Nursing (Learning Disability)

BSc Hons

  • UCAS: B761
  • Typical length: 3 years


No vacancies for 2014 entry.

2015 Entry

Our pre-qualifying Nursing courses offer you the opportunity to experience diversity of need, age range and service provider. We prepare learning disability nurses to take up the challenge of ensuring that the considerable health needs of people with learning disabilities are appropriately addressed within mainstream and specialist services.

You will develop skills in communication, advocacy, personcentred practice, teaching, health promotion and health facilitation. You will practise clinical and therapeutic skills and learn the importance of evidence-based interventions. You will support people with learning disabilities in practice areas including their homes, local communities, schools, residential services, assessment and treatment units, and day services. We have strong links with a variety of services in Hull and the region, enabling you to experience working across disciplinary and agency boundaries and enhancing your future career choices.

Within the speciality of Learning Disability Nursing, you will benefit from strong supervision and support provided by a dedicated team of lecturers based at the University and by mentors in the practice setting.

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The course consists entirely of compulsory modules. On successful completion of the theory and practice elements of the course, you are recommended to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for registration as a Level 1 nurse.


No vacancies for 2014 entry.

2015 Entry

  • Three A levels: 280 tariff points
  • IB Diploma: 24 points
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit, including 12 credits in Biology
  • GCSE – English Language/Maths/Science – Mandatory Grade A–C
  • Alternative maths – Functional Skills L2 Maths
  • Alternative science – BTEC First Diploma – Pass

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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At the University of Hull we go beyond to strongly support your personal, professional and academic development. As a member of a small specialist field, you can build supportive relationships with your peers and your Personal Supervisor who is a Registered Learning Disability Nurse. All students have the opportunity to attend the national Learning Disability Nursing Conference Positive Choices held annually.

We also encourage you to join local and regional events to broaden your experience. Within the Learning Disability Nursing Programme we value the help that more senior students offer those newer to the profession. We support this by facilitating themed student events and hosting a University-based online environment.

Your specialist field Modules will be led by experienced Learning Disability Nurses who are members of local, regional and national networks including the UK Learning Disability Academic Network. Every opportunity is taken to involve people with learning disabilities and those who support them in the delivery of teaching.

We use a range of strategies to facilitate learning including innovative experiential methods, for example supporting a nightclub for people with learning disabilities and their friends. Our assessments are equally diverse and include producing accessible health information for people with a learning disability. Throughout these activities you will benefit from the expertise of Lecturers encouraging critical engagement with research and published evidence to support your academic development.

We invest in our relationships across sectors of the local community and will provide placements to enable you to support children, adults and older adults with mild, moderate, severe and profound learning disabilities. You will be mentored and assessed by Learning Disability Nurses who in turn are supported by the Faculty’s Practice Learning Unit. A placement outside the immediate geographical area is available; some students have raised funds to visit overseas, for example a partner University in Uganda or orphanage in Mexico.

By listening to student feedback and acting on evaluations of individual Modules, placements and the Programme overall we continuously develop our provision to produce Registered Learning Disability Nurses who are attractive to employers from a range of services, evidenced by our excellent Graduate employment rates.


Nurses leave the Faculty and go on to the wide range of career opportunities available for them. Some choose to specialise into areas such as supporting children or adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities, others go onto 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 and New Zealand.

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

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