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Your Course Handbook is where you can find vital information about submitting assignments, mitigation and a range of other important issues.

Course Handbooks for the 2020/21 academic year will be published on this page in due course. If your Course Handbook is not published yet, please check back soon. All Course Handbooks will be published prior to the course induction.

Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - School Nursing, Level 7, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - School Nursing
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Welcome to the Course

Welcome to our students for the Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - School Nursing course. This handbook provides you with information that you will need on your course. You should find it helpful when you first start, when you are preparing for assessment and at any time that you need help or advice in connection with your studies here. You will also receive a module handbook for each module you study on your course.

Your course team and the School of Health and Community Studies are committed to ensuring that you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the coming year. Your Academic Advisor and Course Leader are available to help with any questions regarding your learning support arrangements in 2020/21.

The course team is looking forward to working with you this year and we hope that your time studying with us at Leeds Beckett University is both enjoyable and successful. On behalf of our University and the whole course team we would like to wish you well in your studies.

Paul Mackreth, Course Director

Welcome to your course in the School of Health and Community Studies. Whether you are a new or returning student I am delighted to be able to welcome you into the 2020/21 academic year.

The year ahead will contain successes, challenges, and personal growth for you, and the School’s team of dedicated academic staff and administrators are here to help you to achieve your potential.

The School has a broad range of disciplines in our Health Promotion, Nursing and Healthcare, Psychological Therapies and Mental Health, and Social and Community Studies groups. Our academic teams work collaboratively, drawing on each other’s expertise to support learning, undertake professional practice and consultancy, and deliver internationally recognised, societally impactful research.

Throughout the year ahead please do take time to let us know what you are enjoying and what you find valuable, but also please let us know if there are things we could do differently to improve your experience through feedback to your Course Director, at the School Forum or through module evaluations and surveys.

I wish you every success for this academic year.

Dr Duncan Sharp

Dr Duncan Sharp, Dean of School

Welcome to Leeds Beckett Students’ Union!

Here in the SU we’re here to support, connect and represent you! Whether it’s gathering feedback on how you’re finding Uni, running in an election to become a full-time officer or joining a society, the SU’s got your back! Below you can find information on a few of our services including the advice service, student voice and how to be a course rep. If you’ve any questions on what the SU is, how it can support you or want to share feedback and have a rant, please feel free to message us. You can follow us on social media by searching LeedsBeckettSU on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up to date information.

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I’m really looking forward to meeting you (virtually!) and wish you the best! See you around.

Sherry Iqbal, Education Officer, LBSU


This Handbook contains important information about Leeds Beckett University’s planned approach to course delivery and assessment in 2020/21. You should read this web page carefully so that you are aware of any changes that affect your course.  

The University is informed by Government and Public Health England (PHE) Covid-19 advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment. We have made arrangements to continue to provide a high-quality educational experience in a way that protects the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff. We are engaging closely with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union to inform the arrangements and will also be informed by feedback provided by our individual students. 

Government and Public Health England advice and guidance continues to evolve, so the arrangements for delivery of your course and use of the campus may need to change during the academic year to continue to protect students and staff.

The taught content advertised at each level of study, or its equivalent, will be delivered across the academic year 2020/21.  We have identified an appropriate mix of blended learning – a mix of face-to-face, on-campus, online and digital content and teaching and learning for each subject, reflecting what will maximise learning as well as supporting more vulnerable learners and enabling the university as a whole to minimise transmission risk.

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be implemented during 2020/21 for teaching, learning, assessment and student support.  

In the event of further government lockdowns, either local or national, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. 

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice. We may revert to different proportions of on-campus learning and online learning delivery later in the academic calendar year or a later teaching block.  Learning will remain accessible for students who are unable to attend on campus sessions. 

How we will communicate with you

We have sent information to new and continuing students on the plans for delivery of your course in 2020/21, the academic calendar (teaching block delivery or alternative) applicable for your course and the options available to you, to enable you to make informed choices. 

As the situation evolves, further information on local course delivery arrangements will be provided to you in emails and on the University’s Covid-19 microsite

In addition to the course specific information set out in this Handbook and the above communications, the University’s Covid-19 microsite contains information for students and applicants, including information relating to University accommodation and University facilities and services.  The Covid-19 microsite is regularly reviewed and updated as the situation, advice and planning evolve.

Key terms and conditions

Further important information for applicants and students is available on our Information for Applicants and Students website. This includes information about the student contract, fees and funding, your rights of cancellation, the student protection plan and the University complaints process.  It is essential that you read the information on this webpage carefully as it sets out the rights and obligations that form the contract between you and the University and information about how to make a complaint.

Location of delivery

In academic year 2020/21, it is planned that your course will be delivered via a blend of online and digital learning and on-campus teaching and learning, with the necessary Covid-19 social distancing and other measures in place on campus informed by the Government and Public Health England advice and guidance. 

Information on how blended teaching and learning will be delivered and the location of any on-campus delivery is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘Location(s) of Delivery’ and ‘Teaching and Learning Activities’.

Information on the delivery of placements and other off-campus learning opportunities is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (if applicable to your course), ‘Sandwich Placement Information’.

Course Fees 

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. Other additional costs remain as published on our original Online Prospectus information in addition to the areas of costs outlined below and in the updated 2020/21 Course Specification for your course.

The course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions.  If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning. Students are advised that they will need a personal digital device for this purpose. The University’s wide range of student support services available for students also includes a laptop loans scheme. Students may wish to bring an existing personal device or purchase or lease a laptop or similar device for their personal use which would be an additional cost.  The costs of this would vary depending on your individual requirements but can be in the region of £400-800 depending on the device. 

The University has developed a means-tested Covid-19 Financial Assistance Package to support students to acquire a laptop should this be needed. Students may also apply for a living expenses fund for unexpected personal hardship as a result of the Covid-19 Crisis. 

Students will need to follow the Public Health England advice and any specific national requirements for maintaining personal safety and hygiene to protect themselves and others from the Covid-19 risks. These personal safety measures such as the wearing of face coverings will be an additional cost that students need to consider. 

