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Learning Disabilities Nursing, BSc Hons

Benefit from our excellent links with the NHS and other health care providers on this learning disabilities nursing degree. Our nursing courses are also rated first in London for student satisfaction.

Our learning disabilities nursing degree offers pre-registration training in this field. You will gain the specialist knowledge and skills to ensure that people with disabilities receive high-quality care, and learn how to work in partnership with the individual, their family and carers, as well as fellow professionals.

Your time will be equally divided between study on campus and periods on a nursing placement. We will also prepare you to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a registered learning disabilities nurse.

UCAS points

112 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

B761 A BSc/LD

Duration

3 years full-time

Start month

September

UK/international fees

2019/2020 fees

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2020/2021 fees

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What you should know about this course

  • Nursing at Greenwich is number one in London for student satisfaction (2019 National Student Survey).
  • Ranked first in London for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2017.
  • We ensure you spend 50% of your time in work placements, gaining hands-on training experience, being assessed by qualified practitioners.
  • We prepare you to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a registered learning disabilities nurse.

Another positive aspect of my study is the many new friends I have made. I found that making friends within the nursing cohort has really improved my ability in practice. The opportunity to share and reflect on our experiences has enabled us to learn from and support each other.

- Daisy-Anne Hack, BSc Hons Learning Disabilities Nursing

Learning Disabilities Nursing, BSc Hons


Want to find out what studying Learning Disabilities Nursing at the University of Greenwich is like? Hear from one of the academics who teaches the course, Ashley McCarthy.

What you will study

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About the course team

You will be taught by an experienced team of experts, which includes senior academics, technical officers, and practitioners with industry experience. Trained postgraduate researchers may also contribute to seminar teaching with the module leader. Teaching is informed by our research and consultancy work, and 97% of our lecturers hold a teaching qualification.

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Entry requirements

If you are

112 UCAS points from A-levels, with no more than 12 points should come from AS-levels.

PLUS at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and maths, or a recognised level 2 equivalent.

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

Candidates will be required to:

  • Work shadowing/observation: Appropriate healthcare experience either voluntary or paid is encouraged
  • Undertake selection tests and an interview
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring service check, occupational health screening and meet residential regulations.

If you are applying via UCAS please note that they will only accept references from a professional email address.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Class sizes vary by module. Lectures are normally attended by larger groups, and seminars/tutorials by smaller groups. This can vary more widely for modules that are shared between degrees. All students will have opportunities for 1-to-1 time with their tutors.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you are also expected to dedicate around 30 hours a week to self-study. This may involve further reading and research, preparing coursework and presentations, and preparing for tests and exams. Our facilities are designed to support you in these activities.

We encourage you to join societies and participate in sporting and other activities to engage in the wider life of the university community.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 100 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 200 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assignments and to release examination results within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Books and journals (estimate, £150 per year)
  • Shoes (£60) and clothing (£100) (dependent on field and uniform policy)
  • Travel costs to and from placements
  • Parking (if appropriate)
  • Meals while on duty.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

We have excellent links with the National Health Service and other care providers. Through your placements, you have the opportunity to work in a range of different settings, including community learning disability teams, forensic services, assessment and intervention services and special needs schools. This will give you experience and knowledge of working with children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, including those who have more complex needs.

How long is my placement?

You will spend 50% of your time each year in these valuable work placements, where you will be assessed by qualified practitioners. These placements will be in a variety of institutional and community settings, which will enable you to fully understand the needs of individuals with a learning disability. As a learning disabilities nurse, you will play a vital role in providing specialist support and interventions.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

As a learning disability nurse, you can work in a variety of settings, including community, forensic settings, specialist schools, assessment and intervention services and hospitals across the acute and community sectors. Nurses in both hospital and community settings have opportunities to become managers, educators and clinical specialists.

We prepare you to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a registered learning disabilities nurse. The degree will ensure that you have achieved the outcomes identified in the NMC Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education (NMC 2010), including the standards for competence and the Essential Skills Clusters and the requirement of Directive 2005/36/EC. 

The intellectual, professional, academic and practical competencies that you will acquire are informed by the European Tuning Project 2009, 3.2.

Do you provide employability services?

The Employability & Careers Service (ECS) is committed to supporting our students and recent graduates in their transition towards a rewarding graduate destination.  We strive to deliver a professional service with the aim of empowering our students to achieve their potential. We provide the following:

  • CV and cover letter checks
  • Application support
  • One-to-one careers advice
  • Interview tips and support
  • Careers fairs
  • Internships
  • Graduate jobs

Contact: employability@gre.ac.uk / 020 8331 8810.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Some students may be eligible to participate in the +Erasmus student exchange course to spend a year abroad. Benefit from international experience and develop proficiency in a European language.

Support from the department

Throughout your degree, we aim to make you aware of the range of opportunities available to you as a registered learning disabilities nurse.

We also promote multi-professional and collaborative working, with shared learning between nursing and midwifery students.

Our friendly and supportive staff are committed to supporting you during your studies.

Accommodation information

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