We are currently developing some of the specific details of this course in response to changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for Nursing. Please keep an eye on the Coursefinder pages for the latest information about our nursing courses.
This three-year degree programme integrates theory and practice, preparing our students to be world-class practitioners in the area of Learning Disability Nursing.
Students will spend 50 per cent of their time in class learning the latest nursing theory and clinical skills, and 50 per cent of their time with one of our internationally-recognised training partners in a wide variety of clinical and community settings throughout Northern Ireland.
Our highly-trained lecturing staff are actively engaged in areas of speciality practice, and our personal tutor system for student support is very well regarded. There are also opportunities for elective placements with one of our international partners in the final year of study.
On successful completion of this programme of study, you will become a Registered Nurse in Learning Disabilities (RNLD) possessing a distinct set of knowledge, skills and expertise of the health and wider education and social care needs of people with learning disabilities and their families and carers in the context of person-centred care and co-production that promotes and maintains health and well-being.
The Learning Disability Nurse adopts a life span approach to nursing assessment, treatments, interventions, education and care and support across a diverse range of settings, including, home, in-patient assessment and treatment units, nursing homes, secure settings, schools, day care, residential care homes and community-based teams to contribute to meeting the care needs of people with learning disabilities and their families and carers.
On successful completion of this programme of study, you will be able to
o Provide person centred care for people with Learning Disability and their families across the lifespan.
o Deliver effective care to people with learning disabilities who may have multiple health morbidities and additional interrelated physical, psychological, emotional, social, and educational needs.
o Be respectful, kind, caring, compassionate knowledgeable and skilled nurse practitioners.
o Be effective communicators
o Act as advocates for people with learning disabilities their families, health care professionals and other stakeholders within dynamic health and social care contexts
Students undertaking our programmes may be eligible to have their fees paid by the Department of Health (DoH), and to receive a bursary. Funded students are not eligible to apply for additional student loan funding.
"What my course means to me is that it's my role to help people with a learning disability to maintain health and wellbeing across their lifespan. The Queen's Learning Disabilities Nursing course will teach you to become an advocate for people with a learning disability. It is an opportunity that can be challenging at times but very rewarding in the long run. My three years as a student have been challenging,fun and inspiring, allowing me to help people with a learning disability,their families and their carers, which I will treasure in my future career as a Learning Disability Nurse.”
Emma Flynn, Belfast,
Final Year Learning Disability Nursing student
|Introduction||Designed to meet the targets set by Transforming Your Care, this programme develops all the knowledge, skills and attributes central to practice: patient/client centred; clinically effective; competent and safe; evidence-based; and established on caring and ethical principles. |
We continually apply the results of our ground-breaking research to our teaching to ensure that our programme content is as up to date and as relevant as possible to the changing needs of the population.
|Stage 1||You will be introduced to professional working alongside foundational knowledge and skills to support you in implementing safe and effective person centred care. You will explore patterns of health and wellness, equality and inclusion across the lifespan of people with learning disabilities and their families. You will develop critical thinking skills to apply in clinical practice.|
|Stage 2||You will consider the needs of people with learning disabilities across the lifespan and develop knowledge of positive behaviour support. You will develop and apply skills in assessing and planning care to manage mental ill health in people with learning disabilities. You will also gain insight into the criminal justice system and the ethical issues for people with learning disabilities.|
|Stage 3||Leadership will be a key focus in this final year whilst managing complexity in sustaining the health and wellbeing of adults and older adults with learning disabilities and complex health needs. This will include the coordination of care to improve quality of life for the person with learning disabilities. You will have the opportunity to consolidate your learning in practice preparing you to enter the register as a Learning Disabilities Nurse|
Nursing and Midwifery
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.
On the BSc (Hons) in Learning Disability Nursing we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:
As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work.
Students have access to our cutting edge simulation and clinical skills suite, where they can learn and practice skills in a safe environment.
This information is prepared in advance of the academic year to which it relates and the grades stated should be treated as a guide only and entrance requirements are reviewed annually.
Overall academic background will be taken into account when considering applications and additional academic criteria may have to be applied at shortlisting, depending on the volume of applications.
All applicants (except Access/Foundation applicants) must normally have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C to include English Language or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, Mathematics and a Science subject (ie Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Double Award Science or Single Award Science). GCSE Applied Science is not acceptable in lieu of GCSE Science.
Applicants offering Access/Foundation courses must also have a grade C in GCSE Mathematics and a Science subject (see above) or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Within an Access programme, a pass in NICATS Mathematics and a pass in one Level 3 Biology or Chemistry or Physics module would fulfil the GCSE Mathematics and Science requirements.
