About the course

New £2,000 grant for September 2019 entry!

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, along with Hertfordshire County Council, are offering a £2000 grant for students wishing to study Learning Disability Nursing at our University. This will be given in two lump sums of £1,000 at the end of each completed academic year to all students who enrol on the course for September 2019.

The pre-registration Learning Disability Nursing course provides a carefully integrated balance of theory and practice that will enable students to confidently take on the role of a registered nurse for people with a learning disability within a changing health and social care arena. The programme will benefit those who have an interest or experience in supporting people with a learning disability. During the programme you will:

  • Acquire and become equipped with the current knowledge and skills required for this challenging and yet highly rewarding nursing role
  • Be part of a friendly, dedicated and highly experienced team of lecturers and practitioners within the School of Health and Social Work
  • Be taught in small class sizes during the field programme
  • Be provided with a range of practice placement opportunities within health, social and independent sectors, these may include working directly with children and young people, adults and older people.
  • Be provided with excellent pastoral and academic support during the course of your studies
  • Be provided with excellent teaching and learning opportunities
  • Be provided with the best possible opportunities to develop the academic, personal, professional and clinical skills required to be a confident, competent and professional practitioner
Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MSc Nursing (Learning Disabilities)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MSc Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

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.

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.

Course details


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.

Teaching methods

The Learning Disability field programme comprises both of theory and practice in a range of service-user contact 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 service-users 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 / fieldwork, course work, problem based learning, internet technologies and reflection as an integrating technique between theory and practice.

Work Placement

our practice experience may involve working with a broad range of health and social care professionals and carers who support children, adults and older people who have special needs/ disabilities.

Practice learning experiences during the three year course include:

  • Community Learning Disability Nursing teams. 
  • Assessment and treatment services.
  • Forensic services.
  • Day care / outreach / educational services.
  • A range of residential services in health, social, and independent settings.
  • Health liaison experience
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Teams
  • Short Term Break and Respite Services.
  • A placement opportunity abroad.


  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Person-centred Approaches 2 - Supporting People with Complex Needs - 2nd. Reg. 30 Credits Compulsory
    Person-centred Approaches 2 - Supporting People with Complex Needs 30 Credits Compulsory
    Person-centred Approaches (3) Psychological Health & Well-being 30 Credits Compulsory
    Person-centred Approaches (3) Psychological Health & Well-being - 2nd Reg 30 Credits Compulsory
    Understanding Nursing Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
    Understanding Nursing Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
    Nursing in Context 30 Credits Compulsory
    Nursing in Context 30 Credits Compulsory
    Imagination and Innovation in Evidence Based Nursing Care 30 Credits Compulsory
    Multi-Cultural Dimensions of Contemporary  Learning Disability Services 15 Credits Compulsory
    Person-centred Approaches (4) Life Transitions for Adolescents and Adults 15 Credits Compulsory
    Person-centred Approaches (5) Life Transitions for Adults & Older Persons 15 Credits Compulsory
    Building Capability & Enhancing Capacity (3)  Management & Leadership 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Our international fees include the cost of practice placements, occupational health, Disclosure and Baring Service(DBS) check, and uniform.

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet


    Find out more about scholarships for UK/EU and international students

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    • A first degree at Honours level, normally, in a related discipline (life sciences, psychology or the social/ behavioural sciences). Graduate attributes associated with learning and research skills will normally be expected. 
    • GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or above (or equivalent).

    All offers will be subject to the applicants demonstration of the NHS constitution’s “Values and Behaviours”, satisfactory interviews, numeracy and literacy test, health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks. You can view the full NHS Constitution for England on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england

    English language requirements

    All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency.

    IELTS (with no less than 7 in any band)

    If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 2 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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