• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

Want to learn how to become a caregiver to those with learning disabilities? Led by our supportive and specialist course team, our BSc (Hons) Nursing – Learning Disability degree will help equip you with the key knowledge and skills to prepare you for a rewarding career in this field.

During the course you will be able to experience clinical practice through a range of learning placement opportunities across the health and social care sector whilst also completing NMC proficiencies.

Remaining academic study is taught through generic and field specific lecturers, modules, seminars and simulation. This combination will enrich your learning across different fields of nursing (adult, child and mental health) as well as help develop your core knowledge in the Learning Disability Nursing field.

Successful students will graduate at the end of the course with a NMC Registration and will be qualified to deliver a wide range of clinical and care skills, underpinned by contemporary evidence and the appropriate values and behaviours.

Government Nursing grant

The UK Government have announced that from September 2020 all nursing students will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which will not need to be paid back. Find out more on gov.uk.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details


The curriculum for this course has been designed to embrace an individual and team approach to education, drawing on a range of practice placement opportunities and academic study delivered in small seminar groups allowing you a more personal student journey.

You will have access to a range of resources, from a state-of-the-art simulation suite situated at the Uxbridge campus, to the library, online resources, and guest speakers, educators and practitioners.

You will be assessed through a number of means including:

  • clinical practice assessments
  • coursework
  • written assignments
  • presentations
  • examinations.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 112 - 136 points.

For this course, you'll need at least two A-levels and a GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4. Our offers usually require a minimum of 112 UCAS points.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Foundations of nursing and evidence based healthcare
  • Health and Social Care in a Contemporary World
  • The Fundamentals of Learning Disabilities Nursing Practice

Year 2 Modules

  • Approaches to Research; methods, appraisal and application
  • Public Health in Action
  • Developing Learning Disabilities Nursing Practice

Year 3 Modules

  • Innovations in Evidence-Based Nursing
  • Leading and Co-ordinating Care
  • Leading Complex Care In Learning Disabilities Nursing Practice


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

There is a continuous growing need and high demand across the nursing sector, nationally and internationally, for graduates with qualifications in the Learning Disability field of nursing.

We will support you as you look for employment with our practice learning partners, and our varied and comprehensive approach to the BSc (Hons) Nursing – Learning Disability degree will help enhance your career prospects.

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The Big Deal

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We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

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