In addition to the GCSE requirements, or equivalent, applicants must offer one of the following qualifications:
BCC including a relevant Science (Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Life & Health Sciences, Mathematics or Physics)
BBC where a relevant Science subject is not offered.
|Irish Leaving Certificate|
H3H3H3H4H4 at Higher Level where a relevant Science subject is offered (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
H3H3H3H3H4 at Higher Level where a relevant Science subject is not offered.
All applicants - if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics and a Science subject.
|BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma|
QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma:
Successful completion (180 credits at Level 3) with 80 credits at Distinction grade and 100 credits at Merit grade.
RQF Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma:
Successful completion (1080 guided learning hours – GLH) with at least 420 GLHs at Distinction grade (with a minimum of 240 GLHs in externally assessed units) and 660 GLHs at Merit grade.
65% with two modules of Biology or Chemistry or Physics
70% with one module of Biology or Chemistry or Physics
70% in an Access Course with no science modules
|BTEC Higher National Diploma|
Successful completion with a minimum of 12 Merits and 4 Passes in individual units.
|BTEC Higher National Certificate|
Successful completion with a minimum of a Merit grade in each unit.
BBBCC where a relevant Science subject is offered (see list under A-level requirements)
BBBBC where a relevant Science subject is not offered.
All applicants must have a minimum of 5 Standards at grade 3 or a minimum of 5 Intermediates/National 5 at grade C to include English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject.
Honours Degree (minimum third class); Ordinary Degree (minimum pass). Graduates must satisfy the GCSE Mathematics and Science requirements as above.
|Open University Credit|
A minimum of 120 OU Credits. Must satisfy the GCSE Mathematics and Science requirements as above.
1. Applicants who satisfy the academic requirements or will be able to do so by 31 August 2020 are shortlisted for interview on the basis of their Personal Statement in their UCAS application. This is score against criteria set by the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC).
2. Interviews normally take place in March and April and use the Multi-mini Interview format to test value-based skills.
3. Offers are made on the basis of ranked interview scores are are subject to satisfactory Occupational Health Assessment and Criminal Record check(s), in addition to any academic requirements. More detail can be found on the School's website.
In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
An IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.
INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Studying for a BSc(Hons) Nursing (Learning Disability) degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by employers both nationally and internationally.
The majority of our graduates pursue a career in nursing which is an interesting, rewarding and challenging career where work can be in a variety of health care settings from accident and emergency to working in patients’ homes, with people of all ages and backgrounds. Learning Disability Nursing can also offer a diverse range of post registration opportunities to specialise in areas such as counselling, public health and health promotion, acute care, as well as education and research
Further study is also an option open to Nursing graduates. For taught postgraduate programmes, students can follow the Master’s In Advanced Professional Practice, Masters in MSc in Caring for Children with Complex Health Needs etc. There are also a range of Taught Doctoral and PhD Nursing opportunities for Learning Disabilities Nurse registrants; see Queen’s website for more details.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
|Northern Ireland (NI)||No Fee|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£9,250|
|Other (non-UK) EU *||No Fee|
Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.
* The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students
GB students (England, Scotland, Wales) are not entitled to a commissioned place with associated funding (tuition fees, and maintenance allowance from the NI Department of Health) and a decision as to whether or not we can admit GB students with funding from the Student Loans Company has not yet been decided. Clarification on this position is currently being sought and further information will be available in due course.
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.
If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.
Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Nursing Learning Disability Nursing costs
All students entering this programme are required to undergo an enhanced disclosure check with Access NI which costs £33.
In Year 1 students must buy a uniform from a QUB uniform supplier (approximate cost £180), a name badge (£10) and a Practice Assessment Document (PAD) (£10) from the University.
All students on this program will undertake clinical placements, students are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placements. Some reimbursement may be available.
In Year 3 students may wish to undertake an international elective placement, students are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placement.
Students may wish to buy a Fob Watch or Pinard Horn, approximate cost £15.
International students pay a placement charge which is for facilitating the clinical placement. It is collected by the Student Finance Office and is passed on to our placement provider partners. The cost is currently £3,000. .
There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.
Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.
Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
1. How to Apply
Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at:
2. When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2020 from 1 September 2019.
Advisory closing date: 15 January 2020 (18:00).
Applications received after this date will not be considered.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.
The Institution code for Queen’s is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.
Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at:
3. Terms and Conditions
After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.
4. International (Non- EU) Students
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) STUDENTS
Applying through agents and partners
The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.
4.1 Applying through UCAS
Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's.
4.2 Applying direct
The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application.
4.3 Applying through agents and partners
The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.
Fees and Funding
Queen's University Belfast is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
For more information please read our Equality and Diversity Policy.
Queen's University Belfast is registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC101788
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