Learning Disabilities Nursing at Bangor University - UCAS

Course summary

Learning disability (LD) nursing focuses on the value and rights of the person, effective communication, person-centred practice and using evidence-based practice to improve the health and well-being of people with a learning disability. LD nurses consider health in the widest possible sense and work in a range of careers with children or adults facing physical and mental health challenges or living with learning disabilities, helping clients to live their lives as fully and independently as possible. Learning disability nursing is a unique and valued field of nursing. We work with people with a learning disability, who represent some of the most disadvantaged people in society. The role of the learning disability nurse, in partnership with the person, family, carers and other member of the multi-disciplinary team is to address health inequalities, so that the person can live as fully and independently as possible. We define health in its broadest sense, we are concerned with social, psychological and physical health. Therefore, included in our course is a focus on the value of the person, the rights of the person. We empower people to overcome society’s barriers by using effective communication, person centred practice and evidence-based practice. When studying to be a learning disability nurse you’ll spend half of your time at the university and the other half on placements. Whilst on placement you’ll work with people with a learning disability where you’ll be supported by learning disability nurses and other members of the multi-disciplinary team. Placements will give you an experience of working with children and adults and with some of our more specialised services. There will also be the opportunity to work in both community settings and residential settings. As a learning disability nurse, you’ll achieve a qualification that will enable you to enter a fulfilling career working with children or adults who are living with a learning disability and who need the support of a learning disability nurse. Learning disability nurses can be seen working in different settings as well as for a range of different employers which include the NHS and independent sector. The unique skills of the learning disability nurse are increasingly deployed in other fields of nursing i.e. mental health and adult nursing environments. The course is appropriate for careers working with people of all ages facing physical and mental health challenges or living with learning disabilities who need professional nursing care. Bangor accepts applications for nursing courses throughout the year, while places are still available. As some pathways do become full, we recommend applications are submitted as soon as possible.


For details of the modular structure, please see the course description on Bangor University's website.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Entry Process for Professional Courses: All applicants must satisfy a range of entry criteria, please see the NMC’s Standards for Preregistration Nursing Education. NMC entry requirements include demonstrating good health and good character. The School requires all candidates to undertake an enhanced criminal record check and other requirements for demonstrating good character; the local Health Board will be responsible for setting the requirement for good health. The criminal records check will include an enhanced DBS check for the child and adult workforce including a check of the barred lists. Applicants who have lived or worked outside the UK are also required to undertake a criminal records check in their countries of residence.  Candidates with entry qualifications older than 5 years must demonstrate evidence of recent study at an appropriate level. For further information and advice please contact the School at [email protected] The entry requirements outline the minimum educational requirements. If selected, applicants will be expected to attend an interview. Entry Process for Professional Courses [see note*] PLUS Academic requirements. We are happy to accept combinations of the qualifications listed above, as well as alternative Level 3 qualifications such as City & Guilds, Access and Cambridge Technical Diplomas. Please note that we do not accept NVQ Level 3/QCF Level 3 as a means of meeting our entry qualifications. for further details on accepted qualifications, please see our website. We welcome applications from mature students who are completing an Access HE Diploma or who have evidence of recent study at Level 3 or above in the past five years which meets our entry requirements. International Applicants: As this course is funded by the NHS and students have to have placements in the local NHS Health Board we are unable to accept applications from international students.

Additional entry requirements

Health checks

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


English language requirements

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees and scholarship information for International applicants can be found here: https://www.bangor.ac.uk/international/tuition
Learning Disabilities Nursing at Bangor University - UCAS