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Nursing (Learning Disabilities) PgDip

Nursing (Learning Disabilities) PgDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

People With Learning Difficulties: Social Work Nursing Specialisms

Course type


Course Summary


Are you ready to make a difference and embark on a rewarding career in nursing? This course will prepare you to make a positive contribution to the health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities. You will learn how to assess the often complex social and health care needs and support the delivery of robust, evidence-based care plans. On completion of the course you’ll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Learning Disabilities Nurse.

This course is offered at the Berkshire Institute for Health in Reading but is also available at our West London campus. As you will spend half your course gaining experience on placement, you should choose a course location that you can travel to easily. Please see the course details below for our Berkshire placement partners.

Course detail

This Learning Disability Nursing degree has been designed with input from students, service users and our partners in the NHS and voluntary and independent sectors. You will benefit from a combination of staff expertise, active learning resources and placement work that will prepare you for current nursing practice.

On this course you will learn how to deliver care to the new standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for Education and Training and the Future Nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (NMC). The aim is to equip you with the skills and knowledge to face the challenges of nursing in the twenty-first century, with a focus on caring for people with learning disabilities.

You will learn how to:

  • provide, lead and coordinate care that is compassionate and evidence-based
  • care for people with complex mental, physical, cognitive and behavioural care needs
  • care for people in healthcare settings including their own home, in the community and in hospital
  • help promote health, protect health and prevent ill health
  • empower people, communities and populations to take control of their own health decisions and behaviours
  • care for people of different ages, backgrounds, cultures and beliefs
  • care for people at the end of their life
  • work across health and social care services
  • play a proactive role in multidisciplinary teams
  • think critically and apply your knowledge and skills
  • be emotionally intelligent and resilient, while managing your personal health and wellbeing.

Practice learning

You will spend a significant amount of time in practice where you will be appropriately supported and assessed. This will include learning to care for people in hospitals, in their own homes or within a community setting. As you will be working with people who require care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can expect to work days, weekends, bank holidays and night shifts. You will not receive payment for your practice learning.

Study & career progression

Many of our graduates find work with local NHS Trusts or healthcare organisations.

Different course options

Full time | University of West London | 2 years | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



Part 1 Nursing Practice - Core
Delivering Person-Centred Care - Core
Part 2 Nursing Practice - Core
Sciences Underpinning Evidence-Based Nursing Practice - Core
Promoting Health and Preventing Ill Health - Core
Leading, Innovating and Improving Nursing Practice - Core
Sciences Applied to and Decision-Making in Nursing Practice - Core
Part 3 Nursing Practice - Core
Transition to Registered Nurse - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students must have: a first degree at grade 2:2 or above in any subject; GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 - 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.

University information

The University of West London (UWL) is based in the heart of one of the UK’s most successful business regions, with a number of global organisations such a GlaxoSmithKline and Sky based locally. The University offers postgraduate courses in subjects ranging from nursing to music. Known as the ‘career university’, there is an impressive graduate employment rate, with courses specifically designed to enable students to secure work after...more

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