BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

Top in Wales for teaching quality and student experience in Nursing - The Times Good University Guide 2021

Do you want to support the wellbeing and social inclusion of people with learning disabilities? Learning disability nurses care for people of all ages with a learning disability and work in partnership with individuals, supporters and family carers to provide specialist healthcare. They promote their autonomy, rights, choices and their social inclusion in the health care system.

This three-year learning disabilities nursing degree combines theory and practice in an innovative way, to focus on the care of people with learning disabilities. Successful completion of this nursing degree will allow you entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register as a qualified learning disabilities nurse.

96% of students were satisfied with their course - National Student Survey 2020.

Currently, if you are a UK student, the fees for your nursing course will be paid by the Welsh Government. Follow Care Sciences on Twitter and Instagram.

 

As we have been unable to continue with face-to-face interviews this year due to restrictions posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, rescheduling interviews has meant that we’ve experienced delays in processing and reviewing applications and informing applicants if they’ve been successful or otherwise. Please bear with us while we process decisions – we will be in touch with you regarding your application as soon as possible. We hope that by the end of April, all students will have received a decision from us on their application. However, please be advised that if you applied after the 15th January UCAS deadline, there may be a further delay in a decision on your application. Thank you for your patience.

 

2020/21 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
B703 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2021
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
B780 Full-time 3 Years January Glyntaff A
B703 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A

 

Year One: Learning Disability Nursing Degree

  • The Essentials of Nursing Practice
  • Assessing needs and creating therapeutic opportunities
  • Promoting Health & Wellbeing
  • Developing confidence in Practice: Practice 1

Year Two: Learning Disability Nursing Degree

  • Enhancing assessment & evidence-based interventions
  • Professional, Legal & Ethical Issues in Nursing
  • Informed decision making in the practice environment
  • Evidence-based practice: evaluating care within the context of practice

Year Three: Learning Disability Nursing Degree

  • Advancing knowledge, skills & therapeutic interventions
  • Leading and managing quality care across settings
  • The Nurse as an Educator
  • Becoming a proficient practitioner

Teaching

You’ll study with students from all fields and other professions, as well as having sessions specific to your field. There’s also the requirement to work with clients and patients from other fields, so you can care for patients with multiple and complex needs.

The nursing degree lasts a minimum of 42 weeks. Supervised practice placements are an integral part of the programme. There’s an equal split between theory and practice, which is integrated throughout all our nursing courses, Each academic year is split into four terms.

In term one, you will study in theory block in University followed by block in clinical practice. This pattern is repeated through the three-year programme. Please note that holidays are fixed for the duration of your nurse training.

Assessment

You will be assessed using various methods. Whilst on placement you will be assigned a practice assessor/supervisor who will assess your achievements of the Practice Learning Outcomes.

The theoretical component will involve written assignments, case studies, examinations, development of health promotion tools, computer-based medication dosage calculations and clinically based reflective assignments.

Accreditations

The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI). Graduates from our nursing courses can apply to join the NMC professional register and start to practise in the UK.

Placements

Supervised placements are an integral part of your learning disabilities nursing qualification. These are in our partner health boards, as well as in the community and independent sector. When you are working with your mentor in clinical practice, you have to work the shift patterns of the clinical area to which you are allocated.

There is also an opportunity to study and practice abroad in a number of countries during the second year of your learning disabilities nurse training. This will enable you to gain an understanding of different health care systems.

Facilities

As part of your learning disabilities nursing degree, you will learn in our impressive health facilities. Our Clinical Simulation Centre replicates clinical environments for education and training. These include two, four-bedded bays to simulate a hospital setting, dedicated paediatric and maternity facilities, including a special care baby unit, an intensive care environment and an emergency department with a fully equipped ambulance simulator.

There is also a two-bedroom flat (see picture) to simulate providing healthcare in a home environment.

The Centre is used for healthcare education and nurse training, dealing with everything from essential clinical skills to complex, multidisciplinary clinical scenarios.

You’ll use the same equipment you will find in healthcare settings, and work on patient simulators that mimic the body’s reactions to illness, care and treatment.

Featured Lecturer:
Professor Ruth Northway

Professor Ruth Northway

Ruth Northway OBE was the first Professor of Learning Disability Nursing, and the second learning disability nurse to be awarded an RCN Fellowship. 

In 2018 Ruth was honoured with the Chief Nursing Officers’ Award for Lifetime Achievement.

"I came into nursing 35 years ago, not because I wanted to be a nurse but because I enjoyed working with people with learning disabilities and this was the best way that I could do it.

"My subject is very diverse and my work encompasses education, practice and research both specifically in relation to people with learning disabilities and more broadly in relation to nursing and healthcare.

"I also have the opportunity to contribute to policy development at national and UK levels. This diversity helps to maintain my enthusiasm - no two days are the same and there is no time to be bored.

"However I think that my main motivator is that I dislike injustice and whilst many things have improved for people with learning disabilities many still experience injustices both within healthcare and within wider society.

"If I can contribute to changing this situation in a small way via any aspect of my work then that is reason enough for me to keep learning, researching, writing, helping others to increase their knowledge, and working in partnership with people with learning disabilities to improve their lives."

Entry criteria below detail typical offers. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Additional requirements include:

Two satisfactory references (one to be added to your UCAS application, and a second written reference to be printed out and brought to the interview).

A Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check for the Child & Adult Workforce and Child and Adult Barring Lists.  (no offences are considered spent) and a satisfactory medical will be required once an offer has been made. We will contact you closer to your start date with details of how to obtain these.

Applications taken for only one branch of Nursing/Midwifery.

Applicants are required to attend an interview. You will have to demonstrate awareness of the role of nurses and show your commitment to the degree. All interviews take place at our Glyntaff Campus.

Please read this information for nursing applicants for further guidance on how you can meet the entry criteria and advice on the application, interview and decison making process.

This nursing course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel. 

Unfortunately as this nursing course is funded by the NHS and students have to have placements in the local NHS Health Board we are unable to accept applications from overseas (Non EU) students.

Entry criteria below detail typical offers. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBB to exclude General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade B and BB at A Level to exclude General Studies

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 32 include 17 at Higher Level to include 5 or above in Maths and English at standard level

Typical Access to HE Offer

Science/Maths/Health Care/Nursing Diploma. Must complete 60 credits overall with at least 45 at level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Of the 45 credits at level 3, you will need a minimum of 24 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 3 passes.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

Equivalent qualifications considered are Essential Skills Level Two in Communication and Application of Number, or Functional Skills Level Two in English and Maths. (Must be achieved within the last 3 years)

 

 

 

Full-time fees are per year. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

The places on this course are currently funded by the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme. To receive this funding, students will have to commit to working in Wales for two years after completing their nursing or midwifery degree. Any applicant wishing to self-fund should refer to the fees outlined below.

We recommend you read the bursary information on the NHS website and our own Nursing and Midwifery Fees and Funding FAQs before applying.

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13500 

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £53.20
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service * £13
Subscription required for each year of the course for a yearly fee of £13. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

 

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Admissions statement

Employers are keen to recruit our nursing graduates because they know they are well-prepared, confident, competent and safe practitioners. Learning disability nurses could work in local healthcare trusts, private providers as well as educational, charitable and voluntary providers. Graduates could also work abroad in New Zealand and in the Republic of Ireland.  

Full-time