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Learning Disabilities Nursing & Social Work MNSW (Hons)

UCAS code: BL57

Make a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities. Gain eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a qualified learning disabilities nurse and apply for registration with Social Work England as a qualified social worker.

Closed to further applications for September 2023 entry.


Course length: 4 years full-time
Start dates: September 2023
September 2024
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: ABB (A Level) or DDM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): NursingSocial Work
Faculty: Health, Social Care and Medicine
Department: Nursing and Midwifery
Students gathered round two tables during a Social Work seminar.

Being unwell can be stressful for anyone. For vulnerable people, it can be an even scarier experience. These individuals depend on support from social workers and nurses who understand their needs.

Join us to train as an integrated learning disabilities nursing and understand the role of social work practitioner. Explore topics from health, social care, education and other related areas. Discover what it means to be part of multidisciplinary teams.

This innovative and intensive integrated Masters is delivered alongside our partners in the Cheshire & Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership, and leads to eligibility for two professional awards.

To prepare for provision of treatments for adults with learning disabilities, you’ll explore their complex needs. This includes everything from psychosocial issues to communication difficulties, behavioural challenges to end-of-life care. In your social work modules, you’ll look at a range of issues relating to social justice, structural inequality, anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills and practical experience you need to excel in the role of learning disability nurse. You’ll also understand care through the lenses of service users, their families, and carers.

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Social Work England logo.
Cheshire & Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership logo.

Course features

  • Professional accreditation

  • Professional practice placements

What you'll study

We’ve designed the course to meet the national requirements for both nursing and social work education. In Year 1, you’ll look at nursing and social work as separate professions. However, we’ll introduce you to the life sciences which underpin them both. Preparation for your first nursing placement will also be key. Develop the knowledge you’ll depend on and the practical skills that will help you provide the best possible care.

Compulsory modules:

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Contemporary Nursing
Contemporary Social Work
Foundation Science, Theory and Method in Nursing and Social Work
Foundations for Integrated Practice

Hands-on experience meets knowledge-building in Year 2. Get up to speed with current practices in adult care, as well as the care of children, young people and their families. Understand care across a diverse range of contexts and settings. Explore law and policy and discuss their implications for nursing and social work practitioners. You’ll apply everything you’ve learnt to practical experiences in nursing and social work.

Compulsory modules:

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Adults Within an Integrated Health and Social Care Context
Children, Young People and Their Families Within an Integrated Health and Social Care Context
Developing Capability for Integrated Practice
Law and Policy in Nursing and Social Work

Take your learning to the next level in Year 3 by looking at complexity in health and social care. We’ll discuss what support individuals with learning disabilities need, as well as examining care on a local, national and international level. Placements will be a key part of your learning, but you’ll discover the world of research too. Want to experience nursing overseas? We’ll let you know about opportunities to do a placement abroad.

Compulsory modules:

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Aspects of International Health and Social Care
Enhancing Confidence and Capability for Integrated Practice
Research Methods in Health and Social Care
Working with Complexity in Health and Social Care

An extended integrated nursing and social work practice placement is your top priority in the final year. It’ll challenge you to become a leader, apply your knowledge and understand what research development in this area looks like.

Compulsory modules:

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Achieving Competence and Proficiency for Professional Registration
Leadership in Integrated Health and Social Care
MNSW Dissertation

How you'll study

Seminars, lectures, work-based learning, tutorials, simulated practice and technology enhanced learning will be used to deliver this programme. While the majority of classes will take place at Edge Hill University, some modules may involve studying at sites other than Ormskirk in which case you will be responsible for travel and parking costs.

Time in nursing and social work practice will be undertaken in a variety of health and social care settings within the NHS, independent and voluntary organisations. Practice settings will be drawn from our network of more than 600 placement locations across Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire. Practice placements hours will include weekends, early morning, evening and night work to ensure access to a full range of practice experiences across 24 hour care. You will be responsible for travel and parking costs while on placement.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

The programme incorporates a range of assessment opportunities. These include essays, presentations, text analysis, group work, portfolios, simulated practice, carers’ assessments, video/audio diaries, role plays and exams. Practice learning is also assessed by appropriately qualified nursing practice assessors and social work practice educators.

Who will be teaching you

The programme is delivered by research-active professionals within the fields of nursing and social work who have expert knowledge of a wide range of service settings.

A dedicated service user and carer group collaborates with the programme team to develop, strengthen and advance the quality of the learning experience.

Contributors to the programme include people who have direct experience of services, specialist practitioners, senior managers and policy makers.

Social work education at Edge Hill University is provided in collaboration with the Cheshire and Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership. The teaching partnership comprises of four universities, eight local authorities, two community NHS trusts and one voluntary sector organisation, drawn from the partnership’s geographical footprint across Greater Merseyside, Cheshire West and Chester, and West Lancashire.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 128 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required. You will also need GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Eligible candidates must provide evidence of study within the three years prior to application. An interview forms part of the selection process.

If you accept an offer from Edge Hill you will need to satisfy the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council and Social Work England in respect of physical and mental fitness and will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level ABB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM).
T Level Overall grade of Distinction.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.


EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, are eligible to apply for this course.

Unfortunately this course is not available to other international students. Please see our A-Z of courses for alternative options.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine offers outstanding facilities for the education and training of health and social care professionals.

The contemporary teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

Where you'll study

Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

Learning resources

The Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre offers a variety of simulated environments from home, through primary and emergency care, to secondary care and beyond. The flexible and adaptable facilities include a ward environment, operating theatre, an anatomy and ultrasound resource centre, a ‘Better at Home’ suite, clinical skills area and consultation rooms.

You will benefit from access to a wide variety of healthcare equipment, as well as a range of full-body patient simulators that can breathe, talk, have pulses and can simulate a wide range of symptoms and clinical conditions. This will enable you to undertake practical scenarios in realistic settings, providing ideal preparation for professional practice placements and future employment.


Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


a year

The UK tuition fee rate is subject to final Government approval for academic year 2023/24 entry. The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see our EU student finance page for further details.

Your future career

After graduating from the Learning Disabilities Nursing & Social Work MNSW degree, your CV will stand out with a Masters level academic qualification and two professional awards.

You’ll be ready for any role caring for people with learning disabilities who have complex and long-term conditions. Your integrated health and social care perspective will help you provide effective care and protect them from harm.

We continue to work with prospective employers to identify future areas of employment for practitioners with dual nursing and social work registration.

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