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The BSc Nursing Studies (Learning Disabilities) course has been specifically developed to equip you with the high level of knowledge and expertise required to successfully care for the needs of those with a learning disability.

With a strong focus on understanding patients’ lifelong needs, you will possess an in-depth understanding of the transitions and communities of practice that ensure safe, effective and compassionate care.

Delivered in our specialised clinical skills centre, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and training equipment that is at the forefront of the healthcare industry. You will also undertake a number of placements and have the option of applying for an international placement in the second year of your course.

Successful completion of this degree will enable you to apply for professional registration with NMC as a learning disability nurse, and you will be offered an array of additional training opportunities throughout the duration of your course.

Northumbria University is ranked 9th in Nursing & Midwifery in the UK (Guardian University League Tables 2020).

91% of students believe that the staff have made the subject interesting and that they are good at explaining things (National Student Survey, 2018).

The BSc Nursing Studies (Learning Disabilities) course has been specifically developed to equip you with the high level of knowledge and expertise required to successfully care for the needs of those with a learning disability.

With a strong focus on understanding patients’ lifelong needs, you will possess an in-depth understanding of the transitions and communities of practice that ensure safe, effective and compassionate care.

Delivered in our specialised clinical skills centre, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and training equipment that is at the forefront of the healthcare industry. You will also undertake a number of placements and have the option of applying for an international placement in the second year of your course.

Successful completion of this degree will enable you to apply for professional registration with NMC as a learning disability nurse, and you will be offered an array of additional training opportunities throughout the duration of your course.

Northumbria University is ranked 9th in Nursing & Midwifery in the UK (Guardian University League Tables 2020).

91% of students believe that the staff have made the subject interesting and that they are good at explaining things (National Student Survey, 2018).

Course Information

UCAS Code
B741

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time (45 weeks and 4 days per year)

Department
Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location
Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

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Department / Nursing, Midwifery

Northumbria's Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health offers students the opportunity to develop caring careers that can transform the lives of patients, families and communities

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This course is delivered by a specialist team of registered learning disability nursesand clinicians with an established background in nursing practice, managementand research. This ensures that they fully understand how best to support youand prepare you for the demands of the ever-changing workplace.

Many of our team hold, or are working towards, Nursing andMidwifery Council (NMC) Teaching Qualifications and Fellows of the Higher EducationAcademy, in addition to boasting memberships to national and internationallearning disability projects and groups.

We also regularly welcome external speakers who are expertsin their field and well established within the nursing profession. 

In addition to a dedicated tutor and mentor whilst onplacement, you will receive regular support from practitioners that areactively working with learning disability patients and their families. 

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Working in conjunction with patients’ families and otherhealthcare professionals, this course will equip you with the skills requiredto assess, plan and evaluate individualised evidence-based nursing care.

You will leave with the solid foundations required to providecare that is compassionate and family-centred, alongside the ability toacknowledge future public health challenges.

Teaching is delivered through a mix oflectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, which are supported with on-siteplacements to further enhance your learning. You will also be offered theunique opportunity to apply for an international placement in the second yearof your course, in addition to the option of undertaking further specialisttraining that is directly related to the learning disability nursingprofession.

This course utilisesa range of assessment methods including written assignments, presentations,reflective personal portfolios and the direct observation of skills andcompetencies. You will also create a Personal and Professional Development File(PPDF) that will facilitate your development and document your skills.

In your final year you willcomplete a dissertation where all of the skills and knowledge you have acquiredcan be put into practice. 

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This course is based at our Coach Lane campus, which houses our Clinical Skills Centre – a purpose-built facility that will allow you to develop practical skills and gain valuable experience of nursing within a simulated scenario.

Our facilities are some of the most advanced in the country and allow us to ensure your learning evolves in-line with the latest developments in the industry.

You will have access to our University library – which has been recognised as third best in the UK – and well equipped working space, The Hub, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Technology is embedded throughout all aspects of your degree and you will receive ongoing support through our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard, where you can access module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists.

Facilities

The Clinical Skills Centre is devoted to excellence in health related professions, it is a place where our students can develop practical skills and gain valuable experience of real hospital situations in simulated situations.

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Research-rich learning is embedded throughout all of thiscourse’s modules and many of our teaching team are research-active clinicianswith their own areas of specialism.

This course will encourage you to develop your own skills,as you will be required to undertake your own research and discuss yourfindings with your peers and tutors, before producing a dissertation in thefinal year of your course.  Undertakenunder the supervision of your tutor, your dissertation gives you theopportunity to conduct applied research in a field of learning disabilitynursing that interests you most.

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartilein the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing.Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciencesand Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014),with a high amount of graduates achieving first class honours.

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Developed in-line with the competencies identified withinthe NMC standards and the values that underpin the NHS constitution, you willleave this course prepared for the workplace and with the relevant clinicalexperience to apply for professional registration.   

This course offers the opportunity to further enhance yourCV through the completion of additional training in areas such as CognitiveBehavioural Therapy; Solution Focussed Therapy or Family Therapies; Theory ofNon-medical prescribing; Mental Health First Aid; MAKATON.

The completion of compulsory placements and an optionalinternational placement can also enhance your employment opportunities, as theyallow you to demonstrate that the skills you have acquired are transferable andrelevant to the workplace.

Whilst studying this course we encourage you tobecome involved in voluntary and awareness raising work around events such asWorld Down Syndrome Day, World Autism Awareness Day and National LearningDisability Week. These events are built into the curriculum and demonstrateyour passion for helping those with learning disabilities.

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

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Learning disability nurses boast exceptional communicationskills and work inter-professionally, often as the only clinician specialisingin the care of patients with learning disabilities. This has resulted inlearning disability nurses being in high demand, with almost all graduatessecuring employment once qualified.

Successful completion of this course can provide many opportunitieswithin the private, public and voluntary sectors. Former graduates have pursuedcareers as learning disability nurses, school nurses andtherapists, in addition to working in services such as drug and alcohol, childmental health and other specialist divisions. Many learning disability nurseswill also progress to senior management positions.

Once you graduate you will have your BSc (Hons) and registration with the NMC/Registered Nurse qualification,as successful completion will prepare you for registration as a nurse with theNursing and Midwifery Council.

Graduatesmay also wish to pursue further study or doctoral-levelqualifications.

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Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

 

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or University recognised equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

120 UCAS Tariff points

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Scottish Highers:

BBBBD-BBBBC at Higher level, CCC-BCC at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

ABBBB-AABBB

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit.  Candidates who do not hold the required GCSEs must ensure the access course includes English language and maths at a minimum of 6 credits at level 2, or 3 credits at level 3.

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Additional:

    A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check are required. You must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's suitability for registration requirements.

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 7.0 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications<

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
You will be required to attend an interview. Admission is subject to a suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check. You must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's suitability for registration requirements.

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 7.0 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Fees, Scholarships and Discounts

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Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

** It is expected that fees will be as noted above for 20/21 entry.


International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

Scholarships for 2020/2021 entry have not been announced. Please visit the 2019/2020 international scholarship page for the 2019/2020 scholarship offer.


ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs


Scholarships and Discounts

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