UWE Bristol - BSc Hons Nursing Learning Disabilities

UWE Bristol

BSc Hons Nursing Learning Disabilities

Our employer links, practical focus and the clinical experience offered means that you'll develop the confidence and critical skills you need to propel your learning disabilities nursing career.

Why study learning disabilities nursing?

Nursing is a challenging but rewarding career that'll change lives, including your own. As a learning disability nurse, you'll play an important role in identifying and meeting people's health and wellbeing needs, and improving healthcare, social inclusion and quality of life.

Learning disabilities nurses support children, adults and their families, in a creative, flexible manner, in their own homes, communities and specialist services.

A £5,000 per year training grant is available for students along with an additional £1,000 per year grant because learning disabilities nurses are in demand in the UK and worldwide. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services website.

Why UWE Bristol?

You'll learn from a passionate, enthusiastic, skilled and supportive team with a range of experience across the many differerent aspects of learning disability nursing, and other nursing fields.  

As many of our staff are active researchers, your learning will be enriched by the very latest in best practice and clinical understanding.

The course is 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice. You will learn and develop your skills, knowledge and understanding both at UWE Bristol and in the workplace, and develop strong therapeutic relationships with service users, families and our established partners.

Your practice learning will be complemented by our outstanding facilities, including our Skills Simulation Suite, where you will develop your clinical expertise in a safe, instructive environment.

Based at Glenside Campus, you'll learn alongside students from other health and social care courses, such as occupational therapists, mental health nurses and midwives, and develop strong interpersonal and communication skills.

The course offers opportunities for diverse placements aboard and throughout the UK, to enrich your experience even further.

Where can it take me?

Learning disabilities nurses are in demand across the UK - in the NHS, private and voluntary sector. 

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 or above in English Language or Literature and Mathematics. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, and 7.0 in all other sections of the test 
  • A-level subjects: Grade C or above in a Science or Social Science subject.
  • Relevant subjects: Subjects that meet the Science/Social Science requirement for this course: Biology, Applied Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Design and Technology: Food Technology, Environmental Science, Geography, Geographical Science, Geology, Health and Social Care, Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Applied Science, Science (Biology route), Science (Chemistry route), Science (Physics route), Science in Society, Sociology, Sport and Physical Education, Sports Studies.

Career Prospects

Learning Disability nurses are in demand across the UK. All our graduates gain employment and enter careers in a variety of roles for the NHS, private and voluntary sector employers, in community and hospital settings.

Due to the needs of our service users, graduates often branch out into other specialisms, such as acquired brain injury, dementia and mental health care; adult or children's services; and specialist teams. With so many new doors opening, this is an exciting time for the learning disability nurse.

Once qualified you can also combine clinical work with study on a post-qualifying course. By specialising further in a specific area, you can progress to more senior positions such as consultant nurse, nurse specialist, researcher, or local or regional services manager.

Course Details

Year 1

Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology for Nursing
Episodes of Care 1
Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
Principles of Nursing (Field Specific)
Sustainable Global Public Health.

Year 2

Assessment and Decision Making
Episodes of Care 2
Episodes of Care 3
Pharmacology and Medicines Management
Research Methodologies of Nursing Enquiry
Supporting People with Complex Needs.

Final year

Episodes of Care 4
Leadership and Supervision
Nursing Final Project
Transition to Registration.

One optional module
Collaborative Approaches to Effective Pain Management
Crossing Borders
Introduction to Emergency Care
Primary and Community Healthcare
Public Health and Health Promotion for Professional Practice
Solution Focussed Practice - Developing Empowering Conversations with People
World Wide Nursing.

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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