Nursing - Learning Disability - BSc (Hons) *

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Clearing 2019

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  • UCAS Code: B761
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course cost: From £9,250 per year
  • Location: City South
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The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) who regulate Nurses and courses that prepare nurses are changing the standards required to be a nurse and as a result there will be a new programme from September 2019.

This is happening nationally and at BCU we will be able to post the Programme Specification and Module Descriptions on our website no later than the 31 July 2019.

In the meantime please visit the NMC website for more information about the new standards.

Learning disability nurses can make a difference in the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families.  Study learning disability nursing at one of the country’s largest nursing schools, with 100% graduate employability rate, to gain all the knowledge and experience needed to fulfil the role of a learning disability nurse.

What's covered in the course?

Our aim is to develop you into a graduate nurse who is able to work flexibly across a range of settings and meet the health needs of the whole person throughout their lifespan. We will work with you on your development to help you become a skilled, knowledgeable, emotionally intelligent nurse, able to lead and co-ordinate compassionate, evidence-based, person- and family-centred care while working as an integral member of interdisciplinary teams. 

The university-based elements of the first two years of your course are integrated, with all fields of nursing working together. In your final year, the theory you learn will be specific to learning disability nursing. You will study five modules each year. In year one, you will complete a year-long practice module which will prepare and support you to develop your confidence and competence in practice as you work towards independently leading and co-ordinating care.  

In your first year, you will gain theoretical and practice knowledge to develop a range of key skills. This will include: exploring the evidence that underpins person- and family-centred care; professional values; self-leadership; and the role of the registered nurse. Second year modules will further enhance your first-year learning and explore evidence-based complex care incorporating a wide range of research, skills, team leadership and principles of co-ordinating care. During your third year you will continue build on your previous learning and develop proficiency in learning disability nursing. The modules you study will develop you as a leader who uses research-informed critical thinking to co-ordinate care, supervise other health professionals and gain confidence in the safe management of medication. You will also have access to personal tuition throughout the course which will enrich your learning experiences and will enable to reflect meaningfully on your practice and the development of your individual field identity. 

Your practice placements will be specific to your field, learning disability nursing, throughout the three years. To help you become a more rounded nurse, you will also have opportunities to learn across the four fields of nursing. Your placement learning experiences may be within community, hospital or home environment settings and at a location anywhere within the West Midlands and potentially into neighbouring counties. While on placement you will be supported, supervised and assessed by practice and academic staff to develop your knowledge and skills.  

We are committed to providing excellent, innovative, learning, teaching and assessment experiences through the use of technology, which we use to enhance your learning, through lectures, seminars, skills simulation and virtual learning. Engaging with practice partners and service users is also integral to our approach.

Our BSc (Hons) Nursing course has been designed to comply with the new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards (2018) meaning that successful completion of this course makes you eligible to apply and be entered onto the NMC register in one of the four fields of nursing: Adult, Child, Learning Disabilities or Mental Health. 

“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

Why Choose Us?

  • Students are satisfied with this course! We scored 92 per cent for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018.
  • 100% graduate employability rate (unistats 2016*)
  • Experience different placement opportunities - benefit from our excellent relationships with medical institutions including the NHS and private, voluntary and independent sectors to carry out your work placements 
  • Birmingham is one of UK’s most vibrant and diverse cities outside of London, which will provide you with a wide variety of skills that will be valuable to take forward into your future career
  • Study at our £41 million City South Campus complete with access to state-of-the-art facilities 
  • 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
  • We will support you in a friendly, co-operative environment, where our experienced staff prioritise your learning and development at all times – you can take advantage of our well-established range of pastoral and study support teams to deliver this.
  • Receive outstanding support - we have received a Quality Mark from the British Dyslexia Association for our successful efforts
  • We were commended for achieving ‘good practice’ in a recent BSc course review for the placement support that we provide, through our close links with NHS trusts 
  • We have been nominated 14 times in this year’s student nursing times awards
  • Student loan finance - have you already studied an undergraduate degree but would like to do a second one in Learning Disability Nursing? You may be eligible for funding.

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We're offering new Home and EU undergraduate degree students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year £150 credit to spend, giving you the best possible start to life at BCU. It can can be spent on a wide range of items from an online shop stocking books, clothes, art supplies, medical/nursing equipment and more.

