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Undergraduate Available in Clearing

BSc Nursing (Learning Disability)

Learn to change the lives of people with learning disabilities, while gaining professional skills and qualifying as a registered nurse.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

B761

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Start date

Course overview

People with learning disabilities live, work and socialise in our communities. But they need help to do so. That’s where our graduates come in.

Half study and half supported practice, this degree takes you into people’s homes, schools, treatment units and care services.

The three-year course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to deliver high-quality, evidence-based health care. On graduation, you'll be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified registered nurse.

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6 reasons to study Learning Disability Nursing at Hull

  1. Ranked 1st in UK for student satisfaction*
  2. Learn in the award-winning Allam Medical Building
  3. 100% graduate employability rating
  4. Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  5. 50/50 split between classes and placements
  6. Excellent job prospects in the NHS and overseas

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Core

    Skills for Practice (Practice 1)

    This module provides you with the opportunity to link theoretical knowledge and current evidence with fundamental nursing skills in a safe clinical simulation environment giving you a firm grounding in preparation for clinical practice.

    Essence of Professional Practice

    This module helps you become academically and emotionally prepared to embark on your journey to registered nurse status. You’ll explore the importance of effective communication, including practical, professional, ethical and legal responsibilities of nursing by utilising emerging problem-solving skills.

    Life and Social Sciences

    ​In order to provide holistic, individualised care, nurses must be knowledgeable about fundamental life and social sciences - physiology, sociology and psychology. This module will introduce you to a range of psychological, sociological and physiological concepts, and explore how these can explain everyday behaviours.​

    Learning Disability Nursing Practice 2

    Your first 'real' clinical placement will give you the opportunity to observe and undertake a wide range of aspects of nursing practice under the supervision of your practice supervisors and practice assessors. You will also demonstrate your proficiency in calculating medications.

    Introduction to Learning Disability Nursing

    This module promotes the role, values and professional identity of the learning disability nurse and focuses on developmental, health and social issues that span the life continuum of people with learning disabilities. You'll have the opportunity to identify a condition associated with learning disability, develop an electronic information pack and deliver a presentation to your peers.

    Learning Disability Nursing Practice 3

    As your confidence grows, you will continue to build and develop new skills in practice. Understanding the role of the registered nurse - learning disability, is a key feature of this module.

Second year modules

  • Core

    Individual Approaches to Health and Wellbeing

    This module considers the health behaviours of individuals, as well as individualised approaches to health and wellbeing and obstacles to achieving it. You will consider primary, secondary and tertiary interventions in relation to a selection of health concerns taking a biopsychosocial approach.

    Learning Disability Nursing Practice 4

    This module has been designed to assist you to function more independently in practice as you move to the next level of study. It is intended to help you consolidate your learning whilst continuing to integrate theory into practice.

    Long Term Conditions and Learning Disability

    This field module draws upon a range of long term conditions that people with learning disabilities may experience in parallel to their primary diagnosis. The focus is the role that the learning disability nurse adopts in recognising these conditions and ensuring that they are treated and managed appropriately.

    Learning Disability Nursing Practice 5

    This placement is supported by a period of simulated practice allowing you to practice less familiar skills in a safe environment. You will also have the opportunity to experience an alternative area of practice of your choosing and to present this experience to your peers in a poster.

    Acute Presentations and Learning Disability

    This module equips you with the skills to assess and plan interventions to address the acute presentation of mental health needs that children and adults may present with. Your learning is focused on creating a safe environment whilst assessing and managing risk.

    Learning Disability Nursing Practice 6

    A key skill you will need to develop is to be able to produce relevant information in an accessible format. This module will provide you with the opportunity to create a piece of accessible information for an individual or group in practice.

Final year modules

  • Core

    Safe and Competent Learning Disability Nursing

    This final academic module forms a patchwork test, which once combined becomes a coherent, unified piece of writing on a practice-based topic of your choosing. You will research and examine the literature underpinning your topic and consider how it will influence practice.

    Managing Complexity in Learning Disability

    Drawing together all your learning in theory and practice, you'll consider how to effectively support individuals whose situation and needs are complex. You'll explore issues including evidence based care coordination, inclusion, optimum health and continuity from the perspective of individuals in care and their carers.

    Learning Disability Nursing Practice 7

    You've reached the stage of your programme where your mentor will support you to lead a team within bedded services, manage a span of duty in a community placement, coordinate care for individuals or groups, or a mix of these experiences. Critical reflection on this experience is another feature of the module.

    Learning Disability Nursing Practice 8

    Increasingly challenging placement experience is accompanied by simulated practice to include updating mandatory training elements. You'll also demonstrate your proficiency in medication calculations.

    Learning Disability Nursing Practice 9

    Your final, extended, period of consolidated practice. Supported by your practice supervisors and practice assessors, you'll ready yourself to complete your degree and enter the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

To meet NMC requirements, you’re expected to study for 4600 hours over 3 years. This is organised over 45 scheduled weeks of study and three trimesters per year, with additional time scheduled for assessment and holidays.

Overall workload

50%

Theory

50%

Practice

Indicative assessment proportions

Your time is split 50/50 between theory and practice. Simulated practice in our fully equipped Allam Medical Building alongside placements in local NHS Trusts and other care environments is integral to this programme.

When allocated a placement, you’ll be expected to work a variety of shifts to experience 24/7 care.

Theory sessions take place at the University and include lectures, seminars, enquiry-based learning, self-directed study and simulation.

Throughout your studies, you’ll be fully supported by nursing academics, practice educators and mentors.

Overall workload

50%

Theory

50%

Practice

Indicative assessment proportions

Your time is split 50/50 between theory and practice. Simulated practice in our fully equipped Allam Medical Building alongside placements in local NHS Trusts and other care environments is integral to this programme.

When allocated a placement, you’ll be expected to work a variety of shifts to experience 24/7 care.

Theory sessions take place at the University and include lectures, seminars, enquiry-based learning, self-directed study and simulation.

Throughout your studies, you’ll be fully supported by nursing academics, practice educators and mentors.

Overall workload

50%

Theory

50%

Practice

Indicative assessment proportions

Your time is split 50/50 between theory and practice. Simulated practice in our fully equipped Allam Medical Building alongside placements in local NHS Trusts and other care environments is integral to this programme.

When allocated a placement, you’ll be expected to work a variety of shifts to experience 24/7 care.

Theory sessions take place at the University and include lectures, seminars, enquiry-based learning, self-directed study and simulation.

Throughout your studies, you’ll be fully supported by nursing academics, practice educators and mentors.

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Why I chose Learning Disability Nursing at Hull

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Entry Requirements

During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you’re more than just letters on a page!

Some courses still do have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462236 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each skill (EU nationals 6.0 overall with 6.0 in each skill). See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

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Fees & funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Learning Disability Nurse

By the end of your course, you’ll be ready to undertake the responsibilities of a health practitioner.

Most of our graduates go on to work in the NHS – but others find positions overseas, in private practice, in the social services, the pharmaceutical industry, the armed forces, the prison service or in specialist areas such as drug rehabilitation.

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*Ranked first in the UK for this subject with a 100% overall satisfaction score (National Student Survey 2019, HEIs)

†The Allam Medical Building won the 'Buildings That Inspire' category in The Guardian’s University Awards 2018

‡Percentage of students from this subject area in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018