You'll experience a variety of practice learning opportunities within NHS Assessment and Treatment Units, Community Learning Disabilities Teams and private sector provision.
This will help you develop a values and rights based approach to nursing, which is a key element and the foundation for the delivery of person-centred, safe and effective care.
We aim to help you become competent, knowledgeable and skilled in nursing care, particularly in the area of profound learning and multiple disabilities, positive behavioral support and mental health.
This course includes equal parts of theory and practice and is delivered full-time over three years. It may also be studied as a 16-24 month conversion course, or in exceptional circumstances over 12 months if you already work as a registered nurse in a learning disabilities area.
What you'll study
This course is delivered full-time over three years and you'll study a combination of theory and practice modules, depending on your chosen field of nursing practice, including:
- Nursing and nursing science
- Nursing practice
- Professional development
- Skills for practice; ethical, legal and professional Issues
- Dimensions of learning disability
- Profound learning and multiple disabilities
- Working with children and families
- Psychological therapies such as positive behavioral support
- Mental health; research
- Health improvement and tackling health inequalities
- Leadership and professionalism
Work placements make up 50 per cent of the course content.
Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.
Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.
Minimum year 1
BBC preferably to include English or a Literary subject* and a Science**
National 5 Grade C in Maths
National 5 Grade C in English and Biology required for candidates who do not have these subjects at Higher.
BC preferably to include English or a Literary subject* and a Science**
GCSE Grade C in Maths
GCSE Grade C in English, Maths and Biology or Double Award Science required for candidates who do not have these subjects at A Level.
BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3
Minimum grades MMP (Merit, Merit, Pass) in a related subject.
GCSE English, Maths and Biology (preferred), Chemistry or Physics at Grade C.
BTEC (QCF) National Diploma
Minimum grades DM (Distinction, Merit) in a related subject.
GCSE English and Biology (preferred), Chemistry or Physics at Grade C.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Pre-2017 Grading System
B3, B3, B3 at Higher Level preferably to include English or Literary subject* and a Science**
B2 in two Ordinary Level subjects including Maths.
New Grading System
H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level preferably to include English or Literary subject* and a Science**
O3 in two Ordinary Level subjects including Maths.
Pass in a related subject* with Grade C in the graded unit for Year 1 entry.
National 5 grade C in English, Maths and Science (Biology - preferred, Chemistry or Physics).
*Care and Administrative Practice, Social Care, Applied Science, Social Sciences, Early Education and Childcare
FETAC Level 5 Pre-Nursing Studies
Minimum of 6 Distinctions must be achieved overall. Distinctions must also be achieved in the Communication Unit and the Anatomy and Physiology Unit.
Adequate and appropriate previous (and recent) study is essential. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure whether or not you would be eligible to apply. Relevant work experience will be considered alongside recent study.It may necessary for those with limited qualifications to undertake an Access course or other appropriate courses/studies in a Further Education setting.
There will be a selection interview and all candidates must meet NMC requirements of good health and good character. Competition for places varies from year-to-year and achievement of the typical minimum entry requirements does not always guarantee shortlisting for interview or a place on the course.
*Literary Subjects include: English/English Literature; History; Modern Studies; Religious, Moral & Philosophical Studies/Christian Theology; Psychology, Geography, Sociology, Health and Social Care, Law.
**Science Subjects include: Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE
Please note that we cannot accept applications for deferred entry for this course.
English language requirements
If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in each component). For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact email@example.com.
This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.
Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students.Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.
If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.
Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
BN Nursing/Masters in Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
BM Midwifery/Masters in Midwifery
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