Our Learning Disability Nursing BSc (Hons) course expertly supports you in gaining the hands-on clinical and care skills that reassure patients/service users and their families that a professional is at their side.
The course is currently commissioned by the NHS, which entrusts us to deliver one of the UK’s largest commissions of nurses every year, so you’ll benefit from studying at one of the country’s largest nursing schools, and in a diverse and vibrant city.
Successful completion of the course will make you eligible to apply for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
We offer a degree in four distinct fields of nursing – Adult, Child, Learning Disability and Mental Health. You start by identifying developing basic clinical, academic and professional skills in your first year, with the course becoming increasingly field-specific in Years 2 and 3.
While in university you’ll learn how to assess, implement, plan and evaluate care for patients in a variety of settings, supported by clinical placements.
Our state-of-the-art simulation facility and skills suite complement your clinical placement experience. In parallel with your practice, you will explore important aspects of values, ethics, research, physiology and social policy.
Towards the end of the course, you’ll focus on making the transition from nursing student to registered nurse. Throughout, you nurture and hone the personal and professional skills that are key to your future employment.
“It’s the opportunity to become more than a nurse – you become a vital link for people to live their lives.” James Hickin
“Support from staff cannot be faulted – there is always somebody there that you can voice any concerns or queries to, whether by email, phone or face-to-face. In addition, the learning disability nursing groups at the University are small and tight-knit, where everyone can become well-acquainted with each other.” Michele Prosser
Birmingham is one of the UK’s most diverse cities outside London. As a Nursing student you’ll benefit from working in a wide range of cultural and social contexts, with people from many different backgrounds and cultures – you’ll gain valuable experience that will benefit you wherever in the world you choose to make your career.
We have strong links with some of the largest NHS Trusts in the country, including University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Heart of England Foundation NHS Trust, City and Sandwell NHS Trust, Birmingham Children`s Hospital, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust and many others, providing huge scope for unique experiences that students at other universities don’t get access to and placements and building a network of invaluable contacts.
Real-world placements are augmented by our Virtual Case Creator specialist software, enabling you to learn valuable observation, analytic, diagnostic, problem-solving and decision-making skills in a simulated environment.
We were commended in a recent BSc course review as achieving ‘good practice’ for placement support through its close links with NHS trusts.
Birmingham City University has an international reputation for pioneering approaches to teaching, through the creation of cutting-edge simulated learning experiences.
You’ll study in a friendly, co-operative environment where you’ll be supported to achieve your goals – you can take advantage of our well-established range of pastoral and study support teams to deliver this. Many of our students develop strong bonds with staff and other students during their time here. The University has a Quality Mark from the British Dyslexia Association for outstanding student support.
We sensitively prepare you for practice and time on placement via live scenarios, encountering some of the most difficult situations in the safety of a practice environment, so that you feel confident and competent, and service users are safe.
Our next University-wide Open Day will take place on Saturday 8 October 2016. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities.
Please note: we are currently reviewing our entire course provision for 2017/18. Details will be included in your registration email.
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Numeracy and literacy tests are a requirement determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council linked to the recruitment and selection of pre-registration nursing students.
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We now recruit to the values of the NHS constitution. This influences our selection criteria and especially the values we are seeking to be demonstrated in both your application and interview, which we view as essential in any individual involved in patient care.
|Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved PRIOR to application for all applicants except Access Students (Please see Access entry requirements below):|
|A minimum of three GCSEs at Grade C or above, must include English Language, Mathematics and Science or equivalent.
Acceptable GCSE Equivalents:
A minimum of 5 Ordinary levels at Grade B3 or above, must include English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject.
A minimum of five Intermediate Standard 2 or above, must include English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject.
|Plus one of the following Level 3 qualifications which you may be working towards: (Except Access students - please see entry requirements below)|
|GCE A/A2 Level
300 UCAS points from a maximum of three A/A2 Level passes, which must include one of Health and Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science, Psychology or Social Science at Grade B. A typical offer would be BBB.
