BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

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Overview

UCAS Code:B761
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2016, March 2017, September 2017, March 2018
Department:Faculty of Health and Social Care
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Pre-registration Nursing at Edge Hill University ranked in the top two in the North West for academic support, assessment & feedback, learning resources, organisation & management, and personal development in the National Student Survey 2015;
  • Enables you to register as a qualified learning disabilities nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC);
  • Develop into a competent and accountable practitioner with leadership and project management skills.

Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers to enter, and more importantly it is a privilege. Learning Disability Nurses work with children and adults. As a specialist nurse you will be able to assess, plan and develop individual packages of care designed to provide the appropriate levels of physical, emotional and psychological care to meet the needs of children, young people and their families, while meeting the challenges of a changing healthcare environment. This degree enables you to gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to help plan, coordinate and deliver care in a safe, compassionate and effective way. As well as understanding the specific needs of those with learning disabilities you will gain a broader awareness of the needs of all client groups.

Student Profiles

  • Hannah Koop

    BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities)
    Throughout the three years at Edge Hill University you take part in regular clinical skills sessions as well as two work placements each year.
  • Brett Dickinson

    BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities)
    This course offers students a good mixture of real work experience and practical sessions, which I've found really useful.
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Course in Depth

What will I study?

This three year degrees offers perspectives on the health, social and developmental needs of people with learning disabilities and the nurse’s role in promoting health and supporting people to develop their competence and independence.

Perspectives on health, ill health, health promotion, life sciences and nursing practice are also considered. The course comprises approximately 50% theory and 50% practice with opportunities to achieve national generic and learning disabilities field specific competency related to professional values, communication and interpersonal skills, nursing practice, decision-making, leadership, management and team-working.

In Year 1, as well as being introduced to your field of nursing, you will develop a wider knowledge of health and social care practice and the underpinning life sciences.

During Year 2 you will continue to develop your field-specific competencies alongside developing an understanding of the importance of research, life sciences and their application to nursing practice.

Year 3 will see you preparing to be an autonomous practitioner ready to deal with the competencies of current health and social care with a distinct identity as a learning disabilities nurse.

This programme is commissioned by the NHS and therefore adheres closely to the NHS’ six core values. These values, enshrined within the NHS Constitution, have been developed by patients, the public and staff to inspire passion in the NHS, guide it in the 21st century, and provide common ground for cooperation in achieving shared aspirations. Further information about the core values can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england.

How will I study?

Seminars, lectures, work-based learning and tutorials will be used to deliver this programme. Some modules also include enquiry-based and technology enhanced learning. The theory part of the programme is delivered during the normal working week (Monday to Friday). Service users, carers and their families will be involved in facilitating your learning, giving you an understanding of the impact care has on individual groups.

You will spend 50% of your time in practice which will be undertaken predominantly in community settings within NHS, local authority, independent and voluntary sector organisations. Your learning and development will be supported by a practice placement mentor/supervisor.

Placements will include weekend, early morning, evening and night work to ensure access to a full range of practice experiences across 24 hour care. There is also an opportunity to undertake a practice learning experience outside the region, within the United Kingdom or internationally.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment in both theory and practice is continuous and assessed against national outcomes and generic and field competencies, with students required to demonstrate evidence of their achievement. A range of assessment of theory procedures is in place including assignments, seminar presentations, advanced notice examinations, online learning activities, case studies and portfolio work.

Who will be teaching me?

All lectures are delivered by professionals within the field of nursing as well as specialists in other areas. The programme team represent a range of qualified, research-active professionals with extensive experience of working within the health and/or social care sector. Most importantly service users, carers and their families will be involved in facilitating your learning so that you gain an understanding about the impact care has on individual groups.

A Great Study Environment

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)The Faculty of Health and Social Care is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.

Offering some of the best facilities for health and social care students in the country, the innovative £14m Faculty of Health and Social Care building provides outstanding teaching and learning resources.

The leading edge clinical skills facilities include ward simulations and operating theatres with industry standard equipment, as well as robot-style mannequins that can simulate a wide range of symptoms, from pregnancy to a temperature, to ensure your learning experience is as realistic as possible.

The Faculty of Health and Social Care building also houses ten teaching rooms, an 860-seat lecture theatre and a number of social learning spaces.

Edge Hill University has excellent relationships with NHS hospital and community trusts, enabling us to offer practice-based learning opportunities across a variety of care contexts, with placements at more than 600 locations in Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire.

The faculty is home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.

Modules

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Year 1

PUP1178 Foundation Sciences for Nursing (30 credits)

Foundation Sciences for Nursing provides an introduction to the life sciences that underpin nursing. The focus will be on the theory and application of biological, psychological and social sciences, together with the pharmacological contexts that underpin contemporary nursing care. You will also develop a wide range of clinical assessment skills, e.g. temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure monitoring, and urinalysis.

