Nursing (Learning Disabilities)
This course is open for applications
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Tariff points:
- Nursing and Midwifery
- Glenside Campus
- Three years
- Programme leader:
- Rachel Hadland and Jaroslaw Turif
- Key fact:
- Our employer links, practical focus and the clinical experience offered means that you'll develop the confidence and critical skills you need to propel your learning disabilities nursing career.
Page last updated 3 October 2019
Why study learning disabilities nursing?
Nursing is a challenging but rewarding career that'll change lives, including your own. As a learning disability nurse, you'll play an important role in identifying and meeting people's health and wellbeing needs, and improving healthcare, social inclusion and quality of life.
Learning disabilities nurses support children, adults and their families, in a creative, flexible manner, in their own homes, communities and specialist services.
Why UWE Bristol?
You'll learn from a passionate, enthusiastic, skilled and supportive team with a range of experience across the many differerent aspects of learning disability nursing, and other nursing fields.
As many of our staff are active researchers, your learning will be enriched by the very latest in best practice and clinical understanding.
The course is 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice. You will learn and develop your skills, knowledge and understanding both at UWE Bristol and in the workplace, and develop strong therapeutic relationships with service users, families and our established partners.
Your practice learning will be complemented by our outstanding facilities, including our Skills Simulation Suite, where you will develop your clinical expertise in a safe, instructive environment.
Based at Glenside Campus, you'll learn alongside students from other health and social care courses, such as occupational therapists, mental health nurses and midwives, and develop strong interpersonal and communication skills.
The course offers opportunities for diverse placements aboard and throughout the UK, to enrich your experience even further.
Where can it take me?
Learning disabilities nurses are in demand across the UK - in the NHS, private and voluntary sector.
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
You will study:
- Preparation for Professional Practice and Learning
- Physiology and Pharmacology and Public Health
- Episodes of Care 1
- Episodes of Care 2.
You will study:
- Complexities of Health in Learning Disabilities Nursing
- Assessment and Clinical Reasoning
- Evidence-based Pharmacology and Practice
- Episodes of Care 3
- Episodes of Care 4.
You will study:
- Health Care Research Methods
- Leadership and Supervision
- Final Project
- Episodes of Care 5
- Episodes of Care 6.
Plus, one optional module from:
- Collaborative Approaches to Effective Pain Management
- Primary and Community Healthcare
- Principles of Cardiac Care
- Principles of Perioperative Care
- The Social and Policy Context of Mental Health Nursing
- Public Health and Health Promotion for Professional Practice
- Principles of Respiratory Care
- Dementia Principles of Care
- End of Life Care
- World Wide Nursing
- Cancer Care
- High Dependency Care in Children's Nursing
- Palliative Care for Children, Young People and their Families
- Promoting Children and Young People's Health in the Community
- Introduction to Emergency Care
- Solution Focused Practice Developing Empowering Conversations with People
- Principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Family and Carer Work for Serious Mental illness
- Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
Our philosophy of nurse education encompasses flexible, progressive and innovative approaches ensuring you will be a caring, competent and critically thinking nurse. Some of our approaches include experiential learning, enquiry and action-based learning, group work and face-to-face learning.
You'll learn about the importance of a holistic and relationship-centred approach to nursing care, and how you develop and maintain therapeutic relationships with people in diverse cultural contexts.
Develop your expertise in healthcare systems, nursing management, and the sociology of health, wellness and illness. Explore the latest research and evidence-based practice, and learn to adapt and respond to changes in society and developments in care.
With a strong focus on building independent learning and research skills, the course also provides an excellent preparation for future professional development. With the help of distance learning and self-directed materials you'll be supported to take responsibility for your own learning.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
The course includes attendance in classes and online directed learning. During the timetabled blocks of the course, you'll study full time between 9:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday, except bank holidays.
On placement, you will be working full time (37.5 hours), participating in shifts over a 24-hour period, including nights and weekends. The geographical landscape for the learning disability field is large and travelling will be expected.
You will be continuously assessed on your clinical practice throughout the course. We'll also make use of a mixture of written assignments, case studies, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), project/portfolio work, timed examinations and presentations.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
This course is accredited by The Nursing and Midwifery Council.
With two practice placements a year, you'll apply your knowledge and build your professional skills working with people. You'll have the opportunity to work alongside healthcare professionals and provide direct care and support to people with a learning disability and their families.
