36 months
9250 GBP/year
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This Learning Disabilities Nursing (Hons) course from Coventry University will give you the opportunity to become immersed in learning about the needs of populations, individuals, related health and nursing services with an emphasis on using research to enhance and improve services.

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You will have the opportunity to learn the value of people with learning disabilities as equal citizens and people who have a real contribution to make to your development as a caring professional nurse in this unique field of practice. You will have the opportunity to study and develop specialist skills in communication, comprehensive health assessment, equality and issues related to professional practice. This includes complex health needs, profound and multiple needs, care packages and therapeutic approaches to service users with learning disability, their families and carers.

The collaborative curriculum, which you’ll study alongside students from other health-related courses, has been developed in response to the need to produce professionals who are effective communicators, caring and compassionate, with good relationship building skills. It recognises the importance of inter-professional working within the health and social care workforce and comprises five core modules in the areas of: the foundations of communication and professionalism; the social determinants of health and wellbeing; evidence informed practice and decision making; working together to lead service improvement; and enhancing practice through evaluation and research.

This Learning Disabilities Nursing (Hons) course from Coventry University  culminates with a literature review related to one aspect of nursing practice, equivalent to the standard dissertation, for which you will write a 5,000-word report. Past students have covered topics as diverse as effects of antipsychotic medication, uptake of annual health checks, treatment of people with LD in acute hospital settings, experiences of parents with LD and experiences of offenders with LD, for example.

Career prospects

There are over 3,500 learning disabilities nurses within the NHS and demand for these specialist nurses is high.

You will have opportunities to support people of all ages with learning disabilities in a range of settings, including: hospital wards such as epilepsy and palliative care; mental health trusts; adult education; residential and community centres; patients' homes; workplaces; and schools. This can lead to specialist areas such as education, sensory disability or service management or move into areas such as management, teaching or clinical research.

During your three years on the programme you will have the opportunity to undertake at least six placements  in a range of service settings, working with and alongside qualified learning disability nurses, and therefore potential local and regional employers. On graduating successfully from this course, you can apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which enables you to practise immediately.

As well as helping you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them, the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ Employability and Placements Unit will support you when you are ready to begin your professional career.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Scientific Foundations of Nursing Practice
  • Fundamental Skills for Person and Family-centred Care
  • Study Skills for Evidence Based Practice
  • Foundations of Evidence Informed Practice
  • Health and Wellbeing in the Community

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • 30 June - Late applications deadline
  • 4 July - UCAS Extra closes 


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Level - BCC, academic subjects only (excludes general studies).
  • DMM in a Health or Applied Science subject.
  • IB Diploma - 27 points with 14 at Higher Level.
  • GCSE requirement - minimum 5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language, Mathematics and Science, or specified equivalents.

Tuition Fee

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