University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Nursing/Registered Nurse: Learning Disabilities Nursing

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Course summary

You’re compassionate, patient and want to make a difference in the lives of others. Our learning disabilities nursing course is designed to give you the professional qualifications and skills to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and become a learning disabilities nurse. This nursing 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 On the BSc Learning Disabilities Nursing degree, 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 academic staff will develop your independent thinking and problem-solving skills using clinical labs, mock hospital wards, lectures, guest speakers, workshops and simulations. 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...

  • Prepare to become a learning disabilities nurse who works with people across the lifespan from new families, children and young people, to older adults who require support.
  • Have the opportunity to make a profound impact on someone's life by providing nursing care and support to someone who needs it most.
  • Experience something new every day. You can live your best life by helping others live theirs.
  • Be able to work in a wide variety of settings following graduation. The opportunities are endless, allowing you to have a career where you are always motivated and inspired to go to work.
  • Learn to become an advocate for people with learning disabilities. You can make sure that a person's voice is heard, their human rights are protected and 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

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above or equivalent. Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English, Adult Literacy level 2 and Adult Numeracy level 2 are also accepted.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
International £16000 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Nursing/Registered Nurse: Learning Disabilities Nursing at University of Cumbria - UCAS