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What makes Learning Disabilities at Worcester special?

In this field, you work closely with individuals and the people who are important to them, providing the support they need to live a life that matches their plans and potential.

This foundation degree provides a clear progression pathway for those working in learning disability services, as well as those interested in exploring a future career in this area. The blend of theoretical insights and work-based learning will enable you to enhance your expertise and develop new perspectives on the key issues at play in this challenging and rewarding sector.

Key features

  • Flexible study options including full and part-time pathways and the ability to study alongside existing work commitments
  • Inter-disciplinary approach, with significant service user and carer input in to the course, alongside collaborative working with students from other courses within health and social sciences
  • Foundation degree students who have completed 400 hours in a suitable placement with a registered mentor can apply for entry at Year Two of the Nursing BSc (Hons) degree
  • Progress to a full honours degree via our one year top-up courses in Applied Health & Social Science or Health Sciences

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

60 UCAS tariff points.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview

Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure check required 

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ. Visit our Academic Quality Unit pages for full programme specifications for each course.

  • Effective Communication and Ethical Practice
  • Understanding Experiences of and Practices in Learning Disability
  • Learning Disability: Legislation, Policy and Best Practice 
  • Personal and Professional Development in the Work Place 
  • Applied Research and Evidence Based Practice 
  • Team Working and Empowerment 
  • Conditions and Interventions: Learning Disability 
  • Learning Disability: Individual Project in the Work Place

Option Modules

  • Applied Human Biology and Managing Health Conditions 
  • Reviewing Academic Literature in Learning Disability

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

The course consists of 16 modules in total: eight modules in Year One and eight modules in Year Two. 

The course is designed to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes for health and social care, therefore a variety of teaching, learning and assessment approaches will be used and will emphasise the relationship between theory and real life issues and experiences in practice.


Assessment methods include coursework assignments, reflective practice and portfolio of work, individual and group presentations, case studies, group work and project planning, reports and practical assessment.

At least twenty five percent of the course is assessed in the work place. 







Where could it take you?


Graduates can expect greater employability and enhanced promotion prospects. The course is for individuals looking to progress within the Learning Disability services or for those interested in developing a career in this field.

Alternatively, you may choose to go on to further study at degree level. On completion, you are eligible to apply for direct entry to the Top-up year of the Social Welfare BA (Hons) and Health related Top-up degrees.

Working with young children who have autism is a challenging career. The University of Worcester gives students the confidence and skills needed to work in this field.

Debbie Morris, Learning Disabilities FdSc


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £6,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this foundation degree in 2016 is £880 per 15 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £89 per week to the £145 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Health & Social Care (Learning Disabilities) FdSc L512 FdSc/LD

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions Office

01905 855111