Undergraduate courses

Nursing (Learning Disability)

Health testimonial
I have had a range of placements which have varied greatly, yet I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them and taken from each one different skills, knowledge and memories that I will never forget.
Laura Whiting


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 3-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.


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.


  • 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 or literature), Maths and Science at Grade 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 planning and 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 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.

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