Undergraduate study
Nursing Studies (Mental Health)

Nursing Studies (Mental Health)
BSc (Hons)

B702 BSc/NurMH

 
 
 

Course overview

This course is full for January 2018 entry - you can still apply for September 2018 entry or January 2019 (deferred) entry.
One in four of the UK population experiences a mental health problem at some point in their lives - this is not restricted by age, cultural, occupational or income groups. This mental health nursing degree course enables you to develop the values, knowledge and skills to work effectively with individuals experiencing a variety of mental health problems whilst supporting their families and carers.

The skills and knowledge you develop range from fundamental therapeutic communication to specific interventions used with individuals who have problems such as depression and severe mental illness. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to work in diverse settings, and develop a leadership role within the health and social care team. To be a nurse and to share people’s healthcare experiences, in sometimes very difficult and emotional times, is a privilege. The public place high expectations and levels of trust on nurses, and the course develops practitioners who can meet these expectations. It is hard work and challenging. Therefore to work within the healthcare sector it is essential that you are able to demonstrate the core values embedded within the NHS Constitution:

  • working together for patients
  • respect and dignity
  • commitment to quality of care
  • compassion
  • improving lives
  • everyone counts.

Throughout the course, as part of the placement experience, you will be required to participate in a shift pattern rota, work weekends and undertake night duties.

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Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on the nurses' part of the Professional Register (Mental Health Nursing).

During the pre-registration nursing course you are expected to work to the spirit of the NMC Code (2015) at all times - The Code (2015) Professional Standards of Practice and Behaviour for Nurses and Midwives, Nursing and Midwifery Council London

Please note 100% attendance is expected during this course.

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Course details

In the new curriculum there is increased emphasis on mental health and cognitive issues impacting on health and shared learning across all four fields of practice throughout the three years is a key feature of the course. The module content reflects the changing and challenging nature of providing healthcare in the 21st century and the evolving and diverse role of the registered nurse. Leadership is embedded in all three years of the course, recognising the crucial role nurses play in moving practice forward. At least one of the modules offered uses distance learning. We pride ourselves on the quality of our partnership working involving placement providers and service users. One of the modules in the first year has been co-produced with service users.

Course structure

Modules for this course will appear here soon.

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

50% of the learning time is spent engaging in University or self-managed learning activities (theory) and 50% of the time is spent within placement allocations (practice).

The teaching week during theory/study blocks is Monday to Friday and may involve some evening sessions. During practice allocations you are required to complete the shift patterns allocated to you by your assessor or supervisor. These will include early starts (for example a shift may start at 7.00am and finish at 8.00pm), night duty and weekend shifts.

The structure and sequencing of University and placement-based learning means that holidays are fixed - it is not possible to take holidays outside of the set dates.

During University-based learning you engage in a range of both teacher-led and student-led activities. Such activities include lectures, discussions, group activities, seminar presentations, tutorials, skills workshops, experiential learning / simulations, service user-focused activities and e-learning. Digital competency and learning through digital based platforms is an important component of the course.

Practice placements are provided in a range of healthcare related environments including hospital and community settings. These include experiences with community mental health teams, in-patient units, forensic mental health care and other specialist mental health services. This enables you to explore the service users’ journey, nursing and health care needs. Throughout your placement allocations you have opportunities to gain experience with client groups from other fields of nursing (adult, learning disabilities and children’s nursing) to enable you to develop an understanding of the health and nursing needs of people across all fields of practice.

Travel to placements
The range of placements provide diverse and rewarding learning experiences. Placements may not be near to your home or within your local trust. You are expected to travel to different areas.

Both practice and theory learning experiences enables you to explore the service user’s journey, developing knowledge and experience of nursing and health care needs within services across the age continuum.

How you are assessed

Assessments are varied and reflect module outcomes. They include written assignments, examinations, case studies and presentations. You are also assessed in practice through a portfolio of evidence each year. Essential placement based competencies must be met for this course which include:

  • demonstration of professional values as highlighted within the NHS Constitution:
  • mathematical calculations in relation to drug administration
  • physical and manual dexterity to undertake clinical skills
  • observational and auditory ability are needed to carry out holistic practical examinations and emergency care
  • accurate interpretation of assessment data and written records, such as drug prescription charts and treatment plans, to inform clinical decision making
  • keeping accurate and legible records.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Call us on 0800 952 0226 about our entry requirements

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

A diverse range of career opportunities are available within the NHS and private sectors in the UK and overseas. This course provides a stepping stone from which you can develop your expertise in the fields of nursing practice, leadership, research, education and consultancy.

 

Information for international applicants

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Full-time

Entry to 2018/19 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B702 BSc/NurMH
  • Call us on 0800 952 0226 about our entry requirements

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Part-time

  • Not available part-time
 

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