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BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

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  • UCAS Code:
    B701
  • Institution:
    B50

Accredited by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) against the NMC’s 2018 standards, our course in Mental Health Nursing expertly blends theory with real-world experience and was developed in conjunction with practice partners, service users and carers and students. The course aim is to give you  all the knowledge and skills needed to feel confident working as a nurse and to be eligible to register as a Mental Health Nurse with the NMC and is an ideal choice for those looking to gain the expert knowledge and practical skills needed to enter the mental health nursing.

Dealing with mental health problems is challenging for both the patient and their carers, and as evidence shows that one in four people will struggle with mental health issues at some point during their life, it’s a rapidly expanding area of nursing that needs competent and caring professionals.

Specifically designed to give you a solid grounding in the theoretical and professional skills needed to offer high-quality nursing care that meets the needs of clients, service users and their families, this course will ultimately teach you how to enable, educate, and encourage those experiencing mental health problems to progress towards recovery.

Practical experience takes a central role in the course, completed in a variety of healthcare environments which includes community and hospital settings. As part of your placement you’ll take part in the full cycle of care which includes shift working, weekends and night duty. 

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All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.
There was insufficient data to publish information specifically for this course. This is either because the course size is small or respondent numbers were low. Therefore, the data displayed is from across the last two years.

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2020, September 2021

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

3 years including mandatory full-time placements

Accreditations:

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

September 2020 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma of DMM. For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2020 entry: If English is not your first language you will need 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in all other components, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

This course prepares you to work in a variety of mental health settings with a diverse range of people. You will gain experience within inter-professional practice and develop skills in mental health nursing across the lifespan.

The BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing course is located within the Department of Nursing Science which also offers BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing and BSc Children & Young People’s Nursing courses. The department is part of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences Nursing Framework. We have developed this course as part of a co-ordinated suite of nursing courses to enhance student learning and prepare you for practice. Our approach to interprofessional education means that throughout the course students will take part in shared workshops, lectures and learning events with other students on health related courses.

However as a mental health nursing student, there will be aspects of the course where you will be taught by staff who have specific mental health nursing experience and you will be taught in groups with other mental health nursing students, so that your learning is tailored and specific to your chosen field of expertise. Your placements and assessments will also be field specific and you will use mental health nursing case scenarios to apply learning to mental health nursing practice.

You will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the units. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators and technicians. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from local healthcare services and workshops run by service users (patients and carers) who are part of the teaching team.

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Placements

As a mental health nursing student, you will spend 50% of your time on the course in a practice placement setting, and the remaining 50% studying - whether undertaking personal study, at the library or on campus attending lectures, seminars or working under the guidance of our demonstrators in the Practice Skills suite.

The practice simulation suites are a great way for you to try your hand at practical skills before you go on placement, as they provide a safe environment and allow you to continually work on skills necessary in the workplace.

All of the practice placements on the mental health nursing course are undertaken in mental health settings which are as diverse as our client group. This will give you a rounded experience of nursing to fulfil the registration requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Find out more about Health & Social Care placements

Your application

Entry requirements

Careers

A diverse range of roles are open to you as a mental health nurse, allowing you to forge a career that you're truly passionate about. You can work within the NHS or in the private sector and can be based in a hospital environment or community setting. 97% of our students are working or taking further study six months after graduating.

Being able to educate those with mental health problems about how to work towards a recovery, as well as supporting their families, is important regardless of the job you have and this course will ensure you're equipped to do exactly that.

There was insufficient data to publish information specifically for this course. This is either because the course size is small or respondent numbers were low. Therefore, the data displayed is for all students in nursing.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our pages on funding support for healthcare courses. Our fees and funding section also includes information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. 

Our staff

On this course, you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

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What our students say

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