Where PPE is an essential requirement for the nature of the course you are undertaking this will be detailed below.   

Policies, Standards and Regulations 

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. This means that there will be operational requirements and protocols in place for the way in which your course is delivered and the way in which University activities, facilities, and spaces operate which students and staff will need to follow.   

In the event of further government lockdowns either local or national in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. We may need to implement approved emergency Covid-19 pandemic academic regulations to take account of the impact of Covid-19 general extenuating circumstances. 

Details of the policies and regulations which are relevant to you are available in the ‘Policies, Standards and Regulations’ section of this Handbook.  

Sandwich Placements, Other Placements and Other Off-Campus Learning Opportunities 

Covid-19 response measures are likely to impact on the arrangements for placements, field trips, volunteering and other off-campus activities. If available, these are likely to operate with appropriate social distancing arrangements.  Employers may reduce the availability of placement or volunteering opportunities due to the impact of Covid-19 on their operations.

The availability or type of placements with employers, study abroad or volunteering opportunities, may be restricted. The University follows the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice and is also informed by any specific in-country international travel restrictions or requirements.  

The University’s current position is that we will not facilitate outward (from UK) international/overseas placements, study abroad or volunteering activity in 2020/21. This is to protect students and minimise the risk of you being stranded abroad in the event of a lockdown and the introduction of national/local travel restrictions. We will only consider international placements for students whose domicile address is in the country of their placement. 

Inward Erasmus study (from other EU countries to the UK under this scheme) will be supported where these align with the teaching blocks academic calendar delivery dates. There may be other national or international travel restrictions or quarantine measures or specific work-place Covid-19 measures that impact on these opportunities.  

Should the Covid-19 response and alert level be amended any activity may also be subject to Covid-19 employer, local or in-country requirements applicable at the time of the placement/activity. We will keep the position under review for teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2, informed by Public Health England and the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice.
Students will have access to advice and support from the University careers and employability team during their studies via the online resources and support.

Further information on placements or other off-campus learning opportunities applicable to your course is provided in the ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (where relevant) ‘Sandwich Placement Information’ sections below.

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

We will prioritise face-to-face teaching and practical teaching to meet any requirements of relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRB) if your course includes these elements. This will ensure that your course retains its full professional status. 

Where applicable, specific information on applicable professional statutory or regulatory body recognition or requirements for your course is summarised in the ‘Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course’ section below.

Teaching and Learning Activities

The way we will deliver this course and teaching, learning and assessment activities in 2020/21 will be informed by Public Health England advice and guidance on Covid-19 secure requirements and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff. 

You will experience a blended approach to learning for 2020/21; this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus online, and digital content, teaching and learning. 

We are working within the government 2 metre social distancing measures for Teaching Block 1 so we are not planning to deliver large-group teaching on campus throughout 2020/2021. This will ensure that maximum space will be available for small-group teaching.

In most cases, the taught content will also be available online so you can still access it if you are not able to attend campus due to the pandemic (for example, due to self-isolation, shielding or travel restrictions). There will be digital content and recorded lectures available online to support students who may be unable to travel to campus. In some circumstances, other formal taught sessions may also be recorded. 

In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies and study towards achieving any specified professional statutory and regulatory body accreditation requirements where this applies.  

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice (see Introduction section above).

Further information on local course delivery arrangements will continue to be available from your School. 

Learning Support

Our approach to delivering student support in 2020/21

Given the planned social distancing measures in place on campus for 2020/21 to ensure safe delivery of services for students and staff, some of the arrangements for student support will be accessible online. 

We are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the forthcoming year. General learning spaces, including access to libraries, will be available to be booked online; and where specialist space is needed, this will either be provided: as normal; created in newly adapted spaces; or replicated as part of an enhanced suite of online resources.

We want to provide a safe environment for students and staff, so on-campus delivery of student support services will be limited. This may mean that campus-based school offices will operate within defined core office hours.  However, full access to advice, learning support and specialist services will be delivered via telephone, email, video calls and online live chat.  The Students' Union will also be implementing social distancing arrangements for student advice services. 

Access to Library support in 2020/21

The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or theLibrary website which also provides full details of all our services. 

In response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21 for students to study, access PCs and laptops, printer/ copiers, and other equipment, and to use the books and journals.

Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook. 

Range of Support Services Available

There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance.  The service contact details are or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need, directly with their Course Director and if resident in halls, their Residential Life Team.

Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook. 

Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook. 

In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided on our University Covid-19 microsite.

Course-specific information

Please note that this course is being taught with a semester-based delivery (not in teaching blocks) using a non-standard 2020/21 Student Academic Calendar/year planner provided below.

It is currently planned for 2020-21 that the induction and lectures and seminars will be delivered online. This delivery will be kept under review for the remainder of the year and students will be informed of changes as soon as possible.

For semester 1 delivery, we are planning that lectures will be delivered as timetabled in module handbooks, delivered synchronously. Full use of MyBeckett (virtual learning environment) will be used to support online delivery. Students will be offered tutorials via telephone, Skype, MS Teams or if requested, will be provided face-to-face on campus.

Access to a personal digital device to enable participation in digital and online learning, teaching and assessment is essential (see above for more details). Online delivery may use a variety of platforms including Skype for Business and MS Teams. Other platforms may be used for specific activities. Support is available from the University to enable you to use platforms or software that you are unfamiliar with; you can download Microsoft Office onto your device by logging into your Office 365 portal from the IT tab on MyBeckett and you can obtain IT Support here: Online assessments may require you to download software prior to the exams and this will usually require up-to-date operating systems.

Details of how students will be supported to engage with online content and assessment on the course will be covered at induction and detailed in your module handbooks, available on MyBeckett. You will be guided to the support available from the University to help with unfamiliar software or platforms for your modules. You will also be guided to our usual online resources, such as the Skills for Learning and the Library resources, and to the support provided by the Library Academic Support team. You will receive guidance on managing your independent study hours for each module undertaken.

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

Confirmed at induction.

