BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

  • New government grants available from September 2020 for new and continuing degree-level students. You may be eligible for additional support of at least £5,000 a year which you won't need to pay back.
  • This course may be eligible for an additional £1,000 on top of this. You may also be eligible for an additional £1,000 towards childcare costs to help balance your studies with family life.
  • 100% of our Learning Disability Nursing graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE 2017) survey.
  • 95% overall student satisfaction on the BSc ( Hons) Learning Disabilities Nursing programme (NSS results 2018).

About the course

As a learning disabilities nurse, you’ll have the challenging yet rewarding job of caring for people with a range of special needs. This pre-registration course gives you the knowledge, skills and attitudes to enhance a person’s health and wellbeing, and improve or maintain a range of complex developmental, physical, psychological and mental health needs. You’ll work in partnership with people with learning disabilities, their families, carers and other health and social care professionals. Ultimately, you’ll help people with learning disabilities to live a life that’s as fulfilling as possible. As with our other nursing courses, you’ll take a variety of clinical work placements.

Why choose this course?

The Learning Disability Nursing degree pathway offers students the opportunity to take up the challenge of ensuring that the health care needs of people with learning disabilities are addressed using using a holistic approach, both within mainstream and specialist services.

  • Enhance the person's health and well-being.
  • Improve or maintain a range of complex developmental, physical, psychological and mental health needs.
  • Work in partnership with people with a learning disability, their families / carers and other health and social care professionals.
  • Reduce barriers to disability and promote social inclusion.
  • Support people with a learning disability to achieve a life which is as fulfilling as possible by maintaining their rights, choice and independence.

What will I study?

The Learning Disability field programme comprises both theory and practice in a range of experiences in a diversity of settings. The aim is to enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the total nursing care of individuals who have learning disabilities in partnership with their families/carers and other professionals.

A range of teaching and learning approaches will be used. Teaching approaches will include; lectures, seminars, group work/projects, role play, tutorials, practice experience, course work, problem-based learning, internet technologies and reflection as an integrating technique between theory and practice.

Professional Accreditations

Successful completion of the programme will lead to entitlement to apply to enter the professional register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council UK for Learning Disabilities Nursing.

Careers

Following successful completion of the Learning Disability Nursing programme you will be entitled to apply for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council UK. This registration will enable you to take advantage of the varied opportunities available to you, to put into practice all you have learned and make a positive contribution to the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families.

You will be able to seek employment in a wide range of organisations including NHS, social services and private and voluntary organisations. You will meet many interesting people throughout your career and each day will be different. You will always be learning, and developing new and innovative skills through experience and education that will enable you to diversify or specialise in a particular area of Learning Disability Nursing, giving opportunity for promotion and job satisfaction.

Following qualification there are many opportunities to further your professional studies with courses, available at graduate level and above, to help develop your knowledge and practice.

What job can I get?

This course entitles you to apply for registration as a learning disabilities nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This opens up a range of career options providing care within the NHS, social services and private and voluntary organisations.

'The best thing about studying at the University is the level of support we receive. The staff are very supportive and want everyone to succeed so they invest their time to enable us to achieve our goals. In addition, the resources and facilities are world class.'

Jamila Noah Foissang

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities)