University of Salford

Degree level: Undergraduate

Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work (Integrated Practice)

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Course summary

This exciting and innovative course offers you the opportunity to study for, and to register as, both a Nurse (Learning Disabilities) and a Social Worker (Generic). You will gain the professional qualifications required as well as the knowledge, skills and experience required for working in health and social care settings, primarily with people who have learning disabilities, though placements in other social care settings meet the needs of a generic Social Work qualification. This course incorporates all the requirements of study for the generic social work and registered nurse in learning disabilities qualifications. It recognises that people with learning disabilities may have health and social care needs that require differing levels of support and intervention. An emphasis is placed on the empowerment, enablement and independence of people to meet these needs within their own communities. Half of the time, the course is spent on placement where you will be supported by qualified practitioners. You will relate the theories of the professions to real-world practice and demonstrate your knowledge and skills through direct work with people with learning disabilities, their families and communities. When you qualify, you will be able to register as a qualified nurse (learning disability) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and to Social Work England as a social worker.


Core principles of nursing and social work care delivery are explored from a theoretical and practical perspective. This includes: an understanding of human growth and development from physical, psychological and sociological perspectives; an application of legal, ethical and moral frameworks to social work and nursing practice; an appreciation of the wider context of health and social policy; using evidence based practice and research skills to inform decision making; an exploration of learning disabilities from a socio-political perspective both nationally and internationally to inform integrated professional practice. Placements represent a fundamental aspect of the course and you will gain experience in a diverse range of settings including NHS, local authority, secure settings and the independent sector. You will complete over 2,300 hours on placement which will give you valuable insight and experience of supporting people in the real world.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Maths & English grade 4/C or above required, equivalents accepted.

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Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work (Integrated Practice) at University of Salford - UCAS