BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) - Course overview
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Nursing course summary

The BSc (Hons) Nursing degree is a three year full time modular course designed to prepare students for their future role as a registered nurse and meets the new Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards implemented in 2011, ensuring that our graduates will be able to help shape the nursing workforce of the future.
Following successful completion of the degree, students are eligible to apply for registration with the NMC in the relevant field of the Council’s register. Regardless of which field you are in, the course will provide
  • a strong emphasis on clinical skills acquisition
  • early clinical placement
  • profession specific personal tutorial support
  • inter-professional learning and teaching
  • equal weighting is given to theory and practice, contributing to overall classification of the BSc (Hons) award
  • staff who are active in research, have published widely in their area of expertise, teach on generic and shared modules across all fields of nursing, engage with, and in, clinical practice​. Nursing and Midwifery Challenge 2014

Nursing (Mental Health) summary

Mental health difficulties can have a profound effect upon a person’s quality of life. As many as one in three people are thought to suffer some form of mental health problem. This dynamic mental heath degree, is delivered using a range of innovative teaching approaches designed to meet the needs of this population.
Practice opportunities exist within varied health and social care settings to consolidate your theoretical knowledge over the three years. There is also considerable emphasis upon the development of clinical and communication skills required for the safe and effective delivery of a range of mental health interventions.
Service users themselves have considerable input into the development, delivery and assessment of the course. At the end of the degree you will be able to practice effectively within a variety of community, primary and acute care settings.
Our Innovative approach to teaching leads to your development into an effective and creative professional.

Funding information 

  • You are currently entitled to a means tested bursary (the amount depends on your current financial circumstances) for the duration of your course through the NHS Business Services Authority if you are a UK national.
  • The NHS will currently meet (in full) your Tuition Fee Contribution on your behalf if you are a UK or EU national.
  • Please note that NHS Student Bursaries have changed the application process for 2013 entry. For further guidance about applying for your 2013/14 bursary and to create and access a Bursary Online Support Account (BOSS) please visit the NHS Business Services Authority website. 

Professional accreditation​

Students are eligible to apply for registration with the NMC in one of the three fields: Child Health, Mental Health or Adult nursing of the Council's register.

Mental Health Nursing Books
Mental Health Nursing Student

Why choose this course? 

  • Excellent resources
  • Progressive module development
  • Excellent practice opportunities
  • Innovative assessment methods
  • Specialist knowledge/practice development
  • Progressive Mental Health Portfolio of skills (e.g. Psychological therapy based) - enhanced evidence for job applications or later professional development
  • Compatible with the expanding ‘IAPT’ agenda
  • Inter-professional developments with a variety of allied health professions and other fields of nursing
  • Emphasis on ‘values based practice’ – users of mental health services & carers are involved at every level of the curriculum & deliver a module
  • A philosophy of ‘Recovery’ throughout
  • An applied degree - eligibility to apply for registration with NMC as a Mental Health Nurse on part 1 of the professional register

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“Placements are brilliant, getting experience on the placements is crucial; experiencing different areas of the different sectors is good...”
Allison Latham  
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