Faculty of Health Sciences

Nursing (Learning Disability)

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: B761

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Skills for Practice (Practice 1)

    This module provides you with the opportunity to link theoretical knowledge and current evidence with fundamental nursing skills in a safe clinical simulation environment giving you a firm grounding in preparation for clinical practice.

  • Essence of Professional Practice

    This module helps you become academically and emotionally prepared to embark upon your journey to registered nurse status. You’ll explore the importance of effective communication, including practical, professional, ethical and legal responsibilities of nursing by utilising emerging problem-solving skills.

  • Life and Social Sciences

  • Learning Disability Nursing Practice 2

    Your first ‘real’ clinical placement will give you the opportunity to observe and undertake all aspects of nursing practice that the placement has to offer, under the supervision of your mentor. You will also demonstrate your proficiency in calculating medications.

  • Introduction to Learning Disability Nursing

    This module promotes the role, values and professional identity of the learning disability nurse and focuses on developmental, health and social issues that span the life continuum of people with learning disabilities. You'll have the opportunity to identify a condition associated with learning disability, develop an electronic information pack and deliver a presentation to your peers.

  • Learning Disability Nursing Practice 3

    As your confidence grows, you will continue to build and develop new skills in practice. Understanding the role of the Registered Nurse- Learning Disability, is a key feature of this module.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Individual Approaches to Health and Wellbeing

    This module considers the health behaviours of individuals, individualised approaches to health and wellbeing and obstacles to achieving health and wellbeing. You will consider primary, secondary and tertiary interventions in relation to a selection of health concerns taking a biopsychosocial approach.

  • Learning Disability Nursing Practice 4

    This module has been designed to assist you to function more independently in practice as you move to the next level of study. It is intended to help you consolidate your learning whilst continuing to integrate theory to practice.

  • Long Term Conditions and Learning Disability

    This field module draws upon a range of long term conditions that people with learning disabilities may experience in parallel to their primary diagnosis. The focus is the role that the learning disability nurse adopts in recognising these conditions and ensuring that they are treated and managed appropriately.

  • Learning Disability Nursing Practice 5

    This placement is supported by a period of simulated practice allowing you to practice less familiar skills in a safe environment. You will also have the opportunity to experience an alternative area of practice of your choosing and present this experience to your peers in a poster.

  • Acute Presentations and Learning Disability

    This module equips you with the skills to assess and plan interventions to address the acute presentation of mental health needs that children and adults may present with. Your learning is focused on creating a safe environment whilst assessing and managing risk.

  • Learning Disability Nursing Practice 6

    A key skill you will need to develop is to be able to produce relevant information in an accessible format. This module will provide you with the opportunity to create a piece of accessible information for an individual or group of people in practice.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Safe and Competent Learning Disability Nursing

    This final academic module forms a patchwork test, which once combined becomes a coherent unified piece of writing on a practice-based topic of your choosing. You will research and examine the literature which underpins your topic and consider how it will influence practice.

  • Managing Complexity in Learning Disability

    Drawing together all your learning in theory and practice, you'll consider how to effectively support individuals whose needs and/or situation is complex. You'll explore issues including evidence based care coordination, inclusion, optimum health and continuity from the perspective of individuals and their carers.

  • Learning Disability Nursing Practice 7

    You've reached the stage of your programme where your mentor will support you to lead a team within bedded services, manage a span of duty in a community placement and/or coordinate care for individuals or groups. Critical reflection on this experience is a feature of the module.

  • Learning Disability Nursing Practice 8

    Increasingly challenging placement experience is accompanied by simulated practice to include updating mandatory training elements. You'll also demonstrate your proficiency in medication calculations.

  • Learning Disability Nursing Practice 9

    Your final - extended - period of consolidated practice. Supported by your sign off mentor and Academic Support Tutor, you'll ready yourself to complete your degree and enter the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register.

"I wanted to be a Learning Disability nurse to change patients life's in a positive and impactful way".

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More about this course

Our specialist learning disability nurses work with people with a diverse range of needs. People with learning disabilities live, work and socialise in all of our communities but they need help to do that and that’s where our graduates come in. Half study, half supported practice, this degree takes its student nurses into people’s homes, schools, treatment units and care services and to national learning disability events.

This three-year programme will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver high-quality, evidence-based health care. Through the academic dimension of the course, you will gain key, valuable theoretical skills which you will apply in a working environment. The placements you undertake on this course will teach you clinical and therapeutic skills which are supported by timetabled activities in a simulated environment. Upon graduation, you will be awarded an academic and professional award enabling you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified registered nurse.


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Our teaching staff

Benefit from the amazing facilities of our new £28-million Health Campus with its mock operating theatre, hospital ward and intensive care unit.

Find out more

Developed with our NHS partners, our programmes are constantly updated to reflect the very latest in health care thinking.

Clinical placements give our students the skills, experience and support to become confident and compassionate health practitioners.

Expert staff work with NHS clinicians to deliver programmes from 'bite-size' taster sessions to PhDs in some of the UK’s finest facilities.

Entry requirements

  • 112 Tariff Points from three A Levels (or appropriate Level 3 qualifications e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma)

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

  • GCSE: English, Maths, and Science at Grade 4 or C or above

Alternative qualifications 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview. An annual Good Health and Good Character declaration must be completed and a Disclosure and Barring Service check is also required.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each skill (EU nationals 6.0 overall with 6.0 in each skill). For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

Nurses leave the Faculty and go on to the wide range of career opportunities available for them. 100% of full-time students on this programme find employment or progress to further study within six months of finishing their course (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2017).

Some choose to specialise in areas such as supporting children or adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities, others go into community based posts in acute assessment and treatment services or multi-disciplinary teams.

Management and leadership are desirable career options as are opportunities for practice education and research. Nurses leaving the University of Hull have been successful in finding employment either before graduation or within a short time. Many stay in the area but some have moved away to a successful career in other areas and some have gone abroad to countries such as Australia.

With a portfolio of continuing professional development opportunities, students can expect to maintain their relationship with their ‘alma mater’- all nurses need to be able to mentor the next generation of nurses so the mentorship in practice module is usually the first port of call. From then nurses can study at masters level using our flexible framework to undertake education in key areas of practice including leadership and advanced practice. Additionally there is the opportunity to study for a PhD.

We also work with our NHS service partners on more bespoke and specific development for staff and teams.