Nursing - Learning Disability with Foundation Year - BSc (Hons) *

UCAS Code:
B76B
Attendance:
Full Time (4 years)
Starting:
September 2019

Are you interested in working with people who have learning disabilities and their families? Study learning disability nursing with a foundation year 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.

Tailor your Health and Life Sciences Degree

When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto a range of Undergraduate courses at the Birmingham City School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing and Midwifery. These include:

  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
  • BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Public Health)
  • BSc (Hons) Medical Ultrasound
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Child
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Learning Disability
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Mental Health
  • BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
  • BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Social Work
  • BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy

Why choose a foundation year course?

By studying a foundation year in Health and Life Sciences, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year –  which would be the first year of a full degree programme. 

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc degree. 

So although you are studying a BSc in a specific course – BSc nursing - Learning Disability – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category - Health and Life Sciences, allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.

Please note: entry requirements for degree course

Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the National College for Teaching and Leadership, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment. 

What's covered in the course?

Our Learning Disability Nursing BSc (Hons) course is accredited by The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to expertly support you in gaining hands-on clinical and care skills.

You will start by learning foundation nursing skills and then you will become increasingly field-specific, to ensure that when you graduate as a qualified nurse, you are competently and confidently able to support people with learning disabilities when they need a professional by their side.

In addition to essential practical learning, you will also explore important aspects of values, ethics, research, philosophy, physiology, nursing theory and social policy to equip you for professional practice.

Towards the end of the course you will focus on making the transition from nursing student to Registered Nurse, and our experienced staff and practitioners will be here to help every step of the way.

Successful completion of the course entitles you to apply for professional registration with The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Where will I study?

You will study at our £41 million City South Campus that offers state-of-the-art simulation facilities and a skills suite, so that you are able to continue developing your practical skills right here on campus. This includes our unique blend of virtual and live simulation to ensure that you are sensitively prepared for all situations you will experience in clinical placement.

See what our students say...

“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?

  • 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 

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Otterburn Care Home

And in jobs such as:

  • Qualified Nurse

This course is accredited by:

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Subject to approval

This course is in the final stages of design and is due to be reviewed and approved to meet our quality standards.

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Entry Requirements
Essential

A minimum of 3 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (formerly Grade C), at the point of enrolment. These must include mathematics, English language and one of health and social care, biology, chemistry, physics or science double/triple award.  (or equivalent).

If you do not already have the required GCSEs, (or their equivalent) for entry onto this course, and are not registered to take them, visit Equivalency Testing for further information.

88 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2019/20
GCE A Level/ AS Level 88 UCAS tariff points = CCD. Must include either Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Science or Applied Science.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 60 credits overall in a health related pathway, also including GCSE English Language and Maths equivalence if not hold separately.
BTEC Diploma (12-units) DD in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development or Science equivalent.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units) MMM in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development or Science equivalent.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 24 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate Minimum of 88 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects.
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Minimum of 88 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.
Other qualifications

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.

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Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

Fees for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible. 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.

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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.

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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

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Year One

Academic Skills for Success
Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity
Negotiated Study
Interpersonal Skills and Professional Behaviours
Introduction to Human Biology
Health and Well-being in Society

Year Two

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.

Modules include:
Professional Values and Academic Skills
30 credits
Introduction to Nursing Practice and Decision Making
30 credits
Health in Society
30 credits
Learning Disability Nursing Practice 1
30 credits

Year Three

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.

Modules include:
Professional Values and Evidence Based Practice
30 credits
Learning Disability Nursing Practice 2
30 credits
Nursing in Society
30 credits
Learning Disability Nursing Practice 3
30 credits

Year Four

Modules include:
 
Policy, Politics and Nursing
30 credits
 
Learning Disability Nursing Practice 4
30 credits
 
Learning Disability Academic and Practice Enquiry
30 credits
Learning Disability Transition to Qualified Practitioner
30 credits

This module is designed to facilitate the transition of nursing student to Registered Nurse.

You have the flexibility to transfer to any standard undergraduate programme from the School of Health Sciences or the School of Nursing and Midwifery upon successfully completing your Foundation Year including:

  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
  • BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Public Health)
  • BSc (Hons) Medical Ultrasound
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Child
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Mental Health
  • BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
  • BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Social Work
  • BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy

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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24 Time in lectures, seminars and similar MidnightBlue
36 Time in independent study RoyalBlue
40 Time on placement LightSkyBlue

Assessment breakdown

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38 Practical exams #fece5a

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.

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...

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.

Other student opportunities

To enhance your CV, we offer extra-curricular student opportunities, such as a major incident simulation, that you can get involved in.

Student opportunities  >>

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.

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.

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.