The aim of learning disability nursing is to place the service user at the centre of all decision making, therefore, teaching methods involve the inclusion of service users and carers in classroom settings and practice placements. You will also be taught by academics who are registered nurses with a wealth of skills, knowledge and expertise in their field of nursing and research.
Why Study Learning Disability Nursing with us?
This is a dynamic, interactive professional course which places the needs of service users, their families and carers, students and Learning Disability Nursing practice at its centre. The programme team are committed to supporting students to realise their potential to become compassionate, competent and autonomous Learning Disability Nurses, able to meet current and future healthcare demands.
The University of Chester provides excellent pastoral and academic support during the course of your studies, with excellent teaching and learning facilities supporting opportunities to develop the academic, professional and clinical skills required to be a confident, competent and professional practitioner.
|Typical Entry||112 UCAS points|
|GCE A Level||
112 points from GCE A Levels. Typical offer BCC-BBC.
BTEC Extended Diploma - DMM; BTEC Diploma - D*D*
Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at Level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit or above
OCR National Extended Diploma: Merit 2; OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - DMM; OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma - D*D*
Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and General Studies A Level will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A levels and BTECs/OCRs. FETAC Level 5 (Major Award) with all 8 subjects at Merit. Applicants must have GCSE Grade C or above in English and Maths. We do not accept level 2 Key Skills/Functional Skills as an equivalent to GCSE. Please note that applicants must also have evidence of recent study within the last 5 years.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is carried out on all students, the cost of which is currently met by the Health Education England North. However please note: with recent changes to the NHS Bursary, this is currently under review, and may mean that you will need to pay for a DBS check through the University.
For details about the cost of the DBS and for further information please visit: www.chester.ac.uk/dbs
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
What will I learn?
Year 1 (Level 4) will introduce you to the Nursing course, and the overarching theme concentrates on the principles and conceptualisation of nursing. There are five key themes that learning is based around: practice learning, skills acquisition, learning to become a professional, understanding and caring for individuals, and finally health and wellbeing.
What will I learn?
Year 2 (Level 5) builds on the key themes in Year 1 and aims to develop your autonomy as a practitioner and expertise as a nurse. Further development of knowledge and skills for nursing practice, including field-specific nursing, also occurs. You will be expected to demonstrate competence in routine care situations.
What will I learn?
Year 3 (Level 6) builds on, and consolidates, your previous learning within the key themes, with an overarching focus on managing complex care. You will be asked to reflect on learning and nursing skills needed for post-registration, and in practice you will now be expected to take on an increasing level of responsibility.
" This course will provide you with key knowledge and competencies to work effectively across all health, social care and independent settings. You will learn the value of people with learning disabilities as equal citizens who have a real contribution to make to your development as a caring professional nurse."
How will I be taught?
You will be taught using lectures, tutorials, e-learning, group learning practical skills sessions, simulation and student- led activities. Theory will be delivered at the Riverside Campus, and placements within the agreed geographical location, during which you will be expected to work a full range of clinical shifts, which may include early/late/long days in addition to some weekend and night shifts.
You will be taught in small class sizes during the field programme, and have a wide range of practice placement opportunities within health, social, and independent sectors.
The total hours for the course is 4,600. This is broken down into 2,300 theory and 2,300 practice. This equates to 20 weeks practice and 20 weeks theory per year.
When you are in class for teaching, this will be from Monday to Friday.
When you are in practice, you will work a variety of shifts (including nights and weekends) in order to achieve Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies.
You will also be expected to dedicate a number of directed/online reading and private study hours.
How will I be assessed?
The course uses a number of assessment methods in both theory and clinical practice, such as written assignments, clinical practice assessments, skills assessments and exams.
Work Based Learning
The University of Chester has excellent links with practice learning providers, such as local NHS Trusts, the independent sector and primary care. This ensures that you will gain a wide variety of learning experiences in a range of practice learning environments and clinical and healthcare settings. Furthermore, this relationship ensures that you will be fully supported by mentors, academic links to practice, lecturers, practice education facilitators and practice leads during placement learning experiences.
Study Abroad Opportunities
One exciting aspect of the curriculum is that the University of Chester has a well-established Erasmus scheme currently facilitated by the European Office. Therefore, you may have an opportunity to experience learning outside of the United Kingdom.
Fees and Funding
UK/EU Fees 2018
It is not currently possible to state what our exact fees will be for students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018.
Our full-time undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in 2017/18 are £9,250 a year, or £1,540 per module for part-time study. The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by increases in the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
The level of fees that students starting their studies in 2018 will pay is expected to be determined by outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF has been introduced by the Government to encourage universities to focus on the quality of the teaching that they offer and to help prospective students find clear information about where teaching quality is high, and where students have achieved the best outcomes.
The TEF outcomes are not currently known. The TEF process has been designed to help students applying for university places for 2018 and the outcomes will be announced at the end of May 2017 in time for prospective students for 2018 entry to apply from September 2017. Following the announcement of the TEF outcomes, fees for University of Chester students starting in 2018 will be published here.
Your course will involve additional costs not covered by your tuition fees. This may include books, printing, photocopying, educational stationery and related materials, specialist clothing, travel to placements, optional field trips and software. Compulsory field trips are covered by your tuition fees.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is carried out on all students, the cost of which is currently met by the Health Education England North. However please note: with recent changes to the NHS Bursary, this is currently under review, and may mean that for September 2017 start, you will need to pay for a DBS check through the University. The cost of the disclosure is currently £55:00.
If you are living away from home during your time at University, you will need to cover costs such as accommodation, food, travel and bills.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
Please email email@example.com if you have specific questions.
Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact the Bursary Team at University.Bursary@chester.ac.uk for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
Riverside Campus, Chester
The University took ownership of the former County Hall in Chester in 2010 and transformed it into the Riverside Campus building, which provides exceptionally high quality and state-of-the-art facilities for its two resident faculties. This iconic building in the centre of Chester is just a 20-minute walk from the main Chester Campus.
Riverside Campus houses the Library collections for Education and Children’s Services and Health and Social Care students along with several IT laboratories for 'open access' and teaching use. All of the teaching spaces are equipped with high-grade audiovisual technology and provide an excellent learning experience.
In addition, Riverside Campus provides a 192-seat lecture theatre, containing raked seating and a widescreen capable of showing Blu-ray and HD films.
Dining@Dee, Riverside’s own café and coffee shop, serves hot and cold drinks, snacks and delicious meals. Meanwhile, the Student Space provides social, group work and discussion space for students, with hot and cold drinks vending machines and snack machines available, and students are able to eat their own food here.
Our Careers and Employability Service
The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.
Careers and Employability aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.
We are here to help you plan your future and to enhance your employability. We provide access to part-time jobs and work shadowing. We offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews. We deliver group sessions on career planning within each taught programme. We have extensive information on graduate jobs and postgraduate study.
Students and graduates of the University of Chester can use our services free of charge for up to three years after graduating. Graduates of other UK universities within three years of graduation are also welcome to use our services during vacations. A charging policy applies to other clients - please contact us for more details.
From its beginnings as a Roman fortress 2,000 years ago, Chester has managed to retain its unique character whilst offering everything that you would expect from a modern city today, as it becomes "a must-see European destination".
The City of Chester is a vibrant mix of cafes, shops and ancient walls, rows and architectural and archaeological features. The City is home to all-year-round arts festivals, events, exhibitions and street entertainment, including the famous Chester Races, the Rowing Regatta and the internationally acclaimed Chester Zoo.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an undergraduate Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
- Saturday 14th October
- Saturday 28th October
- Saturday 21st October
- Saturday 21st October