BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Learning Disability)

Learning Disability nursing involves working in partnership with individuals and families to improve autonomy, promote health and support inclusion. This includes making a real contribution towards enhancing behaviours and lifestyles that help achieve the best health outcomes.

This programme focuses on meeting the holistic needs of people with learning disabilities. You will explore key themes within contemporary learning disability practice including meeting health needs, community engagement, person centred planning, inclusion and integration, addressing health inequalities, legislation, forensic practice, care planning and assessment, evidence-based practice, research methods and appraisal.

You will undertake a variety of practice learning experiences within a variety of health and social care settings.

GCU's virtual learning environment and state-of-the-art inter-professional simulation suite provides flexible, innovative, appropriate and eEective learning design, content and assessment. There is the opportunity to undertake clinical placements in a variety of NHS Health Boards and third sector organisations throughout west and central Scotland.

Your career

On successful completion of the programme graduates are eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

There are a wide range of employment opportunities in both NHS and third sector services, for example, assessment and treatment units, community learning disability teams, hospital liaison services, forensic services, child and adolescent mental health service, and other specialist services.

Year 1

Values and Rights based Nursing practice, Health Improvement, Contemporary Health Care Delivery, Introduction to Evidence Based Practice.

Year 2

Working in interprofessional teams. Promoting personal outcomes for people with learning disabilities, Optimising Health Assets for People with Learning Disabilities.

Year 3

Applying evidence based practice. Promoting health equality for people with learning disabilities, Risk Enablement in Learning Disability Nursing.

Year 4

Honours level dissertation, Leadership in Interprofessional teams, Advancing the Application of Values Based Nursing Practice in Health and Social Care.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

"I have worked with people with learning disabilities for a number of years, and really enjoy it. I was looking for a course which would give me broader scope to improve people?s lives. My degree will allow me to work with children or adults with learning disabilities, to ensure that they are able to live fulfilling, healthy lives, as independently as possible."

Corrinne Taylor,
GCU graduate.

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Study Options

  • 2020/21

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BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
B763
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2021/22

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BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
17 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
B763
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 17 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1
Scottish Higher:Standard entry requirement: BBBB (incl English) Nat 5: C(Maths/Lifeskills Maths and a Science)
Minimum entry requirement*: BBCC (incl English) Nat 5:(Maths/Lifeskills Maths and a Science)
A level: BCC GCSE: C/4 (English, a Science and Maths)
ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 (incl English and preferably a Science) O4 (Maths)
IB Diploma: 24 points (incl a Science, Maths and English)
BTEC: DMM Ext Dip (Applied Science/Biological/Biomedical Science/Health-related) GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)
College HNC: Science-based HNC - graded unit A Nat 5:level numeracy and literacy

English language IELTS score of 7.0 in each element except Writing which is 6.5 (or equivalent)

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

Additional requirements

Applicants are expected to have evidence of assessed study within the last 5 years. Selected applicants will be invited to attend one of our Applicant Days as part of the admissions process.

Join GCU in September 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming you to what will be a great new academic year at GCU and we hope you choose this as your study destination. Your experience as an applicant and new student remains our priority. We will be doing everything we can to make sure you enjoy learning through our blended approach of online and face-to-face teaching and to give you as many opportunities to create new friendships and experience everything the GCU community has to offer you!

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority as rules around social distancing are eased. For more information on the things what you can expect from your first term at GCU, visit our Frequently Asked Questions pages or make an enquiry today.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU: £1,820*
International: £12,250

*Scottish and EU student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

Additional costs for Scottish domiciled students

If you are a Scottish domiciled student, you will not need to pay for PVG checks, occupational health checks and uniforms. However, while on practice education placements, you will need to meet any additional costs for accommodation and travel. You may be able to apply to SAAS for additional expense support to help meet these costs. Check out the SAAS Nursing and Midwifery student placement expenses claim and Allied Health Professions student placement expenses claim forms.

Additional costs for all other students (rest of UK, EU and International)

During this course, you will be required to cover the cost of:
- Uniforms, approximately £15 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on the duration of your course and can range from two to four.
- Occupational health checks and vaccination set fee of £220.
- Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. New applications cost £59. Updates to the existing scheme record cost £18.

Invoices will be issued by the University for payment of all of the above additional costs in Trimester B (March/April) of the first year of your programme.

- Potential accommodation and additional travel costs during practice education placements

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.





The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.





On successful completion of the programme graduates are eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).