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Nursing/Registered Nurse: Learning Disabilities Nursing BSc (Hons)

University of Cumbria

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Carlisle - Fusehill Street

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

You’re compassionate, patient and want to make a difference in the lives of others. Our course is designed to give you the professional qualifications and skills to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and practice as a learning disabilities nurse.This 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**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 tutors will develop your independent thinking and problem-solving skills using clinical labs, mock hospital wards, lectures, guest speakers, workshops and role-play. 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...**- This course prepares 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.- You will have a profound impact on someone's life. You will be able to provide nursing care and support to someone who needs it most.- Experience something new every day, and have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. You can live your best life by helping others live theirs.- 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.**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 Ca

Application deadline

25 January

Tuition fees

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£ 13,250per year

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University of Cumbria

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  • Campus address

    University of Cumbria, Registered Office, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2HH, England

Distinct and pioneering, Cumbria’s heritage dates from 1820. Its five campuses include one in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the idyllic Lake District.
Its international scholarship scheme offers a range of awards to all eligible students. The university also offers a £1,000 early payment discount.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    69th out of 77 14

    72nd out of 78 22

  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    111 66%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74.0 74%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.16 83%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    124 59%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    93.0 93%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.63 73%



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