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BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disability) with NMC Registration

UCAS CODE: B771
TARIFF: 112 - 136
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2022
Want to learn how to become a caregiver to those with learning disabilities? Our BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disability) degree will help equip you with the key knowledge and skills needed for a rewarding career in this field.
You’ll learn from our experienced lecturers and technicians using state-of-the-art simulation facilities, coupled with time out on clinical placement. This combined learning approach of theory and practice will prepare you to provide safe, compassionate care, keeping the best interests of your patient at heart. Upon completion of the degree, you’ll be eligible to apply for admission to Nursing & Midwifery Council.
 
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At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why we’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities through our SU – all to enrich your university experience.

Why study this subject?

Caring for those living with learning disabilities is a challenging yet rewarding role, working across the whole life span in both health and social care settings.

No two days within this job are the same – you will need to be able to continuously assess and review mental, physical, behavioural and spiritual needs to identify the priorities and requirements for individualised, evidence-based support. If you have in interest in healthcare and are looking for a fulfilling role with great purpose, a career in learning disability nursing may be a perfect fit for you.

To support your studies, the UK Government are continuing to provide learning disability nursing students with a payment of at least £5,000 a year which will not need to be paid back. Find out more about the NHS Learning Support Fund.

Once you graduate from this course, you'll be able to join as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), which enables you to practice in the UK.

 

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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

At Buckinghamshire New University, from your very first welcome, you’ll find yourself surrounded by friendly, like-minded students and staff – all passionate about nursing and healthcare.

We've been running nursing programmes for many years and students benefit from an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University. Our lecturers maintain close links with practice, ensuring that the programme is always kept up to date.

You will receive personal tutoring and also be able to take part in our annual one-day inter-professional conference, focused on safeguarding. In addition, guest speakers regularly deliver sessions for students within the University to ensure we give a diverse range of views and experiences to our students.

At BNU, we recognise roles in this field are hands-on – that’s why you’ll take part in simulated learning experiences throughout the course using our specialised facilities at our Uxbridge campus. This will enable you to recreate authentic scenarios and practise your skills in a safe environment.

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Alongside your studies, you will take part in a range of clinical placements with our NHS partner hospitals and homes. We work with a range of partners across the region and our students are highly respected whilst out in practice. We consistently see a high rate of employability after completing the course, with 98% of our students either in employment or further study six months after graduating (HESA 2020). Many of our students are employed by the Trust that they worked with during their time at the University.

As a BNU student, you will automatically become a member of Bucks Students’ Union giving you access to a wide range of services that we offer for free as part of our exclusive Big Deal package – including joining the Nursing Society. We are the only university in the UK to offer our members free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities, allowing them to experience new things, socialise with broader groups of people and boost their employability – all to enrich your university experience.

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What facilities can I use?

At our Uxbridge campus, we utilise state-of-the-art simulation facilities for learning, development and practicing of skills – our purpose-built wards include real equipment, just like you’d find in hospital.

Simulation is an important aspect of our nursing and healthcare programmes. You will regularly spend time in the simulation labs, taking part in realistic scenarios to practise a broad spectrum of technical skills in a safe and supportive environment

We offer a free campus-link bus service between our Uxbridge and High Wycombe campuses, meaning you’ll be also be able to use everything our High Wycombe Campus has to offer too.

 

What will I study?

We believe in giving you the best chance for employment when you graduate, so our courses are carefully designed to ensure that you’re equipped with everything you need to start your career.

During your time on the programme, you will understand the theory behind diagnosis that can help you to make crucial decisions when looking after a patient. You will be able to lead changes in practice, improving the quality of delivery of care.

On placement, you’ll be able to put your theory into practice where you’ll be mentored in the art of patient care.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This programme integrates academic and practice learning underpinned by collaboration between practice partners and the University. It adopts a student-centred approach, enabling the development of the required knowledge, skills and professional values required to deliver compassionate, safe and effective nursing care.

Students spend approximately half of their programme learning in clinical practice, with their remaining academic study undertaken through varying modalities including seminars, lectures, simulation and virtual learning.

We work closely with a number of NHS Trusts and independent care partners in the region to provide students with clinical placements – view the full list of partners we work with here.

You will be assessed through a number of means across the three years:

  • Year 1: Reflective assignment, presentation and exams.
  • Year 2: Academic poster presentation, assignment and exams.
  • Year 3: Literature review/work-based learning project, reflective assignment, OSCE and exams.

You are also required to complete the knowledge skills and behaviours included in the Practice Assessment Document in each year of practice.

Placements Plus

BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

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BSc (Hons) Nursing Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 112 - 136

The requirements for this course are equivalent to:

  • A level grades at BBC or above
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at DMM
  • International Baccalaureate at 30 points
  • FETAC / QQI 5 Distinctions in health care-related subjects
  • Access to HE Diploma in Nursing qualification (Minimum 60 credits overall with 12 Merits and 30 Distinctions at Level 3 and 15 Credits at Level 2 at Pass)

You will also need 5 GCSE’s including Maths, English and Science at grade 4/C or above or equivalent.

Relevant experience

All applicants should be able to demonstrate evidence of academic study within the last five years and Health Care experience is an advantage but not essential.

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are an IELTS score of 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in Writing, 7.0 in reading, 7.0 in Listening and 7.0 in Speaking. For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Interviews

As well as meeting the stated academic requirements, shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an online interview (Subject to current Government Guidelines) as part of the selection process to ensure that your values match those of the NHS Constitution.

All offers are subject to Academic, satisfactory Occupational Health and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is an opportunity for prospective students to gain credits for their previous study. It avoids you having to duplicate your previous learning, whilst ensuring students have attained the learning outcomes appropriate to their awards.

You might be considered for APL if you have successfully completed any of the following programme in the last 5 years. Please refer to our Credit Accumulation pages for further guidance.

  • FDSc Nursing Associate with NMC Accreditation (Apprenticeship or UCAS entry route)
  • FDSc Assistant Practitioner (Apprenticeship or Direct entry route)

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

Foundations of nursing and evidence based healthcare

Health and Social Care in a Contemporary World

The Fundamentals of Learning Disabilities Nursing Practice

Year 2 Modules

Approaches to Research; methods, appraisal and application

Public Health in Action

Developing Learning Disabilities Nursing Practice

Year 3 Modules

Innovations in Evidence-Based Nursing

Leading and Co-ordinating Care

Leading Complex Care In Learning Disabilities Nursing Practice

What are the tuition fees

Home

Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£9,250 per year

International

Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£16,000 per year

NHS Learning Support Fund

 

To support your studies, the UK Government are continuing to provide learning disability nursing students with a payment of at least £5,000 a year which will not need to be paid back. Find out more about the NHS Learning Support Fund.

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

advice@bucks.ac.uk

What are my career prospects? 

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising and skilled leaders and support you in your search to find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

On successful completion of the programme, you will be eligible to register as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council. With this qualification, you may find employment within the NHS or with private healthcare providers.

We will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:

  • learning disability nurse in a range of settings such as residential homes, hospitals, prisons, specialist schools and day-units
  • support worker
  • community nurse.

You can also choose to stay on at Buckinghamshire New University and study one of our postgraduate or professional courses or choose from our range of short courses to continue your professional development.

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