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Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

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About this course

Accreditations and partnerships:

The UK Socrates-Erasmus Council
  • Entry year: 2016/17
  • Course code: B703
  • Applications: UCAS
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Tariff points: 300
  • Department: Nursing and Midwifery
  • Campus: Glenside Campus
  • Duration: Three years, one intake in September at Glenside Campus
  • Delivery: Full-time
  • Programme leader: Kim Scarborough
  • Key fact: Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) the course leads to registration as a learning disabilities nurse with the NMC. The practical focus of the course, our local connections and strong links with employers mean that most of our graduates have more than one job offer.


Why study BSc(Hons)/BSc Nursing (Learning Disabilities)?

Working in a variety of healthcare settings including specialist learning disabilities nursing services, community, and family homes, learning disabilities nurses provide specialist health support to people of all ages with a range of learning disabilities. It's a challenging but highly rewarding career and the course will give you the knowledge, skills and attitude to work with people who have learning disabilities, their families and other professionals, improving access to healthcare, wellbeing, social inclusion and quality of life.

Why study our course?

BSc(Hons)/BSc Nursing (Learning Disabilities) is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and leads to registration as a learning disabilities nurse with the NMC. As well as learning the theory of good nursing practice and studying the subjects that underpin it, you will develop strong inter-professional and interpersonal skills, together with a real understanding of what it means to have a learning disability or to be a family carer. With fully integrated work-based training and outstanding onsite facilities, you will be taught by an enthusiastic team of experienced learning disabilities nurses.

Real-world experience

The course has a strong practical focus, incorporating person-centred learning with use of our Inter-professional Simulation Suite. Half your time will be spent on placements in the NHS or with employers in the independent health and social care sector. Throughout your course, you will engage with people with learning disabilities, family carers and practising nurses - in placements, in class and in online learning. There are also options to develop and apply your skills working abroad.

Where it can take you

There are many exciting career opportunities in a wide variety of roles. You could work within hospitals, in the community for the NHS, for the prison service or in roles for private or voluntary sector employers. Learning disabilities nurses are in demand across the UK and in a wide range of specialties from neurology, to epilepsy, acute physical and mental healthcare as well as specialist services for people with learning disabilities.

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