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BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing (Advanced Standing)

Many nurses may wish to undertake training for a different part of the nursing register at some point in their career. This course provides a conversion opportunity for those who wish to move from one part of the nursing register to mental health nursing.

  • UCAS Code:
    B761
  • Institution:
    B50

Please note: This Advanced Standing course is full for September 2021 entry and we are not accepting applications at present. However, during the Clearing period from 1 July 2021 this position may change so please contact our Clearing line which will be advertised during this time. You can register your interest for Clearing 2021 here.

We are pleased to offer a Master's MSc Mental Health Nursing course which is open for applications, as well as the BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing full degree route. 

Why study BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing (Advanced Standing) at BU? 

  • Successful completion of this 2-year course will lead to a qualification in BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing
  • Acceptance onto the course depends on factors such as the initial field of registration, holding a nursing degree qualification and the date of the applicant’s original registration  
  • One in four people will struggle with mental health issues at some point during their life. It is a rapidly expanding area of nursing that needs caring, compassionate and competent professionals
  • This course will teach you how to deliver high-quality nursing care, to enable, educate, and encourage those experiencing mental health problems to progress towards recovery  
  • Practical experience takes a central role in the course, with 50% of the course spent in practice placements to gain nursing experience in a variety of healthcare environments 
  • Newly built skills facilities include simulated hospital wards and community home settings, allowing you to learn and practice. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

Not sure which nursing course is for you? Read our guide to nursing courses at BU. 

Course accreditation 

Accredited by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), this course will prepare you to be eligible to register and practice as a mental health nurse and to graduate with a BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing degree.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

2 years including mandatory full-time placements

Accreditations:

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: 2:2 in a Nursing Degree. Applicants need to be a qualified nurse in the UK and have worked as a nurse for at least one year before the start of the course in their initial field of registration. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: If English is not your first language you will need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in all other components. 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.

Located within the Department of Nursing Science, the BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing course is part of the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences' Nursing Framework, which also offers BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing and BSc (Hons) Children & Young People’s Nursing courses, all with advanced standing options.

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.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 1.1mb)

Placements

As a Nursing student, you will spend 50% of your time on the course in a practice placement setting, and the remaining 50% studying – whether at home, 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, as you can see in our course video

Throughout the course you will gain experience of caring for clients in a variety of setting, such as elderly care, medical, surgical, community and critical care.

Find out more about Health & Social Care placements

Your application

Please note: This Advanced Standing course is full for September 2021 entry and we are not accepting applications at present. However, during the Clearing period from 1 July 2021 this position may change so please contact our Clearing line which will be advertised during this time. You can register your interest for Clearing 2021 here

We are pleased to offer a Master's MSc Mental Health Nursing course which is open for applications, as well as the BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing full degree route. 

Entry requirements

Careers

Mental health issues are experienced by one in four people during their lifetime, giving you plenty of scope to make a real difference once you graduate, regardless of what area of the profession you go into. 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.

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.

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 undergraduate fees and funding section, including NHS finance information. That’s also where you’ll find 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.

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