Nursing (Learning Disability) BSc(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

Places available in clearing. Find out more.
Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

3 years full-time

UCAS Code

H538

About the course

Are you passionate about meeting the needs of people with a learning disability and would love to have an interesting and exciting career working with this client group? Our Nursing (Learning Disability) BSc(Hons) degree regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) could be a great place for you to take the first steps towards making a huge difference to people’s everyday lives.

Learning disability nursing involves working with people who have a range of learning disabilities, providing hands on care in relation to a person’s complex physical, social and psychological needs. Learning disability nurses work in a number of settings, including the individual’s own home, schools, respite units, hospitals and secure services. They work independently and in multidisciplinary teams, with other professionals, learning how to respond to the needs of someone with a learning disability.

The course is designed to help you to become a confident, caring, competent and compassionate nurse in a rapidly changing health and social care environment. You'll have the opportunity to develop a high level of personal and technical skills to help improve the quality of life of people with a learning disability and their ability to live as independently as possible. You'll learn how to work in partnership with service users, their families, carers and other professionals to promote health and wellbeing.

Supported by a team who really understand what it’s like to be a learning disability nurse, you’ll learn through lectures, seminars, group work, simulation and role play. The skills you’ll be supported to develop include professional values, communication and interpersonal skills, nursing practice and decision making, as well as leadership, management and team working to empower, advocate and protect the rights of marginalised people.

You'll practice and develop your skills through a variety of clinical placements in a range of statutory, private and voluntary services, in order to prepare you to pursue your career and achieve your potential to be a learning disability nurse. You’ll also learn how to respond to the needs of all patients and service users from all fields of nursing including adult, child and mental health.

No day is ever the same when you work with people with learning disabilities and you can make a real difference to someone’s life.

Please note: the information for this course is subject to change, as the Nursing and Midwifery Council are releasing some new nursing standards in Spring 2018 and the course curriculum will be changed to reflect these accordingly.

“Meeting the needs of people with learning disabilities is at the heart of everything we do and this motivates us to provide excellent learning disability nurse education.  The course has been developed by a team led by academics including local employers, service users, carers and students. 

“Nursing students spend half of their time undertaking theoretical study and the other half in practice, which prepares them for the real world of healthcare. We encourage all our students to become critical thinkers who apply their knowledge in practice settings and make sound clinical decisions with their clients.  Student nurses are well-supported by both academics and practice staff, and we work together closely to ensure a quality student experience."

Sheena Miller, Learning Disability Nursing Lecturer

Sheena Miller, Senior Lecturer

Course detail

Core modules:

Foundations of Nursing 1

This module will provide the opportunity for you to gain foundation knowledge in relation to policy, professional values and communication, as well as the theory and practical skills required for professional behaviour as a student nurse, connected to safety, safeguarding and protection of people of all ages. This will be demonstrated through coursework, where you will reflect on the communication skills you used in your practice learning experience, policy and professional practice.

Foundations of Nursing 2

You’ll have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and understanding required to care for patients/service users focusing on physical and mental health needs. You’ll explore normal anatomy and physiology and be introduced to some pathophysiology. This will be assessed through an online multiple choice exam. You’ll also study how to deliver person centred care safely with compassion whilst surveying health and promoting health and wellbeing. You’ll examine applied sciences such as sociology and psychology and how these support nursing practice. This will be assessed through submission of a field specific case study. You’ll also be introduced to some fundamental nursing skills including hand washing, nutrition, basic life support and administration of medication, which you’ll practice in the simulation labs.

Fundamentals of Nursing Practice

This module will provide you with the opportunity to gain fundamental skills of nursing practice including personal hygiene, infection control, undertaking observations and basic life support. You will complete a practice learning experience, normally in two blocks equivalent to 20 weeks, where you will put the theory learnt into practice. You will be assessed through coursework including the Practice Assessment Document (PAD), where you will record the practical outcomes you have achieved and the Ongoing Achievement Record and Skills Log, where you and your mentor will document your progress and skills gained.

Professional Development and Research 1

This module involves a multidisciplinary team based learning approach, working with Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy and Podiatry students. The professional development element of the module will encourage you to explore issues of lifelong learning and continuing professional development that underpin the essential skills needed in order to understand registration requirements for your field specific professional/statutory bodies. You will be assessed by four pieces of coursework.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

In addition to the academic entry requirements, the following requirements apply:

You will need a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health clearances prior to registration on the course. We arrange these as part of the application process. You will be required to sign a self-declaration at the start of each year and at the end of the course. All police contact during the course must be reported to the course leader as a matter of urgency and may lead to suspension or termination.

Placements


Nothing can really replicate working in the real-world, which is why practice placements are essential and a compulsory part of the course. The Nursing and Midwifery Council require you to complete the minimum of 2300 hours over the three years in order to obtain registration. Each year you'll complete two blocks of placement.

You'll have the opportunity to complete your practice learning experiences in a diverse range of health and social care settings, reflecting the diversity of the services accessed by people with a learning disability. This may include community teams, nursing and residential homes, supported living service, schools, short break services, day opportunities or hospitals and Clinics. You may also have the opportunity to work within forensic services, prisons, palliative care and youth offending services.

In order to provide you with the broadest professional experience possible, practice experiences are generally offered across West Yorkshire and beyond, covering 24 hour care including evening, weekend and occasional night shifts.

Please note that you may be required to travel for/during your placements.

"I completed six placements in a variety of settings which I really enjoyed. These were all very different and allowed me to grow as a person, as well as develop my clinical, management and leadership skills, plus many more." 

Lucy Ward, Graduated Nursing (Learning Disability) BSc(Hons)>

Lucy Ward, Graduated Nursing (Learning Disability) BSc(Hons) in 2017

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


Our graduates have gone on to work as nurses in local healthcare trusts, charities and short-term care providers.** 

Other careers could also include high profile leadership roles supporting people with learning disabilities and specialist needs or roles within specialist assessment and treatment areas.

After qualification there is also an extensive range of training and career opportunities, which include becoming a manager for local service providers, epilepsy nurse, safeguarding nurse, behavioural specialist or forensic care nurse. Other opportunities include working in dual diagnosis services or specialist services for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, specialist nurse for drug management, consultant nurse specialist or nurse lecturer, as well as a policy maker and advisor at a national or local level.


* Percentage of graduates from this subject area at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015/16 and 2016/17 aggregated).
** Source: DHLE survey 2015/16, 2016/17 and LinkedIn

97% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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