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  • Local: $ 10.6k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 15.8k / Year
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  • English

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    People with learning disabilities often experience difficulties with everyday activities, due to a range of intellectual, physical and mental health conditions. The Learning Disability Nurse has an important part to play in meeting health care needs and challenges faced by people with learning disabilities who are an integrated part of society and have the right to be valued and supported as equal citizens.

    Learning disability nurses work collaboratively with people with learning disabilities, their families, other agencies and members of the wider community, seeking to implement, protect and maintain the values of inclusion, independence, choice and citizenship.

    This Learning Disabilities Nursing Degree course prepares you for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

    All the nursing programmes share a common structure of two modules a year for the three year period. Each module requires you to work other nursing students from other fields for a significant proportion of your school-based learning. You are required by the NMC to achieve a total of 4600 learning hours divided equally between theory and practice.

    During year one you have a high level of contact time with lecturers which gradually decreases over the 3 year period as you become a more independent learner.

    The course uses a blended learning approach which involves lectures, seminars, student-led learning, simulated practice and Enquiry Based Learning (EBL). A majority of the learning will take place in small tutorial groups, exploring different real life nursing scenarios in packages of learning. For each package you will identify issues raised for an individual, gather relevant information to address the issues and agree an action plan to meet any unmet needs. A lecturer will facilitate the learning process. The school working day is Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm which consists of direct contact time in class as well as directed and self-directed study equating to 37.5 hours per week.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline You are advised to apply as early as possible Tuition fee
    • EUR 10550 Year (EEA)
    • EUR 15800 Year (Non-EEA)

    UK/EU Students: £9,000. International Students: £13,500

    Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
    Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible

    Course Content

    Clinical placements will take place across East Anglia and involve a wide range of settings in the delivery of contemporary evidence-based healthcare. There may be occasions when you will be required to stay in accommodation away from your usual base. Placements will use a “Hub and Spoke” approach which allows you to effectively experience the client’s/patient’s journey through the health care services. Due to the nature of the healthcare environment you will experience placements which cover the 24 hour and 7 day a week cycle. Where the practice learning environment operates a shift system, you are required to work the shifts which you are allocated and will have a minimum of 40% access to your placement mentor.

    You will experience different assessment methods, which have been carefully considered to reflect the importance of being able to apply the relevant evidence base to practice. You will be expected to compile and maintain a portfolio of evidence throughout the three-year programme. With guidance and support, you will be expected to build a sound evidence base demonstrating progression, reflecting on your learning both theoretical and clinical skills. Other assessment strategies are also utilised, such as written assignments, unseen examinations, case studies, practical examinations, group presentations and a dissertation of 10,000 words in order to illustrate deeper understanding of the relationship between the theory and practice of nursing.

    Whilst in clinical placement students will complete various learning outcomes, a nursing attributes assessment as well as writing reflections based on your placement experience. You will also maintain a Skills Development Profile throughout the three year course to demonstrate your learning and competency in clinical skills.

    There will also be an opportunity to spend up to 3 weeks on an elective placement either locally, nationally or internationally at the end of the second year.

    The programme has a strict attendance policy with a maximum of 16 days permitted absence from the three year programme divided equally between theory and practice. Vacations are fixed for the whole programme with vacations scheduled for two weeks at Christmas and Easter and 3 weeks during August or September.

    Interprofessional learning forms a compulsory part of our course which allows you to develop professional relationships with healthcare students, providing you with foundations for successful interprofessional team working throughout your career.

    Our employment record is excellent, with graduates finding employment within a wide range of healthcare settings.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 7 TOEFL iBT® test : 98

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    A Level:BBB

    International Baccalaureate:31 points

    Scottish Highers:BBBBB

    Scottish Advanced Highers:BBB

    Irish Leaving Certificate:BBBBBB

    September 2013 Entry

    Our admissions criteria include: a clear understanding of the profession ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care; an interest in people; a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base at GCSE level.
    We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (Any Level) or Level 3 Diplomas (Previously NVQs) as meeting the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study.

    School Leavers

    The minimum entry requirements for university matriculation and the requirements of the School are five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English Language or Literature and Mathematics, and preferably a Science subject. General Studies, Critical Thinking and AS-levels are not considered. Offers are usually made on grades not points.

    • 3 A-Levels (no subjects specified) BBB
    • Advanced Diploma in Society, Health and Development BBB
    • International Baccalaureate 31 points
    • Scottish Highers BBBBB
    • Scottish Advanced Highers BBB
    • Irish Leaving Certificate BBBBBB

    Other criteria:

    Applicants must demonstrate evidence of recent study (within the last 5 years) and be able to provide their original qualifications should they be invited to attend an interview.

    Other Candidates

    Applications are encouraged from those with non-traditional qualifications. Applicants with the following qualifications are required to demonstrate GCSEs at Grade C or above in English Language or Literature and Mathematics, except the Access to Higher Education which does not require additional GCSE qualifications unless English and Mathematics are not included.

    Suitable qualifications would include:

    • BTEC National Diploma (18 Unit) in a Health, Care or Science subject DDM
    • BTEC National Diploma in Early Years DDD
    • CACHE Diploma in Childcare B
    • Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject
    • Pass
    • Open University (minimum 60 Credits Level 1) in a Health, Care or Science subject
    • Pass
    • Science Foundation Year 70%
    • Certificate of Higher Education Pass
    • Diploma of Higher Education Pass
    • Bachelor Degree 2:1 Preferred, 2:2 Accepted
    • Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health, Care or Science subject* Pass with 45 Credits at Level 3 Merit

    Other criteria:

    Applicants must demonstrate evidence of recent study (within the last 5 years). Applicants must able to provide their original qualification documents on the day of selection otherwise that they are not eligible for interview, and/or following results day prior to commencing the course.

    Students for whom English is a Foreign language

    We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

    • IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in any component)
    • TOEFL: Internet-based score of 98 overall (minimum 22 in Listening, Reading and Writing components and 23 in Speaking component)
    • PTE: 70 overall (minimum 70 in any component).

    If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.

    Special Entry Requirements

    Successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure and two satisfactory references.



    Course Open To

    Please note that, at this time, we are unable to accept international applications for this course.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

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    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of East Anglia.

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