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Learning Disabilities Nursing, BSc Hons

Study our learning disabilities nursing degree for a rewarding career supporting people with learning disabilities and helping to achieve equality in health care.

Learning disabilities nurses play an important role in the health and well-being of people with learning disabilities, as well as their families and carers. They work in a variety of specialist settings and within generic services to provide support.

Our degree provides you with the skills to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities, including those with complex needs. You will experience practice-based learning in the community with patients, families and carers in south-east London and Kent.

We prepare you to apply for registration as a learning disabilities nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Our course helps you achieve the outcomes identified in the NMC Realising Professionalism: Standards for education and training, Part 3 (2018) and Future Nurse: Proficiencies for registered nurses (2018).

All nursing students on courses from September 2020 will benefit from guaranteed, additional support of at least £5,000 a year, which they will not need to pay back. See more information.

UCAS points

112 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

B761 A BSc/LD

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Campus

Avery Hill

Duration

3 years full-time

Start month

September and January

Home 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).
  • Nursing students will benefit from guaranteed, additional support of at least £5,000 a year to help with living costs.
  • Our highly qualified staff are both teachers and researchers, giving you access to a talented pool of educators.
  • You will be placed in a NHS trust for the three-year course, although you will have the opportunity to change your placement area for part of Year 3.
  • We are currently developing a brand-new simulation suite where you will be able to practice and develop your skills and knowledge in a safe environment.

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


What you will study

Like all universities, the University of Greenwich must develop its pre-registration nursing and midwifery courses in line with the requirements as stated in the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (2018) standards framework for nursing and midwifery education. These standards underpin all education for nurses, midwives and nursing associates. To do this, we have a schedule of programme re-approvals, and this course and the module content is currently subject to this review process. 

We anticipate this to be finalised by April 2020 and will consult you of any further changes should they arise before the start date.

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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.

Come and meet us

Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Entry requirements

You should normally hold three GCSEs at Grade 4 or above on new grading system (or grade C) which must include English Language (or equivalent) and Mathematics (or equivalent)

And 112 UCAS points.

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced and Progression Diplomas
  • Access courses
  • NVQ (Level 3)
  • Diploma in Health and Social Care (Level 3)
  • Foundation degrees.

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

You can also read our admissions policy.

Further information about entry

Candidates will be required to:

  • Attend an interview at a Selection Day
  • If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or an equivalent rating in another Secure English Language Test.

Available to overseas students?

No

Can I use prior learning?

Appropriate healthcare experience either voluntary or paid is encouraged.

Enhanced disclosure

Applicants for this course are required to complete a suitability declaration, an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, and an occupational health check.

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.

Official statistics on Discover Uni

Full time

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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* January 2020 starters pay the 2019/2020 fees.

2020/2021 fees

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* For full fees information please visit our fees information pages.

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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.

More on health placements.

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?

Successful completion of this course will equip you to work as a Registered Nurse Learning Disabilities in various setting, such as community nursing, inpatient services, specialist liaison roles, and within generic mental health services or child health services.

This course helps you develop a wide range of transferable skills to boost your career development and progression in nursing.

Do you provide employability services?

Our Employability & Careers Service (ECS) is committed to supporting our students and recent graduates in their transition towards a rewarding graduate destination. We aim to empower our students to achieve their potential, with support including:

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

More about Careers.

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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Placements in London and Kent


Our nursing and midwifery courses are run in partnership with several NHS Trusts, who work with us because of our reputation for teaching excellence. Find out about our placements.

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If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.