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Nursing (Learning Disabilities), BSc (Hons), University of West London

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University of West London

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BSc (Hons)Full-time3 yearsSeptemberGBP 9250find out

About Nursing (Learning Disabilities), BSc (Hons) - at University of West London

Course summary

The Complete University Guide 2018:

  • No.1 for student satisfaction for Nursing courses at a modern London university
  • Joint top modern London university for graduate prospects for Nursing graduates.

We were ranked in the top ten universities in the UK for overall satisfaction with our nursing courses in the National Student Survey 2016. In addition, UWL has jumped 37 places to number 84 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. This is the biggest rise of any university in the UK.

Learning disability nursing is an exciting, challenging and rewarding career. You will contribute to the health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities, facilitate quality lives and enable them to live as independently as possible.

Why choose this course?
As a student studying learning disability nursing you will achieve a BSc (Hons) Nursing and become registered as a Learning Disability Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

You will learn how to assess the often complex social and health care needs of people with learning disabilities and prepare and deliver robust, research based care plans. Needs can be varied and linked to physical disabilities, epilepsy, mental health issues/challenging behaviour, or difficulties with speech, hearing or vision. 

You will develop skills as a manager, enabler and co-ordinator of services, enabling people with learning disabilities to maintain / and or enhance their physical and mental health.

Importantly, you will learn how to build effective, compassionate relationships and advocate for people with learning disabilities in a variety of health and social care settings. This will mean learning to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, for example with psychologists, social workers, teachers, GPs, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists. Your aim will be to facilitate access to high quality care, to enable each individual to meet their full potential. 

This exciting course will also allow you to develop a broad range of skills including, teaching, leadership and management. Finally, you will reflect the values of the NHS Constitution and the 6 Cs:
 - Care
 - Compassion
 - Competence
 - Communication
 - Courage
 - Commitment.

Career and study progression
We have a 98.9% employment rate (Source 2014-15 DLHE), with many graduates gaining employment in local Trusts/healthcare organisations. Following graduation, you may wish to undertake further study to enhance your clinical knowledge and skills, in specialist areas of care delivery.

For more details please see the Career and study progression section.

Why choose the University of West London?

  • You will benefit from a fantastic range of high-tech, innovative teaching resources, making your learning fun and engaging.
  • Our teaching staff are highly committed, passionate, subject specialists, with clinical currency, who will be there to support you during your course.
  • All our students have a personal tutor who will guide and advise you throughout your academic life. You'll also have access to the University's mentoring service.
  • You will be given regular, personalised feedback on your progress in theory and practice, helping you to succeed.
  • We have achieved the highest external ratings for the quality of our pre-registration Nursing courses and have been shortlisted for 3 awards at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2016.

This course will run subject to viable numbers.

Other options available for BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

  • Full time - September 2018, Brentford site


Fees for home and EU students

Main fee£9,250


Funding for pre-registration nursing courses has changed. From the 1st August 2017 new nursing students in England will take out maintenance and tuition loans like other students, rather than getting an NHS grant. For more information see the student funding information  provided by the Council of Deans of Health.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Current scholarships include:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

Notes about fees for this course

2017-18 academic year fees for our Nursing and Midwifery courses have not yet been released.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

112-120 UCAS tariff points, which would normally include at least two subject areas or equivalent qualifications at Level 3 plus GCSE Grade C or above in English language and mathematics.

Access to HE Diploma in nursing/health or social care/science with a Merit/Distinction profile. The Access to HE must contain level 2 numeracy and literacy, alternatively applicants must hold GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants need to ensure that they meet, or are working towards meeting, the entry criteria which include English language and mathematics GCSEs and the equivalent of A level qualifications.

Applicants for this course are required to attend an interview and pass the numeracy and literacy test. All candidates must have a current satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS check) and occupational health check. Two satisfactory references are required.

Please contact the University for information on international equivalences and alternative entry qualifications.

Details of any other entry requirement as governed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will be published on their website as soon as they are agreed, following the review of the pre-registration nursing and midwifery courses.

The nursing and midwifery application process has several stages:

1) Application made via UCAS

2) University of West London admissions checks applicant meets the entry criteria

3) The School's Admissions Tutor checks the applicant meets additional criteria (eg personal criteria). The personal statement plays an important role. Please see guidance on writing a personal statement

4) Applicants who meet the above criteria are invited to an interview and selection day Numeracy and literacy will be tested. At this stage applicants need to ensure they are prepared for the tests. Download our examples of both the tests: Literacy Test / Numeracy Test. This will give you an opportunity to practice ahead of the selection day. See guidance pages to find out more

5) Applicants will only be made an offer if they are successful at the selection day and interview.

Experience and recent study
It is beneficial for applicants to have had some related experience in a health care setting. This may be paid, voluntary or as part of a vocational qualification. It is also recommended that candidates have undertaken some academic study within the past five years.

Recruitment to the Nursing course is a values based process reflecting the NHS constitution. For more information please see

As well as having the above qualifications or equivalents, you must be classified as a Home/EU student prior to starting the course. All students also need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 7.0 or above,and a minimum of 7 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening). In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies. We offer pre-sessional English language courses, an International Foundation Programme and a Pre-Masters Programme if you do not meet our requirements see -

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