Kingston University London - Learning Disabilities Nursing BSc (Hons)

Kingston University London

Learning Disabilities Nursing BSc (Hons)

Study this course and you'll become a registered learning disabilities nurse, ready to make a positive difference in the lives of people with learning disabilities. You'll study the factors that affect people's health and well-being, the health inequalities in our society, and how we can improve health outcomes for people with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum conditions (ASC).

You'll explore the management of complex conditions across the lifespan, from children to the older person and those with dementia, or other mental or physical health needs.

You'll gain hands-on experience in our award-winning simulation suite and develop your skills and confidence in caring for people by working with the famous Baked Bean Theatre Company.

You'll also have the opportunity to be a part of the wider Learning Disability Nursing UK and Eire network and can attend the Positive Choices Learning Disability Conference.

This course is designed for a small and enthusiastic cohort of students, where you'll benefit from individual learning and support. You will be taught by our dynamic teaching team which includes leading researchers and experts in Learning Disability nursing from practice and the Department of Health.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Kingston is No.1 in London and No.6 overall in the UK for nursing and midwifery (Guardian league tables 2022).
  • Our expert academics are involved in research and shaping the future of learning disabilities nursing nationally.
  • Our students have been finalists in the Student Nursing Times Awards from 2012 to 2021.

Entry Requirements

  • UCAS tariff points:


  • GCSE at grade 4 or above (or grade C or above for GCSEs taken before 2017) in English Language and Mathematics (Science also preferred) or equivalent qualification, such as Functional/Key skills Level 2 in numeracy and literacy; Level 2 Applied Science.
  • GCSE Science grade 4 or above (formerly A*-C) is not required from Access students undertaking a science or health-based access course.
  • Enhanced DBS check and Occupational Health Clearance. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.
  • The typical requirement for entry for this course is 112-128 UCAS points, Health and Science subjects preferred:
  • IELTS score of 7.0 overall with 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in all other elements.

Career Prospects

Our graduates have gone on to posts as specialist nurses (e.g. epilepsy), nurse therapists, as senior managers and leaders of the profession as well as community, clinical liaison and consultant nurses. Many go on to gain higher degrees and study clinical specialisms e.g. in Positive Behavioural Support, Autism, etc.

Career opportunities after completing Learning Disabilities Nursing BSc (Hons)

  • Staff nurse learning disability

  • Clinical health team for people with a learning disability

  • Commu

    nity nurse learning disability

Course Details

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. These modules will be subject to change by the new pre-registration education standards from the Nursing and Midwifery Council for 2020.

You will develop your skills in caring for people with a learning disability, learning alongside students of adult, child, and mental health nursing. 

And you can develop your community nursing skills through our Alternative Practice Programme. Working in teams, you will explore topics such as mental health and well-being and nutrition, and sustainability, and prepare a presentation. Also, 

you will explore the management of complex conditions across the lifespan (e.g. children, transition, adulthood, the older person, and those with dementia or other mental or physical health needs).

Year 1

Introduction to Life Sciences
Introduction to Learning Disability Nursing NL4104
Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion
Introduction to Professional Practice

Year 2

Therapeutic Interventions in Nursing: Bio-Psycho-Social Approaches
Assessment and care process in learning disability nursing NL5107
Collaborative Working for health and Wellbeing in Learning Disability Nursing NL5108
Developing Professional Practice

Year 3

Safe and Effective Quality Care in Learning Disability Nursing NL6110
Co-ordinating the Care of People with Learning Disabilities with Complex Health Care Needs NL6111
Leadership in Learning Disability Nursing NL6112
Advancing Professional Practice

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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