General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project are not accepted.
|GCE AS/A2 Level
300 UCAS points from a maximum of two AS/A1 Level passes, plus a maximum of two A/A2 Level passes at Grade C or above, which must include one of Health and Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology or Social Science.
General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project are not accepted.
|GCE/AVCE Double Award in Health and Social Care
300 UCAS points from A*, A* profile or combined with UCAS points from a maximum of one GCE A/A2 level. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project are not accepted.
|BTEC National Certificate (NQF) in Health and Social Care, Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
Acceptable only when combined with other Level 3 qualifications.
|BTEC National Diploma (NQF) in Health and Social Care, Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
300 UCAS points from Distinction, Distinction, Merit profile.
|BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents 300 UCAS points from Distinction, Distinction, Merit profile.|
|BTEC Diploma (QCF) in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
300 UCAS points from Distinction*, Distinction* profile. Plus one AS/A2.
|BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
Acceptable only when combined with TWO other Level 3 qualifications.
|International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Minimum Grade 26 points (304) required. Acceptable on its own or combined with other level 3 qualifications.
|Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced diploma
Core plus combined other Level 3 qualifications CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education Minimum Grade B required (300 tariff points).
|CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education
Minimum Grade B required (300 tariff points).
|The Open University K101 – An Introduction to Health and Social Care or equivalents
Completion of full year (transcripts will be required). K101 is acceptable with another level 3 qualification.
|Irish Leaving Certificate
300 UCAS points from a maximum of 5 Highers at Grade B2 or above
|Scottish Qualifications – Advanced Highers
300 UCAS points from a maximum of 5 Scottish Highers and 3 Advanced Highers at Grade C or above.
|NVQ Level 4 in Health and Social Care
Full award required, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above.
|14-19 DIPLOMAs in Society Health and Development To be achieved in Advanced Diploma or Progression Diploma 300 UCAS points from an A Grade.|
|OCR National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Science
300 UCAS points from an M1 Grade.
|Access to HE Diploma in a Health and Social Care Subject
Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 including 30 at Merit or Distinction, of which a minimum of 24 must be in a Science or Health related subject and 15 at Level 2 which must include Mathematics and English Language GCSE equivalent if not already achieved.
Foundation degrees will be reviewed on an individual basis and will require a transcript of the content of the course.
Qualifications that are not listed will be considered on an individual basis.
Those who meet residency/academic requirements of UK students but whose language is not English will need to hold IELTS with an overall score of at least 7.0.
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If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.
UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.
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Sorry, this course is not available to international students.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
You will be able to apply for 2017/18 via UCAS from 6 September 2016.
We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.
The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.
All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
Places on this course are funded by the NHS in September 2016 only.
From 1 August 2017, new students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional (AHP) pre-registration courses will have access to the standard student support package of loans for tuition fees and living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant.
Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.
We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
During the first year you will study specific subject areas such as how the body functions in health and ill-health, communication skills and how to give care compassionately and begin to relate this to the clinical skills that you will practice both in University and on placement.
You will also begin to learn about aspects of caring for patients/service users from all four fields of nursing.
Professional Values and Academic Skills
Introduction to Nursing Practice and Decision Making
Health in Society
Learning Disability Nursing Practice 1
In year two you will be taught how to assess, implement, plan and evaluate care for patients in a variety of settings and you will undertake two practice placements where you will have to pass the Standards of Proficiency as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
There is also a specific placement learning experience where you will scope the services available within the community. A range of subjects such as ethics, research, physiology, social policy will be integrated into your studies to inform your practice. The acquisition of skills is given a high priority throughout the course, aided by our excellent state-of- the-art simulation facilities and skills suite.
Professional Values and Evidence Based Practice
Learning Disability Nursing Practice 2
Nursing in Society
Learning Disability Nursing Practice 3
Policy, Politics and Nursing
Learning Disability Nursing Practice 4
Learning Disability Academic and Practice Enquiry
Learning Disability Transition to Qualified Practitioner
This module is designed to facilitate the transition of nursing student to Registered Nurse.
