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BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disability)

Ranked as 'outstanding' for practice experience in a recent NMC audit, this dynamic course prepares you to work with people with learning disabilities across a range of settings.

2018/19 entry | 2017/18 entry

UCAS code

B763

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time

Typical offer

BBB but many other qualifications are acceptable so please contact us to discuss your circumstances (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

Fees for 2018/19 to be confirmed. See fees and funding.

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Our course will develop your understanding of the life issues that influence the health of people with learning disabilities. We will teach you methods that will enable you to analyse and evaluate the provision of services for these clients, while all the time maintaining a collaborative approach. A key feature of your practice experience, and what makes this course different to many others is our adoption of 'individual-led practice'. This way of working means that you are able to develop significant and meaningful working relationships with the people you will be caring for, over an extended period of time.

As a nursing student in the Department of Health Sciences you will experience the benefits of a large multidisciplinary department offering a broad range of taught and research courses, combined with extensive practice experience in the health and social care field.

With a combination of tutor support, mentor guidance in placements and excellent teaching facilities we can help you get the very best out of your time in York ensuring that you will developing your knowledge and skills as well as confidence in your role as a children’s nurse.

Our innovative course uses various teaching methods from lectures and group work, to presentation and simulation based education. We use the latest technology in our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Unit. This is a series of rooms which replicate a number of areas where you could work including a fully-equipped four bed ward complete with a range of equipment for you to practice on, to community bedrooms and living rooms. These allow you to develop your nursing skills in a safe environment. 

To find out more about learning disability nursing follow the links below.

Accreditation

After completing this degree students will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the professional regulatory body for nurses and midwives in the UK.

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State of the art facilities

Including a Clinical Simulation Unit which looks just like a hospital ward

Clinical partners

We've partnered with Health and Social Care providers across North Yorkshire to produce this course

Taught by experts

Staff are active in research and your teaching is informed by the latest developments

Course content

York is a research-intensive Russell Group university. Our stimulating and supportive nursing course will enable you to become a self-directed and independent learner. You will gain intellectual independence to enable you to contribute and challenge theory and practice. As a nursing students at the University of York you will engage in various practice communities across healthcare and education in order to facilitate your intellectual and professional development. A key feature of our course is its ability to enable you to promote best practice through a service improvement project and to develop a personal philosophy for nursing.

You will develop the personal and professional skills required to become adept at delivering high standards of patient- and family-centred care, while promoting individual and community health and wellbeing. You will learn about the nature and causation of disease and disability, specific client problems and nursing interventions.

You will do most of your learning on this course out in practice. Your practice experience will cover the whole of the region and you will work with our partners across York NHS Foundation Trust, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust, as well as other practice providers. You will benefit from a wide range of experiences in different localities and practice settings, from coastal towns to rural communities.

Year 1

In Year 1 you will spend a total of 24 weeks in practice and will be based in a wide variety of settings throughout the region. This may include residential and nursing homes, acute and critical care, primary care and community health.

Study you will undertake will include:

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

In Year 2 you will begin to focus your work around learning disability nursing. You will start to develop a deeper, more critical understanding of nursing and of your role as a partner in relation to others. You will be encouraged to consider your role within the context of different healthcare settings and alongside other health and social care disciplines.

Shared modules

Modules specific to the Learning Disabilities field of practice

  • Person-Centred Communication: you will learn about ssues impairing communication for people who have a learning disability, (person-centred) communication, assessment and intervention strategies, and understand the impact of your own values, beliefs, organisational structures and systems upon a person who has a learning disability
  • The Health Needs of People who have Learning Disabilities: examine the role of the learning disability nurse in meeting health needs (in primary and secondary health services), the legislation and best evidence underpinning healthcare, health action planning and health facilitation,learn how to provide accessible health related information, and a range of therapeutic interventions
  • Understanding and Supporting People whose Behaviour Challenges Others: study organic, environmental and psychological causations of behaviour, the potential communicative function of behaviour, person-centred approaches and interventions, behaviour that challenges others, and contemporary methods of service delivery.

Year 3

Working within learning disability nursing, you will concentrate on the acquisition of specialist knowledge and skills. The focus will be on your professional development as an accountable practitioner and leader and you will be introduced to increasingly complex and challenging problems. Practice in your final year will provide an opportunity to prepare for your role as a registered nurse. During this year you will also have the chance to undertake a short elective placement which may be elsewhere in the UK or overseas.

Shared modules

Modules specific to the Learning Disability field of practice

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2018/19

UK/EU International
£9,250 (2017/18)

Fees for 2018/19 are subject to increase in line with government policy. Updated fees information will be published as soon as possible after the government announcement.

Additional costs

Costs for uniform provision and Occupational Health Screening and Disclosure and Barring Service checks will be met by the Department for the academic year 2017/18. Students applying for courses later than this should refer to the Departmental webpage for up to date Fees and Finance advice.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

Our focus is on making your learning relevant to your nursing practice.