PUP1179 Understanding Health and Social Care (30 credits)

Understanding Health and Social Care provides an introduction to the fundamentals of health and social care and explores the values and behaviours that underpin professional practice. The module is designed to help you to understand the principles of safe practice and introduce you to the many factors that influence the health and social wellbeing of all patients/clients across the fields of nursing. You will be immersed in the skills, knowledge and values essential for the development of patient/person-centred care. There will be an emphasis on the importance of service user experience and the need for effective partnership working.

PUP1183 Introduction to Learning Disabilities Nursing (20 credits)

Introduction to Learning Disabilities Nursing familiarises you with the value base and philosophical framework which underpins the ways of working with people who have learning disabilities. Placing learning disabilities nursing in a historical as well as contemporary context, the emphasis of the module will be on knowledge and skills in communication, partnership working and the assessment of health and development needs.

PUP1184 Skills for Nursing Practice 1 (20 credits)

Skills for Nursing Practice 1 provides a safe and realistic environment for students to develop and practice their skills and knowledge prior to engaging in practice learning. The module will develop your ability to contribute to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of person-centred care, demonstrate safe and effective communication skills, and begin to use evidence to support practice.

PUP1185 Nursing Practice 1 (20 credits)

Nursing Practice 1 recognises that the journey to professional nurse registration requires the acquisition of underpinning theoretical knowledge and skills and their practical application within the context of an inter-professional practice environment. You will learn across a range of practice experiences and be learning and practicing evidence-based skills alongside a range of health and social care professionals.

Year 2

PUP2221 Learning in Inter-Professional Practice: Enhancing Competency (40 credits)

Learning in Inter-Professional Practice: Enhancing Competency is a practice based module which will enable you to develop your proficiency in accordance with the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The specific focus of this module is to facilitate a greater understanding of the challenges of team working within the context of inter-professional care delivery.

PUP2222 Applied Sciences for Health and Wellbeing 1 (30 credits)

Applied Sciences for Health and Wellbeing 1 focuses on the disease process, its pathophysiology, homeostatic effects and the psychosocial factors involved. The pharmacological contexts will provide you with a clear understanding of the medicines management which underpins nursing care delivery. The continued development of key skills will enable you to undertake physical, clinical assessments of individuals/clients. This is essential for safe and effective care.

PUP2223 Research Methods in Health and Social Care (20 credits)

Research Methods in Health and Social Care is designed to facilitate understanding of the core elements that underpin the research process and the application of research evidence to practice. The module will develop your skills in relation to an appreciation of the need for good quality research within health and social care, along with the ability to appraise the quality of published research within your specific field of practice.

PUP2227 Promoting Health, Wellbeing and Capability of People with Learning Disabilities (30 credits)

Promoting Health, Wellbeing and Capability of People with Learning Disabilities involves further exploration of the socio-political and cultural context of learning disabilities nursing with a specific emphasis on the promotion of health and wellbeing and development of capability in people with learning disabilities. Through more detailed knowledge on the health and social care inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities, you will explore the role of the learning disabilities nurse in empowering and enabling people with learning disabilities to access health care, social care, education and employment.

PUP2233 Skills for Nursing Practice 2 (20 credits)

Skills for Nursing Practice 2 is designed to enhance generic and field specific skills for nursing. This will enable you to demonstrate an understanding of the required levels of competence and to recognise and respond to the more complex needs relevant to your field of practice. The module also provides opportunities for the enhancement of field specific practice skills and facilitates the consistent application of safe, compassionate, person-centred and evidenced-based care.

PUP2234 Nursing Practice 2 (20 credits)

Nursing Practice 2 provides the platform for you to extend your professional knowledge, culminating in a skill set that will demonstrate your increasing ability to practice autonomously. Practice learning opportunities across a range of settings and client groups enable you to continue to accumulate experience that enhances your developing confidence. A blend of both generic and field specific practice opportunities will ensure that you experience the challenges encountered within different health care service delivery models.

Year 3

PUP3230 Learning in Inter-Professional Practice: Achieving Competency (40 credits)

Learning in Inter-Professional Practice: Achieving Competency is a practice-based module providing the opportunity to reflect on practice learning experiences to date, recognise current skill sets and identify areas for development, in order that you are fully prepared for professional life. Further exposure to practice learning enables you to develop the confidence to practice and demonstrate competence within your chosen field. There will also be an opportunity to gain experience of international health care provision.

