Keele University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Nursing and Midwifery Council

Nursing (Learning Disability)

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Course summary

As a Learning Disability Nurse you will play a key role in supporting individuals with learning disabilities to achieve the best outcomes to maintain and improve their health and wellbeing. You will develop the knowledge and skills to enable you to qualify as a competent and confident Learning Disability Nurse. Why choose this course?

  • Top 20 for Nursing and Midwifery (Guardian University League Table, 2022)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council approved programme
  • Top 20 for Nursing and Midwifery (Complete University Guide, 2023)
  • £5,000 non-repayable annual grant to support your studies
The healthcare needs of individuals with learning disabilities can be the same as the general population, however they are often more complex depending on the nature of their learning disability and other associated needs. As a skilled learning disability nurse you could be supporting or caring for individuals with a learning disability who may have health and social care needs in a range of settings. You will be key in facilitating prompt access to services with reasonable adjustments, as well as contributing to preventative and anticipatory care. The course provides you with the skills to support people with learning disabilities and complex physical and mental health needs so you can provide interventions that improve outcomes and enable people to live more fulfilling and healthy lives. You and the individual with a learning disability will be at the centre of learning and practice. Learning disability nurses must use a person-centred approach and you will develop knowledge about a range of well established approaches, tools and strategies to utilise in delivering person-centred care.


For a list of indicative modules please visit the course page on the Keele University 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

Please see the Keele University website for the full range of qualifications considered

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced plus Barring Lists) will be required for successful candidates.

Health checks

A satisfactory health check will be required for successful candidates.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview. This can be either in person or remotely, as appropriate.

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Fees and funding

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Please note, our fees for 2024 entry will be available soon. Although we review our fees annually and these may change, our 2023 entry fees are detailed on our course pages, and a summary is available on our website:
Nursing (Learning Disability) at Keele University - UCAS