Biomedical Sciences

Nursing (Learning Disability)

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About the 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.

How will the planned funding changes affect me?

From 2017/18, NHS bursaries for students will no longer be available on this course. Instead, you will be able to apply for a student loan to support your studies. To find out more about how this will affect you, please click here for full details.


The course consists entirely of compulsory modules:

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Skills for Practice (Practice 1)
  • Essence of Professional Practice

Semester 2

  • Life and Social Sciences
  • Learning Disability Nursing Practice 2

Semester 3

  • Introduction to Learning Disability Nursing
  • Learning Disability Nursing Practice 3

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Individual Approaches to Health and Wellbeing
  • Learning Disability Nursing Practice 4

Semester 2

  • Long Term Conditions and Learning Disability
  • Learning Disability Nursing Practice 5

Semester 3

  • Acute Presentations and Learning Disability
  • Learning Disability Nursing Practice 6

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Safe and Competent Learning Disability Nursing
  • Managing Complexity in Learning Disability
  • Learning Disability Nursing Practice 7

Semester 2

  • Learning Disability Nursing Practice 8

Semester 3

  • Learning Disability Nursing Practice 9

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 280 points from 3 A levels.
  • IB Diploma: 24 points.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DMM in relevant subject(s).
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit.
  • GCSE – (English Language or literature), Maths, and Science at Grade C or above
  • Alternative maths – Functional Skills L2 Maths
  • Alternative science – BTEC First Diploma – Pass

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.

International students (language requirements)
If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency.

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Future prospects

Nurses leave the Faculty and go on to the wide range of career opportunities available for them. 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 an extensive portfolio of NHS-funded 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 partners on more bespoke and specific development for staff and teams.