PUP3231 Applied Sciences for Health and Wellbeing 2 (20 credits)

Applied Sciences for Health and Wellbeing 2 further develops the themes of pathophysiology and the psychosocial perspectives and interventions available within the health and social care context. Disease processes will be studied in relation to body systems, the aging process and death and dying. Appropriate clinical skills/assessment methods and techniques will continue to be taught and practiced in the skills laboratories

PUP3232 Preparing for the Professional Role (30 credits)

Preparing for the Professional Role develops effective leadership skills to enable you to work effectively with others, make improvements to services and contribute to care that is safe. This involves an understanding of professional accountability and the use of clinical governance processes to work effectively across professional boundaries. The module will enable you to become increasingly autonomous, work within complex teams and support the ongoing development of yourself and others.

PUP3236 Working with People with Learning Disabilities and Complex Care Needs (30 credits)

Working with People with Learning Disabilities and Complex Care Needs is designed to facilitate your understanding of the complex needs which may be associated with people with learning disabilities. Complex care encompasses a variety of conditions ranging from social issues and medical conditions to behavioural challenges and communication needs. This module will enable you to explore the implications for individuals with learning disabilities, their families and service provision. You will have the opportunity to analyse these complex needs in practice.

PUP3267 Skills for Nursing Practice 3 (20 credits)

Skills for Nursing Practice 3 facilitates the development of more complex generic and field specific skills as well as skills required for clinical leadership, in order to prepare you for professional registration and employment. This will enable you to develop your confidence and competence in clinical decision-making and to act as a positive role model for others. Teaching and learning approaches include a variety of practice simulation activities, providing you with an opportunity to enhance your knowledge, skills and understanding relevant to your field.

PUP3268 Nursing Practice 3 (20 credits)

Nursing Practice 3 provides further exposure to practice learning to enable you to develop the confidence to practice and demonstrate competence within your chosen field. You will be encouraged to reflect on prior practice learning experiences, recognise current skill sets and identify areas for development, in order that you are fully prepared for a professional career. There will also be an opportunity to gain experience of international health care provision. Additionally, the modules requires the demonstration of your leadership, management, supervisory and team working skills within the context of a rapidly changing and challenging environment where health care delivery models are evolving.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

The UCAS Tariff system, which allocates points to a range of qualifications in university entry requirements, is changing for students joining programmes from September 2017 onwards.

The entry criteria below are mapped to the current UCAS Tariff for academic year 2016/17 entry and the new UCAS Tariff for academic year 2017/18 entry.

  • 2016/17 Entry – 280 UCAS Tariff points, to include A Level grades BB or equivalent, plus at least five GCSEs at Grade C or above (or equivalent) which must include English Language and Mathematics;
  • 2017/18 Entry – 112 UCAS Tariff points, to include A Level grades BB or equivalent, plus at least five GCSEs at Grade C or above (or equivalent) which must include English Language and Mathematics.

Relevant natural and applied science subjects are preferred but not essential. Eligible candidates must provide evidence of study within the five years prior to application. An interview will form part of the selection process.

If you accept an offer from Edge Hill you will need to satisfy the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council in respect of physical and mental fitness and will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBC;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – successful completion of Diploma to include at least 45 passed credits at Level 3.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Career opportunities are excellent. NMC registration is recognised the world over and following registration as a Learning Disabilities Nurse, you can pursue a career in a variety of settings including residential homes, supported living and employment and assessment and treatment units, as well as specialist child and adult learning disabilities teams in the community. Increasingly, qualified learning disabilities nurses are acquiring posts within mainstream services, such as acute trusts, prisons and criminal liaison teams as health facilitators and specialist advisors to support people with learning disabilities.

This course will also prove useful in the areas of leadership, management and consultancy. There are significant opportunities for further professional development and specialism.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a UK or eligible EU student joining this degree in academic year 2016/17, you can expect your tuition fees to be paid by the Department of Health upon successful application to the NHS Business Services Authority.

Financial Support

If you are a UK or EU student joining this degree in academic year 2016/17, you may be eligible to apply for a means-tested NHS Bursary, a non-means-tested NHS Grant, and a Maintenance Loan from the Government.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2016/17 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/preregfinance2016.

Scholarships

ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective pre-registration health and social care students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/bookanopenday.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradevents.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

18th August 2016 - Change of Modules

PUP1184 Skills for Nursing Practice 1 (20 credits) and PUP1185 Nursing Practice 1 (20 credits) replace PUP1177 Learning in Inter-Professional Practice: Developing Competency (40 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 1.

PUP2233 Skills for Nursing Practice 2 (20 credits) and PUP2234 Nursing Practice 2 (20 credits) replace PUP2221 Learning in Inter-Professional Practice: Enhancing Competency (40 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 2.

PUP3267 Skills for Nursing Practice 3 (20 credits) and PUP3268 Nursing Practice 3 (20 credits) replace PUP3230 Learning in Inter-Professional Practice: Achieving Competency (40 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 3.

27th July 2016 - Change to Entry Requirements

The entry requirement that eligible candidates must provide evidence of study within the three years prior to application has been extended to five years.