Nursing Studies (Learning Disabilities) at Teesside University, Middlesbrough - UCAS

Course summary

Course overview: As a learning disabilities nurse you can make a real difference to the lives of patients and their families. It’s a challenging and rewarding career. You play a central role in understanding the health needs of people with learning disabilities supporting them in issues which affect their lives, their individual needs, rights and opportunities in society. You empower the person with a learning disability to have a fulfilling life, to live as independently as possible, and support their family. You gain specialist knowledge and skills, effective communication and creative, solution-focused problem-solving experience, key in conditions such as autism, fragile X and Down’s syndrome. You mainly visit people in their own homes, supported living and community-focused environments. You also work in specialist hospitals, respite services, inpatient settings, clinics and forensic hospitals, supporting people who are detained under the Mental Health Act. You may assist people with a variety of learning disabilities, autism spectrum conditions, complex physical health and mental health needs. Your work also involves managing medicine, undertaking advanced clinical tasks, leading the multidisciplinary team and coordinating care. 100% attendance is expected during this course. Top reasons to study this course 1. Get funding: study this course and you may be eligible for a £5,000 maintenance grant each year and an additional £1,000 grant. 2. Specialise in your area of interest: undertake placements across the age, health and wellness spectrum, exploring different clinical settings before entering the industry. 3. Grow your professional network: we have strong links to local and regional NHS trusts, charitable organisations and the private sector, helping to expand your network of contacts. You also get the opportunity to showcase your talent to industry professionals by presenting your work at external events. 4. Travel the world: join an internationally recognised profession offering global career opportunities. Our students have recently carried out placements in Tanzania, Ghana, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. 5. Gain practical experience: learn in our industry-standard facilities including a sensory room, mock psychiatric ward, independent living space and hydrotherapy pool, giving you experience and confidence before entering practice. 6. Professional accreditation: on successful completion of the course you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on the nurses' part of the Professional Register (Learning Disabilities Nursing). After the course: This course provides a stepping stone for you to develop your expertise in nursing practice, leadership, research, education and consultancy. You could go on to work in community nursing, health facilitation, GP practice nursing, forensics, respite services, profound and multiple learning disability nursing, school nursing, sexual health or liaison nursing. Our graduates are working in the NHS, private organisations, charities, government organisations and schools.


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Assessment method

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Professional bodies

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

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

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

Successful interview, completed work-based risk assessment, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and satisfactory references required. Visit Teesside University's course page for detailed shortlisting and interview criteria.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15000* Year 1
International £15000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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Nursing Studies (Learning Disabilities) at Teesside University, Middlesbrough - UCAS