Sarah Holstead,, 0113 812 3283, Calverley Building room 518

When elected, your Course Representative details will be provided in class or via MyBeckett.

The Academic Librarians for this course are Kirsty Bower, Maria Kulas, Laurence Morris and Caroline Robinson.

Please contact them at:

Or complete their online Get Help form for help with academic and research skills.

The contact details of other key services, such as the Student Advice Hub, Disability Support, Library, Money, Careers, Students' Union Advice Service and Students' Union Student Voice Team can be found on the Students web page.

Academic and administrative staff at our University use your student email address to contact you. It is important that you check this account regularly. You can forward emails from your student email address to a preferred personal email address, however, quarantine and spam filters needed by our University mean that emails sent from external email addresses may be delayed, blocked or deleted. It is therefore important that your student email address is the only email address that you use to contact University staff. Information on how to access your student email address can be found on the Library Student IT Support page (

Please make sure that you inform your Course Administration team whenever you change your address and contact details. It is important that you also update your records yourself. You can do this via the My Account/Update my Data tab on MyBeckett. This will ensure we can always contact you in an emergency, and that you receive any important University communications that we may need to send you.

We will inform you of class activities and course notifications, including any cancellations, via MyBeckett and email. For each module, the Module Handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you.

We will inform you of class activities and course notifications, including any cancellations, normally through MyBeckett announcements and/or emails. For each module, the Module Handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you.

Your course team is based in Portland Building, fifth floor, and your School admin office is in Calverley Building room 518.

Skype for Business is a communication tool for staff and students:

  • Make calls using audio, video and instant messages across the University community.
  • Create and participate in group online meetings to support project assignments.
  • Available across University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
  • Fully integrated with the Office 365 suite already used by staff and students.

Further information is available on the Library's Skype for Business web page for students. 

MS Teams is part of the Office 365 suite used by staff and students for communication and collaboration: 

  • Access via MyBeckett on University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.  
  • Participate in online meetings and video conferencing in groups or one-to-one.  
  • Work on shared content, ideas, projects and online learning.  

Further information is available on the Library's MS Teams FAQ web page.

Your course team will advise how Skype for Business and MS Teams will be used on your course and make guidance available as required.

Do you need to know more about joining your online teaching sessions or seminars? See the guidance from the Library on this link: How do I attend an online meeting/seminar/webinar?

Timetable Information

This course will be scheduled using a teaching block or semester-based delivery. The 2020/21 academic calendar and term dates are available on our Academic Calendars web page.

Taught sessions will normally be scheduled and included in your timetable. This will include on-campus sessions that you should attend. In 2020/21, depending on your course, this may also include scheduled online teaching and learning sessions where student engagement is required at a specified time and tutor pre-recorded lectures and scheduled discussion sessions. Module information will be made available online by the school for enrolled students.

Timetables will be made available to students during induction week via:
1. The Student Portal (MyBeckett)
2. The Leeds Beckett app

You should discuss any difficulties relating to your engagement with timetabled sessions with your Course Administrator.

The School Forums, where students raise feedback on their academic experience, are scheduled into all students’ timetables. Any student can attend but only Course Reps are expected to be in attendance.

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Course Overview

This Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course enables registered nurses and midwives to obtain a specialist additional postgraduate award and, through completing a specified period of practice, to qualify for entry onto the third part of the nursing register for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) and gain employment as a Specialist Practitioner within School Nursing. The course will enable achievement of standards of proficiency sufficient for safe and effective practice for entry to register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse annotated with the specialist field of School Nursing (NMC, 2004). The framework for competency adheres to the ten key principal standards of Proficiency for Public Health (NMC 2004) which are grouped into four domains: search for health needs; stimulation of awareness of health needs; influence on policies affecting health; and facilitation of health enhancing activities.

The curriculum will enable the SCPHN, upon registration, to work collaboratively on behalf of their communities, to empower the population when making decisions and actions affecting their health, adhering to the standards of proficiency as set by the NMC (2004). Common core modules, shared across the specialisms, will enable students to acquire greater understanding of each other’s roles, shared challenges and opportunities to identify and respond to health needs collaboratively. The inter-professional debate, facilitated through a variety of activities will provide greater perception of the value of colleagues and promote partnership working in practice. Specifically, the inter-professional (Nursing) delivery structure of the course facilitates different nursing practitioners to work together, the inter-professional learning strategy and conferences are a key part of this and lead to a strong course identity for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses.

The course will prepare the practitioner to build on alliances with individuals, families, communities, national and local governments, education, business and industry, voluntary, faith and charitable organisations to improve the health of the people. This will enable the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse to work collaboratively on behalf of their communities, to empower the population when making decisions and actions affecting their health. The specialist modules for School Nursing will enable students to make a valuable contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of school aged children, young people and their families and support the development of a strengthened and appropriately qualified School Nurse workforce in order to innovatively lead public health practice within community settings.

NHS course funding

It should be noted that NHS course funding awarded to students are not guaranteed for extensions to the course. If a student has to have an extension to the course or to repeat a year, the NHS funds will not be guaranteed and such payments will be subject to negotiations with your funder. Notification of a change in student status to reflect a withdrawal from or extension of study will be provided by the University to the relevant NHS body to inform any future funding assessment. Should NHS funding not be granted, students will be liable for the course fees.

On completion of the course, successful students are able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding and application of skills, knowledge and abilities to make a valuable contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of school aged children (aged 5-19), young people and their families.
  • Lead, manage, inform and influence services and service improvement that is underpinned by a critical understanding of theory and reflexive recognition of the policies and organisational context of delivering a range of primary and community School Nursing services.
  • Critically evaluate the breadth and depth of the Specialist School Nurse role and examine the scope for innovative care, safely and effectively in practice within the context of the specialist community practice that shows originality in the application of knowledge.
  • Achieve the proficiencies/ standards required by the NMC to register as a Specialist Community Public Health School Nurse and to synthesise new knowledge into practice.
  • Be able to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively to make sound and safe decisions.
  • Demonstrate initiative, personal responsibility and an advanced level of professional accountability.

