Why Herts?
  • 100% of our Learning Disability Nursing graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE 2017) survey.
  • 95% overall student satisfaction on the BSc ( Hons) Learning Disabilities Nursing programme (NSS results 2018).
  • We have a large and diverse team with an impressive profile of expertise, including members of the academic staff with lived experience of intellectual disability and autism.

About the course

New £3,000 grant for September 2019 entry!

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, along with Hertfordshire County Council, are offering a £3,000 grant for students wishing to study Learning Disability Nursing at our University. This will be given in three lump sums of £1,000 at the end of each completed academic year to all students who enrol on the course for September 2019.

As a learning disabilities nurse, you’ll have the challenging yet rewarding job of caring for people with a range of special needs. This pre-registration course gives you the knowledge, skills and attitudes to enhance a person’s health and wellbeing, and improve or maintain a range of complex developmental, physical, psychological and mental health needs. You’ll work in partnership with people with learning disabilities, their families, carers and other health and social care professionals. Ultimately, you’ll help people with learning disabilities to live a life that’s as fulfilling as possible. As with our other nursing courses, you’ll take a variety of clinical work placements.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

Why choose this course?

The Learning Disability Nursing degree pathway offers students the opportunity to take up the challenge of ensuring that the health care needs of people with learning disabilities are addressed using using a holistic approach, both within mainstream and specialist services.

  • Enhance the person's health and well-being.
  • Improve or maintain a range of complex developmental, physical, psychological and mental health needs.
  • Work in partnership with people with a learning disability, their families / carers and other health and social care professionals.
  • Reduce barriers to disability and promote social inclusion.
  • Support people with a learning disability to achieve a life which is as fulfilling as possible by maintaining their rights, choice and independence.
  • 100% of our Learning Disability Nursing graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Where can you study?

This learning disability nursing pathway offers students the opportunity to study in one of our study centres located in:

Hertfordshire

Professional Accreditations

Successful completion of the programme will lead to entitlement to apply to enter the professional register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council UK for Learning Disabilities Nursing.

Course details

Careers

Following successful completion of the Learning Disability Nursing programme you will be entitled to apply for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council UK. This registration will enable you to take advantage of the varied opportunities available to you, to put into practice all you have learned and make a positive contribution to the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families.

You will be able to seek employment in a wide range of organisations including NHS, social services and private and voluntary organisations. You will meet many interesting people throughout your career and each day will be different. You will always be learning, and developing new and innovative skills through experience and education that will enable you to diversify or specialise in a particular area of Learning Disability Nursing, giving opportunity for promotion and job satisfaction.

Following qualification there are many opportunities to further your professional studies with courses, available at graduate level and above, to help develop your knowledge and practice.

100% of our Learning Disability Nursing graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

What job can I get?

This course entitles you to apply for registration as a learning disabilities nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This opens up a range of career options providing care within the NHS, social services and private and voluntary organisations.

Teaching methods

The Learning Disability field programme comprises both of theory and practice in a range of service-user contact experiences in a diversity of settings. The aim is to enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the total nursing care of service-users who have learning disabilities in partnership with their families / carers and other professionals.

A range of teaching and learning approaches will be used. Teaching approaches will include; lectures, seminars, group work/projects, role play, tutorials, practice experience / fieldwork, course work, problem based learning, internet technologies and reflection as an integrating technique between theory and practice.

Work Placement

Your practice experience may involve working with a broad range of health and social care professionals and carers who support children, adults and older people who have special needs/ disabilities.

Practice learning experiences during the three year course include:

  • Community Learning Disability Nursing teams. 
  • Assessment and treatment services.
  • Forensic services.
  • Day care / outreach / educational services.
  • A range of residential services in health, social, and independent settings.
  • Health liaison experience
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Teams
  • Short Term Break and Respite Services.
  • A placement opportunity abroad.

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    An Introduction to Interprofessional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
    Learning for Professional Development I 15 Credits Compulsory
    Building Capability & Enhancing Capacity (1) The Learning Disability Context 30 Credits Compulsory
    Biological Basis for Health and Wellbeing 30 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Aspects of Care 15 Credits Compulsory
    Person-centred Approaches 1 - Health and Social Inclusion 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Developing Health and Wellbeing 30 Credits Compulsory
    Physical Health Needs of People with a Learning Disability 15 Credits Compulsory
    Transition of Young People with a Learning Disability to Adult Services 15 Credits Compulsory
    Research for Learning Disability Nursing Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
    Learning Disability Nursing Practice 2 30 Credits Compulsory
    European Perspectives of Young People with Learning Disabilities 15 Credits Compulsory
    Learning for Professional Development 2 15 Credits Compulsory
    Person-centred Approaches 2 Supporting People with Complex Needs 30 Credits Compulsory
    Person-centred Approaches 3 - Supporting Psychological Health and Well-being 30 Credits Compulsory
    Building Capability and Enhancing Capacity (2) Facilitating Development & Health 30 Credits Compulsory
    Multi-Cultural Dimensions of Contemporary Learning Disability Services 15 Credits Optional
    International Dimensions of Contemporary Learning Disability Services 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
    Learning for Professional Development III 15 Credits Compulsory
    Person-centred Approaches (5) Life Transitions for Adults & Older Person 15 Credits Compulsory
    Person-centred Approaches (4) Life Transitions for Adolescents and Adults 15 Credits Compulsory
    Building Capability & Enhancing Capacity (3) - Management & Leadership 30 Credits Compulsory
    Imagination & Innovation in Evidence-based Nursing Care 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13000 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    NHS Funding for UK/EU Students

    Students studying on nursing, midwifery or allied health professional courses funded by Health Education England, who start from September 2017 will have access to the same student loans support package and support for living costs as other students. The new arrangements also apply to students planning to take these courses as a second qualification.

    The NHS will no longer grant bursaries. There will be, however, additional funding by the NHS Business Services Authority for some nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students because of the compulsory clinical placement required by these courses. This funding will cover students with child dependants and severe hardship. It will also cover travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above the daily travel costs to university and for those who need dual accommodation.

    For more information about the changes visit the gov.uk website and the Funding Clinic.

    Accommodation (Hatfield Applicants)

    Due to the nature of your programme, your studies are likely to continue over the summer period, requiring an extended period of accommodation on campus. There are 2 accommodation options available to you:

    • Option 1 - 42 week accommodation: if you opt for this accommodation contract but need to stay on campus for up to 50 weeks, this will mean that you will have to move accommodation and we cannot guarantee that this will be at the same cost, and may be higher.
    • Option 2 - 50 week accommodation: if you opt for this accommodation contract, which is recommended, this will allow you to complete your studies over the summer period without having to move accommodation.  If you choose this option you cannot change to a 42 week contract at a later stage.

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Scholarships

    Find out more about scholarships for UK/EU and international students

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    UCASA LevelBTEC
    104BCCDMM - BTEC National Extended Diploma in Health and Social care or similar area of study

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

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