BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Learning Disability)

Learning Disability nursing involves working in partnership with individuals and families to improve autonomy, promote health and support inclusion. This includes making a real contribution towards enhancing behaviours and lifestyles that help achieve the best health outcomes.

This programme focuses on meeting the holistic needs of people with learning disabilities. You will explore key themes within contemporary learning disability practice including meeting health needs, community engagement, person centred planning, inclusion and integration, addressing health inequalities, legislation, forensic practice, care planning and assessment, evidence-based practice, research methods and appraisal.

You will undertake a variety of practice learning experiences within a variety of health and social care settings.

GCU's virtual learning environment and state-of-the-art inter-professional simulation suite provides flexible, innovative, appropriate and eEective learning design, content and assessment. There is the opportunity to undertake clinical placements in a variety of NHS Health Boards and third sector organisations throughout west and central Scotland.

Your career

On successful completion of the programme graduates are eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

There are a wide range of employment opportunities in both NHS and third sector services, e.g. assessment and treatment units, community learning disability teams, hospital liaison services, forensic services, child and adolescent mental health service, and other specialist services.

Year 1

Values and Rights based Nursing practice, Health Improvement, Contemporary Health Care Delivery, Introduction to Evidence Based Practice.

Year 2

Working in interprofessional teams. Promoting personal outcomes for people with learning disabilities, Optimising Health Assets for People with Learning Disabilities.

Year 3

Applying evidence based practice. Promoting health equality for people with learning disabilities, Risk Enablement in Learning Disability Nursing.

Year 4

Honours level dissertation, Leadership in Interprofessional teams, Advancing the Application of Values Based Nursing Practice in Health and Social Care.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

"I have worked with people with learning disabilities for a number of years, and really enjoy it. I was looking for a course which would give me broader scope to improve people?s lives. My degree will allow me to work with children or adults with learning disabilities, to ensure that they are able to live fulfilling, healthy lives, as independently as possible."

Corrinne Taylor,
GCU graduate.

Study Options

  • 2019/20

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

UCAS

 

BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
B763
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2020/21

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

UCAS

 

BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
B763
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 14 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1

SQA Higher: BBBB including English and preferably a science subject plus Nat 5 Maths and a Science at C

A level: BCC preferably including a science subject, and GCSE English language, a Science and Maths at C/4

ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 including English and preferably a science subject, plus Ordinary Level Maths at 02

IB Diploma: 24 points including a science plus Maths and English

College HNC: Science-based HNC will be considered. Applicants must have numeracy and literacy equivalent to National 5 level.

BTEC: Extended Diploma in Applied Science, Biological/ Biomedical Science or Health Care related at DMM. GCSE Maths and English at C/4 is also required.

Foundation apprenticeship

Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.

Additional requirements

Applicants are expected to have evidence of assessed study within the last 5 years. Selected applicants will be invited to attend one of our Applicant Days as part of the admissions process.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold IELTS of overall 7.0 with 7 in each element except Writing which is 6.5.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

On successful completion of the programme graduates are eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £1820** 
RUK: £9250*
EU: £1820** 
International: £11,845 

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.

**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs for fee paying students

Self-funded students are required to cover the cost of the following:

  • Uniforms, approximately £15 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on duration of your course and can range from two to four.
  • Occupational health checks and vaccination, approximately £200.
  • Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.  New applications cost £59. Updates to existing scheme record costs £18.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

View our Undergraduate scholarships.

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.





The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.