BSc (Hons) Learning Disabilities Nursing

Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).


Course code B763

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Course code B763

Key course details

Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2022
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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If you want a career as a qualified learning disabilities nurse, then we have a practical-centred course to ensure you get all the skills you need to become one.

This course prepares you to work with people across the lifespan from new families, children and young people, to older adults. People with Learning Disabilities and/or autism require support at various times throughout their lives.

You'll be equipped to work in a wide variety of settings, the opportunities are endless, allowing you to have a career where you are always motivated and inspired to go to work for another exciting and rewarding day.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

Your academic knowledge will be boosted by a wide range of placement opportunities in Cumbria and Lancashire– which account for 50% of the course – providing you with the experience you need to make the transition from learning to employment.

You will have the opportunity to experience both city and rural healthcare systems, while networking and bolstering your employment prospects due to our close links with NHS Trusts and care providers.

  • Eligible to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council register
  • Develop a broad understanding of other nursing fields, since we’re one of only a few UK universities offering child, adult, learning disability and mental health nursing
  • Taught and supported closely by academic tutors who are nurses with a wealth of experience and are involved in research and national conferences in their nursing fields
  • Opportunity to undertake your own research or take part in that being carried out by academic tutors
  • Experience the clinical journey from a patient’s perspective – boosting your care quality skills
  • Learn how to improve and maintain the physical and mental health of people with learning disabilities
  • Complete an enrichment placement – giving you the opportunity to go overseas

You’ll be living in one of two vibrant student cities within close proximity of the Lake District National Park and the big cities such as  Manchester and Liverpool. So, whether you want lively or leisurely, you’re within reach of both.

Whether you are a college-leaver or a mature student wanting a career change, this course is your step into a rewarding career supporting the well-being and inclusion of people with a learning disability whether in the NHS, private or voluntary settings.

There has never been a better time to become a learning disability nurse. With so many opportunities, rewards and career pathways, why not apply now.

Find out more about what Learning Disability Nurses do in our blog.

Graduate destinations

You will finish this course fully-qualified to join the NMC Register, allowing you to practice as a nurse specialising in supporting people with learning disabilities. The need for qualified nurses is ever-expanding, so you can be confident that your qualification will open up many doors for employment. Our graduates have been successful in securing jobs in many different areas, depending on their specialist interests. This has included areas such as Community Nursing Teams, Hospice Care, Specialist Behaviour Teams, Children's wards, Prisons, Acquired Brain Injury Ward, Schools, Rehabilitation, Special schools and colleges and CAMHS.

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