UK for graduate prospects in Nursing (Complete University Guide 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 Occupational Health Nursing (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) programme. The content of the courses is the same.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location

Modules

This degree course consists of six modules – each one is worth 20 credit points. Out of these modules, one is a research module which is taught across a range of primary care programmes. The remaining five are OH pathway specific. Some modules are available on a standalone basis. This is subject to availability: we give priority for places on these units to those enrolling on the entire degree course.

Full-time

The full-time course will be completed within one year of study.

Semester 1

  • Contemporary Issues in Occupational Health Practice
  • Risk and Health 1
  • Risk and Health 2

Semester 2

  • Environmental Public Health
  • Case Management
  • Appraising Practice Based Evidence

Part-time

The part-time course will be completed within two years of study.

Year 1

  • Contemporary Issues in Occupational Health Practice
  • Risk and Health 1
  • Appraising Practice Based Evidence

Year 2

  • Risk and Health 2
  • Environmental Public Health
  • Case Management

Employability

This kind of nursing is a distinct specialty within the family of public health nursing, and OH nurses practice in a wide range of settings within both the public and private sectors. Because of this, your options will also be wide. In fact, as well as gaining employment within the NHS, our graduates have found jobs with international airlines, the financial services sector, legal practices and manufacturing industries. Others have set up their own successful consultancies.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Facilities

Teaching and learning

Within the course, each module equates to 200 hours of student effort, 36 hours of which take place in the classroom. This is supplemented with blended learning initiatives that include electronic learning activities and workplace visits.

Teaching consists of formal lectures, seminars, group work and field work activities including a risk assessment activity at the Palm House of Kew Gardens.

As well as this, we use a variety of assessment strategies are used essays, case studies, reports, a professional practice portfolio and one examination.

Entry requirements

  • Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), normally with two years post-registration experience and 60 credits at level 5 (previously level 2)
  • Applicants must haveaccess to an occupational health practice area to fulfil the practicerequirements of the course

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
4054
Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
4053
Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

International students can either apply through UCAS or directly to LSBU. See the international how to apply page for details.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

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.


If you wish to undertake an Occupational Health standalone module, you can apply for the ‘Case Management’ module through the online CPPD prospectus.

Fees and funding

Fee prices

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

It is possible for this course to be funded by your employer as part of your professional development. Speak with your employing Trust to see what is available.

Case studies

Select a case study 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

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course. 

Enrolling

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.

Reading list

You can prepare to study on this course by researching the role and function of the Council for Work and Health,  and reading the following texts:

  • Kloss, D and Ballard, J (2012) Discrimination Law and Occupational Health Practice. London: The At Work Partnership
  • Lewis, J and Thornbory, G (2006) Employment Law and Occupational Health – A Practical Handbook. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing
 
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