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Nursing (Learning Disabilities) BSc (Hons)

What is Nursing (Learning Disabilities) BSc (Hons)?

This course will provide you with experience and confidence in the field of learning disabilities nursing – with an emphasis on leadership and shaping a culture of care.

Designed in collaboration with partners in the NHS, the private and voluntary sector, as well as carers and service users, the course provides you with the skills, experience and confidence necessary for a career in Learning Disabilities Nursing. There will also be a strong emphasis on leadership and shaping a culture of care.

Study style

In the first year you’ll learn skills fundamental to providing good quality care while learning to lead and manage yourself. In your second year you’ll consider leading and managing care. The third year will focus on leading and managing service to develop your abilities to lead a team and drive service innovation.

You’ll work in supportive teams with practice and academic experts, mentors and personal tutors. Your course is 50% theory and 50% practice and commences with a six-week introductory block with regular placements in professional healthcare settings, allowing you to work with service users, their carers and care providers.

A brand-new campus

It’s planned that on-campus teaching for this course will start at Oxstalls in September 2023, then transfer to the new City Campus in Gloucester from September 2024. This provides time to ensure a smooth transition and familiarisation with the new facilities for all.

The vibrant new City Campus will be at the heart of the regeneration of Gloucester city centre. It will bring an iconic building back to life as a modern centre for teaching, learning and community partnerships and provide an excellent student experience.

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Entry requirements

    • 112 UCAS tariff points, BBC at A levels with one subject preferably in a science. DMM at BTEC to include 6 units in a Science or Health Science subject. 2:2 or above in a previous degree, or a Merit in T-Level in a science or health-related subject.

      Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in a health or science based subject. Applicants required to meet 112 tariff points (example of achieving this would be 24 distinctions and 15 merits and 6 passes or 21D, 18M and 6P).

    • You must have a minimum of five subjects at GCSE grade 4/C or above, to include English and Mathematics, or equivalent.

    • Selection for this course is by interview. Please refer to our interview guide for further information.

    • In order to study this course, offer holders will need to complete a satisfactory DBS and Health Clearance check.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

    • If English is not your first language, you are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of proficiency. This needs to be at Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) level 7.0 or above with a minimum of 7.0 in all sections of the test.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire. Students applying for this course may be eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund, which provides a non-repayable training grant of £5,000 per academic year, plus an additional £2,000 for students who have parental responsibility. An additional £1,000 allowance is available for students studying a specialist subject. Contact our Money Advice Team for further information.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2023 Oxstalls, Gloucester B761 £9,250 £15,450
Sep 2024 City Campus, Gloucester B761 TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • nursing
  • healthcare leadership and management
  • education
  • research
  • international nursing.

Industry links

In conjunction with our partners including the Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we’ll help you develop the skills and adaptability you need to deliver high quality care in a range of settings. You’ll also promote the NHS values and vision, ensuring everyone has greater control of their health and wellbeing.

Work with the community

A key feature of the programme is the involvement of professionals, carers and service users in the planning and delivery of the programme – as well as our strong links to the local community.

Gain confidence and resilience

We offer the latest equipment, facilities and placements to bring learning to life and make you a confident practising professional. We’ll support you to care for yourself so you’ll be more resilient and efficient when caring for others.

Develop your care skills

We’ll empower you with the skills needed to support the people in your care and prepare you to work as part of the multidisciplinary team. We’ll help develop the leader in you so you can build effective teams, influence others and set service user agendas.


Placements and practice-based learning are an integral part of the course. From Community Learning Disabilities Teams, to Specialist Services and Residential Care Services, and wide range of other provision, you’ll get the opportunity to put your learning into practice while you study, all while being supported by our dedicated staff.

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