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Undergraduate

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.

Six 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)

    Link theoretical knowledge with fundamental nursing skills in a safe clinical simulation environment giving you a firm grounding in preparation for clinical practice.

    Essence of Professional Practice

    Explore the importance of effective communication, including practical, professional, ethical and legal responsibilities of nursing.

    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. 

    Learning Disability Nursing Practice 2

    Observe and undertake a wide range of aspects of nursing practice under the supervision of your practice supervisors and practice assessors. You'll demonstrate your proficiency in calculating medications.

    Introduction to Learning Disability Nursing

    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. 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. 

    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.

    Long Term Conditions and Learning Disability

    Explore the role that the learning disability nurse adopts in long term 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. 

    Acute Presentations and Learning Disability

    Gain the skills to assess and plan interventions to address the acute presentation of mental health needs that children and adults may present with.

    Learning Disability Nursing Practice 6

    Develop key skills in producing relevant information in an accessible format. You'll 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. 

    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.

    Learning Disability Nursing Practice 7

    With support, you'll lead a team within bedded services, manage a span of duty in a community placement, and coordinate care for individuals or groups. 

    Learning Disability Nursing Practice 8

    Increasingly challenging placement experience is accompanied by simulated practice to include updating mandatory training elements. 

    Learning Disability Nursing Practice 9

    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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Entry requirements

112 Tariff Points from three A Levels (or appropriate Level 3 qualifications e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma)

  • GCSE: English, Maths, and Science at Grade 4 or C or above

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DMM in relevant subject(s).
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with a minimum of 45 Level 3 credits at merit, in a health related subject
  • Alternative maths – Functional Skills L2 Maths
  • Alternative science – BTEC First Diploma – Pass
  • University of Hull Certificate in Practice Skills for Health and Social Care (60 credits at Level 4 in appropriate subjects)

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview. An annual Good Health and Good Character declaration must be completed and a Disclosure and Barring Service check is also required.

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.

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Fees and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year (subject to approval)*

International

£17,200 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