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Primary Care Nursing PGDip

Learn about the course below
October 2021
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£6,700 (UK/EU) *
Course leader
Gill Smith
Alison Harris

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

In line with the NHS Five Year Forward View, we recognise the need for a skilled primary care workforce to meet the needs of a growing and ageing population. This is course will equip you, as a practising nurse, to work within a variety of primary care settings.

Why study the PGDip Primary Care Nursing at Middlesex University?

This programme has been specially designed for nurses with an interest in practice nursing, the prison sector, community nursing, sexual health or walk-in centres, and will offer a recognised qualification for those already working within primary care.

The modules will enhance your critical thinking and advanced autonomous practice as well as supporting your professional development as a newly qualified and experienced nurse.

Course highlights

  • You can choose to study full-time or part-time
  • You can also choose to start studying in January or October
  • You will be taught by experienced practitioners with specialist field knowledge
  • If you have relevant previous experience or learning, you can claim for accreditation of prior learning with the agreement of the programme leader

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What will you study on the PGDip Primary Care Nursing?

You will be introduced to the main subject areas and focus on key learning objectives such as:

  • Non-medical prescribing
  • Physical assessment
  • Sexual health
  • Principles of advanced practice
  • Quality enhancement
  • Minor illness
  • Leadership and service development
  • Work-based research methodologies and inquiry

What will you gain?

You will gain an advanced level of nursing skills such as examination and leadership skills as well as enhanced legal and professional awareness of nursing autonomously.

  • Year 1 modules

    • Physical Assessment and Diagnostics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will enable you to develop the skills of physical assessment and to apply them in your clinical context.

    • Principles of Advanced Practice (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will develop your understanding of the legal, professional and ethical principles of practising autonomously.

    • Leading and Developing Public and Community (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will allow you to develop the skills to work more effectively as a leader or manager within a public or private organisation.

    • Quality Enhancement (15 credits) - Optional

      This module is designed for those interested and/or involved in developing quality services and in making service improvements.

  • Year 2 modules

    • Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will allow you, as a practising nurse, to assess patients and make a prescribing decision based on the nurses formulary.

    • Contraception and Sexual Health (15 credits) - Compulsory (year 1 or year 2)

      This module will develop your skills to be able to work sensitively with patients and understand the issues of management of contraception and sexually transmitted conditions.

    • Advanced Practitioner Inquiry (30 credits) - Optional

      This module is designed to develop your advanced practitioner skills in research and inquiry methodologies and has the potential to improve your own practice and that of others.

    • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (45 credits) - Optional

      This module will allow nurses to independently assess patients and make a prescribing decision from the British National Formulary (BNF).

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the PGDip Primary Care Nursing taught?

You will be taught via a blended approach of lectures, seminars, workshops, self-directed and practice-based learning and on-line theory.


The programme uses a diverse range of assessment methods, both academic and practice-based. Academic assessments will include exams, written work and presentations. Some modules require access to patients or to a mentor to support the assessment of clinical practice.

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  2. Additional costs

How can the PGDip Primary Care Nursing support your career?

Current programme students have selected to study for this award as they are keen to work within GP practice settings, prisons and community nursing teams.

Gill Smith

Gill is a qualified and experienced nurse practitioner in urgent care. She was the primary care development lead for Camden CCG, a nurse specialist in community palliative care and a community practitioner nurse prescriber.

Alison Harris
Senior lecturer

Alison has many years’ experience of supporting postgraduate students. She is a district nurse and a community practitioner nurse prescriber as well as holding a research practitioner role within the bladder and bowel service at UCL.

Other courses

Nursing Studies MSc / Nursing Studies (Advanced Nursing Practice) MSc

Start: October 2020

Duration: 2-3 (max 5) years part-time

Code: PGB70Y Nursing Studies, PGB70P Advanced Nursing Practice

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