Nursing (Learning Disability)

University of East Anglia UEA

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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With the NHS Constitution at its core, our Learning Disabilities Nursing degree provides rigorous training and fantastic placement opportunities – and it’s fully-approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). As a qualified Learning Disabilities nurse, you’ll provide advice and support to help people navigate the many physical, mental and social challenges that they and their carers face. You’ll also work to ensure that people with Learning Disabilities experience equal and equitable access to services in order to meet their needs. Our three-year BSc Learning Disabilities Nursing combines 50/50 theory and practice to equip you with the specific skills and experience you’ll need to take on both essential nursing practice and the more specialist areas intrinsic to Learning Disabilities nursing. As with our other nursing courses, you’ll learn alongside students from other areas of healthcare. And you’ll be taught about the importance of social inclusion and empowerment – key factors in the life of anyone with a Learning Disabilities. Once you graduate, you’ll be ready to play a pivotal role within a multi-professional team. You’ll also provide a valuable and important contribution to enhancing the lives of people with a Learning Disabilities, as well as their carers. Highlights of Learning Disabilities Nursing at UEA

  • Wide range of placements including community settings, hospitals and specialist care units
  • Regular group work with other health and medicine students
  • Opportunity to link theory and practice with enquiry-based learning
  • 50% theory, 50% practice – the best way to prepare for your career
  • Award-winning facilities, including our skills laboratories
  • Elective overseas placements
  • A highly supportive culture
Course Structure Our Learning Disabilities Nursing degree features two academic modules and clinical placements in each of its three years. Our learning programme combines small group teaching, lectures and self-directed study, typically scheduled between 9am and 7pm. Clinical practice placements, however, are designed to reflect the typical working patterns of a qualified nurse, and will include a minimum of 75 hours on night duty. Placements You’ll have access to placements in a wide variety of settings, using and developing your skills and knowledge in a clinical environment under professional supervision. You’ll work closely with adult patients, clients and their families. This will give you the confidence you’ll need to launch your career as Learning Disabilities nurse after graduation. Due to the nature of healthcare environments, you’ll also experience 24hr and seven-days-a-week work cycles, which can mean working nights and weekends. By the end of your course you will have completed the number of assessed placement hours required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for professional registration. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider’s website:

Course details

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeB761
Institution code E14
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBC Critical Thinking and General Studies are not accepted.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM in a Health, Care or Science subject. Public Services is not accepted.
Access to HE Diploma M: 36 credits P: 9 credits in a Health, Care or Science subject.
Scottish Higher ABBBB Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.
Scottish Advanced Higher CCD A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Principal subjects and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.

GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C in English Language and Mathematics. We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please visit our website or email [email protected] Selection is also by interview. Any offer made will be subject to a satisfactory second reference, Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service screening, Occupational Health check and acceptance of Regional Clinical Placements.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks



Second reference Acceptance of regional clinical placements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level: • IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please check our website for details.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £15600 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. Fees for continuing students (i.e. those on courses of greater than one year in length) will normally increase annually. This increase will not exceed 4% or the % increase of the UK Government regulated fee whichever is higher. The fee increase is based on the fee for the year that you register. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.
Nursing (Learning Disability) at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS