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This course scored 100% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.
- Understand contemporary nursing and social work practice.
- Transform the lives of people who have learning disabilities.
- Spend 50% of your course on placement — enhancing your employability.
- Collaborate with other professional groups within health and social care.
- Gain real-world experience and sought-after credentials — registering for the NMC and HCPC, and qualifying as a social worker in England.
On this course, you’ll gain the skills and experience you need to provide exceptional care to people with learning disabilities. You’ll tailor your studies, and learn from other practitioners and students — understanding where your specialism fits into the wider sphere of healthcare. You’ll graduate with the qualifications and credentials you need to enter practice.
Watch student Jerome Norris-Uttley talk about what it’s like to study this course.
How you learn
The course is comprised of integrated health and social care modules, based around the central theme of learning disabilities which explore and develop your nursing and social work practice. There is also a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary collaborative teaching and learning throughout the programme.
You’ll be equipped with the knowledge, skills and values that enhance your employment opportunities, give you a strong professional identity as well as confidence in working with different professional groups and agencies to develop solutions to real world practice issues.
- practice-based learning
- lectures, seminars and workshops
- online learning
Course leaders and tutors
Sarah Burns is a Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery
Practice-based learning is central to your development, and you spend 50% of your course on placement. Placements are available in a wide range of environments such as health trusts, advocacy organisations, local authorities, nursing homes, specialist teams, secure environments, assessment and treatment centres and community settings.
The range of placement opportunities is very diverse and reflects rapidly changing health and social care landscapes. This culminates with a 20 week integrated placement in your third year, where you take on your own caseload of patients or service users, preparing you for your future career.
During placement you will be supported by practice based and education based staff to guide and support you.
In order to support you to become lifelong independent learners, we keep you informed about local and national study days, conferences and programmes which are available to nursing and social work students, including Mencap-Treat Me Well and Positive Choices.
We have excellent relationships with service users and practice partners who support and inform teaching on the course. You will also have a broad range of multi disciplinary learning experiences which will support you to develop a diverse network of collaborative support.
In your second year you have an opportunity to undertake an elective placement exploring the national and global contexts of learning disability nursing and social work.
This course prepares you for a career in
- learning disability nursing and social work
- teaching and academia
- senior management in health and social care
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for
- local authorities
- private and voluntary sector health and social care organisations
- higher education institutes
- prison services
This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with them. You must be registered with the NMC in order to practise as a nurse in the UK and with the HCPC to practise as a social worker in England.
Where will I study?
You study at Collegiate Campus
Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.Collegiate Campus map
Collegiate Library can be found just off Ecclesall Road. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
On this course you work with
- clinical skills suites
- a moot court
- simulated community environments
- technology enhanced learning tools
- simulation equipment
Total points must include 96 UCAS points from 2 A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma needs 45 credits at level three from a health studies, health science, nursing or another science based QAA-recognised Access to HE course. AS levels are not accepted. EPQ is not accepted.
GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4 or above and GCSE Maths grade D or grade 3 or above. All equivalencies are accepted.
Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.
Additional information for EU/International students
This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.
The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19
|Module: Essential Sciences For Nursing And Social Work Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Essentials Of Nursing And Social Work: Science And Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Foundations For Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Fundamentals Of Public Health: Science And Practice (Nursing And Social Work)||Credits: 20|
|Module: Introduction To Relationship Centred Care In Nursing And Social Work: Science And Practice (Readiness To Practice 1)||Credits: 20|
|Module: Skills Days Attendance (Ba Sw)||Credits: -|
|Module: Understanding The Person Centred Approach In Relationship Centred Care (Readiness To Practice 2)||Credits: 20|
|Module: Application Of The Science And Practice Of Public Health (Nursing And Social Work)||Credits: 20|
|Module: Developing Capability For Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Developing Relationship Centred Care In Nursing And Social Work: Science And Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Evidence Informed Nursing And Social Work||Credits: 20|
|Module: Integrating The Science Of Nursing And Social Work||Credits: 40|
|Module: Placement And Skills Days Attendance (Ba Sw)||Credits: -|
|Module: Consolidating The Science And Practice Of Nursing And Social Work||Credits: 40|
|Module: Enhancing Quality Of Services Through Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Leadership And Management For Excellence In Relationship Centred Care: Science And Practice (Nursing And Social Work)||Credits: 20|
|Module: Managing Public Health: Science And Practice (Nursing And Social Work)||Credits: 20|
|Module: Placement And Skills Days Attendance (Ba Sw)||Credits: -|
|Module: Research For Nursing And Social Work Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Theory/Practice Hours - Nursing (Learning Disability) And Social Work||Credits: -|
Health and social care funding
Find out how to fund your studies by visiting our health and social care pages for more information.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Nursing and midwifery courses (PDF)
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