Health and Life Sciences
UCAS tariff points
Years of Entry
2023 2024
Start date(s)
January 2024
Main Campus (Horsforth)
Study Mode
Full time (3 years)

Course overview

Our innovative Nursing (Learning Disabilities) degree will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills needed for this rewarding career where you can enable each person you care and treat to reach their full potential, flourish and live their best lives in the communities where they learn, work, play, age and love.

A key aspect of the work learning disabilities nurses do is advocacy, to ensure the people they care for have choice, control and independence in all aspects of their daily lives.

The Student Contract

About this course

Learning disabilities nurses work in a diverse range of settings, such as people's homes, education, residential and community centres, hospitals and with specialist Autism services, breaking down barriers to reduce health inequalities and close the health gap between people with a learning disability and the general population.

On this course, you'll develop the knowledge and skills to work with multi-professional teams to deliver person-centred, compassionate and culturally informed practice that positively impacts the health and wellbeing outcomes of the people you care for.  

Throughout your studies, you’ll actively engage with contemporary research and learn how to assess, lead, co-ordinate and deliver care to people and their families at home, in the community or in hospital.

You’ll build your knowledge and skills of therapeutic interventions and the pharmacological management of disease, including the safe administration of medication.

You’ll learn and practise your clinical skills in a safe and controlled environment through teaching sessions in dedicated facilities, including clinical suites and replicated community settings, supported by digital health technologies.

Through shared learning opportunities and collaboration with students from related disciplines, you’ll develop your ability to appreciate the contribution other healthcare professionals make to people’s care and health outcomes. Service users and carers will also contribute to your learning through their lived experience of health and social care services.


In each year of the programme, you will spend 50% of the time on campus studying theory and clinical skills in the safe environment of our simulation suites and 50% in real-world practice, on placement in healthcare settings with local NHS trusts or in private or voluntary organisations.

Practice placement blocks are 37.5 hours per week and there are two 11-week blocks in each year of the programme. During this time, you’ll be supported by experienced practice supervisors and assessors who will provide tailored feedback and you’ll complete an online portfolio to monitor your progress and achievements while on placement.

Why study with us?

  • Innovative Nursing degree co-designed by academic experts in partnership with clinical practice partners, service users and carers.
  • Aligned to the principles and values of the NHS Constitution.
  • Interprofessional learning opportunities embedded throughout the course.
  • Access to outstanding facilities including clinical suites, simulated clinical environments and replicated community settings.
  • Personalised learning experience, including smaller class sizes and individualised support.


Nursing and Midwifery Council Accreditation Logo.

This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

On successful completion of the course graduates are eligible to apply to register with the NMC.

Course Modules

You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Our Nursing curriculum incorporates six key themes, which you will study with increasing complexity over the three years of your degree.

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Values, Responsibility and Interprofessional Working
  • Policy, Legislation and Ethics
  • Pharmacology, Medicines Management and Optimisation
  • Numeracy, Literacy, Information and Digital Technology
  • Clinical Skills and Mandatory Training

Year 1

During your first year, you'll study five core modules.

Fundamentals of Contemporary Nursing Care (core) Practice 1 (core) Psychosocial Concepts of Health and Wellbeing (core) Communication and Relationship Skills for Person-centred and Holistic Care (core) Practice 2 (core)

Year 2

During your second year, you'll study five core modules.

Developing Competence in Contemporary Learning Disabilities Nursing Care (core) Practice 3 (core) Promoting Health and Wellbeing across the Lifespan (core) Evidence-based Practice and Informed Decision Making (core) Practice 4 (core)

Year 3

During your final year, you'll study five core modules.

Leading and Coordinating Contemporary Learning Disabilities Nursing Care​ (core) Practice 5​ (core) Managing Complex Care Needs in Learning Disabilities Nursing​ (core) ​Preparation for Professional Registration​ (core) Practice 6 (core)

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development

Programme delivery

Your time on campus, learning through in-person teaching, is at the heart of your academic experience and the way we deliver our programmes. This is supported and further enhanced by additional engagement activities and opportunities provided online and through digital teaching materials. This blended approach seeks to ensure a positive learning and teaching student experience.

Your programme of study has been carefully designed around a three-phase model of delivery:

  1. Preparation: You will be given clear tasks to support you in preparing for live teaching. This could include watching a short-pre-recorded lecture, reading a paper or text chapter or preparing other material for use in class.
  2.  Live: All your live teaching will be designed around active learning, providing you with valuable opportunities to build on preparation tasks, interact with staff and peers, and surface any misunderstandings.
  3. Post: Follow-up activities will include opportunities for you to check understanding, for staff to receive feedback from you and your peers to inform subsequent sessions, and for you to apply learning to new situations or context.

Preparation, Live and Post teaching and learning and the digital materials used will vary by course, but will be designed to help you structure your learning, take a full and active part in your course, and apply and test your developing knowledge and skills.


A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, allowing you to apply and demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

Information about the large range of qualifications we accept, including A-Levels, BTECs and T Levels, can be found on our entry requirements page. If you need additional advice or are taking qualifications that are not covered in the information supplied, please contact our Admissions Office.

Entry requirements for this course:
UCAS tariff112-128
GCSE requirementsEnglish Language or English Literature and Maths at grade C or 4 or higher

UCAS tariff points

Applicants can meet the required tariff points from a range of qualifications of which at least two must be Level 3 qualifications equivalent to A Level. General Studies is excluded.