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Course Accreditations

This course is accredited by:

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Subject to approval

This course is in the final stages of approval to ensure it meets the very highest standards of quality, creativity and applied learning.

Entry Requirements

112 POINTS

(or equivalent) is the minimum you will need to be considered for this course in Clearing. Use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to work out your points.

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Please note: the entry requirements listed below are relevant for main cycle applications and may not be applicable during Clearing.


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.

120 UCAS tariff points

The entry requirements here show our standard UCAS tariff points. However we review applications on a case by case basis and so some flexibility may be possible.

Essential Requirements
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 4 or above (formerly Grade C), must include English Language, Mathematics and one of Health and Social Care, Biology, chemistry, Physics or Science double/triple award or equivalent.

Acceptable GCSE Science Equivalents:
  • BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate
  • BTEC Level 2 Diploma
Acceptable English GCSE Equivalents:
  • Key Skills Level 2 - Communication
  • Functional Skills Level 2 - English
  • City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate - Adult Literacy
Acceptable Maths GCSE Equivalents:
  • Key Skills Level 2 - Application of Number
  • Functional Skills Level 2 - Maths
  • City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate - Adult Numeracy

or

Irish Leaving Certificate
A minimum of 5 Ordinary levels at Grade B3 or above, must include English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject.
or
Scottish qualifications
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
120 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
120 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
120 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
120 UCAS tariff points from DDM.
BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents 120 UCAS tariff points from DDM profile.
BTEC Diploma (QCF) in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
120 UCAS points from D*D* 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.
City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) in Health and Social Care at Distinction.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Minimum Grade 30 points 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 (120 UCAS tariff points).
CACHE Certificate in Child Care and Education
120 tariff points, must be offered along with either one A Level, two AS Levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma.
CACHE Award in Child Care and Education
120 tariff points, must be offered along with either one A Level, two AS Levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education
Minimum Grade B required (120 UCAS tariff points).
CACHE Extended Diploma for Children's Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland)
Minimum Grade B required (120 UCAS tariff points).
CACHE Extended Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce 
Minimum Grade B required (120 UCAS tariff points). 
CACHE Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
Minimum Grade B required (120 UCAS tariff points).
CACHE Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) 
Minimum Grade B required (120 UCAS tariff points).
CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care 
Minimum Grade B required (120 UCAS 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
120 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of 5 Highers at Grade B2/H3 or above.
Scottish Qualifications – Advanced Highers
Achieve a minimum of 120 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.
14-19 DIPLOMAs in Society Health and Development To be achieved in Advanced Diploma or Progression Diploma 120 UCAS points from an A Grade.
OCR National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Science
120 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.

If an applicant is studying an Access qualification or has already achieved an acceptable Level 3+ qualification, but is missing an acceptable Level 2 qualification, then they will be asked to complete Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and/or English Language (as applicable) by the 31st July alongside the GCSE they are studying.

Foundation Degree
Foundation degrees will be reviewed on an individual basis and will require a transcript of the content of the course.

Other qualifications:

Qualifications that are not listed will be considered on an individual basis. If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS. Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

International candidates:

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.

In addition
  • You must provide evidence of having been in general education for a minimum of 10 years
  • You must provide evidence of study within the last five years.
  • No offers are made without a face-to-face interview.
  • All offers are subject to satisfactory Occupational Health Clearance, Disclosure and Barring Service report and, registration with Independent Safeguarding Authority.
  • You should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, interview and references all form part of the selection criteria for this course.

I really want to become a nurse but do not meet your entry requirements. What advice can you give me?

  • All applicants must meet our academic entry requirements in order to be considered for the course.
  • If you don't have sufficient Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications we advise you to consider undertaking a course which will give you the opportunity to gain the correct entry criteria. For example, an access course in a health/science-related field at your local further education college. This course contains the right mix of Level 3 and Level 2 qualifications which allow you to access higher education.
  • Alternatively, you could undertake the Open University K101 course, as long as you have the appropriate GCSE qualifications (as defined in our entry criteria) with another Level 3 qualification.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2019 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via Clearing

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Places available to start in September 2019

If you'd like to start this course full-time this September, you can apply through Clearing.


