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Practice Nursing PG Cert

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Study mode

Full time


40 weeks

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Practice Nursing

Course type


Course Summary

Developed in collaboration with Health Education East Midlands and local general practice, the Practice Nursing course aims to prepare registered nurses who have not worked in general practice to have a baseline competence in the role, through both theoretical and practice learning.


The Practice Nursing programme of 60 credits at level 7 (postgraduate) and was developed to address the issues of recruitment and competency across the East Midlands region. This programme can also be studied at undergraduate level (level 6).

It aims to prepare registered nurses who have not worked in general practice before to have a baseline competence in the General Practice Nursing (GPN) role through both theoretical and practice learning. This will allow employers in the future to expect a safe, competence practice nurse and a certain level of consistency in terms of knowledge, skills and competence.

This programme was shortlisted for a Health Services Journal Award - Workforce category in 2014.

This programme incorporates academic learning and work based learning and includes key clinical skills required for General Practice Nursing which include venepuncture, ear care, wound management and cervical cytology.

Teaching and assessment

The course adopts a range of teaching and learning strategies designed to facilitate the learning of a professional group; aiming to be efficient and motivating in the transfer of theoretical and practical knowledge, and to engage positively in actively negotiating, constructing and evaluating learning.

Strategies include:

  • Teacher-led sessions
  • Student-led seminars and presentations
  • Discussions and tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Focused reflection
  • A range of experiential teaching methods


Introduction to Practice Nursing (60 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

This programme is currently supported by the Local Education Training Board and Health Education East Midlands.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

This course is not available for International students.

Entry requirements

A UK honours degree (2:2 or above in a relevant subject, or equivalent); A minimum of 60 credits (inclusive of research) at level 6 Evidence of recent study (within the last 5 years); Effective registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional register; Be employed as a general practice nurse by the start of the programme. You must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the course, which need to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admission policy.

University information

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) offers the perfect combination of award-winning teaching and specialist facilities. Based in the centre of the bustling and multicultural city of Leicester, rich in cultural heritage, history, and diversity, making it feel like the world is on your doorstep, located in the heart of England, our campus blends the historical and the new and has provided an inspiring place to study for more than 150...more