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Learning Disabilities Nursing BSc (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Clearing 2017

Clearing places available on this course

We have limited places available on this course through Clearing. Contact us to discuss your options:

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Reasons to make us your clearing choice

  • No. 12 UK University - The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - The Guardian and the Complete University Guides 2018
Course code:


Study options:

3 years full-time



Coventry University


September 2017



Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 5959


This hands-on nursing course aims to help you make real changes to the lives of people with learning disabilities.

This professional course can enable you to make real changes to the lives of people with learning disabilities, one of the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in society. It is designed to equip you with a range of transferable skills that helps enable you to work across health and social care services.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Nursing and Midwifery Council

What our students say...

My time studying has provided me with a good balance of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. I am now passionate about working with people who have life limiting conditions.

Lucia Wareham - Learning Disabilities Nursing BSc (Hons)

Course information

Learning disability nurses play a critical role in improving their patients’ physical and mental health, reducing barriers to them living an independent life and supporting them to lead a fulfilling and healthy life where they can relate to others on equal terms.

You will have opportunities to actively engage with people with learning disabilities, their families and carers from the outset. You’ll have opportunities to gain hands-on experience under supervision from qualified mentors, spending up to 50% of your time on clinical practice placements in a range of healthcare environments within the NHS in hospitals and community placements, at private hospitals and independent care providers.


of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016




  • Foundations in Communication and Professionalism

  • Introduction to Nursing and its Fields of Practice

  • Introduction to Assessment of Health and Wellbeing

  • The Scientific Foundations of Nursing

  • Introduction to Foundations of Nursing Practice

  • The Foundations of Nursing Practice

  • Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing



  • Evidence Informed Practice and Decision Making

  • Introduction to Managing Person Centred Care

  • Managing Person Centred Care

  • Legislation, ethics and social policy

  • Therapeutic Approaches in Learning Disabilities Nursing

  • Assessment and Care Pathways Across the Lifespan (Learning Disabilities Nursing)



  • Enhancing Practice through Evaluation and Research

  • Specialist Care in Learning Disability Nursing

  • Working Together to Lead Service Improvement

  • Development and Coordination of Complex Care (Learning Disabilities Nursing)

  • Transitions to the Accountable Practitioner

  • The Autonomous Practitioner


Our Nursing and Midwifery courses are ranked 11th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2018.

In more detail...

  • Teaching and learning that is offered in partnership with several local services and employers.
  • Experienced teaching staff who bring professional and/or research expertise into their teaching.
  • Well-supported learning disability service practice placements to enhance your theoretical learning with real-world learning disability nursing experience that helps prepare you for your future career.
  • A clear focus on learning disability that is complemented with significant insights into a range of potential challenges to health and wellbeing throughout the lifespan such as mental health, complex care, and life limiting conditions.

Our course meets the professional outcomes that are identified by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as essential prerequisites for regristration as a Learning Disability Nurse.

This course will provide you with key knowledge and competencies to work effectively as a learning disability nurse across all health, social care and independent settings. You will 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 study and develop specialist skills in communication, comprehensive health assessment, equality and issues related to professional practice.

Evidence informed practice, public health and policy along with legal and ethical issues will build on generic topics which will be applied to this specific field of practice.

There is an emphasis on using research to enhance and improve services. You will develop an appreciation of advocacy and autonomous practice towards the end of the course. You will also study complex health needs; profound and multiple needs, care packages and therapeutic approaches to service users with learning disability, their families and carers.

Your course will be based on a series of interactive lectures, with associated seminars, workshops and practical classes. You will be engaged in a wide range of interesting teaching and learning that is offered in collaboration with several local services and employers making the challenges of learning more enjoyable.

In addition, your academic personal tutor provides support and advice from day one, assists in the transition into higher education and will review and discuss your progress with you regularly throughout the full three year course.

Find out more about our work experience and the Employability and Placement Unit.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Assessments within practice placements: 50%
  • Coursework: 42%
  • Formal examination: 8%


50% assessed within placements

While on placement you have 40 hours per week, over at least 20 weeks which accounts for 50% of the course. In a typical teaching week it is expected that you will have approximately 21 contact hours (classroom, online etc) and this will break down as:

  • Medium-group teaching: 10 hours of workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large-group teaching: 11 hours of lectures each week.
  • Personal study: 14 hours each week researching, revising and personal studying.

You may be offered opportunities to visit learning disability services abroad including China, Hong Kong, Hungary, and Romania.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

My time studying has provided me with a good balance of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. I am now passionate about working with people who have life limiting conditions.

Lucia Wareham - Learning Disabilities Nursing BSc (Hons)

Clearing places available on this course

During Clearing, the tariff points for this course may change. Clearing tariff points will be published 14th August.

Know your results? See if we could offer you a place

Waiting for results day? Visit our Clearing pages for advice

What our students say...

My time studying has provided me with a good balance of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. I am now passionate about working with people who have life limiting conditions.

Lucia Wareham - Learning Disabilities Nursing BSc (Hons)

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2017

(per year)

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say...

My time studying has provided me with a good balance of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. I am now passionate about working with people who have life limiting conditions.

Lucia Wareham - Learning Disabilities Nursing BSc (Hons)

Career prospects

Upon successful completion of the course and following registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Learning Disability Nurse, your career is your own with a multitude of possibilities for you to develop and enhance your skills as a practitioner in this diverse field of practice.

During your three years on the programme you will 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.

Since the course includes a considerable amount of shared learning with students from all four fields of practice; Adult, Mental Health, Learning Disability and Children and Young People’s Nursing, students should be well equipped for collaborative working and transferable skills.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Employability and Placements Unit can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.


of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15


Our graduates earn an average salary of £22,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

My time studying has provided me with a good balance of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. I am now passionate about working with people who have life limiting conditions.

Lucia Wareham - Learning Disabilities Nursing BSc (Hons)

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.