Entry requirements (learning disability nursing)

This page has information on the entry requirements for learning disability nursing.

University course

Academic entry requirements for learning disability nursing degrees are set by the individual universities. For an undergraduate degree, you'll usually need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above (possibly English language or literature and a science subject), plus two A levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications. Some universities may ask for three A levels or equivalent. If you already have a degree, you might be able to study for a postgraduate qualification through an accelerated programme

You should check with each university before applying to see if your qualifications meet their entry standard.

Alternatives to A Levels

If you’re applying for a university course, be aware that each university sets its own entry requirements. It is vital to check the individual entry requirements of the universities you plan to apply to as they can vary.

You can use our Course finder to find out which universities run approved clinical courses. The university websites provide detailed entry requirements, and you can always phone admissions departments for more information.

Various qualifications may be accepted as alternative qualifications to A levels. These include:

You may be asked to achieve a certain level in these alternative qualifications, for example a merit or distinction in the case of BTEC. In some cases it is possible to combine academic qualifications with vocational qualifications. For example, you might have an A level and a BTEC qualification and this combination may be accepted by universities, depending on the subjects and grades. Before starting an Access course, always check with universities to ensure that the qualification is an acceptable entry requirement.

Other alternative academic and vocational qualifications may also be acceptable – in all cases contact your chosen universities for more advice. 

Financial support while studying at university

You'll be entitled to receive at least £5,000 a year towards your studies while at university. Your personal circumstances may mean you could receive more. And the good news? You'll never have to pay it back

Other routes into learning disability nursing

Nursing degree apprenticeships are offered by some employers. There will also be increasing opportunities for current healthcare support staff to apply for nursing associate apprenticeships which could lead onto nursing degree apprenticeships. 

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