Nursing – Learning Disability with Foundation Year – BSc (Hons) *
Attendance Full Time (1 year foundation followed by 3 year degree)
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 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) Food and Nutrition
- 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) Speech & Language Therapy
Why choose a foundation year course?
By studying a foundation year in Health 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 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 Nursing and Midwifery Council, 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