University of Sunderland
Learning Disability Nursing Practice BSc (Hons)
University of Sunderland

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This course is also available for April 2021 entry.

BSc (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing Practice will lead to registration as a qualified nurse in the care of those with learning disabilities in which there is a dearth of experienced and effective practitioners.

You will graduate ready to actively participate and engage with a cutting-edge workforce delivering caring, compassionate and restorative interventions to those with a learning disability. As a critical thinker, you will deliver effective and sincere person-centred care based upon a contemporary evidence-base, which will be administered and applied within a spectrum of clinical skills to include physical health monitoring and promotion, and positive mental wellbeing.

You will be competent and confident in working with and supporting a ‘whole-systems’ approach in diverse settings, ensuring the mental well-being of families and carers with a relative who has a learning disability.

You will undertake your placements with one of our partner Trusts below: • Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust • Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust At interview you will be asked to rank your preferred Trust, and this will then be confirmed when you start the course.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 103 graduates of Learning Disability Nursing Practice BSc (Hons) at University of Sunderland for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Adult Nursing.

Overall student satisfaction
53 /100
103 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Learning Disability Nursing Practice BSc (Hons) at University of Sunderland

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Learning Disability Nursing Practice BSc (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25000 £26500 £30500
25-75 percentile range £24000 - £32500 £17000 - £37500 £21000 - £40000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Adult Nursing

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25087 £26238 £28248
25-75 percentile range £24000 - £28043 £20262 - £31000 £21504 - £35000

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Learning Disability Nursing Practice, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Learning Disability Nursing Practice BSc (Hons) at University of Sunderland

34% Other Health Professionals
28% Nursing Professionals
6% Natural and social science professionals
5% Welfare and housing associate professionals
4% Caring personal services
3% Sales occupations
3% Health associate professionals
2% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
2% Managers, directors and senior officials
2% Teaching Professionals

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Our typical offer is 120 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent, which should preferably include a Health or Science related subject. Please note we do not accept General Studies AS or A Level and you must show evidence of recent academic study within the last 5 years at entry level. We also require at least five passes at GCSE grade C or above which must include Mathematics and English Language or equivalent. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. Please note we are unable to accept applications from outside of the EU. Your completed application form will be reviewed by our Admissions Team to ensure that you have the required entry qualifications. If you meet these requirements, then your application will be individually assessed by the Learning Disabilities Nursing Professional Practice Admissions Tutor and if successful you will be shortlisted for interview.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.0
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
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Tuition Fees Learning Disability Nursing Practice BSc (Hons)

EU £13000 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
International £13000 year 1

Additional fee information

Visit our website to find out about our range of Scholarships.
EU applicants that hold EU settlement/pre-settlement will be charged £9250

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2

University Rankings

Positions of University of Sunderland in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Sunderland in related subject specific rankings.

Medicine & Health

    • #35 
    • #44 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

See all university rankings of University of Sunderland

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About University of Sunderland

The University of Sunderland is a research education institution situated in the city of the same name, in the North East of England. The city’s main campus is City Campus, where students will find Murray Library, the majority of lecture halls, and their state-of-the-art sports facilities. In the Sir Tom Cowie campus, the facilities are specialised towards subjects such as the Social Sciences, Tourism, Law, Business, and also Computing and Engineering.

Where is this programme taught

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