Taught course

Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

Edge Hill University · Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

You must have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a nurse and provide evidence of having worked as a registrant in your intended second field. It is a Nursing and Midwifery Council requirement that any prior experiential learning used to gain entry to the course is capable of being mapped to the standards of proficiency for registered nurses.

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above). Health-related subjects are preferred but not essential. Other subjects will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants without a degree may be considered based on practice experience, subject to demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of the discipline, including an in-depth awareness of current issues. Skills in critical analysis and evaluation, as well as the ability to learn in a flexible, independent manner, are essential.

An interview forms part of the selection process.

If you accept an offer from Edge Hill you will need to satisfy the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council in respect of physical and mental fitness and will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Months of entry


Course content

Could you support people living with a learning disability? Have you got what it takes to be an advocate and meet their needs? Training as a learning disability nurse, you’ll learn to work with people with a diverse range of health conditions.

Our PGDip Nursing (Learning Disabilities) meets the high demand for nurses who can work with complex morbidities across the lifespan within different settings. It enables qualified adult, children’s and mental health nurses, who have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, to undertake an additional professional role in learning disability nursing.

Drawing on your experience, you’ll apply nursing principles, qualities and knowledge to explore care for adults and children with learning disabilities. Then you’ll put everything into practice on supervised work placements and discover how to help people live as independently as possible.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have developed the skills to plan, coordinate and deliver care. And you’ll be able to register as a qualified learning disabilities nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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