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Learning Disabilities Nursing, BSc Hons (Degree Apprenticeship)

Our learning disabilities nursing degree apprenticeship offers a balanced combination of practice-based and academic learning to enhance your skills and knowledge.

Our pre-registration Learning Disabilities Nursing Apprenticeship Degree provides the knowledge, skills and confidence to work as a Registered Nurse. Train to work as part of a team in a variety of health and social care settings with individuals, their families and carers, professionals and agencies.

You will learn to enable people with learning disabilities and those who support them to develop knowledge and skills in meeting their specific health and other challenges.

Our apprentices will have a wide range of training opportunities and have an excellent reputation for delivering health and social care education.

The course leads to a bachelor's degree (BSc Hons) over four years of study at university and in the workplace.

Degree apprenticeship

Applications are made through the apprenticeships programme.

Campus

Avery Hill

Duration

  • 4 years full-time

Start month

September; January

Home fees

Fees information

What you should know about this course

  • Nursing and Midwifery at Greenwich is number one in London for satisfaction with teaching (Guardian League Tables 2021).
  • You will be able to earn while you learn.
  • Our apprenticeship offers a balanced combination of practice-based and academic learning to enhance and consolidate your skills and knowledge.
  • You will have access to our state-of the-art simulation facilities and our extensive network of health and social care partners across London and the south-east.
  • You will need to apply through your employer as they will be funding your apprenticeship.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

When you join us, you will be taught and supported by an experienced team of lecturers and professionals who have a wealth of hands-on experience of delivering health and social care across all fields of nursing, midwifery and paramedicine.

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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To find out more about our Open Days and Campus Tours or if you need any assistance, please email opendays@gre.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

From the start of your apprenticeship, you will need to be employed full-time (30 hours or more per week) in an appropriate healthcare setting where you can train as a Registered Nurse.

If you are not already employed in a health or social care setting, you should contact NHS Trusts and other healthcare organisations in your area to check if they are recruiting nursing apprentices.

For entry, you will need to have 112 UCAS tariff points made up from: 

  • A-Levels 
  • BTEC National Awards 
  • International Baccalaureate 
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma 

Or 

  • Diploma in Health and Social Care (level 3)/NVQ (level3) 

Or 

  • Foundation Degree 

You will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including mathematics and English or a recognised level 2 equivalent.

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

You can also read our admissions policy.

Available to overseas students?

No

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

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

This section helps you understand more about how you'll learn based on standard delivery of teaching and learning on campus.

However, as a response to COVID-19 we are currently operating a 'blended model' of teaching and learning (except for distance-learning courses). This means a combination of face-to-face sessions on our campuses with online lectures. There is additional support for any students who are unable to attend campus because they are ill or shielding. We'll continue to offer blended learning to all our students, in line with government guidelines, for as long as we are advised to. If government or local authority rules require it, we may be limited to offering online-only learning but will return to blended learning as soon as we are safely able to do so.

You can find out more about how we are supporting our students.

Teaching

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

  • Timetabled learning
  • Independent study

You can view more information about how each module is taught within our 'What you will study' section.

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. Timetabled learning 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 one-to-one time with their tutors.

Independent learning

Throughout your apprenticeship, we will encourage you to learn independently with support from your lecturers and tutors to achieve your goals and broaden your knowledge through online learning and independent reading.

Overall workload

Typically your learning at university is through a combination of: 

  • Lectures 
  • Seminars to discuss and develop your understanding of lecture topics 
  • One-to-one tutorials 
  • Online learning through the university's virtual learning platform 
  • Simulation in our clinical skills laboratories to practice your clinical and communication skills in a safe and supervised environment

Assessment

On this course, on average, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

You can view how each module is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.

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

Students are assessed through a combination of course work, exams and practical assessment where relevant. You can view more information about how each module on this course is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, 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

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

Fees and funding

The course fees are shared between government and employers. Visit our degree apprenticeships pages to find out how the cost of your course is met.

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.

Accommodation pages

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):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies, as well as specific computer software (estimate, £150 per year)
  • Memberships: applying for membership of a professional body at the end of the course may incur further costs.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

Your course will involve training in clinical practice through placements in a range of diverse and different settings.

You will have the opportunity to work alongside other health and social care professionals and agencies.  

Some of these placements can be provided by your employer and you will also have access to our extensive network of partners for external placements where needed.

How long is my placement?

You will work in your employing Trust for the duration of your 4-year programme, although this may be in a different hospital to the one in which you have been working.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

This course will enable you to further your career with your employer as a qualified Learning Disabilities Nurse. Our curriculum is approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council and, on successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to register with the NMC.

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 enjoy and make the most of your time with us  

Your will have an experienced Personal Tutor who will be your first point of contact through your studies, will help you feel that you belong and will guide and support you through your journey. 

You will also be supported in your apprenticeship by Programme Leaders, individual Module Leaders and Academic Assessors at the University and by Practice Supervisors and Practice Assessors when in practice-based learning. 

We provide high quality academic and pastoral support and mentoring for all our students and we are experienced in supporting students who are also in full-time employment 

You can access study skills support through your Personal Tutor, our onsite librarians and our online Academic Skills Hub.

Accommodation information

Accommodation pages

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If you are a UK or EU student and want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK or EU student and want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

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.