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

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time

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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 2022.

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.

Advanced entry

If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

How to apply

Home 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.

Prepare to start

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)

All pre-registration students need to be DBS cleared before going on placement. You’ll need to have an enhanced DBS check even if you have had one before and will not be able to go on placement until this is complete.

The DBS process is not difficult but can take some time so it's best to get started as soon as you receive your email. You will receive the email during Summer 2021.

DBS update service

If you're part of the DBS update service, your subscription is up to date and you already have a DBS certificate, please bring in your original green DBS certificate for the document check. To take advantage of the update service, your certificate needs to be classified as 'Enhanced' and workforce must be listed as 'Adult and Child'. If you have any queries, please email us at

How to complete your DBS

Our DBS supplier, Verifile, will send you an email with all the details you need to complete your DBS.

Verifile will give you instructions to log into their system and complete your personal details and information. To complete the process, you'll need your passport or driving licence and 5-year address history including dates when you moved in/out.

You can use your application number to track the progress of your DBS.

When you've finished, your Disclosure Statement will be mailed to the most recent address in your submission, so please make sure it's correct. We don't automatically receive a copy of this Statement, which is why we need you to bring it in as part of the next step.

Frequently asked questions

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What do I need to declare on my DBS?

I’ve applied for/had a DBS in past. Do I need to do it again?

Why do I need an enhanced DBS check?

Who reviews my DBS?

When will I hear back from the panel about my DBS?

Which address do I use?

I’ve lost my statement. What do I do?

I’ve had my application rejected due to my DBS declaration/disclosure. Can I appeal the decision?

Document check

Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you will need to produce three accepted documents from this list to be verified.

Providing documents whilst campus is closed due to COVID-19

Document check on campus

Document check at the Post Office

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.

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.

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.

Contact information

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Tel: 0207 815 7500

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