- 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 to prepare you for a rewarding career in this field.
As a Learning Disability Nurse, you will provide safe, compassionate care, keeping the best interests of you patient at heart. Our course will help you learn the technical skills and knowledge you need to be able to effectively offer this.
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union has been ranked in the top three in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS 2020). We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich your university experience. It’s a big deal!
Why study this subject?
Caring for those living with learning disabilities is a challenging yet rewarding role. Your care can span across adult, children and mental health patients where learning disability nursing is at the core of the help that is needed. No two days within this career path are the same, you will need to be able to continuously asses and review mental, physical, cognitive, behavioural, spiritual and social needs to identify the priorities and requirements for evidence based, person-centred nursing interventions and support.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
We've been running nursing programmes for many years and have a high rate of employability. 98% of our students are in employment or in further study six months after graduating (HESA 2020). Many of our students are employed by the trusts, hospitals or homes that they worked with during their time at the University.
You will benefit from an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University and practice, in partnership with our NHS Trust partners. As well as this you will be taught by lecturers who have a wide expertise in the field. Our lecturers also maintain close links with practice, ensuring that the programme is up-to-date with modern practice.
We have simulation facilities to enable you to practise your skills in a realistic and safe environment. We offer continuous support throughout the programme, both in the University and in practice.
You will receive personal tutoring and benefit from a high level of research within the teaching team. You will also benefit from our annual one day inter-professional conference, focused on safeguarding.
As well as this you will have the opportunity to put your learnt skills into practice through a range of clinical placements. We're renowned for the support we offer you while you are on placement. Members of the teaching staff are assigned to each clinical area and will visit you regularly whilst you are out in practice.
What facilities can I use?
Simulation is an important aspect of our nursing and healthcare programmes. Students regularly spend time in these areas, to practice technical skills and use the newest technologies, in a safe and supportive environment. We use simulation manikins programmed to act like humans, so our students can learn in a safe environment.
We also engage service users in role-play sessions. This allows us to provide realistic scenarios where students can gain experience, exposure and feedback to boost their confidence before going out on placement.
What will I study?
We believe in giving you the best chance for employment when you graduate. Our nursing programme is no different. During your time on the programme, you will be working alongside experienced health care professionals and we will help you become a caring, confident and practice-ready learning disability nurse.
Nursing involves more than practice. You will understand the theory and facts 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.
How will I be taught and assessed?
The curriculum for this course has been designed to embrace an individual and team approach to education, drawing on a range of practice placement opportunities and academic study delivered in small seminar groups allowing you a more personal student journey. Our enthusiastic and dedicated nursing team have a passion for what they do and will support you throughout the programme.
You will have access to a range of resources, from a state-of-the-art simulation suite situated at the Uxbridge campus, to the library, online resources, and guest speakers, educators and practitioners.
You will be assessed through a number of means including:
- Clinical practice assessments
- Written assignments
Once you graduate, you'll be able to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and you will be able to practice in the UK.
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.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 112 - 136
A typical offer will also include an Access to Nursing qualification with a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction, 12 at Merit, and 3 at Pass; A-levels at grade B, B and C, or above; BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Merit, Merit or FETAC 5 Distinctions in health care-related subjects. In addition, you will require five GCSEs including Maths, English and Science at Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).
You may find it easier if you have prior knowledge of health, so we prefer if you have relevant A Levels - such as Biology, Health and Social Care, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Physical Education, and Sociology. However, it is not essential.
All applicants should be able to demonstrate evidence of academic study within the last five years.
Health Care Experience is an advantage and applications from mature students are also welcome.
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.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. 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
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
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, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
There is a continuous growing need and high demand across the nursing sector, nationally and internationally, for graduates with qualifications in the Learning Disability field of nursing.
We will support you as you look for employment with our practice learning partners, and our varied and comprehensive approach to the BSc (Hons) Nursing – Learning Disability degree will help enhance your career prospects.
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 may also choose to study a range of postgraduate and professional courses to help you specialise in different areas of nursing or undertake a short course to continue your professional development.
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