36 months
15910 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This incredibly rewarding Nursing (Learning Disabilities) (Hons) programme from University of Hertfordshire will see you fulfilled in a multitude of ways. Rewarded by the achievement of that ultimate goal of seeing first-hand the improved mental and physical well-being of somebody who may not have been able to experience this without your knowledge and skills. 

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Why choose this course?

  • Opportunities to learn across a diverse range of placements
  • Academic support rated highly by 94% of students (NSS 2019)
  • Maximise the potential of people with learning disabilities

Do you feel passionate about health and social inclusion for those who are more vulnerable in society? Do you believe everyone deserves to live a fulfilling life whilst maintaining their independence? If the answer is yes, Learning Disabilities Nursing is the profession for you. As a Learning Disabilities Nurse, you’ll have the challenging yet rewarding job of caring for people with a range of needs. You’ll also work in partnership with family, carers and specialist healthcare professionals, promoting health and wellbeing, to ensure that people with learning disabilities reach their full potential.  

Right from the start you’ll receive a blend of theory and practical experience. Half the course will be spent at the University. The other half of your time, you’ll gain real life work experience work skills in a variety of settings. We’ll engage your passion and interest in working with people with learning disabilities and/autism.  

You’ll develop knowledge and skills they will rely on and depend upon to support their physical, psychological and mental health needs. Rewarded by your individual learning and growth in practical and theoretical confidence, rewarded by the company you keep with your peers and teachers who share your passion and are like-minded in their pursuit for enhancing lives.  

We are a diverse academic team with an impressive profile of expertise. We are researchers, authors, clinical practitioners, qualified teachers and policymakers and our portfolio is enhanced by lived experience of intellectual disabilities and autism.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to choose which area of Learning Disabilities Nursing you would like to pursue as a career. Our graduates hold a variety of positions including community nurses, inpatient nurses, forensic nurses, liaison nurses in general hospitals, specialist nurses within autistic services, prison nurses and others. You could also receive between £5,000 and £8,000 a year to help fund your studies and the good news is that you won’t have to pay back a penny.  

What's next for my career?

Following successful completion of the Learning Disability Nursing programme you will be entitled to apply for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council UK. This registration will enable you to take advantage of the varied opportunities available to you, to put into practice all you have learned and make a positive contribution to the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families. 

You will be able to seek employment in a wide range of organisations including NHS, social services and private and voluntary organisations. You will meet many interesting people throughout your career and each day will be different. You will always be learning, and developing new and innovative skills through experience and education that will enable you to diversify or specialise in a particular area of Learning Disability Nursing, giving opportunity for promotion and job satisfaction.

Following qualification there are also many opportunities to further your professional studies with courses, available at graduate level and above, to help develop your knowledge and practice.

100% of our Learning Disabilities Nursing graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

This Nursing (Learning Disabilities) (Hons) programme from University of Hertfordshire entitles you to apply for registration as a learning disabilities nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This opens up a range of career options providing care within the NHS, social services and private and voluntary organisations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional
  • Education
  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Leading and Managing Nursing Care for Adult Nursing
  • Co-ordinating Care in Adult Nursing
  • Imagination and Innovation in Evidence Based Nursing Practice
  • Nursing Adults with Long Term Conditions

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • GCSE: Grade 4/C in English Language and Mathematics.
  • IB: 112-120 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at grade 4 or above (the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).
  • Access:  45 credits at level 3, which must equate to a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15910 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15910 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Hatfield

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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