Single Module

CNO002 Discovering a Nursing Career In General Practice


Short Course


One semester

Next enrolment

April 2024


In a nutshell

Funded by NHS England, this module is available to Registered Nurses (Levels 6 and 7) and Nursing Associates (Level 6) considering a career in General Practice Nursing. This module provides the opportunity to gain a better understanding of working in Primary Care/General Practice and the skills and knowledge required in the General Practice Nursing role. It aims to support movement into this sector.

Please note: This module is also available as a non-credit-bearing option. This is open to both Registered Nurses/Nursing Associates and also to Student Nurses and Trainee Nursing Associates in 2nd and 3rd year. Should you wish to apply for the non-credit bearing option please visit Discover General Practice Nursing.

Course details

All about the course

The module content is informed by the Primary Care Nursing Career and Core Capabilities Framework and will include: 

  • An introduction to Primary Care including how it fits into the wider system. 
  • Operating within a Primary Care environment.
  • Communication skills.
  • Quality, diversity and inclusion, in terms of population health management. 
  • Overview of immunisations used in primary care and legal aspects including patient-specific directions and patient group directions. 
  • Overview of long-term conditions. 
  • Overview/introduction to sexual health/contraception. 
  • Dementia care in the community.
  • Introduction to learning disability health checks.
  • Developing your career in Primary Care/General Practice and supporting the application to employment process.


The module will run over 12 weeks and will be available to access online, providing directed study guidance and signposting to wider reading and additional resources. It is delivered asynchronously (not at the same time or speed) so can be completed at a time to suit. The module content is written and delivered by nurses, expert in the field of General Practice Nursing.

Assessment of knowledge and learning will occur throughout the module, and you will be encouraged and supported to keep a portfolio of learning and reflection which can be used to support your application for a Practice Nurse role. Formal assessment will be in the form of a written assignment.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

With an aim to increase employability within the primary care sector, completion of this module will provide you with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of working in General Practice and an introduction to the skills and knowledge required of a General Practice Nurse. 


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

Previous experience

This module is open to both Registered Nurses, Nursing Associates and Trainee Nursing Associates in 2nd and 3rd year. 

How much?

This programme is fully funded by NHS England.

Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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How to Apply

Please see our programme enrolment dates below.

For further information, please contact the module lead on:

Enrolment dates

April 2024

July 2024

April 2025

July 2025

UCAS information

Course ID -

Institution S03