Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

Open University in Scotland


Learning Disabilities is one of several specialist routes available in the BSc (Honours) Nursing.

If you want to become a registered nurse within this field, and are already working in a healthcare role, this unique practice-based qualification is for you. You'll be able to stay in work while you study – provided you have the support of your employer and suitable practice can be agreed.

In addition to Learning Disabilities, your study will include a number of additional nursing specialisms including Adult Nursing, Children and Young People, and Mental Health. Successful completion of your degree through this route will result in your eligibility to apply for registration as a qualified nurse with a specialism in Learning Disabilities.

Entry Requirements

You must be working in a relevant environment, have the support of your employer, and meet the requirements Specified by the NMC. You must have National 5 English and Maths or Applications of Maths.

You must be sponsored by your employer (you can’t fund yourself on this programme) and working in healthcare practice in a caring role. All applicants will undergo an interview and assessment of personal values as required by the NMC. Good health evidenced through self-declaration of health status, occupational health screening, review of previous sickness and absence record and two references, one of which must be from your current employer.

Computer and internet access required.

Start Date





BSc Hons

Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length





Nursing and Health Care

SCQF Level