This course is for is for students that want to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities. The course has a strong practical focus and will give you the knowledge, skills and approaches you need to become a registered nurse (learning disability) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The course is taught in partnership with St George's, University of London, so you'll get combined expertise, facilities and interprofessional learning. You'll gain hands-on experience in our award-winning simulation suite and develop your skills and confidence in working with people with a learning disability by learning with the famous Baked Bean Theatre Company and other service users.
You'll also have the opportunity to be a part of the wider Learning Disability Nursing UK and Eire network and can attend the Positive Choices Conference.
This course is designed for a small cohort of students, where you'll benefit from individual learning and support. You will be taught by our dynamic teaching team which includes leading researchers and experts in learning disability nursing from practice and the Department of Health. Our students are highly sought after and receive multiple job offers before their course is complete.
Nursing students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back, subject to eligibility criteria.
This course will share learning with adult, child and mental health nursing students, where you can develop your skills in supporting people with a learning disability across the lifespan.
Topics covered include factors affecting the health and wellbeing of individuals in our changing and diverse society, addressing health inequalities and promoting improved health outcomes for people with a learning disability.
Year 1 introduces the foundations of nursing and healthcare. You will study the role of the learning disability nurse and the diverse needs and contexts of people with learning disabilities. At the end of Year 1, you will be offered an opportunity to undertake a national or international placement.
This is a core module for all graduate students. It introduces you to nursing and enables you to develop skills and critical knowledge that will enable the application of safe delivery of care for an individual through person-centred care and the care model pathways.
This module will be delivered in part one of the Masters nursing programme. The module prepares the novice student for their Practice Learning Opportunities in part one of the programme. The module focuses on the development of professional values and the delivery of safe, holistic compassionate care. It is a generic module where all fields of nursing are engaged with core essential skills as identified by the NMC Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010). The module is a bridge between theory and practice.
This module introduces you to health inequalities and their effect on people with a learning disability across the life span. You will identify a wide spectrum of health inequalities and individual needs and discuss the intricacies of care planning and delivery to improve outcomes. You will gain communication, skills and knowledge to effectively meet the needs of people with learning disability through safe, person-centred and evidence-based holistic care delivered within a multidisciplinary framework. The module provides you with a variety of tools to assess, implement and evaluate packages of care and analyse the impact on the quality of life of a person with a learning disability and their families/carers.
This module explores the barriers to healthcare experienced by people with a learning disability and considers the role of the learning disability nurse in reducing inequalities. It focuses on the biopsychosocial needs of people with a learning disability across the life span, recognising the importance of health screening, early interventions and wellbeing approaches. It will enable you to implement health improvement strategies at individual and local levels. You will develop the knowledge and skills to support people with a learning disability in making choices about their health and care and to facilitate equal access. Multidisciplinary working and current frameworks used deliver person-centered care are explored.
This module will be delivered in part two of the programme. The module prepares you for your Practice Learning Opportunity (PLO). It focuses on professional values, the delivery of safe compassionate care in partnership with the client. It is a generic module where all fields of nursing are engaged with essential skills as identified by the Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010). The module is a bridge between theory and practice.
In year 2 you will explore the management of complex conditions across the life span (e.g. children, transition, adulthood and the older person) and the analysis and application of research and evidence base. You will also be prepared for your transition to registered nurse.
The focus of this module is on the exploration of the complexities of learning disability nursing and service provision for people with learning disabilities. You will examine the issues relating to difficult to manage people and the management of complex conditions across the life span eg children, transition, adulthood, the older person and the patient with dementia. In addition, the module will examine the promotion of improved health outcomes and increasing access to general health and specialist service provision enabling social inclusion. You will develop the key skills, knowledge and attitude necessary to identify and support the facilitation of service change
This capstone module will enable you to reflect upon your personal and professional growth. It will draw on evidence of learning and development compiled throughout the programme. It will foster the development and application of leadership, management and team working concepts required for clinical practice. This module will enable you to reflect on the skills necessary to facilitate the transition to a registered learning disability nurse.
This module is designed to enable you to further develop and consolidate your skills and knowledge regarding searching for, appraising, evaluating and applying evidence based practice to ensure a life-long focus on best care at all times for your particular patient/client group. The module will also enable you to systematically organise and make analytical and objective judgements on the reviewed evidence in your field-specific areas of practice.
This module prepares you for your practice learning opportunities (PLO) and final sign-off placement. The module focuses on professional values, the delivery of safe compassionate care and the assessment and management of patients with complex health care needs. The module aims to develop your clinical competence and confidence prior to registration. It is a generic module where all fields of nursing are engaged with essential skills as identified by the Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010). The module is a bridge between theory and practice.
The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.
The UCAS personal statement must include:
Non-native speakers who do not have the equivalent of GCSE English at grade 4 (formerly grade C) or an equivalent (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2 Literacy) require an Academic IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent overall and at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections.
We offer a range of innovative and flexible approaches to teaching and learning which includes:
You will also benefit from the support of a personal tutor, peer group learning and a range of web-based learning materials and online discussion forums.
When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.
As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's support services.
Year 1 (part one and two)
Year 2 (part three)
Contact hours may vary depending on your modules
Assessment methods include; essays, exams, presentations and reports and clinical skills assessed in our simulation suites and by practice supervisors and practice assessors in practice placements.
The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows:
We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.
Our academic team of highly skilled nurses, lecturers and researchers are known for innovation in teaching and learning. Our award-winning simulation suites provide you with unrivalled opportunities to develop your skills in caring for patients and service users through highly realistic simulations and role play. You will also have opportunities to learn with and from other health and social care students.
Full time students qualify for the same fee loan and living costs support as undergraduate students starting full-time higher education courses in 2019/20 by accessing loans from the Student Loans Company.
Visit our Fees and funding page to find out about the student funding options available to help you fund your postgraduate studies.
In addition, to support you while you are undertaking the clinical placement element of your studies, the government is providing non-repayable grants. The Learning Support Fund administered through the NHS Business Services Authority makes available:
£1,000 Child Dependants' Allowance
up to £3,000 for exceptional hardship
reimbursement of additional travel and accommodation costs over normal daily travel to clinical placements.
Information on NHS bursaries can be found on the NHS Business Services Authority website.
Please note, you cannot apply for a pre-registration masters qualification in the same profession that you are already registered in, for example, if you hold a BSc Nursing in Adult Nursing, you are unable to complete an MSc Nursing in Mental Health.
Kingston University is pleased to offer a 10 per cent discount on full-time and part-time postgraduate degree course tuition fees (including PGCE courses) to our alumni. Visit our Alumni discount page to find out more.
If you are an international student, find out more about scholarships and bursaries.
Nursing students on pre-registration courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back, subject to eligibility criteria. For more information please visit Health Careers and The Funding Clinic.
Kingston University's unique partnership with St George's, University of London (SGUL), means that health and social care students can access the combined resources of both Kingston University and SGUL.
As a student on this course, you will be based mainly at the Kingston Hill campus and will use the St George's campus for working in the anatomy laboratory.
Kingston University's Kingston Hill campus offers you modern facilities and include well-equipped laboratories where you can practise within a safe environment.
Our clinical skills laboratories house all the equipment needed to simulate clinical practice.
The St George's, University of London campus in Tooting is based alongside St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and offers you the specialist teaching environment of a medical school.
Once qualified, you will have a range of employment opportunities in leading NHS and independent organisations. Graduates have gained employment in areas such as:
This degree confers both an academic award and a professional qualification in nursing. On successful completion of the programme, you will be recommended to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for professional registration.
We have a range of practice partners for learning disability nursing from the NHS, private, independent and voluntary sector including: