Nursing (Mental Health) BN

Overview

There's always demand for Mental Health Nurses, and it takes a special kind of person to work in the field. You need empathy, compassion and commitment, as well as professional experience and specialist training. If you're able to bring the former, we'll provide the latter.

This BN (Hons) Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health) degree course has been developed collaboratively with local healthcare providers, and will give extensive experience at delivering mental healthcare in the local community. You'll also build your clinical skillset through simulated procedures and scenarios.

When you graduate, you'll be ready to start work as a Mental Health Nurse: you'll be eligible to seek admission to part 1 (Mental Health) of the professional Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) register. This degree course also meets all of the EU requirements for employment as a Registered Nurse abroad.

This course is pending approval against the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) 2018 standards. 

For pre-registration nursing, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2018, Part 1: Standards Framework for nursing and midwifery education, 5.12, page 12) state that there is no compensation between theory and practice learning.

What you'll experience

On this course you’ll:

  • Observe, examine, assess and engage with service users in both community and hospital settings
  • Develop skills in evidence based decision making to support and deliver best practice in mental health nursing
  • Use simulation facilities to develop and refine your clinical skills and competence
  • Develop critical thinking, resilience and leadership skills

Work experience and career planning

You'll spend a large amount of time on this course in clinical practice placements. These placements give you practical experience in caring for people with acute and long-term physical and mental health conditions of all kinds, in many settings. Together with our partner trusts, we'll develop you into a confident, independent, adaptable and professional Mental Health Nurse.

So that you're fully prepared for practice in the mental health sector, a key element of your work experience will be working shifts at weekends and at night, as there's demand for mental health care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Attending these work experience opportunities may require a lot of travel.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

On the full-time course, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits in each year. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

On the part-time course, you need to study modules worth a total of 80 credits in years 1, 2, 3 and 4 and 40 credits in year 5.

The modules information below is based on the full-time course. On the part-time course, you'll study the same modules over 5 years rather than 3 years.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Science informing practice
  • Foundations of evidence based practice knowledge
  • Personalising nursing care
  • Foundations of professional nursing practice

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core topics in this year include:

  • Evidence based decision making
  • Essentials of mental health assessment
  • Engaging with service improvement
  • Person-centred recovery
  • Developing professional nursing practice

There are no optional units in this year.

Year 3

Core topics in this year include:

  • Collaboration with mental health
  • Leading safe and effective care
  • Professional nursing practice
  • Service improvement project

There are no optional units in this year.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • independent study
  • workplace simulation

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • Academic work including essays, reports, case studies and reflective accounts
  • Performance-based clinical practice assessments including objective structured clinical examinations and activity in simulation
  • In-class tests and examinations
  • Presentations and scientific posters
  • Work-based projects
  • Online learning activities

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. 

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What jobs can you do with a Nursing (Mental Health) degree?

You'll be ready to take on a number of roles on graduation, including:

  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Practice Educator
  • Specialist Practitioner
  • Advanced Clinical Practitioner
  • Crisis Team Leader
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Leadership and Management
  • Nurse Education

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BN, BN Award
September Start
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

104 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include 32 points from a Science subject. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 7.0.

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