What will I learn?

Become a registered nurse within a changing health and social care arena by understanding the holistic care needs of those with a learning disability.

Course overview

A key role of the learning disability nurse is to work in partnership with people with learning disabilities of all ages to maintain their holistic health and wellbeing and to live their lives as fully and independently as possible. Learning disability nurses help and support individuals and their families across the age continuum, from birth until death, in a wide variety of settings, promoting person centred care and empowering people to make choices, take risks, realise their aspirations and fulfil their potential. In addition, as a nurse for the future the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) expect you to provide care for people from all fields of nursing, so we will also enhance your knowledge and skills in relation to caring for adults (including older people), those with mental health conditions and children.

Why study this course with us?

This is a dynamic, interactive professional course which places the needs of patients and their families, and Learning Disability Nursing practice at its centre. The programme team are committed to supporting students to realise their potential to become compassionate, competent and autonomous Learning Disability Nurse, who is able to meet current and future healthcare demands.

The course is delivered by experienced registered nurses who have expertise in both teaching and research and a variety of clinical specialities, including all four fields of nursing. The Learning Disability lectures have experience, including community nursing, forensic, residential services and respite care. The team work closely with providers to ensure that the course remains contemporary.

Teaching methods

You will be taught using lectures, seminars, tutorials, e-learning, practice-based workshops, practice in skills labs, practice simulation, learning-through-practice placements, and self- and guided study. We will support you to take responsibility for your own learning.


Assessments include written assessments such as essays and a written exam; oral assessments such as presentations; and one-to-one oral examinations and practical assessments, including skills assessments and the ongoing practice assessment record.

Job prospects

Successful graduates are able to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Learning Disability nurse.

Careers service

The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.

Careers and Employability - Student Futures aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.

Which department am I in?

Health and Social Care

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
Information not available

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Start date

September 2022



Parkgate Road,



CH1 4BJ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Specific subject required at GCE A level: English Language, English Literature or English Combined (Language & Literature)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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