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Nursing/Registered Nurse: Learning Disabilities Nursing

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

60 credits overall

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM-DDM

Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C-A,A,B,B

T Level

P-M

UCAS Tariff

96-120

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Learning disabilities nursing

You’re compassionate, patient and want to make a difference in the lives of others. Our course is designed to give you the professional qualifications and skills to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and practice as a learning disabilities nurse.

This degree will enable you to hit the ground running to work as a learning disabilities nurse in a variety of settings including community nursing teams, hospice care, specialist behaviour teams, children's wards and many more.

**Course Overview**

You will spend your time divided between theoretical learning and practical placements – working with highly experienced professionals and in direct contact with people with a learning disability. You will boost your skills and confidence, learning how to improve and maintain the physical and mental health of people with learning disabilities.

You will be allocated six placements over the course, plus an enrichment placement you will arrange yourself (potentially working abroad).

Our experienced tutors will develop your independent thinking and problem-solving skills using clinical labs, mock hospital wards, lectures, guest speakers, workshops and role-play. All of which will be supported by a wide variety of online learning opportunities.

CPD and postgraduate courses after graduation will help you take the next step in your career.

**On this course you will...**

- This course prepares you to work with people across the lifespan from new families, children and young people, to older adults who require support at various times throughout their lives.

- You will have a profound impact on someone's life. You will be able to provide nursing care and support to someone who needs it most.

- Experience something new every day, and have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. You can live your best life by helping others live theirs.

- Work in a wide variety of settings. The opportunities are endless, allowing you to have a career where you are always motivated and inspired to go to work for another exciting and rewarding day.

- Learn to become an advocate for people with learning disabilities, you can make sure that a person's voice is heard, their human rights protected and that discrimination does not occur.

**What you will learn**

You will spend 50% of the programme (2300 hours) in clinical practice being supervised and assessed by clinical staff. Your theoretical learning is delivered by expert teaching staff and is based on the latest evidence and research, using modern teaching methods and technology.

The programme will equip you to deliver safe and effective care to the highest standards and ensure you practice with compassion and confidence. You will be taught to make complex decisions regarding patient care using evidence and new technologies while delivering a wide range of services.

**Year one**

- Applied Biological Sciences for Health

- Professional Practice and Accountability

- Developing Evidence-Based Practice

- Introduction to Communication and Interpersonal Skills

- Part 1a Practice Assessment

- Concepts of Health and Social Policy

- Introduction to Learning Disabilities Nursing

- Part 1 Practice Assessment

**Year two**

- Pharmacology and Medicine Therapeutics

- Living with Long Term Conditions Across the Lifespan

- Learning from the Lived Experience

- Communication and Relationship Management in a Therapeutic Context

- Part 2a Practice Assessment

- Recognition and Assessment of Physical & Mental Health of Clients with Learning Disabilities

- Values-Based Contemporary Learning Disability Nursing

- Part 2 Practice Assessment

**Year three**

- Clinical Decision Making and Complex Care

- Contemporary Issues and Change Management in Professional Practice

- Public Health

- Part 3a Practice Assessment

- Leading and Managing Health and Social Care

- Consolidating Awareness of Learning Disability Nursing

- Part 3 Practice Assessment

Modules

Year one:
Applied Biological Sciences for Health,
Professional Practice & Accountability,
Developing Evidence Based Practice,
Introduction to Communication & Interpersonal Skills,
Concepts of Health & Social Policy,
Introduction to Learning Disability Nursing.
Year two:
Pharmacology & Medicines Therapeutics,
Living with Long Term Conditions across the Lifespan,
Learning From the “Lived Experience”,
Communication and Relationship Management in a Therapeutic Context,
Recognition and Assessment of Physical & Mental Health of Clients with Learning Disabilities,
Values Based Contemporary Learning Disability Nursing.
Year three:
Clinical Decision Making & Complex Care,
Contemporary Issues and Change Management in Professional Practice,
Public Health,
Leading and Managing Health & Social Care,
Consolidating Awareness of Learning Disability Nursing.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

Carlisle - Fusehill Street

Lancaster

Department:

Nursing, Health and Professional Practice

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

56%
low
Learning disabilities nursing

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mental health nursing

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
72%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

83%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
39%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
16%
Male students
84%
Female students
94%
2:1 or above
16%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


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Nursing and midwifery

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This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
98%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

97%
Nursing and midwifery professionals
3%
Health professionals
1%
Childcare and related personal services

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Nursing and midwifery

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£26k

£26k

£27k

£27k

£28k

£28k

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