University of Cumbria has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.
If you want a career as a qualified learning disabilities nurse, then we have a practical-centred course to ensure you get all the skills you need to become one.
With job prospects for qualified nurses rapidly expanding, we have ensured that our course contains provides you with the knowledge and hands-on experience you will need to confidently meet the complex mental and physical health needs of both adults and children.
So, whether you want to specialise in community learning disability nursing, forensic or secure settings, a hospice or in a residential setting, you'll be given the resources you need to follow your chosen path.
Why Choose University of Cumbria
Your academic knowledge will be boosted by a wide range of placement opportunities in Cumbria and Lancashire– which account for 50% of the course – providing you with the experience you need to make the transition from learning to employment.
And, you have the opportunity to experience both city and rural healthcare systems, while networking and bolstering your employment prospects due to our close links with NHS Trusts and care providers.
Eligible to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council register
We'll cover the cost of your Uniform, DBS check and occupational health check
100% of students have secured a job after graduating and 96% of students say they are satisfied with the course
Develop a broad understanding of other nursing fields, since we’re one of only a few UK universities offering child, adult, learning disability and mental health nursing
Taught and supported closely by academic tutors who are nurses with a wealth of experience and are involved in research and national conferences in their nursing fields
Opportunity to undertake your own research or take part in that being carried out by academic tutors
Experience the clinical journey from a patient’s perspective – boosting your care quality skills
Former students have been nominated for national awards
Learn how to improve and maintain the physical and mental health of people with learning disabilities
- An enrichment placement – giving you the opportunity to go overseas
You’ll be living in a vibrant student city by the spectacular north west coastline, and, within an hour of the Lake District National Park and the big cities of Manchester and Liverpool. So, whether you want lively or leisurely, you’re within reach of both.
Whether you are a college-leaver or a mature student wanting a career change, this course is your step into a rewarding career supporting the well-being and inclusion of people with a learning disability whether in the NHS, private or voluntary settings.
That’s because we provide a real-world context for your studies to develop your independent thinking and problem-solving skills in preparation for a future as a learning disabilities nurse.
Half of the course will focus on the key underpinning theory behind practice and include consideration of: law, policy, values, communication, person-centred tools, multiand inter-agency working, presentations of learning disability and implementing nursing interventions. The other half of your training will be spent in practice, supported by experienced mentors who will assess your competence in the field.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||96 - 112 points|
|A level||CCC - BBC||Maximum of 3 A Levels|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MMM - DMM|
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 15 credits
M: 30 credits
|60 credits overall|
|Scottish Higher||BBCC - ABBB|
GCSE English Language, Maths and Science or relevant Social Science (Psychology/Sociology/Anthropology) at grade 4/C or above. Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English are also accepted.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|