Undergraduate study
 
  • This course is available for January 2019 entry
 

Course overview

This is very exciting time to become a nurse for people with learning disabilities, as a greater understanding of the health needs of people with learning disability is now developing at the same time that recognition of the needs of some of our most vulnerable people in society is starring to be appreciated. This means that people with learning disabilities should be involved in issues which affect their lives, should expect services to be responsive to individual needs, and should have equal rights and opportunities in society. This degree course gives you the foundations for a rewarding career in learning disabilities nursing. As a learning disabilities nurse, you can make a real difference to the lives of patients and their families.

Working as a learning disabilities nurse you have the opportunity to help people with learning disabilities live their lives in the way they choose and provide support and guidance with some of the everyday things that we might take for granted. You assist the person with learning disabilities with all aspects of their lives including health and social care, education, employment, leisure and recreation. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to works in diverse settings and develop a leadership role within integrated care teams. To be a nurse and to share people’s healthcare experiences, in sometimes very difficult and emotional times, is a privilege. The public places high expectations and levels of trust upon nurses, and the course develops practitioners who can meet these expectations. It is hard work and challenging. Therefore to work within the healthcare sector it is essential that you are able to demonstrate the core values embedded within the NHS Constitution:

  • working together for patients
  • respect and dignity
  • commitment to quality of care
  • compassion
  • improving lives
  • everyone counts.

Throughout the course, as part of the placement experience, you are required to participate in a shift pattern rota, work weekends and undertake night duties.

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Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (MNC) on the nurses' part of the Professional Register (Learning Disabilities Nursing).

During the pre-registration nursing course you are expected to work to the spirit of the NMC Code (2015) at all times - The Code (2015) Professional Standards of Practice and Behaviour for Nurses and Midwives, Nursing and Midwifery Council London

Please note 100% attendance is expected during this course.

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Course details

In the new curriculum there is increased emphasis on mental health and cognitive issues impacting on health - shared learning across all four fields of practice throughout the three years is a key feature of the course. The module content reflects the changing and challenging nature of providing healthcare in the 21st century and the evolving and diverse role of the registered nurse. Leadership is embedded in all three years of the course, recognising the crucial role nurses play in moving practice forward. At least one of the modules offered uses distance learning. We pride ourselves on the quality of our partnership working involving placement providers and service users. One of the modules in the first year has been co-produced with service users.

Course structure

Modules for this course will appear here soon.

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

50% of the learning time is spent engaging in University or self-managed learning activities (theory) and 50% of the time is spent within placement allocations (practice).

The teaching week during theory/study blocks is Monday to Friday and may involve some evening sessions. During practice allocations you are required to complete the shift patterns allocated to you by your assessor or supervisor. These will include early starts (for example a shift may start at 7.00am and finish at 8.00pm), night duty and weekend shifts.

The structure and sequencing of University and placement-based learning means that holidays are fixed - it is not possible to take holidays outside of the set dates.

During University-based learning you engage in a range of both teacher-led and student-led activities. Such activities include lectures, discussions, group activities, seminar presentations, tutorials, skills workshops, experiential learning / simulations, service user-focused activities and e-learning. Digital competency and learning through digital based platform is an important component of the course.

Practice placements are provided in a range of settings which may include the service user’s home, short stay and hospital environments, schools and day services. The people with learning disabilities that you come into contact with may need help with needs in areas such as communication, daily livings skills, challenging behaviour and mental health issues; preventative, acute and long-term healthcare provision. As part of your placement allocation journey, there are opportunities to gain experience with client groups from other fields of nursing (mental health, adult and children’s nursing) to enable you to develop an understanding of the health and nursing needs of people across all fields of practice.

Travel to placements
The range of placements provide diverse and rewarding learning experiences. Placements may not be near to your home or within your local trust. You are expected to travel to different areas.

Both practice and theory learning experiences enable you to explore the service users’ journey, developing knowledge and experience of nursing and healthcare needs within services across the age continuum.

