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Course summary

Our innovative Nursing (Learning Disabilities) degree will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills needed for this rewarding career where you can enable each person you care and treat to reach their full potential, flourish and live their best lives in the communities where they learn, work, play, age and love. A key aspect of the work learning disabilities nurses do is advocacy, to ensure the people they care for have choice, control and independence in all aspects of their daily lives. Learning disabilities nurses work in a diverse range of settings, such as people's homes, education, residential and community centres, hospitals and with specialist Autism services, breaking down barriers to reduce health inequalities and close the health gap between people with a learning disability and the general population. On this course, you'll develop the knowledge and skills to work with multi-professional teams to deliver person-centred, compassionate and culturally informed practice that positively impacts the health and wellbeing outcomes of the people you care for. Throughout your studies, you’ll actively engage with contemporary research and learn how to assess, lead, co-ordinate and deliver care to people and their families at home, in the community or in hospital. You’ll build your knowledge and skills of therapeutic interventions and the pharmacological management of disease, including the safe administration of medication. You’ll learn and practise your clinical skills in a safe and controlled environment through teaching sessions in dedicated facilities, including clinical suites and replicated community settings, supported by digital health technologies. Through shared learning opportunities and collaboration with students from related disciplines, you’ll develop your ability to appreciate the contribution other healthcare professionals make to people’s care and health outcomes. Service users and carers will also contribute to your learning through their lived experience of health and social care services. Placements In each year of the programme, you will spend 50% of the time on campus studying theory and clinical skills in the safe environment of our simulation suites and 50% in real-world practice, on placement in healthcare settings with local NHS trusts or in private or voluntary organisations. Practice placement blocks are 37.5 hours per week and there are two 11-week blocks in each year of the programme. During this time, you’ll be supported by experienced practice supervisors and assessors who will provide tailored feedback and you’ll complete an online portfolio to monitor your progress and achievements while on placement. Graduate opportunities On successful completion of the Nursing (Learning Disabilities) degree, you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to practise as a nurse (on the relevant part of the register) in the UK. The vocational nature of this degree means most graduates progress quickly into employment within their chosen field of Nursing. The range of potential career opportunities in learning disabilities nursing are wide ranging and you will be able to apply for roles within NHS Trusts, the local authority and private and voluntary providers and charities, prison service as well as the armed forces and working overseas. You may choose to pursue a role as a community learning disabilities nurse, epilepsy nurse, safeguarding nurse, behavioural specialist nurse, specialist nurse for people with Autism, manager of residential or supported living services or consider a career within scientific or academic research. Please note that direct entry via RPL to level 6 (Year 3) of this course is NOT available for January 2025 entry.


Our Nursing curriculum incorporates six key themes, which you will study with increasing complexity over the three years of your degree. • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology • Values, Responsibility and Interprofessional Working • Policy, Legislation and Ethics • Pharmacology, Medicines Management and Optimisation • Numeracy, Literacy, Information and Digital Technology • Clinical Skills and Mandatory Training Modules by Year Year 1 Core modules (students are required to take): Fundamentals of Contemporary Nursing Care Practice 1 Psychosocial Concepts of Health and Wellbeing Communication and Relationship Skills for Person-centred and Holistic Care Practice 2 Year 2 Core modules (students are required to take): Developing Competence in Contemporary Learning Disabilities Nursing Care Practice 3 Promoting Health and Wellbeing across the Lifespan Evidence-based Practice and Informed Decision Making Practice 4 Year 3 Core modules (students are required to take): Leading and Coordinating Contemporary Learning Disabilities Nursing Care​ Practice 5​ Managing Complex Care Needs in Learning Disabilities Nursing​ ​Preparation for Professional Registration​ Practice 6

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSEs in English Language or English Literature and Maths at grade C or 4 (or higher) will be required. Key Skills, Functional Skills, BTEC level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs. Applicants can meet the required tariff points from a range of qualifications of which at least two must be level three qualifications equivalent to A Level. General Studies is excluded. We accept a broad range of qualifications such as A levels, BTECs, OCR, CACHE qualifications and T levels. You must have a qualification in a relevant subject i.e. Health, Science or Social Science. Access to HE Diplomas are accepted and must be in a relevant subject such as Health Professions, Health Science, Nursing and Midwifery etc. You can use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your predicted or achieved points and you can contact our Admissions office if you need further advice about your qualifications. We also accept the Level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship with an End Point Assessment grade of Distinction.

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


English language requirements

If English is not your first language and you have not been educated in the UK, you will need an IELTS academic score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and 6.5 in writing to meet NMC requirements.

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Nursing (Learning Disabilities) at Leeds Trinity University - UCAS