Assessment & Feedback

On this course students are assessed through coursework, an examination, a portfolio for practice and practical skills assessments. Students are assessed in practice.

Please note the exam/assessment periods in the academic calendar and make sure that you are available during those periods. Further details of your schedule of examinations can be found on your timetable once the examination schedule is released. Coursework submission deadlines can normally be found on MyBeckett or in individual Module Handbooks/other module guides.

You will see from the year planner that assessment dates are noted, you should further spend some time accessing these from your module handbook. You should aim to have a clear time plan for undertaking your assessments.

Disabled students requiring adjustments to assessments and/or examinations should contact Disability Advice at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements. In order for adjustments to be identified and implemented in a timely fashion we urge all students to register with us as soon as possible, as we cannot provide adjustments at short notice.

For further information visit Disability Advice or email us at or call us on 0113 812 5831. Please also see Disability Advice on the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett for further information.

It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.

It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3.12 of the Academic Regulations. Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.

If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.

You will be required to submit most of your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available.

Format of Assignments: please use this guidance if there is no formatting advice in the module handbook

Layout - assignments must be typed in Microsoft Word with either 1.5 or 2.0 line spacing (except for quotations of more than 3 lines). You should not adjust the margins of the page and each page should be numbered.

Font - standard readable fonts (e.g. Arial or Calibri) should be used, size 12.


Title page - giving your student number, University details, course, module details and word count.

Acknowledgements - if any, for help received in preparation of the study.

Statement of Confidentiality - a clear statement of your intention to protect the anonymity and confidentiality of clients and colleagues should be included in all assignments. Please see the section on ‘Ensuring anonymity and confidentiality in assignments’ for further guidance.

Contents page - showing all page numbers for the detailed listing in sequence.

Reference list - for all written assignments, in alphabetical order of authors, listing all journals/books used or referred to in your text. Use the Harvard referencing convention as outlined in our University reference guide, “Quote Unquote”.

Word count - assignments must not exceed or fall below 10% of the total word count allowed unless otherwise specified. Any content over the word count +10% will be disregarded and will not be marked. For example, if the word count is 3000 words then the marker will mark up to 3300 words and disregard anything written after that point. All words, including quotes, within the assignment are included in the word count, except for the reference list, appendices and any tables.

Please specify how many words you have used for your assignment on the front page. Assignments which do not declare their word count will not be marked

Appendices - if these are required as support materials they should be clearly numbered and listed in the contents page.

Style - try to write in a straightforward, clear style, avoiding colloquialisms and abbreviations like didn't and can't etc.

Plagiarism - Acknowledge all quotations and sources of information to avoid plagiarism. Use single quotation marks at the beginning and ending of the precise words used. Quotations longer than three lines should be indented five spaces and single spaced, so that they stand out clearly from your own material. Please refer to the Leeds Beckett guidance on how to avoid plagiarism.


You are expected to use Turnitin to check your originality - the University Academic Integrity Regulations includes some types of poor referencing - use Quote Unquote (on MyBeckett and Skills for Learning website) and discuss with your module or course tutor if unclear. Further information on Turnitin is available here:

Originality report and plagiarism

All students are reminded that the drop box for your assignment submission is opened soon after the module starts in order to enable students to check their originality report . See for further instructions. Students are strongly advised to check this prior to submission and if your originality report is high or there are substantial parts of your text that appear highlighted in colour this may suggest plagiarism due to poor referencing. Please seek advice prior to submission if you are unclear.

Ensuring anonymity and confidentiality in assignments

All work submitted must have the confidentiality statement together with a submission sheet. In your academic work, you may be required to draw on your experience in practice. It is vital that in addition to ensuring confidentiality in terms of the names and identifying characteristics of patients/service users/ colleagues, the place of work should not be identifiable in any way. This includes the department, ward or service in addition to the Trust or private organisation. Examples of terms you might consider using to ensure confidentiality include:

…..a surgical ward in a large teaching hospitals Trust in the north of England

…..a specialist community team from a large mental health Trust in the north of England

…..a private nursing home in an inner city area

If you need to cite a local policy or locally developed practice guidelines, you should use the term ‘Trust’ or ‘Nursing Home’ without actually citing the actual name. An example of this would be:

…….Mary was assessed using the Trust’s validated pressure sore assessment tool (Trust, 2009)

In the reference list, this should be presented as: Trust (2009) Pressure Sore assessment practice guidelines

In addition, any copies of local documentation that you might be submitting as an appendix (such as an assessment tool) should have any identifiable logos, letterheads or brandings obscured.

If you are in any doubt about the issue of how to maintain confidentiality and anonymity in your written work, please seek advice from your module leader.

Breaching confidentiality of people or place in the content of assignments may lead to the work being referred and receiving a mark of zero. Students must also be aware that if, within any coursework (written or oral), ethical, legal or professional standards appear to be breached in relation to professional practice, your personal tutor/ Course Leader/ module leader will need to investigate to ensure public protection. This could include contacting your employer. Please discuss any issues of concern about standards of practice/ unsafe or unethical practice with your personal tutor/ course/ module leader. Equally, we may be required to inform employers or regulatory bodies of the outcome of your course.

Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive feedback on your assessments.

Submission dates, feedback dates and dates of recovery of assessment opportunities are detailed in course and module handbooks. Continual feedback is provided in seminars, personal or group tutorials and in practice by Practice Assessors. To focus students upon ‘assessment for learning’ the course team utilises a feedback form that asks students to rate themselves on the marking criteria and encourages them to ask for specific feedback.

Students can expect to receive feedback four weeks after submission of a summative assessment. There is sometimes a perceived delay between submitting an assessment and receiving feedback, as work has to be marked and moderated, before feedback can be given, but this will normally be within the standard four weeks return period.

Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study (e.g., from Level 4 to Level 5 of an undergraduate degree) or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online system:

Results will appear on Results Online within five working days from the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided).

If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator.

The University recognises that, from time to time, students may encounter issues which may prevent them from being able to submit or take assessment. Where this is the case, students may be able to submit their 'extenuating circumstances' for consideration. Please see the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances web page for further information.