Teaching staff will help and support you to develop your skills. You will learn via lectures, seminars and working groups. Cooperative learning groups (CLGs) are used as a way of integrating you into the nursing community by developing your professional identity. You will stay in the same CLG for the whole of your course.

You will undertake a variety of practice experiences that will help to build and shape your knowledge and skills. These experiences could be anywhere within the region. You will work with a diverse range of people from different cultures who live in a variety of environments.

You will be attached to an experienced mentor who will help to guide and assess your practice and knowledge and who will also be a source of support and reassurance. You will also have a link lecturer from the University to ensure you receive continuous support.

Practice experience will be gained over the full 24 hours; you will be required to work a complete pattern of shifts, including nights and weekends, early and late shifts.

How you'll spend your time

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars360 hours
(30%)
396 hours
(33%)
336 hours
(28%)
Independent study324 hours
(27%)
288 hours
(24%)
252 hours
(21%)
Placement516 hours
(43%)
516 hours
(43%)
612 hours
(51%)

Independent study may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.

Facilities

We use the latest technology in our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Unit. This is a series of rooms which replicate a number of areas where you could work including a fully-equipped four bed ward complete with a range of equipment for you to practice on, to community bedrooms and living rooms. These allow you to develop your nursing skills in a safe environment. 

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Health Sciences, which is based on Campus West. Most of your contact hours will be in Alcuin college, with some additional teaching at various other locations on Campus West.

You will also undertake practice placements as part of this course. The placements will be assigned by the department and you will be supported by a link lecturer and practice mentor. These practice placement experiences will cover a range of nursing and healthcare settings from hospital, community and private and voluntary sector. They can be across the whole of the North Yorkshire region. You will have to fund travel costs to placements, although you may be eligible for some travel cost reimbursement. Please see our frequently asked questions page for more information.

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You will be assessed throughout the course in both theory and practice elements. You will have to successfully complete all areas to be able to progress.

A variety of assessment methods, including presentations, essays, reports, simulated scenarios and examinations will be used. You will be given individual written assessment feedback for every piece of assessed work with the exception of closed examinations. You may also be given verbal feedback either on a one-to-one basis with an academic member of staff or as part of a group exercise.

Your practice experience will be assessed by your designated mentor who will be able to observe you develop confidence and skills throughout your placement experience.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams17%0%17%
Coursework50%58%58%
Practical exams33%42%25%

Careers and skills

Students from the Department of Health Sciences have an excellent record in achieving immediate employment after completion of their course. Most go into careers with NHS trusts in the region and in other areas of Northern England as well as other NHS organisations in the UK.

Typical first posts are as band 5 staff nurses in the NHS, although some do go into employment in social care and independent sector organisations.

Career opportunities

  • practice nursing
  • district nursing
  • health visiting and public health
  • research nurse
  • ward nurse
  • theatre nurse
  • high dependency nurse
  • nurse consultant
  • lecturer in nursing
  • modern matron
  • clinical nurse specialist
  • clinical educator
  • chief nurse
  • liaison nurse.

Transferable skills

  • The ability to work within partnerships
  • Self-directed, independent learning skills
  • The ability to facilitate change and service improvement
  • The ability to reflect on practice
  • The ability to lead care within a wide multidisciplinary team

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
A levels

Three A levels at grades BBB. Please note we do not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking as a subject choice. Preferably with two A levels from academic subjects, such as:

  • Maths and Higher Maths/Statistics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Geography/Geology
  • History
  • Languages (modern/classical)
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Law/Politics
  • Economics
  • Religious Studies
  • Health and Social Care
  • Philosophy
  • Theology
  • ICT

Other subject choices may be judged on an individual basis, dependent on the content studied and assessment methods.

GCSEs You must already hold GCSE English Language, Maths and Science (at Grade C/4 or above) or equivalent qualification at the point of application. Applicants undertaking GCSE resits or commencing an equivalent qualification after application will not be considered. You must hold these qualifications at the time of applying unless they are incorporated within your programme of study. Students studying GCSEs alongside other qualifications will not be considered until the GCSEs are complete and awarded.
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass 60 credits with at least 45 credits achieved at Level 3. You must achieve 24 level 3 credits at distinction and 21 level 3 credits at merit. At least 15 level 3 credits should be in science subjects. We will not normally consider applicants who have progressed to an access course within three years of taking A levels and failing to achieve the necessary grades for entry to the programme.
BTEC BTEC National Extended Diploma: DDM BTEC National Extended Diploma in Early Years or BTEC National Certificate in Early Years (Theory and Practical): DDD.
Cambridge Pre-U Cambridge Pre-U Diploma - Pass with M2 in three Principal Subjects / Global Perspectives
European Baccalaureate 75% overall average
International Baccalaureate 31
Irish leaving Certificate H3,H3,H3,H3,H3,H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers SQA Highers (without AH): AABBB, SQA Advanced Highers + Highers: BB + BBBBB

English language

IELTS 

Students recruited from outside the UK must have previously completed the International English Language Testing (IELTS) and have a minimum score of at least seven in all areas.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

Please note that international students are not currently eligible to apply for this course.

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