Bachelor of Nursing (Hons)(Learning Disabilities)

Do you want to support the wellbeing and social inclusion of people with learning disabilities? Learning disability nurses care for people of all ages with a learning disability and work in partnership with individuals, supporters and family carers to provide specialist healthcare. They promote their autonomy, rights, choices and their social inclusion in the health care system.

This three-year, pre-registration learning disability nursing degree combines theory and practice in an innovative way, to focus on the care of people with learning disabilities. Successful completion of this nursing degree will allow you entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register as a qualified nurse.

Top for student satisfaction

100% of our Learning Disability nursing students were satisfied with their course (NSS 2015)

What you will study

You’ll develop key skills and knowledge in communication, sensitive human interaction, anti-oppressive practice, positive behavioural support, health assessment and promotion, mental health, safeguarding, advocacy, teaching, professional issues, counselling and management.

Your studies will be based in our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centre. Role-play scenarios will prepare you for clinical practice and allow you to develop a wide range of practical skills that will prepare you for life as a learning disability nurse.

You will study a mixture of Generic (Adult, Mental Health and...

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As part of your studies you will use our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centre facilities.


The academic teaching team includes Professor Ruth Northway, the first professor of learning disability nursing in the world. Dr Neil James, who was shortlisted for Lecturer of the Year in the Student Nursing Times Awards 2014. Dr Robert Jenkins, the academic lead for learning disability, and Victoria Jones who leads USW’s innovative TRAC initiative.

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This course is taught at: Glyntaff Campus, Pontypridd


UCAS is the UK's Universities and Colleges Administration System.

If you would like to apply for this course, then you will need to apply online through UCAS.

Tuition Fees

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  • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
    • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2017

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