Learning Disability Nursing
- Year of entry
- Course type
- Single Honours
- Duration of study
- 3 years
- Hospital campus
- Subject area / School
- School of Nursing and Midwifery
- UCAS code
Learning Disability nurses work with people with learning disabilities and their families in a wide range of settings. The philosophy of care and support for people with learning disabilities is one of partnership in which the nurse works alongside the person to support them to lead a healthy and valued lifestyle and to exercise their rights as members of society.
The course at Keele helps students to learn about and apply this philosophy in the many different services for people with learning disabilities. The course will also equip you with the appropriate knowledge and skills to work with people with learning disabilities who have more complex and specialist needs. Clinical skills are an essential part of the course and students have access to expert staff in the Clinical Skills Laboratory to help develop and assess their practice.
The University also provides excellent support through its personal tutor system. Wider benefits of enrolling on our courses include; experienced student support, excellent IT and library facilities, preparation for a range of roles as a professional learning disability nurse and a range of practice based experience whilst you study.
For the 2018 entry, the BSc Learning Disability Nursing course at Keele comprises one compulsary 120 credit module each year.
YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)
Knowledge for Professional Nursing practice - 120 credits
YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)
Developing Professional Nursing Practice - 120 credits
YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)
Transition to Professional Nursing Practice - 120 credit
Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.
The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United Kingdom, European Union and International students.
UK / EU entry requirements
Application Process: Application is via UCAS. The UCAS application is scored. Subject to initial scoring you may be invited to interview after which a decision is made in regards to offers.
GCSE requirements: Applicants will normally be required to hold at least five GCSEs, at grade C or above including: Mathematics and English Language. From 2017, for applicants taking the reformed GCSE qualifications in England, we will consider the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a grade C.
Please note that we do not accept equivalent qualifications for Mathematics and English Language, and no longer accept Level 2 Key Skills/Functional Skills.
GCSEs can be pending when the application is submitted.
English Requirements: If English is not your first language, normally applicants will have IELTS level 7.0 (with 7.0 in each subset). The University may be able to accept alternative English Language qualifications from applicants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) on a case by case basis in line with the appropriate Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidelines.
E.U. applicants: Please view our EU entry requirements.
Vocational qualifications: NVQ or equivalent qualifications are not accepted.
Academic entry criteria
GCSE requirements (as above) plus higher level qualification at or above NQF Level 3 (A Llevel) are required.
Normally evidence of study at Level 3 or higher within the last five years is required.
The following qualifications are accepted as meeting our minimum academic entry criteria. If your qualifications are not listed here please contact email@example.com for advice.
Please note for the 2018 entry, we will not be referring to UCAS Tariff points in our offers.
Required A level Grade Profile
ALevels (Full A2)
General studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
BTEC qualifications (QCF) (suite of qualifications known as Nationals)
OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical (OCRCT)
Extended Diploma 180 credits DMM
Subject specific requirements for BTEC / OCRCT: Health/ Science subjects only will be accepted.
25 IB points
One science subject is required (Higher or Standard level – Biology preferred)
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma (core)
Pass at B or higher
Applicants are also required to hold 2 A Levels at a minimum of grades BC.
Access to Higher Education programme
At least 45 Credits at Level three.
At least fifteen (15) level three credits at distinction and thirty
(30) level three credits at merit.
GCSE requirements for candidates completing an Access to Higher Education programme are: Maths and English Language at Grade C or above. From 2017, for applicants taking the reformed GCSE qualifications in England, we will consider the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a grade C.
Please note that we do not accept equivalent qualifications for Mathematics and English Language.
Further entry requirements
Candidates who are successful at the initial stage of selection will be required to satisfy Occupational Health clearances and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.
The University follows the DBS Code of Practice in these issues (See: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service) and can provide a copy of the Code on request.
A reference for the applicant will be completed on the UCAS form by the referee. This is normally from an academic tutor. For applicants invited for interview, a second reference may be required. Friends, relatives or neighbours are not eligible to act as referees. All offers are subject to satisfactory references.
Candidates must also provide evidence of minimum residency requirements and meet English language requirements.
All candidates for pre-registration Nursing and Midwifery programmes are required to meet or exceed NMC requirements, including literacy and numeracy skills.
Applicants' qualifications that are not listed in the table above will be considered on an individual basis.
The School will also consider applicants who hold a relevant Degree, Higher National Diploma or other health related higher education qualifications.
International entry requirements
The following information is for applicants with Overseas qualifications and / or classed as Overseas for fees.
If you are unsure of your fee status, please check the guidance on the fee assessment pages.
Please view equivalent entry criteria for your country.
If the qualifications you have are not listed, or you are unsure whether you meet our criteria, please contact the admissions office for advice: firstname.lastname@example.org
English language requirements
All students must provide evidence of a recognised qualification in English Language, such as:
- GCSE (first language) English Language – Grade C (Grade 4 for applicants taking the reformed GCSE qualifications in England)
- International English Language Testing Service (IELTS, academic) - 7.0 (subtests 7.0)
- Pearson (PTE) Academic - 65 (components 55)
- Cambridge English First(foundations) and Advanced - 185 (subtests 176)
If you have taken a school qualification in English we may be able to accept this: please email email@example.com for advice.
Fees and funding
View our money advice and guidance section for information on tuition fees.
Going to university can be a daunting as well as an exciting experience. It can be difficult to understand the true costs of being a student, as well as the financial support that is available to help you meet those costs.
We can help you to manage your funds, create a budget and ensure that you receive any funding for which you may be eligible. We also offer financial support such as the Keele University Hardship Fund and emergency loans.
For more information visit our money advice and guidance section.
Placements are designed to complement your theoretical and classroom based work and you’ll be supported by a team of experienced mentors. This will prepare you for a career in learning disability nursing in a range of settings.