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MSc Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

Why choose Herts?

NMC Accreditation: You will be eligible to enter the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register to legally practice as a Learning Disability Nurse.

Work-Related Learning: Gain nursing care work experience! Students have had placements within social and independent sectors working with children and young people, adults, and older people.

Sector-Specific Course Content: You will develop essential skills and knowledge in nursing care for people with learning disabilities.

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.

About the course

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

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.
  • 2nd in the East of England for Nursing (2023 Complete University Guide).
  • 2nd for health and social care in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES, Advance HE, 2023).

What will I study?

This 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.

  • Level 6
    ModuleCreditsCompulsory/optional
    Understanding the Lived Experience and the Role of the RNLD30 CreditsCompulsory
  • Level 7
    ModuleCreditsCompulsory/optional
    Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education15 CreditsCompulsory
    Nursing Art and Science30 CreditsCompulsory
    People with Learning Disabilities who Experience Mental-ill Health15 CreditsCompulsory
    Leading and Managing Learning Disability Nursing Practice30 CreditsCompulsory
    Planning Care in Learning Disability Nursing Practice 330 CreditsCompulsory
    Imagination and Innovation in Evidence Based Nursing Practice30 CreditsCompulsory
    Final Numeracy Exam0 CreditsCompulsory
    Complex Healthcare Needs30 CreditsCompulsory
    Fundamentals of Nursing Practice30 CreditsCompulsory
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Nursing (Learning Disabilities) Download
    MSc Nursing (Learning Disabilities) Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Nursing (Learning Disabilities) Download
    MSc Nursing (Learning Disabilities) Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    No

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