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Learning Disabilities Nursing, BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Number 1 in London for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2017
  • We ensure you spend 50% of your time in work placements, gaining hands-on training experience, being assessed by qualified practitioners
  • We prepare you to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a registered learning disabilities nurse.




Learning disabilities nurses promote the health and wellbeing of individuals embracing the principles of inclusion, empowerment and choice.

Our degree offers pre-registration nursing in the specialist field of learning disabilities.

You will learn how to promote the health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities, who often face a variety of barriers when trying to have their needs addressed. You will ensure that their rights are valued and they are supported as equal citizens. To do this, you will need to possess a range of specialist knowledge and skills, including strong and effective leadership skills to ensure people with learning disabilities receive high-quality care. This will include being able to work effectively and in partnership with the person with a learning disability, as well as with their family/carers and other health and social care professionals. 

Learning Disabilities Nursing includes being taught in our four, state-of-the-art laboratories. This ensures you develop competence in a safe and protected environment.

Work placement

We have excellent links with the National Health Service and other care providers. Through your placements, you will have the opportunity to work in a range of different settings, including community learning disability teams, forensic services, assessment and intervention services and special needs schools. This will give you experience and knowledge of working with children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, including those who have more complex needs.

You will spend 50% of your time each year in these valuable work placements, where you will be assessed by qualified practitioners. These placements will be in a variety of institutional and community settings, which will enable you to fully understand the needs of individuals with a learning disability. As a learning disabilities nurse, you will play a vital role in providing specialist support and interventions.

Throughout your degree, we aim to make you aware of the range of opportunities available to you as a registered learning disabilities nurse.

We also promote multi-professional and collaborative working, with shared learning between nursing and midwifery students.


We will prepare you to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a registered learning disabilities nurse. The degree will ensure that you have achieved the outcomes identified in the NMC Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education (NMC 2010), including the standards for competence and the Essential Skills Clusters and the requirement of Directive 2005/36/EC. The intellectual, professional, academic and practical competencies that you will acquire are informed by the European Tuning Project 2009, 3.2.


Our nursing degrees are ranked:

  • First in London for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017
  • Within the top 20 nationally for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017
  • Second in London for student satisfaction by the National Student Survey 2017
  • In the top five nationally, with an average student satisfaction of 94%, by the National Student Survey 2017.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

112 UCAS points from A-levels. No more than 12 points should come from AS-levels.

We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced and Progression Diplomas
  • Access courses
  • NVQ (Level 3)
  • Diploma in Health and Social Care (Level 3)
  • Foundation degrees.

At least three GCSEs including English language and mathematics with a minimum of grade C are also required.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

In addition:

Candidates will be required to:

  • Work shadowing/observation: Appropriate healthcare experience either voluntary or paid is encouraged
  • Undertake an interview
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check, occupational health screening and meet residential regulations.

We welcome international applicants for our September 2018 intake.

What people say

I really enjoyed the balance between practical and theory work. The placements I have completed gave me a wide variety of experiences and moments that I will remember throughout my future career.

The lecturers have provided me with a great support network. Whether I need guidance with an assignment, or support with challenges in placement, I have always felt that there is someone ready to listen.

Another positive aspect of my study is the many new friends I have made. I found that making friends within the nursing cohort has really improved my ability in practice. The opportunity to share and reflect on our experiences has enabled us to learn from and support each other. I feel this has helped to enhance my ability to work with those in my care. I am looking forward to being able to say I am a qualified nurse.

Daisy-Anne Hack
BSc Hons Learning Disabilities Nursing

When I first started my programme I was really anxious about my academia however, within the first semester the university provided me with a lot of support and built up my confidence hugely.
Throughout the programme I have had the opportunity to experience a wide range of placement areas working with learning disability and the opportunity to experience different disciplines, which I really loved.

Jo Brunwell
BSc Hons Learning Disabilities Nursing

When I started the programme I worried I was too young and that I wouldn't be good. However my lecturers provided reassurance, taking time to get to know everyone as an individual, and my classmates were like a second family. Over the course of the programme I have grown in confidence through my experiences, working within various teams to develop skills to become the best nurse I can be. 

Alice Garrett

BSc Hons Learning Disabilities Nursing

Extra information


Students will be assessed through:

  • Examinations
  • Reports
  • Practicals
  • Non-credit assessments such as portfolio verification.

Professional recognition

This programme is professionally recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


As a learning disability nurse, you can work in a variety of settings, including community, forensic settings, specialist schools, assessment and intervention services and hospitals across the acute and community sectors. Nurses in both hospital and community settings have opportunities to become managers, educators and clinical specialists.

What we offer 

At the University of Greenwich we want to make the experience as simple as possible, keeping costs to a minimum and ensuring our students get the best experience. To support our students on these courses we can sometimes cover the cost and offer a package that includes;

  • Free occupational health costs, including immunisations
  • Full uniform set
  • Aspire@Greenwich scheme in partnership with John Smiths student stores worth £200*

*Eligible students only. Terms and conditions apply

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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