Learning Disability Nursing (2017 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:See entry requirements table
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University Clinical Education Centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital and Keele University main campus
Subject Area: Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

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Course Overview

Learning Disability nurses work with people with learning disabilities and their families in a wide range of settings.

The philosophy of care and support for people with learning disabilities is one of partnership in which the nurse works alongside the person to support them to lead a healthy and valued lifestyle and to exercise their rights as members of society.

The course at Keele helps students to learn about and apply this philosophy in the many different services for people with learning disabilities. The course also equips students with the appropriate knowledge and skills to work with people with learning disabilities who have more complex and specialist needs. Clinical skills are an essential part of the course and students have access to expert staff in the Clinical Skills Laboratory to help develop and assess their practice.

The university also provides excellent support through its personal tutor system. Placements are designed to complement the students’ theoretical and classroom based work and students are supported by a team of experienced mentors. The wider benefits of enrolling on our course are:

• Experienced student support
• Excellent IT and library facilities
• Preparation for a range of roles as a professional learning disabilities nurse
• A range of practice based experiences 

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Course content

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Learning Disabilities Nursing. 

First year 

Core module:

  • Knowledge for Professional Nursing Practice 

Second year

Core module: 

  • Developing Professional Nursing Practice 

Third year

Core module:

  • Transition to Professional Nursing Practice 

Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Learning Disability Nursing : B761 View Unistats for this course
Learning Disability Nursing with Foundation Year: B762 View Unistats for this course

can be combined with:

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Study abroad

The School of Nursing and Midwifery has been proactive in developing the international perspective and has a growing focus with well-established partnerships with a number of institutions. These relationships enable both staff and student opportunities for exchanges and electives. On the nursing programme you will explore global health issues, international health targets and international health care policies within the curriculum using a variety of learning and teaching methods. In addition to this you will be given the opportunity to undertake an international placement either in one of the School’s link institutions, via a recognised placement organisation or following appropriate approval processes, a placement they have identified. 

Within the School of Nursing and Midwifery many students have experienced short and long placements in a variety of countries (some with Erasmus funding). The School also welcomes a number of students from other countries to spend a period of study here which has evaluated extremely positively and benefits the student group as a whole. An annual event is scheduled where health care students within the Faculty reflect on their international experiences as part of the “Keele International Festival”. 

See here for more information on the School's international opportunities. 


This subject/programme is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

To be awarded Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council you must select to study, pass all of the assessments within all of their modules, and achieve a minimum standard of a pass grade or 40%. All modules are compulsory and are to be undertaken in sequence. Entry to a subsequent module is dependent on successful completion of the previous module and achievement of the progression point.