|Course Length:||3 Years Full-Time|
|Start Dates:||September 2022|
|Location:||Edge Hill University|
|Example Offers:||BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers to enter and on qualification registered nurses are employed in a variety of settings. Learning disability nurses work with individuals across health, social care and education to support and manage a range of diverse life experiences, some of which will be the most challenging of life events and transitions. As a learning disability nurse, you will work with individuals across the entire lifespan, offering and advocating for the highest levels of care and support for adults and children with learning disabilities. As part of this you will gain a broad awareness of the needs of this population, seeing and meeting the challenges of a changing healthcare environment. With access to practice learning placements, this degree enables you to register as a qualified learning disability nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), having developed the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to help plan, coordinate and deliver care in a safe, compassionate and effective way.
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What will I study?
This three-year degree, which offers an equal balance of theoretical and practice learning, is delivered within a supportive learning environment. You will have the opportunity to achieve nursing proficiencies, aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s standards of proficiency, which represent the skills, knowledge and attributes that learning disability nurses must demonstrate.
In Year 1 you will focus on professionalism, communication, personal resilience and emotional intelligence. Registered nurses must act professionally and use their knowledge and experience to make evidence-based decisions about care. They must also continually reflect on their practice and keep abreast of new and emerging developments. These factors have influenced the theoretical content of the programme. You will engage in simulated education that will prepare you for practice placements where you will be supported by practice supervisors and assessors.
In Year 2 you will examine research methodologies and enhance your skills and understanding in evidence-based care. There will be a focus on core anatomy and physiology to enable you to undertake assessment of the physical and mental health of individuals. As registered nurses play a key role in improving and maintaining the mental, physical and behavioural health and wellbeing of individuals, you will also study the principles of health promotion and protection. You will engage in further simulated education to prepare for practice placements.
Year 3 consolidates learning that has taken place in previous years. There will be a focus on leadership and management, evaluating care and working in teams. You will also be introduced to the principles of organisational change and public policy and the development of political awareness. You will undertake practice placements where you will confirm your achievement of nursing proficiencies in preparation for professional registration.
This programme adheres closely to the six core values of the NHS. 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. While the majority of classes will take place at Edge Hill University, some modules may involve studying at sites other than Ormskirk in which case you will be responsible for travel and parking costs.
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. You will be supported by a practice placement assessor and 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. You will be responsible for travel and parking costs while on placement. 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?
In each year, you will be assessed by a written assessment, oral assessment, a simulated practical assessment and an examination.
While on practice placement, you will be supported in the development of the application of knowledge and skills, leading to the assessment of related proficiencies.
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
The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine 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, social care and medicine students in the country, the outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.
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.
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.
Adopting a non-modular approach, the curriculum is aligned around three core progressive strands, each of which covers a distinctive year of study.
Year 1: The Foundations of Nursing Practice (120 credits)
The Foundations of Nursing Practice introduces a variety of concepts to empower you to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies required to deliver safe and effective care. You will study professional and personal concepts as you gain the foundations for the delivery of contemporary nursing practice across the lifespan and a variety of healthcare settings. You will benefit from a wide range of practice experiences as you discover the theory and application of biological, psychosocial and pharmacological factors, as well as integrated care delivery.
Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 25%, Practical(s): 25%.
Year 2: Developing Proficiencies for Nursing (120 credits)
Developing Proficiencies for Nursing equips you with the knowledge and skills to safely assess, plan, lead and evaluate patient care, including safe discharge, transition and end of life care. The aim is to promote working in partnership, with an emphasis on collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches, in an ever-changing health and social care environment. This year of study prepares you to undertake comprehensive assessments of physical, psychological, mental, social and emotional needs for people of all ages, across all care settings. You will also gain the skills and experience required to plan and deliver interventions that promote health and wellbeing, exploring the proactive role of the professional nurse in the provision of health promotion and prevention strategies.
Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 25%, Practical(s): 25%.
Year 3: Preparing for the Role of the Registered Nurse (120 credits)
Preparing for the Role of the Registered Nurse provides you with the opportunities to develop a critical appreciation of the role of the registered nurse. This will be achieved through a combination of independent and guided learning in which you will develop confidence in assessment, clinical decision making, and the application of a range of related theories to support care delivery. Successful completion of this year of study will enable you to have the confidence and ability to think critically and apply knowledge and skills in the provision of expert evidence-based direct nursing care.
Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 25%, Practical(s): 25%.
Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.
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.
Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).
An interview forms 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.
Some examples of how you can achieve 104-112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.
- A Level: BCC-BBC;
- BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
- International Baccalaureate (IB): We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points;
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.
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 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), 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.
Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?
If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.
Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.
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’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.
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 academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.
What are my career prospects?
On successful completion of the course, you will gain eligibility to register as a qualified learning disability nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Learning disability nurses work to ensure that the wider health and social needs of individuals with learning disabilities are met across the lifespan. Working alongside individuals and those close to them, they promote and maintain physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing. They also support individuals and groups of people with learning disabilities to live as independently as possible. This may include the teaching of skills which are required to support everyday living, access to employment, promoting good health and wellbeing, as well as supporting and managing more complex health-related needs.
Following registration as a learning disability nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you can pursue a career in a diverse range of settings caring for and supporting people with learning disabilities. These include working in residential homes (children and adult), supported living accommodation, assessment and treatment units, and specialist learning disabilities teams in the community.
Increasingly, qualified learning disabilities nurses are also acquiring posts within services that incorporate new aspects of service provision such as within acute and primary healthcare, criminal justice, specialist mental health provision, education, and extended professional roles such as school nursing or health visiting. The diversity of career prospects and opportunities are linked with the varied life experiences of people with learning disabilities creating opportunities in a range of sectors.
If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £9,250 a year.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.
Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. This includes a training grant of at least £5,000 a year for Nursing students, plus an additional £1,000 a year for specialising in learning disabilities nursing where demand is particularly high.
For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2022/23, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2022.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/eufinance for further details.
Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate 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.
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.
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/opendays.
Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.
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.
Get in Touch
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Course ChangesExpand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.
29th April 2020 - Change to Programme Structure
The course will be non-modular in nature with effect from September 2020 entry.
NUR1000 The Foundations of Nursing Practice (120 credits) replaces PUP1178 Foundation Sciences for Nursing (30 credits), PUP1179 Understanding Health and Social Care (30 credits), PUP1183 Introduction to Learning Disabilities Nursing (20 credits), PUP1184 Skills for Nursing Practice (20 credits) and PUP1185 Nursing Practice 1 (20 credits) as core study in Year 1.
NUR2000 Developing Proficiencies for Nursing (120 credits) replaces PUP2222 Applied Sciences for Health and Wellbeing 1 (30 credits), PUP2223 Research Methods in Health and Social Care (20 credits), PUP2227 Promoting Health, Wellbeing and Capability of People with Learning Disabilities (30 credits), PUP2233 Skills for Nursing Practice 2 (20 credits) and PUP2234 Nursing Practice 2 (20 credits) as core study in Year 2.
NUR3000 Preparing for the Role of the Registered Nurse (120 credits) replaces PUP3231 Applied Sciences for Health and Wellbeing 2 (20 credits), PUP3232 Preparing for the Professional Role (30 credits), PUP3236 Working with People with Learning Disabilities and Complex Care Needs (30 credits), PUP3267 Skills for Nursing Practice 3 (20 credits) and PUP3268 Nursing Practice 3 (20 credits) as core study in Year 3.
29th April 2020 - Change to Entry Requirements
The entry requirements have been updated to remove the preference for natural and applied science subjects. No specific subjects are required or preferred with effect from September 2020 entry.
There is also no longer a requirement to provide evidence of study within the three years prior to application.
Covid-19 - Nursing (Learning Disabilities) Essential Information
Nursing (Learning Disabilities) Course StatementIn line with Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements, delivery will consist of face-to-face delivery by lecturers. This will be a mix of live interactive teaching in an online environment and attendance on campus. Attendance in clinical practice is also an essential part of the programme. For the theory component of the programme, there will be campus attendance and online learning comprising of synchronous (seminar, tutorial) and asynchronous (lecture, discussion board) learning activities and academic support. For practice learning, you will attend clinical practice where student safety has been assured. This will include learning using simulation, which will be either on campus or via virtual learning environments. Attendance on campus will be compliant with current Public Health England guidelines. If government advice allows, there will a minimum of six hours on-campus attendance on one day per week. This may include theoretical learning, pastoral/academic support and/or independent learning activities.
Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University in 2020
In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, answers your questions and explains how teaching will work when you join us at Edge Hill University in September.
Campus Facilities at Edge Hill University in 2020
In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, explains how we’re preparing the campus for your arrival in September and the facilities that will be available.