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B.Sc. On Campus

Learning Disability Nursing

Queen's University Belfast

36 months
17400 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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This three-year Learning Disability Nursing degree programme at Queen's University Belfast integrates theory and practice, preparing our students to be world-class practitioners in the area of Learning Disability Nursing. 

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We are currently developing some of the specific details of this course in response to changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for Nursing. Please keep an eye on the Coursefinder pages for the latest information about our nursing courses.

Students will spend 50 per cent of their time in class learning the latest nursing theory and clinical skills, and 50 per cent of their time with one of our internationally-recognised training partners in a wide variety of clinical and community settings throughout Northern Ireland.

Our highly-trained lecturing staff are actively engaged in areas of speciality practice, and our personal tutor system for student support is very well regarded. There are also opportunities for elective placements with one of our international partners in the final year of study.

On successful completion of this Learning Disability Nursing degree programme at Queen's University Belfast , you will become a Registered Nurse in Learning Disabilities (RNLD) possessing a distinct set of knowledge, skills and expertise of the health and wider education and social care needs of people with learning disabilities and their families and carers in the context of person-centred care and co-production that promotes and maintains health and well-being.

The Learning Disability Nurse adopts a life span approach to nursing assessment, treatments, interventions, education and care and support across a diverse range of settings, including, home, in-patient assessment and treatment units, nursing homes, secure settings, schools, day care, residential care homes and community-based teams to contribute to meeting the care needs of people with learning disabilities and their families and carers.

On successful completion of this programme of study, you will be able to:

  • Provide person centred care for people with Learning Disability and their families across the lifespan.
  • Deliver effective care to people with learning disabilities who may have multiple health morbidities and additional interrelated physical, psychological, emotional, social, and educational needs.
  • Be respectful, kind, caring, compassionate knowledgeable and skilled nurse practitioners.
  • Be effective communicators
  • Act as advocates for people with learning disabilities their families, health care professionals and other stakeholders within dynamic health and social care contexts

Career Prospects

Studying for a BSc(Hons) Nursing (Learning Disability) degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by employers both nationally and internationally.

The majority of our graduates pursue a career in nursing which is an interesting, rewarding and challenging career where work can be in a variety of health care settings from accident and emergency to working in patients’ homes, with people of all ages and backgrounds. Learning Disability Nursing can also offer a diverse range of post registration opportunities to specialise in areas such as counselling, public health and health promotion, acute care, as well as education and research

Further study is also an option open to Nursing graduates. For taught postgraduate programmes, students can follow the Master’s In Advanced Professional Practice, Masters in MSc in Caring for Children with Complex Health Needs etc. There are also a range of Taught Doctoral and PhD Nursing opportunities for Learning Disabilities Nurse registrants; 

Programme Structure

Course Overview:

  • Designed to meet the targets set by Transforming Your Care, this programme develops all the knowledge, skills and attributes central to practice: patient/client centred; clinically effective; competent and safe; evidence-based; and established on caring and ethical principles.
  • We continually apply the results of our ground-breaking research to our teaching to ensure that our programme content is as up to date and as relevant as possible to the changing needs of the population.
  • You will be introduced to professional working alongside foundational knowledge and skills to support you in implementing safe and effective person centred care. You will explore patterns of health and wellness, equality and inclusion across the lifespan of people with learning disabilities and their families. You will develop critical thinking skills to apply in clinical practice.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • 26 January - the 'equal consideration' deadline for this course.


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements


  • BCC including a relevant Science (Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Life & Health Sciences, Mathematics or Physics)


  • BBC where a relevant Science subject is not offered.

Irish Leaving Certificate

  • H3H3H3H4H4 at Higher Level where a relevant Science subject is offered (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)


  • H3H3H3H3H4 at Higher Level where a relevant Science subject is not offered.
  • All applicants - if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics and a Science subject.

BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma

  • QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma:
  • Successful completion (180 credits at Level 3) with 80 credits at Distinction grade and 100 credits at Merit grade.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17400 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • Northern Ireland (NI) Commissioned - no fee / Non-commissioned £7,800
  • Republic of Ireland TBC
  • England, Scotland or Wales £9,250
  • EU Other TBC
  • International £17,400

Living costs for Belfast

561 - 887 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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