BSc (Hons) Learning Disabilities Nursing

Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). 93% overall course satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018.

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Course code B763

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UCAS

Course code B763

Key course details

Location Lancaster
Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

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.

With job prospects for qualified nurses rapidly expanding, we have ensured that our course provides you with the knowledge and hands-on experience you will need to confidently meet the complex mental and physical health needs of both adults and children.

So, whether you want to specialise in community learning disability nursing, forensic or secure settings, a hospice or in a residential setting, you'll be given the resources you need to follow your chosen path.

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.

And, you 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
  • 100% of students have secured a job after graduating and 93% of students say they are satisfied with the course
  • 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
  • Former students have been nominated for national awards
  • Learn how to improve and maintain the physical and mental health of people with learning disabilities
  • An enrichment placement – giving you the opportunity to go overseas

You’ll be living in a vibrant student city by the spectacular north west coastline, and, within an hour of the Lake District National Park and the big cities of 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.

That’s because we provide a real-world context for your studies to develop your independent thinking and problem-solving skills in preparation for a future as a learning disabilities nurse.

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Graduate destinations

You will finish this course fully-qualified to join the NMC Register, allowing you to practice as a nurse specialising in handling patients 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. You'll also be ready to take on one of our post-registration courses to continue your professional development.

News and Events

‘Eye opening’ Cambodian hospital experience secures dream job for Jessica

Posted: 29 Jul 2019

A student nurse who visited Cambodia on a Work the World placement returned to the news she had secured her dream job as a nurse at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary, well ahead of her graduation in November. Jessica Everett, 23, from Penrith, who is a third year adult nursing student at the University of Cumbria, scored a highly sort-after role on Beech Oncology and Haematology ward at the hospital and will take up her position in September.

Campaigner brings drive for health professionals to receive mandatory autism and learning disability training to Cumbria and Lancashire

Posted: 2 Apr 2019

A high-profile mother who is campaigning for all doctors and nurses to receive mandatory training in autism and learning disability awareness following the death of her teenage son is to visit the University of Cumbria.

The perfect career as a Learning Disability Nurse

Posted: 4 Sep 2019

Diverse nursing roles can steer you far from the vision of a nurse in uniform caring for patients at their bedside within a Hospital setting. Graduate Shaheen Ratansi tells her story of the journey she has taken to find her perfect degree, starting a career in a supportive and empowering role as a Learning Disability Nurse.

Undergraduate Open Day

Sat 5 Oct 2019

Here's your chance to experience living and learning with like-minded individuals on a campus where you'll find your course, your calling and your career.

Undergraduate Open Day

Fri 15 Nov 2019

Here's your chance to experience living and learning with like-minded individuals on a campus where you'll find your course, your calling and your career.

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