Bachelor of Nursing (Hons)(Learning Disabilities)

Do you want to support the wellbeing and social inclusion of people with learning disabilities? Learning disability nurses care for people of all ages with a learning disability and work in partnership with individuals, supporters and family carers to provide specialist healthcare. They promote their autonomy, rights, choices and their social inclusion in the health care system.

This three-year learning disability nursing degree combines theory and practice in an innovative way, to focus on the care of people with learning disabilities. Successful completion of this nursing degree will allow you entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register as a qualified nurse. Currently, if you are a UK student, the fees for your nursing course will be paid by the Welsh Government. Follow Care Sciences on Twitter.

We are still recruiting for September 2017 entry 

UCAS Code Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
B703 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
B703 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A

You’ll develop key skills and knowledge in communication, sensitive human interaction, anti-oppressive practice, positive behavioural support, health assessment and promotion, mental health, safeguarding, advocacy, teaching, professional issues, counselling and management.

Your studies will be based in our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centre. Role-play scenarios will prepare you for clinical practice and allow you to develop a wide range of practical skills that will prepare you for life as a learning disability nurse.

You will study a mixture of Generic (Adult, Mental Health and Child) and Learning Disability Nursing modules over three years. This means you will have the skills to provide a basic level of care to all groups and specialist care for learning disability groups.

USW Learning Disabilities Nursing students can also undertake the BTEC Professional Diploma in Positive Behavioural Support (PBS), which is fully funded by WEDS. PBS is strongly advocated in guidelines for supporting people with behaviour that challenges, so this is a valuable qualification to have, in addition to your professional qualification as an RNLD and your BN (Hons) degree.

Year One: Learning Disability Nursing Degree

  • Citizenship and Inclusion
  • Bio-psychosocial Aspects of Health and Well-being
  • Fundamentals of Care and Professional Practice
  • Introduction to Evidence Based Practice

Year Two: Learning Disability Nursing Degree

  • Developing Nursing Skills
  • Learning Disability: Health Across the Lifespan
  • Assessing and Meeting Needs in Partnership

Year Three: Learning Disability Nursing Degree

  • Leadership, Management and Professionalism in Practice
  • Enabling Practices and Therapeutic Relationships
  • Meeting the Complex Needs of People with Learning Disabilities

Teaching

The learning disabilities nursing degree lasts a minimum of 42 weeks and there’s an equal split between theory and practice.

Each academic year is split into three terms. In term one, you will study in a 10-week block in University (theory) followed by an eight-week block in clinical practice. In term two through to term eight, you will study six-weeks theory in University followed by six-week block in clinical practice. In term nine, you will spend 12 weeks in clinical practice. You will have practice opportunities across a wide range of healthcare settings, developing key skills that will enhance your employability. Please note that holidays are fixed and non negotiable for the duration of the nursing course.

You’ll study with students from all fields and other professions, as well as having sessions specific to your field. There’s also the requirement to work with clients and patients from other fields, so you can care for patients with multiple and complex needs. 

 

Assessment

You will be assessed using various methods. Whilst on placement you will be assigned a mentor who will assess your achievements of the Practice Learning Outcomes.

The theoretical component, will involve written assignments, case studies, examinations, role play, development of health promotion and communication tools, computer based medication dosage calculations and a clinically based reflective assignment. In your final year you will undertake a dissertation. The theoretical and placement components each account for 50% each of your overall marks.

Accreditations

The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI). Graduates from our nursing courses can apply to join the NMC professional register and start to practise in the UK.

Placements

Supervised placements are an integral part of your nursing qualification. These are in our partner health boards, as well as in the community and independent sector. When you are working with your mentor in clinical practice, you have to work the shift patterns of the clinical area to which you are allocated.

There is also an opportunity to study and practice abroad in a number of countries during the second year of your nurse training. This will enable you to gain an understanding of different health care systems.

Facilities

As part of your nursing degree, you will learn in our impressive health facilities. Our Clinical Simulation Centre replicates clinical environments for education and training. These include two, four-bedded bays to simulate a hospital setting, dedicated paediatric and maternity facilities, including a special care baby unit, an intensive care environment and an emergency department with a fully equipped ambulance simulator. There is also a two-bedroom flat to simulate providing healthcare in a home environment.

The Centre is used for healthcare education and nurse training, dealing with everything from essential clinical skills to complex, multidisciplinary clinical scenarios. You’ll use the same equipment you will find in healthcare settings, and work on patient simulators that mimic the body’s reactions to illness, care and treatment.

Lecturers

The academic teaching team includes Professor Ruth Northway, the first professor of learning disability nursing in the world, learning disability nurses Rachel Morgan and Paula Hopes.

Entry criteria below detail typical offers. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Additional requirements include

Two satisfactory references, a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check (additional cost applies, no offences are considered spent) and a satisfactory medical are part of the entry requirements.

Applications taken for only one branch of Nursing/Midwifery or Social Work.

Applicants are required to attend an interview. You will have to demonstrate awareness of the role of nurses and show your commitment to the degree. All interviews take place at our Glyntaff Campus.

Please read this information for nursing applicants for further guidance on how you can meet the entry criteria and advice on the application, interview and decison making process.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBB to exclude General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade B and BB at A Level to exclude General Studies

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit

Typical IB Offer

32 points to include 17 points at Higher Level to include Maths and English.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Science/Maths/Health Care/Nursing Diploma. Must complete 60 credits overall with at least 45 at level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Of the 45 credits at level 3, you will need a minimum of 24 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 3 passes.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: Five GCSE passes A-C must include Mathematics and English language

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International:  £12300 

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £57.2
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13.0
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Essential Information

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Admissions statement

Employers are keen to recruit our graduates because they know they are well-prepared, confident, competent and safe practitioners. Learning disability nurses could work in local healthcare trusts, private providers as well as educational, charitable and voluntary providers. Graduates could also work abroad in New Zealand and in the Republic of Ireland.