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Year of Entry 2019/20
BSc (Honours)

Nursing (Learning Disability) and Social Work

Become a health and social care professional, with dual registration in learning disability nursing and social work, with this innovative course.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £15,250 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 120
When do I start? September

Student satisfaction

This course scored 100% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of contemporary learning disability nursing and social work practice.
  • Use person centred, relationship focused practice to work in partnership with service users, families and carers.
  • Graduate as a qualified nurse and social worker ready to begin your career in healthcare.

On this course you equip yourself with the skills and expertise to support people with learning disabilities across their lifespan. On successful completion you will be able to register as a qualified nurse (learning disability) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and with the Health Care Professions Council as a social worker in England.

Student View

Watch student Jerome Norris-Uttley talk about what it’s like to study this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Jane Murphy talk about this course.

The course is comprised of integrated health and social care modules, based around the central theme of learning disabilities. Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge, skills and values that enhance your employment opportunities, give you a strong professional identity as well as confidence in working with different professional groups and agencies.

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • practice-based learning
  • nursing and social work skills days
  • directed study

Course leaders and tutors

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Jane Murphy
Senior Lecturer

Along with an Admissions Tutor role, supporting recruitment activity for the ANSW and across other nursing programmes in the Faculty, I am teaching Inter professiona … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

Practice-based learning is central to your development, and you spend 50% of your course on placement. Placements are available in a wide range of environments such as health trusts, advocacy organisations, local authorities, nursing homes, specialist teams, secure environments , assessment and treatment centres and community settings.

The range of placement opportunities is very diverse and reflects contemporary changes to health and social care services. This culminates with a 20 week integrated placement in your third year, where you take on your own caseload of patients or service users. During your placement you have a professional nursing mentor or social work practice assessor to help guide and support you.

Networking opportunities

In order to support you to become lifelong independent learners, we keep you informed about local and national study days and conferences which are available to nursing and social work students. We have excellent relationships with practice partners who support and inform teaching on the course.

Future careers

This course reflects current policy which calls for more integrated working in health and social care services. The dual qualification is recognised as very valuable by employers and enables you to work in a wide range of settings.

Further education and training can lead to opportunities to specialise and become an expert in your chosen area of professional practice. You can also move into more senior management roles in health and social care You may consider research or education as you progress through your career. Starting salaries for newly qualified nurses and social workers are approximately £22,000.


This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with them. You must be registered with the NMC in order to practise as a nurse in the UK and with the HCPC to practise as a social worker in England.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

Collegiate campus

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Collegiate Crescent
S10 2BP

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Collegiate library

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Equipment and facilities

The Robert Winston Building has well-equipped clinical skills rooms to enable you to enhance your learning in a safe and supported environment. Technology Enhanced Learning and Simulation will help you to develop confidence prior to entering practice placements.

Other specialist facilities include a purpose built court house Moot Court within our the Heart of the Campus building, which you use in the third year of the course to develop your social work skills for use in a court environment.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points


This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept AS levels. For example:

  • BBB at A Level
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • Maths at grade D or 4 or equivalents*
  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents**
  • *GCSE Math's equivalent

    • Level 2 Key Skills/Application of Number/ Grade D at GSCE Maths/ Level 2 Maths credits from an Access course
    • Equivalency test from

    **GCSE English equivalent

    • Level 2 Literacy
    • Level 2 Key Skills

Other qualifications

Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, social sciences or nursing. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 level 3 credits should be graded at distinction level.

FdSc Professional Practice in Health & Social Care - If you are in the process of completing or have successfully completed the above programme at one of our partner colleges (Sheffield College, Barnsley College, Chesterfield College, North Lindsey College, Dearne Valley College, Manchester College, Stockport College and Doncaster College) and are looking to progress your career as a registered professional within the Health & Social Care sector, we would welcome an application from you via UCAS to start in Year 1.

Successful completion of our Foundation Year in Health, Sport & Social Care.