The course is delivered using a modular approach and divides the content into manageable elements of study and practice learning opportunities.
The first year prepares you for further study and facilitates the understanding of the principles which underpin nursing. This is supported by two placement learning experiences of about 10 weeks' duration each.
In year two there is an increasing field-specific focus. Core modules help to contextualise nursing whilst Field Specific modules prepare you for the two placement experiences which follow each period of study.
In year three all the modules are Field Specific but there are opportunities for shared learning with the other fields of nursing and you will again complete two placement experiences.
You'll experience a mixture of teaching, self-directed study and practice-based clinical placements, spending half of your time each year on placement.
Upon successful completion you will graduate with a BSc (Hons) Nursing degree worth 360 credits and be eligible to apply for Registered Nurse status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
If you're dyslexic, or have a specific learning difference or disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.
We offer extra technical and learning support.
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Star Alumni Helen Goulding graduated in 2005 and is now a Learning Disability Nurse and a Lecturer at Birmingham City University.
The course is aimed at people who wish to study nursing at degree level. Successful completion will enable you to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Mature student Samantha explains why she chose to study at Birmingham City University, what she has enjoyed most about the course and how it has transformed her career prospects.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK.
This course has been approved and monitored by the NMC to make sure that the education and training on offer meets their standards.
To work as a nurse or midwife, you must pass an NMC approved course at a higher education institution (HEI) in pre-registration nursing and midwifery, leading to registration with the NMC.
If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.
It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.
Nursing provides the opportunity for lifelong learning and the BSc (Hons) Nursing award forms the basis for progression onto further study.
A comprehensive portfolio of post-registration courses called Continuing Professional Development is available. These courses allow for academic and/or clinical development.
Many of the courses are taught as part-time flexible modules to fit around your work and domestic commitments.
You'll have the opportunity to take part in overseas trips and visits. For example, nursing students travelled to Pittsburgh University as part of an exchange programme, opening up opportunities to share academic, clinical and cultural experiences.
Once qualified and registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council you can practice in the UK and many countries overseas. As a qualified nurse you could find yourself working within:
The Learning Disability Nurse website shows you careers in this area.
Placements take place across a range of settings. You may experience care in acute, critical care, long-term care and community settings which are related to your Field. During your second year there will also be the opportunity to undertake a placement learning experience elsewhere in the UK or abroad* (*subject to selection criteria).
A placement is your chance to be a part of the working world of health and social care as it really is: your first taste of your career. For most of our courses, it's a compulsory part of your training; it's that important.
Placements help you with your confidence, by putting theory from the classroom into practice. We make sure you get a quality experience and that you're fully supported by a workplace mentor on hand throughout your placement.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.
Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.
To enhance your CV, we offer extra-curricular student opportunities, such as a major incident simulation, that you can get involved in.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.
These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.
In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.
The Home Environment room is the perfect setting for teaching communications skills and allows us to simulate a community setting for our students. It is particularly useful for paramedics, mental health and learning disability nurses and also midwives.
We have been commended by the NMC for our Virtual Home Environment, where students are exposed to a variety of scenarios and problems that they must solve to prepare them for clinical practice. The Virtual Home (Elmwood House) forms part of Shareville, our on-line virtual town which was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Awards 2011 in the Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year category.
The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.
You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.
The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs use the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:
Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.
The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.
Helen is currently working as a lecturer in learning disability nursing, mostly concentrating on forensic care and epilepsy. She runs the online epilepsy care module for the dimensions in health care course. She also teaches pre-registration learning disability nurses on the Diploma in Higher Education course about health assessment.
Previously, Helen worked as a community learning disability nurse in Birmingham and also as a forensic nurse where she specialised in caring for women with learning disabilities and offending behaviour.
In her spare time she enjoys playing the violin for local orchestras.