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PGDip Mental Health Nursing (with professional registration)

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  • UCAS Code:
    338Y
  • Institution:
    B50

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This course is now full for September 2019 entry. You may still apply, but your application will be held on a waiting list and you will be informed if there becomes a space on the course and your application is being considered. 

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.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

2 years, including mandatory placements

Accreditations:

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Entry requirements:

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.

Course details

Students must have a first degree to be eligible for this course. We also offer a BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing if you don’t have a degree. Students on this PG Dip course will work alongside the BSc (Hons) Mental Health 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.

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. 

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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.

Placement localities

  • Dorset: Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust 
  • Wiltshire: The Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, primarily across the Salisbury area
  • Hampshire: The Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Somerset: The Somerset Partnership NHS Trust

Your application

We are looking for applicants who:

  • Have an interest in Mental Health Nursing as well as the motivation and commitment to undertake the course
  • Have undertaken relevant work experience
  • Have a clear understanding of the profession
  • Can demonstrate personal skills and qualities relevant to the course

It is recommended that you have some care experience, preferably in a mental health setting. If you do not have any relevant experience, you will be required to demonstrate at interview that you have a clear insight into the nature of the profession that you will be training to enter.

Entry requirements

Careers

After completing this course, you will possess the practical skills and theoretical knowledge for embarking on a rewarding career in mental health nursing.

Our graduate employment rate for the BSc (Hons) route of this course is 97%. We currently do not have any graduate employment statistics for the PG Dip route of the course. 

Costs and fees

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 teaching staff can change.

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What our students say

Anita Roberts

As a mature student, I was worried about fitting in but my life experience is acknowledged and respected and I have been given amazing opportunities to expand my knowledge and skills base.

Hear from our alumni

Maisie Conlon

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bournemouth university, I have made some lifetime friends and I am about to start a fantastic career.