Other equivalent qualifications are considered individually, and include previous degrees that are grade 2.2 or above


If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

Helping your application succeed


Experience of interacting with members of the public from a range of backgrounds in different settings is essential when applying to a health or social care course. It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required of those caring for individuals living with a learning disability. The NHS values are key to all our health courses. For further information on the standards required of students in nursing and midwifery professions please take a look at the Nursing and Midwifery Council's code of conduct

There are many ways you can gain experience - this might be as part of a programme of study or in a paid or voluntary capacity, and doesn't always need to be within a care setting. Interacting with people with different life experiences will help you develop a deeper level of understanding of the diversity of the population who access health and social care. In your personal statement please reflect upon your learning from any of these experiences demonstrating an understanding of the professional roles of those who work with individuals living with a learning disability and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a learning disability and social work combined course.

You will be invited to attend an interview if these key elements are included in your personal statement.

Learn more at our health and social care application support sessions


You must provide a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution with your UCAS application.

The selection event

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.

View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

Course enrolment - professional requirements

Before enrolling you must fully declare on the forms provided during the admissions process:

  • Unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
  • Involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
  • Involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
  • Enrolment on a health or social work professional course at another University

In addition

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check

  • you must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
  • if you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining this check can be found here
  • where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Professional Issues Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.

Occupational Health Screening

You must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.


You must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health and meet the immunisation and immunity requirements of placement providers. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

Pre- course Day

After completing the above professional checks, if you reside in the UK you are expected to make every reasonable attempt to attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the professional requirements of your course. This is also an opportunity to meet fellow applicant to the health & social care courses who will be starting their studies at the same time as you, some current students and teaching staff.

Other professional suitability information

Your full enrolment on your course will be confirmed when the Professional Issues Team have verified that your Enhanced DBS Disclosure (and overseas criminal record check where relevant) indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable groups including children and clearance from your health screening has been received.

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, you must tell the Professional Issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637 or emailing

Disability support

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions, learning difficulty or disability you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for education and training and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement.

You can contact our nursing and midwifery disability coordinator on 0114 225 2470 to explore any issues you may have, or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom).

The Disability Disclosure booklet provides information for students on health and social care courses and will help you understand the importance of disclosing your disability at the earliest possible stage. This is so you can be assessed for the support you may require to succeed on the course.

Open day

Our University open days give you an opportunity to come and talk to our teaching staff and current students on the course you are considering. You can explore the campus, view our facilities and ask any questions you may have in a relaxed environment.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Essential Sciences For Nursing And Social Work Practice Credits: 20
Module: Essentials Of Nursing And Social Work: Science And Practice Credits: 20
Module: Foundations For Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 20
Module: Fundamentals Of Public Health: Science And Practice (Nursing And Social Work) Credits: 20
Module: Introduction To Relationship Centred Care In Nursing And Social Work: Science And Practice (Readiness To Practice 1) Credits: 20
Module: Skills Days Attendance (Ba Sw) Credits: -
Module: Understanding The Person Centred Approach In Relationship Centred Care (Readiness To Practice 2) Credits: 20

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Application Of The Science And Practice Of Public Health (Nursing And Social Work) Credits: 20
Module: Developing Capability For Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 20
Module: Developing Relationship Centred Care In Nursing And Social Work: Science And Practice Credits: 20
Module: Evidence Informed Nursing And Social Work Credits: 20
Module: Integrating The Science Of Nursing And Social Work Credits: 40
Module: Placement And Skills Days Attendance (Ba Sw) Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Consolidating The Science And Practice Of Nursing And Social Work Credits: 40
Module: Enhancing Quality Of Services Through Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 20
Module: Leadership And Management For Excellence In Relationship Centred Care: Science And Practice (Nursing And Social Work) Credits: 20
Module: Managing Public Health: Science And Practice (Nursing And Social Work) Credits: 20
Module: Placement And Skills Days Attendance (Ba Sw) Credits: -
Module: Research For Nursing And Social Work Practice Credits: 20
Module: Theory/Practice Hours - Nursing (Learning Disability) And Social Work Credits: -

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 with an annual placement supplement of £2,000.

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Health and social care funding

Find out how to fund your studies by visiting our health and social care pages for more information.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Nursing and midwifery courses (PDF)

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