One of the primary roles of a mental health nurse is to enable and educate, encouraging those experiencing mental health issues to progress towards recovery. This course prepares you to work in a variety of mental health settings with a diverse range of people. You’ll gain experience within inter-professional practice and develop skills in mental health nursing across the lifespan.
You’ll rehearse practice skills in our dedicated suites, allowing you to integrate your theory into practice in a safe environment. You’ll also experience at least 2,300 hours of placements (including elements accredited via Recognition of Prior Learning) which is required by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). The course duration is a minimum of two years to ensure you gain this valuable experience.
The health economy is rapidly changing and future nurses are likely to be located in a broader range of workplaces. Your placement opportunities will therefore be in a diverse range of settings which include the growing independent sector as well as care within the community, preparing you to work effectively and meet the health care needs of an increasing ageing population. After graduating you'll have met the standards and competencies set by the NMC to register as a mental health nurse.
This is a pre-registration nursing course that has been adapted for those students who already have a degree. We also offer a BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing if you don’t have a degree. Students on this PG Dip course will work alongside the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing students; however some units will be grouped with other PG Dip students from other nursing pathways, and your academic tutor will focus on your individual development at Master's level.
94% of our final year BSc (Hons) students said they have been able to access specialised equipment, facilities, or rooms when they needed to. Come along and attend one of our Undergraduate Open Day events, where this course is represented, to find out more.
New for 2018: Students enrolling on this course are now eligible to apply for loans from the Student Loans Company. These cover tuition fees of up to £9,250 per year and support living costs. These loans are the same as those available to undergraduate students.
All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.
Please note that when applying for this course via UCAS, you will need to search for it in the undergraduate category.
Next start date:
September 2019, September 2020
Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus
2 years, including mandatory placements
Nursing & Midwifery Council
For 2019 entry: A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 or equivalent in any subject.
International entry requirements:
For 2019 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.
For 2020 entry: If English is not your first language you'll 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 full entry requirements.