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via Results Online of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your module leader for any clarification.

Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.

Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.

Teaching & Learning

Mid-career study is an opportunity to stand back and reflect upon approaches to nursing practice. To facilitate the transition between busy day to day nursing practice and formal postgraduate study a one week induction programme is offered. This assists in the orientation of online systems and the campus, allows time for the student registration process, provides opportunities to create and form groups and is the commencement of course, professional and University relationships.

Experiential learning in developing specialist practice

Assessment, learning and teaching activities embrace a student-centred philosophy and are designed around the principles of progressive lifelong learning and the development of postgraduate skills. Students enter their course as experienced ‘expert’ nurses and then become ‘novices’ in their journey in meeting their new standards for specialist nursing practice (Benner 1982; NMC, 2001 and 2006). They form a strong professional and course identity in working as a peer group in classroom based and work-based tasks. This process is facilitated by a Course Leader/ Personal Tutor who is a specialist in the field of practice, together with a qualified practice-based Practice Assessor. One of the first tasks students and the course team undertake is the formation of the tripartite relationship between these three agencies. This supports the one to one recognition of a student’s individual learning needs together with their learning strengths. The tripartite relationship is supported by the e-portfolio which provides a means by which students can share and develop their reflective work with tutors and Practice Assessor/Practice Supervisors.

Modular learning

Modular learning and assessment are rooted in work-based discussion and the development of work-based projects. These are designed to bridge the theory/practice gap. The course team divides modules between ‘core’ (that all community nursing students undertake) and ‘specialist’ (that specifically focus on one chosen field of practice), and there are no elective modules. Modular learning develops in-depth knowledge and an understanding of shared challenges in practice. This in turn leads to increased respect for the role of other health and community care practitioners, working in diverse long term care and public health settings, promoting improved inter-professional co-operation.

Modules are purposely delivered to ensure that, by the end of the course, students produce for assessment a document that clearly evidences the meeting of NMC standards for specialist practice (2001 and 2006): the PebblePad e-portfolio. Each module challenges students to complete tasks and activities via lectures, seminars, simulated learning, and pre/post-classroom activities. The specific activities depend on modules undertaken, but artefacts and evidence from these sessions can be used in the e-portfolio. Throughout the course there is a focus on encouraging increasing independence and advancing academic skills, and the e-portfolio is central to this process as it allows for student self-assessment, planning of learning, the production of evidence to meet learning plans and ultimately their ability to confirm that they, under the supervision and assessment of a Practice Assessor, have met their own learning plans. At the end of the course, students are provided with ongoing alumni-access to their e-portfolio and its contents on a ‘free for life’ basis allowing them to continue to use it for ongoing Continuing Professional Development and to support NMC professional revalidation processes for nurses.

Attendance and absences

You have been accepted onto a professional course and have entered into a contract with the University and the Local Education and Training Body (HEE North). As such you are required to attend ALL face to face timetabled sessions. The course has a 100% attendance requirement. Some of you have your course fees paid by HEE North and/or are seconded to attend University by your employer and by not attending without good reason you are in breach of your contract. You are required to attend all aspects of the course unless unable due to health or other valid reasons. You must attend a minimum of 112.5 placement days – so any absences must be made up by extending the placement dates. Attendance is monitored and tutors will address concerns with students about absence, this may include liaising with practice placements and employers.

If you are unable to attend a session due to illness and when you return to study, the course team expect you to access the MyBeckett area to catch up on missed sessions. We recommend that you explore the topic and critically reflect upon the concepts within the topic with a view to making recommendations for your own professional practice. This will aid the development of your ePortfolio. The course team will be available for tutorials.


To ensure the highest standards of Teaching and Learning, the course team try to balance the need for discussion and preventing disruption from talking in lectures. Disrupting the learning of others can problematic and in some cases (e.g. arguments, shouting down or upsetting others) contravenes both Leeds Beckett University Student Regulations, which you have agreed to abide by when enrolling on the course, it may also contravene the professional standards as set out in ‘The Code’ (NMC 2018). Any suspected breach of these regulations will be raised with the module leader in the first instance, for immediate management and to the course leader if problems continue. The course leader will arrange to meet with the student and may issue a letter of warning following the meeting. Students who do not meet standards of professional behaviour during the course may be referred to the ‘Fitness to Practise’ Panel. Information relating to unprofessional conduct may also be recorded on any references supplied by the University.

All modules and module assessments must be passed to be considered for this Postgraduate Diploma award. All modules are ‘core’ to the named award and all modules are 20 credits. Whilst shared learning is encouraged the course contains two modules that are described as ‘specialist focus’ (Getting it Right and Professional Development in Practice). The Professional Development in Practice module specifically relates to meeting NMC standards for practice and is where students demonstrate 50% learning in practice. Therefore students complete a minimum of 112 supernumerary days of practice over their 52 week course (full-time) or over 104 weeks (part-time). This includes 15 days learning from an alternative practice setting and 10 weeks end of course consolidation of practice. Practice is assessed summatively on two occasions, at mid-point and at the end of the course. The ‘Getting it right’ module is designed to present the contemporary discourse, theory and best practice for the profession.

Level 7 core modules

Common core modules

  • Building Community Capacity in Public Health
  • Understanding Social Research and Evaluation
  • Leadership, Management and Enterprise
  • Therapeutic Relationships for Health Care Practitioners

Specialist focus School Nursing modules

  • Professional Development in Practice
  • Getting it right for Children, Young People and Families, 5-19 years

Full time one year - indicative delivery

Semester 1


Semester 2


Building Community Capacity in Public Health


Leadership, Management and Enterprise


Getting it right for Children, Young People and Families, 5-19 years

Y Understanding Social Research and Evaluation Y
Therapeutic Relationships for Health Care Practitioners Y
Professional Development in Practice (year long) Y Professional Development in Practice (year long) cont
Part-time students will be advised which modules they will be undertaking in each year.

A standard 20 credit module equates to 200 notional learning hours, comprising teaching, learning and assessment, any embedded placement activities and independent study. The notional hours for the course have been exceeded due to the placement hours requirement.

