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The award
BSc

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Learning Disability Nursing at Queen's University Belfast

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.

Learning Disability Nursing Degree highlights

Students undertaking our programmes may be eligible to have their fees paid by the Department of Health (DoH), and to receive a bursary

Global Opportunities

  • Student exchange programmes enrich your ability to critically compare the diverse delivery of health care and practice from a more global perspective. As globalisation becomes increasingly important, the opportunity to study abroad, and experience another culture is a rewarding and meaningful experience. Final year students have the opportunity to apply for an international elective placement with the guidance and support from International co-ordinators in midwifery and each field of nursing.

Professional Accreditations

  • Professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2010)

Career Development

  • Nurses and Midwives learn to be an integral part of a healthcare team. Within this School, multidisciplinary teams of medical students and nursing students work together during inter interprofessional learning scenarios.

World Class Facilities

  • Learn and test your clinical skills through the use of state of the art simulation equipment. Our revolutionary facilities allow our educators to role play scenarios in response to the students' actions. This activity often takes place behind a one way mirror and provides the teaching team with the opportunity to observe and monitor the students' responses to the specific scenarios.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • The educational staff within the School are renowned across the world for the innovative activities and subject expertise.
 """I'm thankful every day that I chose Queen's. The course is split between practical and academic learning and offers a diverse range of teaching tools. I also met some of the most amazing people! ""
Richard Kerrigan, Co Down
3rd Year BSc Nursing"

Careers

Career Prospects

Introduction
Studying for a BSc 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. 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. There are also a range of PhD Nursing opportunities, see Queen's website for more details.
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Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

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.

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Notes about fees for this course

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2019-20 will be based on 2018-19 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.

Northern Ireland (NI)No feeEngland, Scotland or Wales (GB)No feeOther (non-UK) EU£9,250International£17,050

NI and EU UG Nursing students will usually be commissioned (ie have their tuition fees paid by the Department of Health).

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.

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.

Additional course costs

All Students

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.

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 clinical portfolio (£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.

How do I fund my study?

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/.

Scholarships

Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

All applicants
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 or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Within an Access programme, a pass in NICATS Mathematics and in a Level 2/3 Biology or Chemistry or Physics module (minimum of 15% of the programme) would fulfil the GCSE Mathematics and Science requirements.

In addition to the GCSE requirements, or equivalent, applicants must offer one of the following qualifications:

A level requirements
BCC including a relevant Science (Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Life & Health Sciences, Mathematics or Physics)
OR
BBC where a relevant Science subject is not offered.

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H3H3H3H4H4 at Higher Level where a relevant Science subject is offered (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
OR
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 Extended diploma
Successful completion with 60 Credits at Distinction and 120 Credits at Merit in a relevant Science-based course
OR
Successful completion with 80 Credits at Distinction and 100 Merits in a non-relevant Science-based course.

Access/Foundation Course
An average mark of 65% where at least half of the overall programme is in Biology or Chemistry or Physics
OR
An average mark of 70% is required for non-Science-based Access Courses.

BTEC Higher Diploma
Successful completion with a minimum of Merits in at least 12 of the 16 units and Passes in all other units.

BTEC Higher National Certificate
Successful completion with a minimum of a Merit grade in each unit.

Scottish Highers
BBBCC where a relevant Science subject is offered (see list under A-level requirements)
OR
BBBBC where a relevant Science subject is notoffered.

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.

Graduate
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.


1. Applicants who satisfy the academic requirements or will be able to do so by 31 August 2019 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.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

How we choose our students

Download "How we choose our students" PDF

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

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.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES

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)

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