Nursing care is delivered in a variety of contemporary healthcare settings. Registered nurses in any field of practice need to be prepared to meet the needs of patients, service users and carers, to a level expected by the public, to be able to respond to challenges and to meet the demand for care delivery in a modern and complex healthcare system.

This programme offers a unique opportunity for students to study care delivery within two fields of practice, Learning Disability and Child, and is structured to give you a range of theory and practice modules in both fields.

This is a new and innovative pathway and as a student nurse, you will learn through a variety of methods. 50% of your experience will be clinical practice; strong links and integrated practice learning with local health and social care providers will allow you to put theory into practice and develop a wide range of skills.

This broad variety of settings will allow for the widest possible experience, equipping you to provide the person and family-centred care underpinned by relevant and contemporary knowledge.

Your career

Upon graduation, you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and seek employment in a variety of care settings providing care in both fields of practice.

This can enhance your career choices, opening the door to a wide range of existing and new career options in a wide variety of clinical areas both in the UK and globally.

What you will study

Year 1

Values and Rights-based Nursing practice, Health Improvement, Contemporary Health Care Delivery, Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice.

Year 2

Working in interprofessional teams. Promoting personal outcomes for people with learning disabilities.

Year 3

Applying evidence-based practice. The context of care for children/young people and their families.

Year 4

Honours level dissertation, Leadership in Interprofessional teams, Learning disability and child and adolescent mental health, Advancing the Application of Values-Based Nursing Practice in Health and Social Care.

Entry requirements

Year 1

SQA Higher

BBBB including English and preferably a science and Nat 5 Maths at C

A Level

BCC preferably including a science subject, and GCSE English language and Maths at C/4

ILC Higher

H2 H2 H3 H3 including English and preferably a science subject, plus Ordinary Level Maths at B1

IB Diploma

24 points including a science

BTEC Extended Diploma

Applied Science, Biological/Biomedical Science or Health Care related at DMM. GCSE Maths and English at C/4 are also required.


SWAP West Access to Honours Nursing at partner colleges. HNC Care and Administrative Practice or a science-based HNC with an A in the graded unit will be considered. Applicants must have numeracy and literacy equivalent to National 5 level.

(BSc) Year 2

HNC Care and Administrative Practice with B in the Graded Units, successful completion of 600 clinical hours but advised to achieve as close to 620 clinical hours as possible (in a designated clinical area). Candidates need to obtain a minimum of 90% attendance at College and a minimum of 90% attendance at Practice Placement. Applications subject to interview and places and must be supported by the college partner.

English language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Additional information

Additional requirements

Applicants are expected to have evidence of assessed study within the last 5 years. Selected applicants will be invited to attend one of our Applicant Days as part of the admissions process.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £1820
  • RUK: £9250*
  • EU: £1820
  • International: £11,500

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four-year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.

International student start dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Assessment methods

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.

Teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods we use to ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.

Professional accreditation

Upon graduation you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and seek employment in a variety of care settings providing care in both fields of practice.

Program taught in:
  • English

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