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International and part-time students can apply online as normal using the links above.

Want to start in September 2020?

You can apply via UCAS from September 2019.

Personal statement

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:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

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.

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Additional costs

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.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

The additional costs listed here are to be used for indicative purposes only and are based on the additional costs for the 2018/19 academic year. The additional costs for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible.

Learning Support Fund

From 1 November 2017 you may be able to apply for elements of the learning support fund if:

  • you are studying a pre-registration healthcare course
  • are studying in England and
  • your course started on or after 1 August 2017

Visit NHS student services for more information

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Worried about personal statements?

If you've got no idea where to start or just want to check you're on the right track, we’ve got expert advice and real examples from our students to help you nail your personal statement. You can even download our ultimate personal statement guide for free.

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

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.

Student loan finance - have you already studied an undergraduate degree but would like to do a second one in Learning Disability Nursing? You may be eligible for funding.

Year One

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

Professional Values and Academic Skills
30 credits

The programme philosophy identifies that nurses need to respond to a rapidly changing health care environment. The change in the nature of nursing and the role of the nurse has led to a desire to clarify the contribution of nurses to patients’ experiences, health and well-being (Griffiths et al, 2008). In order to understand the nurse’s role it is imperative that student nurses following all four fields of practice develop a strong identity with the profession.

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Introduction to Nursing Practice and Decision Making
30 credits

The module will encompass the relevant principles of anatomy, physiology and microbiology to support the development of core nursing skills relevant to all fields of practice. The module is planned with due regard to the issues of care, compassion and communication, organisational aspects of care, infection prevention and control, nutrition and fluid maintenance, and medicines management. These essential nursing skills will be underpinned with a sound physiological basis, particularly with reference to patient observations.

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Health in Society
30 credits

Nurses will take a central role in the 21st century in delivering services for those who are sick and in promoting the health and wellbeing of individuals, in particular identifying any barriers that may impede recovery. Therefore:

  • The aim of the module is to develop compassionate, caring nurses who are capable of delivering value-based care that respects individuals’ dignity
  • Emphasis will be on promoting understanding of the delivery of services to improve health and wellbeing and to reduce health inequalities
  • Nursing will be explored within the context of current socioeconomic, health and demographic trends. Concepts of diversity and equality will be explicit throughout the module content
  • Students will gain an awareness of health promotion/education to tackle health inequalities and support behavioural changes in an individual.

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Learning Disability Nursing Practice 1
30 credits

The learning disability nurse is required to develop essential skills to support people with learning disabilities, such as developing therapeutic relationships, person-centred assessment skills and a range of intervention strategies.

The ethos of this module is to provide the fundamental foundations and concepts for developing and delivering appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to support people with learning disabilities in a range of environments. This module will enable you to identify and analyse; beliefs, values and frameworks of ideas that enhance the care of people with learning disabilities and will provide you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will contribute to your development as a Learning Disability Nurse.

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Year Two

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

Professional Values and Evidence Based Practice
30 credits

The focus of this module is to expand the student’s knowledge of and ability to apply, nursing values and evidence based practice (PV-EBP). This will be achieved via teaching critical analysis, updating academic writing skills appropriate for level 5, database searching and presentation skills via presenting a group work prepared poster.

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Learning Disability Nursing Practice 2
30 credits

The module contributes to the delivery of the philosophy and aims of the programme by promoting the development of knowledge, skills and professional values in order that students can interpret health care needs of people with learning disabilities and develop interventional strategies to meet these needs. This module will also support students in promoting health and preventing ill health.

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Nursing in Society
30 credits

This module aims to prepare students to develop their knowledge, skills and professional values to deliver high quality essential and complex care to all service users. It is concerned with human experiences as individuals, families, groups, and communities across the life span.

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Learning Disability Nursing Practice 3
30 credits

This module aims to develop a nurse practitioner that is able to meet the changing health needs of people with a learning disability in a variety of setting, both within an inter-professional and personalisation framework. A clear focus in terms of knowledge and skills of the therapeutic interventions available to improve the health status of people with a learning disability with additional health needs.

