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Institute of Health

Learning Disability Nursing

BNurs (Hons) Full-time 3 years

Working as a qualified Learning Disability Nurse is a rewarding and fulfilling career option.

Working as a qualified Learning Disability Nurse is a rewarding and fulfilling career option.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code B761
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BNurs (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

Working as a qualified Learning Disability Nurse is a rewarding and fulfilling career option. If your aim is to work with people who require various levels of empowerment and support then our course will provide you with a good mixture of practice centred opportunities to achieve your goal.

Employment opportunities after you complete your course are excellent with a wide variety of job prospects available to you. Our graduates have recently secured employment as community nurses, working in forensic settings and within nursing homes to name a few. Services for people who have a learning disability are changing and its exciting to be part of this change.

It is our aim to provide you with the opportunities to enable you to build your own career pathway as a Learning Disability Nurse.

f life and life chances, and to enable the person with a learning disability to achieve their aspirations to engage in citizenship in their local communities.


 

What happens on the course?

Our Learning Disability Nursing course provides you with the necessary exposure to placements within the NHS, private and voluntary sector. It is our aim to provide you with the necessary tools to enable you to learn to work effectively within an interprofessional team and with service users plus their carer’s.

Over your 3 years with us you will spend 50% of your time with us in the university and 50% of your course time out in practice settings. Our integrated course design supports to develop you to be the best learning disability nurse you can be. Our modules involve people who have a learning disability within the teaching team via our university SUCCESS group.

On successful completion of the course you will enter the Nursing and Midwifery Council register as a Learning Disability Nurse with an Hons degree.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Successful completion of the BNurs (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing will lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

This course will build and develop upon your knowledge and skills as a practitioner working with people with learning disabilities in a variety of settings. The management and organisation of service provision is constantly changing and developing in line with health and social care policy and you are working with and being involved with such changes. Hence you need to develop the knowledge and skills to enhance your employability and to accept the greater responsibilities that these changes will bring and to be prepared for such changes.

Employability’ is concerned with the development of skills aimed at enhancing your employment prospects in learning disability services throughout your time here at the University of Wolverhampton. Developing specialist subject and academic knowledge is important for employers but they also want to employ individuals who are able to:
  • Communicate effectively
  • Work in a team and have good interpersonal skills.
  • Solve problems
  • Work on their own using their own initiative and are able to adapt to changing situations
  • Be self-confident
  • Demonstrate flexible and transferable skills whilst working in a variety of settings
This course will assist you in developing your skills to analyse practice by using appropriate evidence to improve service delivery and to promote empowerment for life chances and healthy lifestyles for people with learning disabilities

Registered Nurses continue to study after they have qualified, often in a specialist area, as they develop their career path within the UK or working abroad. 

 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Studying the BNurs (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing course enables you to experience:

  • Excellent opportunities for inter-disciplinary learning across all nursing pathways and with midwifery, social work and social care students.
  • Excellent placement opportunities across a range of health, education, day services and social care settings
  • Opportunities to contribute to national and regional Learning Disability conferences
  • Opportunities to publish in national learning disability journals
  • Opportunities to participate in national and regional research projects
  • £250 Travel Fund for first year students that can be used for travel to placements as well as to University. If additional costs are incurred when attending placements, you can apply to the NHS for support: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/learning-support-fund/travel-and-dual-accommodation-expenses.
  • International placement opportunities such as Spain, Finland, Norway

 

As a Registered Learning Disability Nurse you will:

  1. Meet the NMC Standards of proficiency for pre-registration nursing education.
  2. Provide nursing care that is safe, effective and ethical and assume full responsibility and accountability for your own practice as a Nurse registered on the NMC register within the legal framework of the country in which you are employed.
  3. Reflect upon and critically evaluate evidence to reach sound nursing judgements and exercise effective decision making in complex situations within the learning disability sphere of practice.
  4. Critically examine the impact of political, professional and social contexts on your provision of person centred learning disability nursing care within the context of a multidisciplinary team.
  5. Effectively apply your learning to identify, manage and lead enterprising innovations and service improvements in learning disability practice.
  6. Demonstrate competence in the use of advanced technologies to quality assure and enhance your learning disability nursing practice and maintain your life-long learning.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Mandatory Costs

  • DBS  is required at a minimum cost of £50  - Note International checks (INTCC) as part of the DBS are required and costs vary by country.
  • Uniform and ID badges are provided for this course, however the University of Wolverhampton reserves the right to charge for extra uniform should this be required
  • You will be required to provide appropriate foot wear at a cost of approximately  £25-£40  

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2020 Entry

GCSEs at grade C+/ 4 in an English-based subject and Maths or equivalent qualifications (e.g. Key Skills Level 2/ Learn Direct Level 2/ Functional Skills Level 2).

Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses or GCSE Equivalence Tests from other institutions or organisations.

PLUS EITHER

  • 112 UCAS points
  • A Levels - grades BBC
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 with at least 24 of these Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction.
  • Successful completion of the Foundation Year (120 credits) commenced prior to September 2020 of either BSc (Hons) Health Studies with Foundation Year;  BSc (Hons) Public Health with Foundation Year or BA (Hons) Social Care with Foundation Year  will enable you to apply for this course.  You will also require GCSE grade C/4+ in Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications)  You will be guaranteed the first stage of the selection process e.g. an interview opportunity.   For further information please visit our Foundation Year webpages
  • Undergraduate or Postgraduate degrees
  • Foundation degrees /HND/ HNC
  • Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

    If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

    Evidence of digital literacy and technological literacy capability will be determined by successful completion of your application.

 

Other Requirements

Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory personal statement and reference (academic or employer).

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a values-based interview and will be subsequently required to meet a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and Occupational Health requirements.

Read further information regarding interview preparation

 

Additional Information

During the Nursing course you will be required to attend placements.   When you are asked for your choice of placement area we will endeavour to meet your request however we must emphasise that this cannot be guaranteed and therefore you must ensure you are able to travel to the final placement area you are allocated.

If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £40.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need to complete an occupational health assessment questionnaire and General Practitioner Form prior to starting the course; vaccinations will also need to be up-to-date.

 

Previous Study

Please note we will not accept applicants onto our professional courses who have been unsuccessful on professional courses at other institutions of higher education

 

Applicants who are classed as ‘overseas’ for fee purposes (https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Money/Home-or-Overseas-fees-the-basics) will still be considered as long as their country of domicile is the United Kingdom and do not require Tier 4 sponsorship or are in the UK on a Tier 2 visa.

Please note than an offer of a place at the University does not guarantee eligibility for student funding. To confirm that you meet the residency criteria go to www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies or telephone SFE on 0300 100 0607.

 

 

 

 

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (learning disabilities).

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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