Duration: One year full time or up to five years part time (dependent on pathway)
This award is sometimes referred to as a health visitor degree because it often leads to employment in this particular role. The qualification can also open the door to employment as a school nurse, sexual health, or occupational health nurse.
Throughout the programme you will acquire the skills and knowledge to understand and improve public health. Issues of policy and management will be central to your studies as well.
At Health Sciences we are proud to give you the ultimate combination of high-tech learning facilities and eminent academics. Plus, you will benefit from the findings of our clinical research, which will give you some of the most up-to-date scientific knowledge. In addition, we have a firm valued-based outlook, which means you will gain a heightened awareness of patients' emotional needs.
View the programme specification document for this course
You can apply to undertake the generic pathway degree by requesting an application pack from tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7778 or PGapply.email@example.com. In addition to registering for the degree, many courses will also require you to separately register for your chosen individual modules of study each year once dates are published. Please discuss this with the programme leader. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.
To apply for the specialist Health Visiting and School Nurse pathway you can complete the application pack on this page, which consists of a welcome letter, an application form, an ethnic survey form, guidance notes for completion, an information sheet and a reference request letter.
All packs should be returned to Brenda Draper, Recruitment and Admissions Team, Health Sciences, University of Southampton, University Road, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ. Or PGapply.firstname.lastname@example.org
Places on this specialist programme are sponsored by the NHS, the selection process will involve an interview with NHS Trust and University of Southampton staff. Please direct any application queries to Brenda Draper at PGapply.email@example.com
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Specialist pathway: 52 week programme (including annual leave) 50% of which is in practice, five core taught modules.
On the BSc public health degree course our aim is to provide you with a critical awareness of health protection, health promotion and community development.
Very quickly you'll become familiar with the key concepts that underpin public health practice. But that's not all...
You will also have the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to be competent in leadership and management roles.
At Health Sciences we place special emphasis on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary learning, which is why elements of your study will be shared with other courses.
Both pathways on the BSc public health degree course are offered on a full-time or part-time basis and require you to be in practice. This programme is not available to international students.
Typical entry requirements
- Average applications per place:
The Faculty welcomes applications from registered nurses or midwives who have achieved a minimum of 120 credits at diploma level (level 5) to be admitted to the BSc (Hons) Public Health Practitioner programme you must be able to satisfy the requirements of the University of Southampton, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Since you may be working with physically and psychologically vulnerable people, it is important that you should be in good physical and mental health on entering any Nursing programme. You will be required to undertake a health screening process and may need to update your immunisation status before going on clinical placement. Disability is not a bar to entry as long as you are capable of working as a Nurse within your chosen field of practice.
This course is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1960. This means that you will be subject to a check by the Criminal Records Bureau and any police cautions, civil or criminal convictions will be revealed. You must disclose any police record and discuss it, in confidence, with the programme leader. Having a record will not necessarily debar you from entering the programme.
All students registered for this programme are advised to become members of a Nursing union. All places are conditional on satisfactory evidence of academic achievement and health and criminal record checks.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
This Health Visiting degree pathway will enable you to deliver high quality care as a health visitor.
During your health visitor degree studies you will develop a critical awareness of issues and developments in health visiting by undertaking accurate assessments of children, their families, individuals, groups, communities and populations.
You will also learn to recognise and respond responsibly to the complexities of public healthcare and the context in which current and future services will be delivered.
Furthermore, this health visiting degree pathway will enable you to build on existing learning to develop understanding, skills and attitudes, which will enable you to become an independent learner, as well as a competent, autonomous, reflective and ethical practitioner.
By the end of this health visitor training programme you will have developed competence in planning, delivering and evaluating services in relation to: searching for health needs, stimulating an awareness of health needs, influencing policies affecting health, and facilitating health-enhancing activities.
This school nursing degree pathway will enable you to deliver compassionate, safe and effective care for children and young people, whilst also recognising your responsibility for safeguarding them.
During your school nurse degree studies you will learn to provide care that meets essential and emotional health needs, whilst understanding your role as an advocate for children, young people and their families.
Furthermore, this school nursing degree pathway will enable you to deliver child and family centred care and empower children and young people to express their values, views and preferences, whilst recognising and upholding their rights and best interests.
Importantly, you will learn to take account of each child and young person's individuality, and also work closely with other agencies to ensure strong support for them throughout their education.
By the end of this school nurse degree programme you will have developed competence in planning, delivering and evaluating services in relation to: searching for health needs, stimulating an awareness of health needs, influencing policies affecting health, and facilitating health enhancing activities.
This sexual health degree pathway will enable you to deliver compassionate, safe and effective sexual health and reproductive healthcare, whilst recognising your responsibility for health promotion, protection and safeguarding.
During your degree in sexual health studies you will learn to deliver evidence based healthcare, support and intervention that meets essential, as well as sexual health and reproductive health needs. This care will be informed by the recognition of biological, physiological psychological and social factors.
Importantly, you will also learn to take account of individual factors, such as: age, gender, sexual orientation, culture and diversity.
Furthermore, this sexual health degree pathway will give you a greater understanding of your role in influencing the delivery of health and social care services to optimise sexual and reproductive health, whilst working closely with other agencies to ensure well-supported transition between services.
By the end of this degree in sexual health programme you will have developed competence in planning, delivering and evaluating services in relation to: searching for health needs, stimulating an awareness of health needs, influencing policies affecting health, and facilitating health-enhancing activities.
Occupational Health Nursing
This occupational health degree pathway will enable you to deliver safe and compassionate occupational healthcare, whilst recognising your responsibility for health promotion, protection, rehabilitation and safeguarding.
During your degree in occupational health studies you will learn to deliver evidence based healthcare, support and intervention that meets essential preventative and protective health needs. This care will be informed by recognition of environmental, biological, physiological psychological and social factors.
This occupational health degree pathway a greater understanding of your role as an advocate for individuals, groups and communities, and work in partnership with employees, employers and wider health and social care provision.
Furthermore, you will work closely with other agencies and services to ensure well-supported transition for returners to the workplace.
By the end of this degree in occupational health programme you will have developed competence in planning, delivering and evaluating services in relation to: searching for health needs, stimulating an awareness of health needs, influencing policies affecting health, and facilitating health-enhancing activities.
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
|Travel||Students are expected to cover petrol costs for travel to and from home to practice placement, including for elective placement and for university attendance. Free roadside parking surrounding the Highfield campus is available but this can be limited due to demand. You will need to cover any parking costs incurred for university attendance.|
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks. |
|Books||Modules suggest reading texts as supportive background reading to the lectures. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. |
|Equipment||IT: Access to a PC or Mac will be necessary for undertaking course assignments. Students may find the use of an tablet useful for lectures but this is not essential.|
|Printing and copying||The majority of assessments are submitted online. The Assessment of Practice document and evidence folder will require a small amount of additional printed material. The Hartley library on the Highfield campus has photocopying resources available to students for a minimum charge. |
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.