Overall Workload in hours

Level 7

Teaching and Learning


Independent Study and Assessment




Details of School academic staff can be found on the School of Health & Community Studies Website.

Attendance & Absence

The University expects you to attend and fully contribute to all mandatory sessions on your timetable as set out in your student contract. Engagement in your lectures, seminars and practicals is an important part of your learning - contributing both to the University community and the learning experience of your fellow students on the course.

We monitor your engagement at the University as regular attendance and academic achievement are closely linked. Moreover, by monitoring your engagement and attendance we can identify students who may need our guidance or support at an early stage to help them progress in their studies. This is part of our commitment to ensuring an excellent education and experience and supporting your success at Leeds Beckett.

The University does understand that from time to time there is good reason why you cannot attend a class, and in this instance you must contact your School office to let them know.

Please note that any attendance reports can be shared with you and your Course team. You might be asked to contact your School office so that appropriate academic or pastoral support can be offered, should your attendance record give cause for concern.

Our most important aim is to support your studies, but we are also required to report attendance to various external bodies such as the Student Loan Company and the Home Office. There are measures in place for students who seek to falsely register either their own or fellow students’ attendance.

Our Attendance Policy is available under ‘Student Contract’ on the Student Regulations web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific attendance requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

You must notify your Course Administrator if you are absent for more than one day (for example for an interview, emergency unforeseen circumstances, or for compassionate leave). If you are going to apply for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

If you are unable to study due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, please see the guidance available on our Covid-19 web page.

If you are unable to study because of another illness for more than 14 consecutive days (including weekends), you must provide us with a Fit Note.

You can send a digital copy of your Fit Note to your Course Administrator, and then send the original by post.

If you are absent through illness on the day of an examination or assignment deadline and you intend to apply for mitigation, you must also provide us with details as possible. Your submission for mitigation may be made online and the circumstances surrounding it may be self-certified unless your period of absence is prolonged. Generally, all absences of 2 weeks or more will require the submission of verifiable documentary evidence. For more information on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit our Mitigation web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

Campus-based students who suspect they may have, or have been diagnosed as having a serious infectious disease such as Mumps, TB, measles, meningitis or chicken pox should not attend campus and notify their Course Director or Course Administrator as soon as possible giving information regarding which groups of students (and/or colleagues and clients on placements) you have been in contact with and when. For diseases such as Mumps, TB or meningitis, your doctor will notify the West Yorkshire Public Health Protection Team who may also wish to speak to you (or your family) to determine if others require screening or medication. You should follow advice given by the hospital or your GP about when it is safe to return to University. Further information is available on the Student Wellbeing web page.

For guidance on what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus), please visit our Covid-19 web page.

If you are thinking about changing course or withdrawing from your course, further information can be found on our Student web pages

International Students

Please be aware that our university fully complies with University Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) policy at all times. There are legal reporting requirements for all students in the UK on a Student visa, and full attendance is mandatory for all students on a Student Visa. Failure to meet UKVI attendance requirements could lead to your academic sponsorship being withdrawn and your visa being revoked. Students on a Student Visa need to be aware of their responsibilities whilst in the UK, please see or our Student Immigration Advice and Compliance web page for full information.

For up to date information about visas, immigration issues and other matters relating to international students, please visit the International Students’ web pages on the Students website ( or contact the International Student Advice Centre on

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Graduates will be eligible to register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse annotated with the specialist field of School Nursing.

For the NMC’s current Covid-19 information for students, see this link:

NMC Recordable qualifications information

Specialist Community Public Health Nurses: It is important that you apply to register within five years of the course completion date or you will not be able to join the NMC register. If you do not register your qualification within five years, you will have to complete the course again.

'In Year' Work Placement Information

This course is delivered in collaboration with healthcare employers, usually the NHS. As an NMC approved course, 50% of time is spent in the practice placement, in order to bridge the theory/practice gap and to allow for experiential learning. As a postgraduate, students take the lead in their own learning. The e-portfolio facilitates this process acting as a guide to developing action plans and in self-assessment tasks. The outcome is that all students must evidence, through practice, the meeting of the NMC standards. Each module assessment also is rooted in practice learning and is based upon a work-based project. It is a requirement that all students are supernumerary to the staff establishment for practice-based learning.

The overall course is 52 weeks (pro-rata), and of this, 45 weeks are programmed, with the remaining 7 weeks taken as leave. These are clearly detailed on the annual course calendar that is provided prior to the commencement of each course. To maintain the theory/practice 50% ratio, the expectation is that full-time students allocate their time as:

  • Two days per week in practice placement when they also have two days a week in University.
  • Spend up to 15 days in ‘alternative practice’.
  • Complete a ten week ‘consolidation of practice’ placement at the end of the course.

Part-time students complete the above pro-rata.

Placements are provided by the student’s employer.


This course is delivered in collaboration with healthcare employers, usually the NHS. As a NMC approved course 50% of time is spent in the practice placement, this is to bridge the theory practice gap and to allow for experiential learning. As a postgraduate, you will take the lead in your own learning. The e-portfolio facilitates this process acting as a guide to developing action plans and in self-assessment tasks. The outcome is for you to evidence, through practice, the meeting of the NMC professional practice standards. Each module assessment also is routed in practice learning and is based upon a work based project. Guidance for your Practice Assessor is sent to them each year using the following web page:- This page also includes guidance of how to manage difficulties in practice.

Practice information

Practice placements are provided by employers, it is therefore incumbent on all students that they comply with assurance standards for each employer offering a placement, and this includes:

  • Mandatory Training: It is the student’s responsibility to work with the placement area to ensure that annual mandatory training is completed. This and may include: moving and handling, first aid/resuscitation, child protection/safeguarding and information governance.
  • Occupational Health: Services are provided by employers/placements. This service is used as required and may include pre-employment screening, health and wellbeing advice and return to work support.
  • Health and Good Character: Students are required to immediately declare any cautions and convictions they receive, including charges pending, before entering and throughout the programme. Declarations include any changes to physical or mental health so that assessment can be made by the Occupational Health services or disability support services to assure safe practice or withdraw students from practice. These changes must be declared to the Course Leader. Students retain their copy of their DBS certificate for the duration of the course.
  • Uniforms and ID badges: As the practice placement is longer than traditional nursing students, the placement provider provides all the requirements for identification such as a uniform, staff card or requirements for dress and appearance. The expectation is to comply fully with each placement area’s policy on uniform, appearance and staff identification. This may often include when NOT being identified as being in practice, e.g., in public places.