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Year Three

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

Learning Disability Academic and Practice Enquiry
30 credits

This module will build upon the second year module “professional values and evidence based practice” and furthers students understanding of research-based evidence. In this module students continue to assess the relevance, quality and application of research-based evidence. Students are required to write a literature review, consider the research findings arising from the literature review, propose a nursing practice change based on this literature review findings and then consider issues relevant for changing nursing practice.

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Learning Disability Nursing Practice 4
30 credits

This module contributes to the university philosophy and aims of the nursing programme by promoting the concept of client choice, control and empowerment and preparing the student for the delivery of evidenced based person centred care, practised within an appropriate ethical framework.

The learning disability nurse requires the ability to select from a wide and developing range of evidence based therapeutic intervention strategies in order to help meet the needs of individuals with a learning disability who are classified as having complex health needs, including severe challenging behaviour, enduring mental health and profound and multiple disabilities. This module will introduce the student to a range of potential strategies and involve the student in consideration of the processes necessary for the systematic incorporation and implementation of plans of care.

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Learning Disability Transition to Qualified Practitioner
30 credits

Transition to Qualified Practitioner is the final module in the nursing programme. The module’s learning activities have been designed so that students will draw on their academic and practice experience, consolidate prior learning and gain new personal / professional knowledge to support their transition from student to newly qualified nurse.

The module team will utilise a variety of learning strategies, including video lectures, web-based resources, plenary sessions, individual and group work. Student learning activities will follow core themes and be explored through directed study activities and problem based learning (PBL) sessions. PBL is focused upon the student driving their own learning.

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Policy, Politics and Nursing
30 credits

Contemporary health and social care issues are a subject that are threaded throughout the programme. There have been many important changes in the NHS arising from the Health and Social Care Act for example commissioning of services and greater patient/service user choice. The government’s response to the Francis Report (“Patients First and Foremost” DoH 2013) and reports from other professional, statutory and regulatory bodies have identified issues that impact on nursing students and their future role as Registered Nurses. This module will help ensure that graduating nurses are politically aware of agendas for change in healthcare, and will encourage the leadership skills to promote core values such as care and compassion. Therefore to ensure there is a focus on an ever changing health and social care services this module will ensure that recent and future policy changes and their impact on patient/service user care are explicit in the programme to ensure students can contribute to the debate around nursing, health and social care.

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) who regulate Nurses and courses that prepare nurses are changing the standards required to be a nurse and as a result there will be a new programme from September 2019.

Course structure

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.

Additional support

If you're dyslexic, or have a specific learning difference or disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you. 

More on our disability tutor >>

We offer extra technical and learning support.

Teaching breakdown

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36 Time in independent study RoyalBlue
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Assessment breakdown

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Student stories

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.

Samantha's story

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.

This course is accredited by the following organisation:

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
The Nursing and Midwifery Council

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.

Erasmus scheme

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.

Find out more

Further study

Nursing provides the opportunity for lifelong learning and the BSc (Hons) Nursing award forms the basis for progression onto further study.

Many opportunities exist for post-registration and postgraduate study. As a graduate, you may progress to a masters degree, eg Masters in Advanced Nursing Practice, PhD.

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.

Trips and visits

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.

Find out more...

Practise your skills in SPACE 

Filled with state-of-the-art equipment, our SPACE (Skills Practice and Care Enhancement) area is the perfect place for you to practise a wide range of skills at your own pace.

Watch our video to see how access to SPACE has helped our students to succeed.

Explore SPACE

Employment opportunities

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 NHS
  • the private sector
  • in the community
  • at GP surgeries
  • at schools
  • Child and adolescent mental health services
  • Older adults
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Specialist Housing Support
  • specialist clinics
  • community care
  • forensic
  • primary care
  • prison
  • health facilitation teams
  • respite care
  • Day care
  • Plus many more.

The Learning Disability Nurse website shows you careers in this area.

Placements

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.

More about our placement opportunities...

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

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.

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BCU Graduate+

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.

More about Graduate+

98%...of students are in graduate level employment or full time study six months after graduating2016/17 DLHE Response

Our facilities

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 cutting-edge learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

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.

Home Environment Room

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.

Virtual Home Environment

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.

Mary Seacole Library

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.

Computer Facilities

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:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD and CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

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 Goulding

Senior Lecturer

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.