How to become a learning disability nurse
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
You can do a degree in learning disability nursing approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.
Some degree courses let you study another area of nursing alongside learning disability nursing.
You may be able to join a nursing degree on the second year of a course if you already have a degree in:
- a health-related subject
- life sciences
- social work
Full-time courses usually take 3 years.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 2 or 3 A levels, including a science, or a level 3 diploma or access to higher education in health, science or nursing
You may be able to do a degree apprenticeship in nursing if you work in a healthcare setting like a hospital.
The apprenticeship takes around 4 years and is a mix of academic study and on-the-job training.
You must be supported by your employer to take this route.
To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship
You'll find it helpful to get some paid or voluntary experience in social care or healthcare work before you apply for nurse training.
- you'll need to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
It's possible to do a degree in learning disabilities nursing and social work. You'll need to check that the course is recognised by the relevant professional bodies. Course providers can advise you on this.