How you are assessed

Assessments are varied and reflect module outcomes. They include written assignments, examinations, case studies and presentations. You are also assessed in practice through a portfolio of evidence each year. Essential placement based competencies must be met for this course, including:

  • demonstration of professional values as highlighted in the
    NHS Constitutional Values (NHS Constitution 2013)
  • mathematical calculations in relation to drug administration
  • physical and manual dexterity to undertake clinical skills
  • observational and auditory ability are needed to carry out holistic practical examinations and emergency care
  • accurate interpretation of assessment data and written records, such as drug prescription charts and treatment plans, to inform clinical decision making
  • keeping accurate and legible records.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You are expected to have:

  • recent Level 2 Academic Study within the last five years.
  • a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English language and maths. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 2 in Communication and Application of Number can be accepted in place of English and Maths GCSE. Please note these are not required if you are doing an Access course – however, you must have English and maths as listed below.*


Plus any of the following qualifications:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level
96 points from two or three A levels.

AS Level
These are only acceptable combined with other qualifications. One AS level can be accepted when combined with two or three A Levels to meet the 96 points required.

Access course
A pass in a QAA-recognised Access course including a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at merit with a minimum of 77 points.
*We can accept level 2 Access units in communication and maths in place of English and maths GCSEs.

BTEC QCF Extended Diploma
96 points (MMM).

CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care
96 points (C) in health and social care.

Foundation degree
A pass in any subject.

Irish Leaving Certificate
96 points from four or five Highers/Honours subjects.

NVQ
Level 3 plus 40 credits at level 4 (in any subject).

Open University
60 credits at Level 4 with the Open University or a CertHE pass in any subject.

Scottish Highers
111 points from four or five Highers.

Advanced Scottish Highers
120 points from three Advanced Highers.

For further detailed entry requirements for this course please visit www.ucas.com.

International applicants

  • International applicants must have IELTS 7.0, with a minimal score of 7.0 in all sections, before an unconditional offer is made
  • If you are successful at shortlisting you will be invited to attend an interview (which may be in person OR Skype) in one of our international offices in either India, Malaysia or China, or through a secure web link (which will be arranged by the University)
  • If you can not attend an interview as stated, you will be unable to proceed with your application.

    The selection process includes shortlisting of your application, following which, if successful you will be invited for an interview.

    Shortlisting criteria
    Your application will be measured against the following criteria:

    • your ability to complete all sections of the application form fully and correctly
    • the level of all qualifications and grades are specified
    • appropriate academic entry requirements achieved or working towards qualifications
    • evidence of successful level 2 academic study over the last five years
    • personal statement supportive of chosen course and demonstrates an understanding of the uniqueness of the profession and the role of the professional
    • satisfactory appropriate supportive references (academic/employer/character).

    If you are invited to interview and the date is not suitable we may not be able to offer you an alternative date due to the high volume of applications received for this course - but it is important that you contact the Admissions Office immediately.

    Interview criteria
    A mini multiple interview process will be used as part of the selection process. This will involve you moving through a series of three interview stations (approximately ten minutes per station). At each station you will explore a different scenario and will be measured against the six C's and the following criteria which has been mapped against the NHS Constitution:

    • knowledge of chosen profession/career
    • an appreciation of the demands of the courseand chosen profession
    • enthusiasm for the course/profession
    • ability to communicate effectively both verbally and non verbally
    • a future plan for the specialism.

    If you are successful in both shortlisting and interview you will receive a conditional offer which is subject to the following:

    1. evidence of achievement of the required academic qualifications
    2. a successful work based risk assessment which will reflect the HEOPS recommendations - please read these here. For more information on all of the HEOPS standards click here
    3. a satisfactory DBS disclosure - please note that any warnings, cautions, allegations or convictions received in the last five years may have implications for your continued offer on the course
    4. satisfactory references.

    Please note until 1 to 4 have been successfully completed the offer of a place on the course remains conditional. Advanced standing for a maximum of 50% of the course is available for suitable candidates, subject to them meeting the Recognition of Prior Learning criteria. This is only considered once a place has been offered and accepted.



    For international enquiries please email internationalenquiries@tees.ac.uk

    For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

    International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


    You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
    Find out more about RPL

 

Employability

Career opportunities

A diverse range of career opportunities are available within the NHS and private sectors in the UK and overseas. This course provides a stepping stone from which you can develop your expertise in the fields of nursing practice, leadership, research, education and consultancy.

 

Information for international applicants

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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years; January intake
  • UCAS code: B761 BSc/NurLD
  • Typical offer: 96-112 tariff points and interview

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