Opportunities to broaden practice experience

As practice is an integrated component within the course structure, it is supported by a Practice Assessor who offers one-to-one personalised support and assessment. This relationship is pivotal in reflective experience of practice and is available for the full duration of the course. The planning of practice experience is essential and is done so through the e-portfolio in the form of Learning Contracts. Whilst a focus is to meet standards for specialist practice, there is also scope to plan and undertake a range of placement based learning to broaden the scope of practice. A minimum of 15 days should be spent in ‘alternative settings’. The selection of these settings can be based upon professional interest, learning needs or as opportunities arise. Past examples include working in rural teams, urban inner-city, specialist teams, or in other countries. Evidence of this experience is detailed in the e-portfolio.

Transition to specialist practice

The final ten weeks of the course are the ‘consolidation of practice’. This is the final phase of study that is all spent entirely in practice; students work in transition to registering/recording as a specialist community nurse. It is designed to simulate the experience of being a qualified specialist practitioner, but retains the support mechanism and the protection of being ‘supernumerary’.

Mandatory Training

It is your responsibility to ensure that you attend annual mandatory training to ensure you are safe and maintain health in practice. Each placement provider and employer has their own requirements for this and may include: Fire, Moving and Handling, First Aid/Resuscitation, Child Protection/Safeguarding and Information Governance.

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this course will have gained a wide range of skills including the academic skills commensurate to Master’s level achievement and the professional skills as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as outlined in their as outlined in their SCPHN Standards of Proficiency.

You will have opportunities to gain recognition during your time at Leeds Beckett University for the extra activities you do in addition to your studies, including volunteering, student societies, playing in our University sports teams and being a Course Representative.

Successfully completing this postgraduate diploma will allow you to have recorded onto the NMC register the title of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (annotation). This course therefore prepares you for the workplace environment where you will utilise these new skills. Our graduates work as school nurses with different groups of children in a range of settings.

Graduates may opt to return to study part-time to complete a dissertation module and achieve the award of MSc Health and Community Care.

Learning Support

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to specialist professional services as appropriate. They can give you a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript. You may also like to contact your Course Rep or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course-related questions.

Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.

The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first arrive at University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.

As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.

If you need help with more complex queries or concerns, their trained advisers also support students with 1-1 appointments, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk about your circumstances and identifying support that you can access within and outside of the University. You can book an appointment with an Adviser on MyHub.

Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.

Within MyBeckett you will see two tabs (Support and Opportunities) where you can find online information and resources for yourselves. The ‘Support’ tab gives you access to details of services available to give you academic and personal support. These include Library Services, the Students’ Union, Money advice, Disability advice and support, Wellbeing, International Student Services and Accommodation. There is also an A-Z of Support Services, and access to online appointments/registration.

The ‘Opportunities’ tab is the place to explore the options you have for jobs, work placements, volunteering, and a wide range of other opportunities. For example, you can find out here how to get help with your CV, prepare for an interview, get a part-time job or voluntary role, take part in an international project, or join societies closer to home.

Support for disabled students is available from our Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:
• epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
• depression, anxiety and eating disorders
• dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
• Autism Spectrum Conditions
• Mobility difficulties
• Sensory impairments

Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course. We would encourage you to contact us as early as possible to enable us to implement any adjustments you may need. If you have a disability and have not previously declared it, please fill in the registration form (which is also available via the Disability Advice web page) or contact the Disability Advice team on 0113 8125831 or email

More information on disability advice is available under the Academic and Personal Support sections of the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett, and on the Disability Advice web page.

Disabled students can also access the Disability Resource Areas in each library and the support provided by the Library Learning Support Officer. More information is available on the Library website.

The Library

The Library offers 24/7 support for your studies. You can access thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services.

Library Academic Support

The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies.

The team maintains a number of websites to support your learning:

  • In your Subject guide, you'll find a variety of information resources which have been selected as a good starting point for research in that area.  These are available on the Skills and Subject Support web page or via the Course or Support tabs in My Beckett.
  • On the Skills for Learning website, you’ll find online resources covering topics such as essay writing, research and time management, plus information to help you reference and avoid plagiarism, alongside details of online workshops that are designed to help you succeed in your assessments.  The Skills for Learning website can be found on the Library website or via the Library or Support tabs in My Beckett.

Library and Student IT Advice Service

The Library and Student IT Advice Service team can answer your queries on borrowing, finding information, passwords, Office 365, online meetings, saving your work, MyBeckett and more:

  • online (including 24/7 chat) via the Contact Us web page
  • by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)

They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel.


Wi-Fi on the University campus is provided by eduroam, a secure wireless network, which also allows you Wi-Fi access if you visit other universities. To connect:
1. Select eduroam from available Wi-Fi
2. Your login details are:
Username: e.g.,
Password: your normal university password
*Android Users: Select under Phase 2 Authentication – MS-CHAPv2
Help is available on the Library’s Wi-Fi web page.

Microsoft Office 365

You are provided with free access to Office 365 and the latest version of Office can be downloaded from the IT tab in MyBeckett or from All students who are registered for a qualification at Leeds Beckett University are eligible and you can use the subscription for the duration of your course. For instructions and more information, please see the Office 365 support page.


OneDrive Leeds Beckett is your individual file storage with 1TB of storage space. With OneDrive you can access and share your files across your devices. This is accessible on University PCs and off-campus through Office 365 portal. See the Saving your Work pages on the Library website for more information.

Leeds Beckett RemoteApp

The Leeds Beckett RemoteApp gives you access to a range of specialist software for your course on your personal devices. See the RemoteApp page on the Library website for more information.

