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Graduate Certificate General Practice Nursing

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe / Uxbridge
  • Duration: 30 Weeks
  • Start Date: September 2022
This work-based, part-time course will help you to develop the knowledge and skills needed to become a confident and competent General Practice Nurse.
Many of our lecturers maintain clinical currency by working in practice to ensure you receive the most up-to-date insights and training.


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Application guide

Want to enhance your skills with one of our short courses? To apply for one of our Continuing Professional Development courses, please use our application portal. If you are being funded as part of an NHS contract, please apply through our dedicated NHS application portal.

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Fees and Funding

Covering the costs of your professional development may now be easier than you think. There are many ways you can fund your course, such as employer/NHS sponsorship. There is also the option to pay in instalments to help spread the cost. 

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Bespoke training

Our wealth of experience and expertise enables us to offer bespoke training programmes. These programmes can be taught on-site to organisations who require a specific area of care to be addressed.

Credits: 60 credits at Level 6.

Why study this subject?

This work-based module is designed for nurses new to general practice nursing. This is also part of the Health Education England General Practice Health Care Professional Preceptorship programme.

What will I study?

This course aims to empower you to learn the foundational knowledge needed to become a confident and competent General Practice Nurses (GPN) and an accountable member of your practice team.

You'll be taught a range of clinical skills in general practice nursing, health promotion and screening as well as the management and assessment of long-term conditions.

Through consultation with other healthcare professionals, you'll consider issues relating to leadership and team working, accountability, quality and governance in order to develop in your role of the GPN.

This course will cover:

  • the NHS Cervical Screening Programme
  • women and men’s health
  • national immunisations programme and travel care
  • ear care
  • wound management
  • introduction to several long-term conditions
  • monitoring and management including:
    • asthma
    • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    • rheumatoid arthritis
    • diabetes
    • dementia
    • cardiovascular disease
    • hypertension.

To help further enhance your career prospects, you can choose to top up your Level 5 qualification and progress onto our BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Healthcare) programme.

You can also choose to study the Minor Illness course, the Non-medical Prescribing Course or the MSc Advanced Practice programme.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is delivered with a flexible distributed learning approach at both our Uxbridge and High Wycombe campuses with September and February intakes.

The flexible delivery includes virtual / e-learning and face to face practical sessions, with practice-based learning mentor guidance over six months.



Useful Information

Graduate Certificate General Practice Nursing Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

This work-based, flexible and distributed part-time course is aimed at nurses new to General Practice. You will need to be a qualified registered nurse and hold current professional registration on Part 1 of the Professional Register. You will also need to have evidence of having studied at Level 5.

Ideally, you will be working in a general practice/primary care setting for a minimum of two days per week.

It is a pre-requisite of the course that you have access to a mentor working in this setting to support you through the programme.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. Please refer to the Programme Specification at the bottom of the Course Details tab for the full breakdown of core and optional modules, as well as the credits needed to complete your degree. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Foundational Skills & Knowledge for General Practice Nursing

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023


The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

Course leader

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Sian Hayes
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