We have excellent links with our local employers, and placements are normally split between NHS roles and positions in private or voluntary sector organisations.
You'll get a broad range of practice experiences, putting you in a strong position for future employment in either a community or hospital setting. In each placement setting you'll receive support and guidance from supervisors and assessors.
To expand your knowledge and understanding of the nursing family, two additional placements have been built into the Future Nurse curriculum. In Year one and Year two, you will be provided with an experiential placement for three weeks. Here, you will not be assessed but exposured to a different field so that you can develop knowledge, skills and experience to compliment your ongoing learning.
You can also travel aboard across the three years.
Year one and two: Undertake a two-week placement in Croatia working with other professionals to support children and young adults with autism.
Final year: Take a four-week health or social care placement, nationally or internationally. Alternatively go to Finland, Norway or Dublin on a 12-week placement through the Erasmus scheme.
All nursing students at UWE Bristol are based at Glenside, our dedicated healthcare campus. It's a welcoming community that combines beautiful surroundings with first-rate facilities and equipment.
Our Skills Simulation Suite is a replica hospital ward where you'll be able to refine your clinical skills and build your confidence before going out into practice.
There are consultation rooms, adapted living spaces, a maternity unit, and a children's unit, as well as a range of manikins on which you can develop your clinical expertise.
What's more, all the apparatus you'll use is genuine equipment found in NHS hospitals. So when you head out on placement, you won't be stepping into the unknown.
Careers / Further study
Learning Disability nurses are in demand across the UK. All our graduates gain employment and enter careers in a variety of roles for the NHS, private and voluntary sector employers, in community and hospital settings.
Due to the needs of our service users, graduates often branch out into other specialisms, such as acquired brain injury, dementia and mental health care; adult or children's services; and specialist teams. With so many new doors opening, this is an exciting time for the learning disability nurse.
Once qualified you can also combine clinical work with study on a post-qualifying course. By specialising further in a specific area, you can progress to more senior positions such as consultant nurse, nurse specialist, researcher, or local or regional services manager.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
There is currently no published fee data for this course.
Supplementary fee information
Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.
- Tariff points: 120
- A-level subjects: Grade C or above in a Science or Social Science subject.
- Relevant subjects: Subjects that meet the Science/Social Science requirement for this course: Biology, Applied Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Design and Technology: Food Technology, Environmental Science, Geography, Geographical Science, Geology, Health and Social Care, Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Applied Science, Science (Biology route), Science (Chemistry route), Science (Physics route), Science in Society, Sociology, Sport and Physical Education, Sports Studies.
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include six units in a Science or Social Science subject. Please list the units you are studying in your application. For further advice on acceptable units, please email us.
- Access: 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in a Science or Social Science subject.
- Baccalaureate IB: A minimum Grade 5 in a Higher Level Science or Social Science subject.
- Irish Highers: H3 in a Science or Social Science subject.
- GCSE subjects: Grade C/4 or above in English Language or Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as alternatives to GCSEs.
- English Language Requirement:
If your first language is not English, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or above, with a minimum of 7.0 in all sections of the test. Full details of this language test can be obtained from the British Council. Please note the University's published list of alternative English Language qualifications does not apply to this course.
All applicants will also require:
We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.
If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for the Health Professions Foundation Year.
All applicants will be required to complete:
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check*
- health checks*.
You must be in good health and up-to-date with your routine immunisations e.g. tetanus, diphtheria, polio and MMR. If you are offered a place, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases and immunisations (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. If your vaccinations are not up-to-date this will affect your ability to continue on your course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application.
As a student on a nursing course, you will be expected to engage in the full range of clinical duties whilst on placement, which constitutes half of the course. You must be mindful of the requirement in the NMC Code of Practice 2015, which states that registered nurses must maintain the level of health needed to carry out our professional role.
Offers of places are subject to occupational health clearance and students are expected to disclose pre-existing and historical health conditions. Students on professional programmes have to meet specific requirements related to the need to demonstrate certain knowledge, skills and competencies required by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies that cannot be compromised. In considering reasonable adjustments, these will be taken into account when agreeing what adjustments are possible.
*All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.
We require evidence of recent assessed academic study within the last three years.
Applicants will be required to attend an interview.
For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.
If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.
We do not accept deferred entry applications for this course.
How to apply
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For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333