Media Equipment – free loans

You can borrow high-end Media Equipment for free. Browse, reserve and collect equipment ranging from GoPros to Remote Presenters from the ground floor of the Shelia Silver and Headingley Libraries. Further information is available on the Media Equipment web page.

The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent, non-judgemental advice and guidance to all Leeds Beckett Students. This can include advice on any problems you might have whilst on your course including all the Academic Regulations (Mitigation, Extensions, Complaints, Appeals, Disciplinary procedures and Academic Integrity). We can also give advice on any issues you may have with your housing including disrepair, contract checking and issues with deposits. We can also advise on student funding and debt.

We will listen to your problem and outline what options are available to you, so you can make an informed decision on what to do.

Hopefully you will never need us but just remember we are here for you if you do.


Tel: 0113 812 8400

The Students’ Union Student Voice & Insight Team works together with the Education Officer to effectively represent students’ academic interests.

We provide support, training and ongoing development to c.1000 Course Representatives, who are elected by you to represent you whilst you study at Leeds Beckett, and facilitate the School Forums where any student can raise feedback about their academic experience at Leeds Beckett and discuss changes that have occurred as a result of student feedback with University staff.

Unsure who your Course Rep is? Maybe you’re interested in becoming a Course Rep or have feedback about your academic experience? Drop us a message on the details below:


Tel: 0113 812 8400


MyBeckett, the portal and virtual learning environment provides:

• access to your modules and timetables;
• your reading lists and email account;
• your personal storage area on our University IT servers;
• information on where to look for academic or personal support (Support tab);
• information on opportunities such as jobs, careers, part-time work, placements and volunteering (Opportunities tab)
• access to Library and student IT advice

Further information and support for using MyBeckett can be found on the MyBeckett Support Pages.

The physical and online resources available for this course include:

  • Classroom and lecture facilities with PC and smartboard facilities.
  • Social learning spaces with individual tutorial rooms.
  • Online learning repository ‘MyBeckett’ which contains lectures, notices, assignment submission facilities.
  • Skills suite.

Student Voice

We are committed to working in partnership with you and the Students’ Union to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.

We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey. We utilise the outcomes of these surveys to benchmark our courses nationally and to inform annual course enhancements.

Informal feedback is also welcome at any time either via your Academic Advisor or module tutor or via your Course Representative. Our partnership with you enables us together to make the most of your learning experience with us and to enhance the quality and reputation of your course. You can find out what actions have been taken in response to your feedback through your Course Representative, the Students’ Union, your tutors or through the Library.

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.

You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey.

We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your Course Representative or directly with your Course Director or Academic Advisor.

If you have a specific complaint about an act or omission of our University, you may be able to make a complaint under the Student Complaints Procedure. In the first instance, you should raise the matter as soon as possible with the member of staff most directly concerned, or with the person who can best resolve it. If this does not resolve the matter, or if the complaint is too serious to be addressed in this way, then you should make a formal complaint in writing. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages

General Information

Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - School Nursing

Postgraduate Certificate Health Related Studies

Leeds Beckett University

Level 7 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, with 120 credit points at level 7 of the Higher Education Credit Framework for England.

Part-time delivery is usually at half the intensity of the full-time equivalent course.

City Campus, Leeds (plus location of work placement, if applicable)

In 2020/21, the course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions, when possible. If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning.

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. If you have any queries about your tuition fees, please visit our Course/Tuition Fees Payment web page or contact Ongoing queries relating to additional course costs may be discussed with your Course Administrator.

Policies, Standards & Regulations

Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:

• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page
• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page
• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)

Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page

You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment.

The course follows the Academic Regulations except where noted below.

Fitness to Practise: The course is authorised to use the University Fitness to Practise Policy. Students are expected to act in a professional manner at all times in line with the Policy.

Requests for credit transfer (RPL)
In order to comply with Nursing and Midwifery Council standards (NMC, 2004), credit transfer can only be for a maximum of one third of the course.

All assessments to be passed and pass/fail assessments
All components of assessments must be passed at 40% or a pass for pass/fail marking to pass a module. All components of assessment and all modules must be passed to achieve the award.

Mid-point assessment for practice
There is a summative assessment of practice midway through the course (in module, Professional Development in Practice). The student’s Practice Assessor in practice is responsible for assessing this and signs the Confirmation of Student Progression (at the end of semester 1 for full time students or at the end of semester 2 for part time students). If a student does not pass the mid-point assessment in practice and then fails to meet the requirements set in order to retrieve this failed assessment, this will be reported to the Board of Examiners prior to the student attempting to complete the level. This may mean that the student cannot repeat the practice placement if a new placement cannot be secured. The student would then receive a ‘withdraw’ not ‘repeat’ decision.

Contained award
Students are eligible for the contained award PG Cert Health Related Studies for the attainment of a minimum of 60 credits at L7 from any of the modules of the target award. If the module has a pass/fail assessment, this will need to be passed, in order to evidence that the student has achieved the required profile for the award.

Achievement of credit
The Professional Development in Practice module is linked to the NMC placement requirements of the course (minimum 112.5 days) which includes 15 days alternative placement and 50 days consolidation of practice. The practice requirement is calculated to be 844 hours of work based learning (practice hours), which have been added to the Learning and Teaching activities. This 20 credit module’s 200 notional hours have therefore been exceeded.

Attendance monitoring
Students need to meet and evidence meeting NMC requirements for practice and learning. Attendance monitoring is a requirement of the NMC or employers funding the course. Attendance is expected in both University (scheduled online sessions and face-to-face) and in the practice environment. Details of these expectations are provided in the Course Handbook and the student year planner. The year planner demonstrates the NMC standard for approved courses maintaining a 50% theory and 50% practice split of student time. Course Leaders will act if they detect any issues relating to attendance requirements not meeting the NMC standards. This may be in the form of support from Services for Students, or where appropriate, using the fitness to practise process. In either case, the University is obliged to communicate with employers regarding student attendance.

The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.

Dr Valerie Thurtle

Module Information

The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett

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