Postgraduate Taught

GDip Integrated Community Nursing

This course will develop the core generalist knowledge, skills and competencies of registered nurses (working at level five of the NES Career Framework for Health) required for safe and effective practice across the range of community roles at practitioner level, to meet people’s physical, mental health and social care needs.

It is delivered part-time over two years and is fully online.




Who is this course for?

This course is for registered nurses working at level 5 of the NES Career Framework for Health.


More about GDip Integrated Community Nursing and what you will achieve

The aim of the course is to provide a responsive, flexible, community nursing workforce and nurses will be equipped to practice confidently and competently across a range of settings at Level 5 of the Career Framework for Health and then move to more specific roles following additional specialised education to provide safe, effective, person-centred care to people with more complex health and care needs within a specialist area of practice.

You will:

• increase self-awareness of yourself as a person-centred practitioner and feel confident to work in integrated teams within a range of community and primary care settings;
• develop self-compassion and resilience as a learner and practitioner;
• develop competence and confidence in line with local and national competencies required of your role;
• develop the core generalist knowledge, skills and competencies required for safe and effective practice in your role which meets people’s physical, mental health, and social care needs;
• enable people to take more responsibility for their health and wellbeing, with a greater focus on prevention and early intervention;
• have deep and critical understanding of different sources of knowledge including research evidence that contribute to the health and wellbeing of persons, groups, and populations, in ways that are consistent with person-centredness;
• develop as a facilitative leader who works within integrated teams in community and primary care, putting people at the centre of health and social care services and ensuring quality is at the heart of service delivery; and
• have created and contributed to communities of practice through collaborative and inter professional working from the perspective of lifelong learning.

Learners will complete an electronic overarching portfolio of evidence throughout Years One and Two. 

Exit awards

 Graduate Certificate (60 credits)/Graduate Diploma (120 credits)


This course is studied at SCQF level 10. Learners can obtain a Graduate Certificate after successfully completing 60 credits in Year One or a Graduate Diploma after successfully completing Year One and a further 60 credits in Year Two.


To obtain a Graduate Certificate, you will complete the following modules in Year One:

  • Promoting Person-Centred Ways of Working in Integrated Community and Primary Care Teams (20 credits) 
  • Systematic Approaches in Clinical Assessment (20 credits)
  • Learning from and with People and Families Living with Long-term Conditions (20 credits)

To then obtain the Graduate Diploma, you will also complete the following modules in Year Two: 

  •  a 20-credit elective module in palliative care
  • PLUS Developing Professional Practice: work-based learning (40 credits)


The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (October 2022) but are subject to change. In the event that modules do change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to the students. Please check our website for any updates.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The Division of Nursing at QMU has developed and embedded a person-centred ethos in the teaching and learning strategies across all of its courses, drawing on the philosophical ideas of persons, personhood and person-centredness. This move from learner-centredness to person-centredness values the personhood of all persons equally, creating an environment where learners and teaching staff engage in mutual learning, with an approach which is facilitative and consistent. We create learning environments where all persons feel engaged and able to commit Whilst most of the learning will take place in the workplace, delivery of the academic elements of this course will be entirely online with opportunities to engage regularly with the teaching team and other learners. Learners will agree an individual Learning Action Plan through tripartite discussion between themselves, their clinical guide**, and their personal academic tutor at QMU. This will allow learners flexibility to define the competencies and other learning activities needed to develop their own practice. Assessments will be discussed at the beginning of each specific module.

 ** A clinical guide is someone who is selected by a learner to support them through their learning journey on the Graduate Diploma in Integrated Community Nursing. A clinical guide is someone who is encouraging and supportive, but who also provides honest and often candid feedback that may be uncomfortable or difficult to hear.

Teaching hours and attendance

A notional 160 hours in each academic year [equivalent to 3.5 hours a week] of protected learning time, towards this portfolio has been proposed for this course. These hours can be used as is best suited to each learner and their individual situation. Some of these hours will be used towards synchronous (live) sessions, spending time with colleagues within the Integrated Community Team, self-directed study, and ‘catching up’ on missed synchronous sessions. Due to this being an academic programme of study, learners will need to commit to self-directed learning in addition to these notional hours.


Learners will complete the course in their substantive clinical post.


Upon successful completion of this course nurses working at level 5 on the NES career framework will be equipped to practice confidently and competently across a range of settings and then move on to more specific roles following additional specialised education to provide safe, effective, person-centred care to people with more complex health and care needs within a specialist area of practice.

Entry requirements

Standard Entry:

  • All applicants must be registered nurses (Part 1- adult, mental health or learning disabilities) with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • A degree is not required.
  • Normally be employed as a Band 5 nurse (Level 5 of the NES Career Framework for Health), working within a community or primary care context.
  • Have access to a clinical guide to support their learning and development.

Non-standard entry:

In line with QMU’s policy of seeking to offer opportunities to candidates regardless of their personal background and level of educational attainment, we will promote entry to the course for all learners. Practically this means that we will consider candidates who have no formal degree level qualification but can demonstrate substantive professional experience and suitable CPD outcomes. 

Candidates who are awarded successful NES sponsorship for the duration of the course will not need to evidence non-standard entry. However, please provide a document to admissions signed by the relevant Health board confirming NES funding.

Applications for non-standard entry for candidates not in receipt of NES sponsorship will be assessed by the programme team and will be based on the following criteria:

  • Evidence of appropriate work experience and supporting CPD activity which maps against the SCQF level descriptors for level 9
  • A statement of what the applicant has learnt from the above activity, showing how the learning has been at the equivalent of SCQF level 9
  • Supporting statement from your employer.

It may be appropriate for applicants without academic qualifications to be admitted initially as an associate student. Should they be successful in their first module as an associate student, they may then transfer to the full course.

Application deadline

NES will share the deadline for applications for the September intake with successful candidates.

Single modules for CPD

Available. Register as an associate learner to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Julie Churchill for further information.


A number of places are funded by NES.

More information and contacts

Contact Julie Churchill (Programme Leader) for more information.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2023/24 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Teaching staff is subject to change.