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

University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Nursing/Registered Nurse: Learning Disabilities Nursing

Course summary

If you feel passionate about empowering people to gain their best quality of life and feelings of fulfilment, then a career as a Learning Disability Nurse, may be for you. In supporting some of the most marginalised and discriminated against, individuals in society, Learning Disability Nursing aims to redress the power balance, enabling people to take control over their lives. The BSc Nursing (learning disabilities) course is a specialist qualification within its own right, and currently the only professional health qualification to work specifically with this client group. It will provide you with clinical experience in a rewarding, challenging and caring role and equip you with the skills you need to become a specialised registered nurse. Taught over both Carlisle Fusehill and the Lancaster Campus, you will work within the NMC professional values and gain skills in prioritising people, practising effectively and promoting professionalism. Studying with the University of Cumbria will give you the insight and skills to demonstrate critical thinking in relation to health facilitation, complex healthcare issues and the promotion of health and wellbeing of people with a learning disability. Whilst gaining the skills needed to be a registered nurse, this course also focuses on the specialised and inclusive support required for Learning Disability Nursing. Opportunities are endless, you can work across the lifespan, specialise in areas such as behaviour support, health facilitation, children and young people, intensive support services, commissioning, mental health, forensic/secure settings, end of life care or acute hospital settings. … the list is long! Most of our qualifying students, have multiple job offers upon finishing their studies. There is a real need for more Learning Disability Nurses in practice and there has never been a better time to train! Course Overview With a 50:50 split between practice and theoretical study, this programme will allow you to work on placement alongside experienced and qualified nurses across the lifespan, in a variety of settings, with compassion, creativity and collaboration. Your problem solving skills and evidence based practice will enable you to have a positive impact on the wellbeing and health outcomes of those patients with a learning disability. The University of Cumbria offers many opportunities so that you can make the most of the placement experience and network with local services. You will be allocated six placements over the course, plus an enrichment placement that you will arrange yourself (potentially working abroad). Note – this is self-funded. Our experienced academic staff will develop your independent thinking and problem-solving skills using clinical labs, simulated hospital wards, lectures, guest speakers, workshops and technical 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 you to work with people across the lifespan from new families, children and young people, to older adults who require support at various times throughout their lives.
  • Provide nursing care and support to an individual and families and have a profound impact on their lives.
  • Experience something new every day, and have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Work in a wide variety of settings. The opportunities are endless, allowing you to have a career where you are always motivated and inspired to go to work for another exciting and rewarding day.
  • Learn to become an advocate for people with learning disabilities, you can make sure that a person's voice is heard, their human rights protected and that discrimination does not occur.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

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Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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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


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 £16400 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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