We accept a broad range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs, OCR, CACHE qualifications and T levels. You must have a qualification in a relevant subject i.e. Health, Science or Social Science.

Access to HE Diplomas are accepted and must be in a relevant subject such as Health Professions, Health Science, Nursing and Midwifery, etc.

You can use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your predicted or achieved points and you can contact our Admissions Office if you need further advice about your qualifications.

We also accept the Level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship with an End Point Assessment grade of Distinction.

GCSE requirements

Key Skills, Functional Skills, BTEC level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language and you have not been educated in the UK, you will need an IELTS academic score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and 6.5 in writing to meet NMC requirements. The scores can come from two separate tests taken within 12 months of each other as long as you still meet these scores and the NMC minimum requirements. Please contact our Admissions Office to discuss this in more detail.

This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.

Recognition of prior learning

You may also be able to access the course through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

The Nursing and Midwifery Council can allow entry through recognition of prior learning. You will need to be able to map this to the Standards of Proficiency for registered nurses and programme outcomes, up to a maximum of 50% of the course. If you are a registered nurse, this may be mapped to more than 50%, you should contact the Admissions team to discuss.

Any modules you wish to be considered during this process must come from another Nursing and Midwifery Council approved nursing programme. You must complete the relevant mapping documents to apply via the Recognition of Prior Learning route.

Please contact the Admissions team if you would like to discuss your prior learning, you will be supported through the process of applying for RPL by the Admissions team and the Programme Lead.

Please note that direct entry via RPL to Level 5 (Year 2) or 6 (Year 3) of this course is NOT available for January 2024 entry.


Additional entry requirements

For entry onto this course, you will need to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (2018) requirements for selection. This includes completion of a declaration of Health and Character, Occupational Health, a satisfactory interview and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. For further information, please visit our Nursing - Additional Entry Requirements page.

Personal Statements

You’ll need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a personal statement guide to help you.

Interview Information

Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited to interview. You will need to attend an interview before we can offer you a place on this course.

Read more about our Nursing Interviews

Fees and finance


UK Home Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2023/2024.

Part-time tuition fees will be prorated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying.

Depending on government policy, tuition fees may change in future years.

Tuition fees for 2024/25 entry will be set in summer 2023.

Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.

NHS Learning Support Fund

A non-repayable training grant of £5,000 and extra payments worth up to £3,000 are available to eligible home students for each year of study. Read more about the NHS Learning Support Fund on the NHS Business Services Authority website.

Additional costs

We advise students that there may be additional course costs in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own.
  • On some courses there may be additional costs, such as field trips, equipment, accreditations, that may be part-funded by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure.
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

How to apply

January 2024

Applications to start this course in January 2024 are still open.

UCAS Clearing has now closed, so please contact our Admissions team directly to discuss the application process.

To speak to our Admissions team, please call 0113 283 7123 or email

If you want to apply for January 2024 entry, please apply via UCAS, making sure you select January 2024 as your start date.

The deadline for applying for January 2024 entry is Thursday 30 November 2023.

All applicants must be in a position to meet both the academic and non-academic entry requirements in sufficient time before the course start date. Please familiarise yourself with the Nursing Additional Entry Requirements - Leeds Trinity University. If these requirements aren’t met in sufficient time, your application may be withdrawn and you may be asked to consider a January 2025 start date instead.

January 2025

You can apply now for January 2025 entry. The UCAS application deadline for Nursing courses starting in January 2025 is 31 January 2024.

On your application form, you'll need to know our institution code - it's L24 - and the course code. If you click through to the UCAS website using the button below, it'll take you to the right place with all the information you need.

Important: When you come to add a choice on UCAS, the form will show three options. For a January 2025 start date, you will need to select January 2025 (not January 2024) from the drop-down menu.

You'll need to write a personal statement - we've put together a guide to help you.

There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:

This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.

Apply now

Graduate opportunities

Providing you with the opportunity to develop the professional skills and experience you need to launch your career is at the heart of everything we do at Leeds Trinity University.

On successful completion of the Nursing (Learning Disabilities) degree, you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to practise as a nurse (on the relevant part of the register) in the UK. The vocational nature of this degree means most graduates progress quickly into employment within their chosen field of Nursing. 

The range of potential career opportunities in learning disabilities nursing are wide-ranging and you will be able to apply for roles within NHS Trusts, the local authority and private and voluntary providers and charities, prison service as well as the armed forces and working overseas. You may choose to pursue a role as a community learning disabilities nurse, epilepsy nurse, safeguarding nurse, behavioural specialist nurse, specialist nurse for people with Autism, manager of residential or supported living services or consider a career within scientific or academic research.

After you graduate, Careers and Placements will help you as you pursue your chosen career through our mentoring scheme, support with CV and interview preparation and access to graduate employability events.

To find out how we can help you make your career ambitions a reality, visit:


Course Structure

About Your Nursing Placement

Our Nursing Facilities

Chat with our students

Do you want to find out more about studying at Leeds Trinity University?

Ask our Student Ambassadors about what it’s like to be part of the Leeds Trinity University community, chat to them about your course(s) of interest and hear more about their Leeds Trinity University student experience.

Chat with our students

What is Discover Uni?

Discover Uni is the official, authoritative source of information and guidance on higher education in the UK. The website allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK.

It helps you make sense of all the information out there by linking to other quality resources and explaining what can be found where. It also allows you to search for and compare information and data for individual undergraduate courses across the UK.