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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

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 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.

Many of our graduates find work with local NHS Trusts or healthcare organisations. Alternatively, you could continue your studies at UWL. This will help you to enhance your clinical knowledge and skills in a specialist area. We also offer Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses for healthcare practitioners.

Different course options

Full time | Berkshire Institute for Health | 2 years | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



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