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Nursing (Mental Health)

BSc (Hons)

Our Mental Health Nursing degree will give you the clinical skills and experience needed to be a confident and compassionate mental health nurse.

UCAS Code: B760

Single Honours

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Work with real patients from your first year with our extensive partnerships with NHS trusts throughout the midlands region. By the time you graduate, you’ll be a confident specialist mental health nurse eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

100%

of graduates are in work or further study after 15 months

Graduate Outcomes Survey
Top5

in the UK for Quality Education

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Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

With this degree you’ll be eligible to register as a nurse with the NMC, the professional regulatory body for nurses.


Overview

To fully prepare you for a career as a mental health nurse, you’ll learn about mental health conditions and how to care for patients of all ages. Your time will be split between learning in our first-class facilities and developing your skills on practice placements.

Learn the theory and put it into practice with hands-on skills and simulation days. These sessions take place in our simulation suites which replicate the clinical environment you’ll be working in when you graduate. By working through simulated case studies and clinical scenarios, you’ll have an authentic insight into the role of a mental health nurse and improve your confidence.

Be there for patients from your first year with practice placements, where you’ll be working with real people with complex mental, physical, and social needs. You’ll learn techniques to form relationships and build trust with your patients to help them overcome their challenges and make a difference in their lives.

Your lecturers will get to know you personally. Through tailored support and reflections they get to understand your strengths and know how to push you to develop. When you start, you’ll be assigned a Personal Academic Tutor, usually this is one of the lecturers teaching your course and they typically remain with you throughout your studies.

Placements

We have excellent links with NHS Trusts and healthcare providers in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Birmingham, and Dudley.

Around half of your time will be spent on practice placements in each year of your degree. Your placements run in blocks across the year, normally with experiences in at least two different placement settings each year.

These settings could include:

  • Nursing homes
  • Psychosis services
  • Prison services
  • Dementia services
  • Child and adolescent mental health services
  • Psychiatric intensive care

While out on placement you’ll learn from experienced nurses and have the support of your tutors. These practical experiences, in combination with your time on campus, prepare you to be a skilled, compassionate, and confident mental health nurse.


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Course content

On this accredited course you’ll study theories backed up by substantial evidence, and then get the opportunity to apply this learning in professional practice.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and developments in the field, as well as feedback from students and employers. Therefore, modules do occasionally change to keep the course up-to-date and relevant.

All modules are mandatory to ensure you’re eligible to register as a nurse with the NMC.

Mandatory modules


Careers

This course will prepare you for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, so you can begin a rewarding career in mental health nursing.

Most of our graduates go on to work in the NHS – but others find positions in private practices, social services, schools, or choose to work overseas.

In your final year we arrange mock interviews and CV writing workshops, and your personal academic tutor will help you to plan your career. We also invite employers in the region on to campus to meet you and discuss career opportunities.


Course highlights

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£5,000 payment 
When you study on this course, you’ll receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year, which you don’t need to pay back. This is in addition to the financial support and loans available to all UK undergraduate students.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is a mix of interactive seminars, lectures, one-to-one tutorials, and practical skills sessions. Your assessments will help prepare you for a career as a nurse, and include observations of professional skills, writing reflective essays, presenting, group discussions and creating a care plan.

Teaching and assessment contents

You will be taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures and seminars. Case studies (developed in partnership with service users) support a scenario-based approach to learning which facilitates small group activities and discussions, leading to shared and individual problem-solving and decision-making. A campus-based approach, complemented by appropriate use of both synchronous and asynchronous online learning, including virtual learning environment collaboration, flipped classroom and e-learning packages, which promote personalised engagement with learning.

You will meet with your personal academic tutor four times in year one and three times in years two and three.

At the core of the nursing programme is learning in a diverse range of clinical placements, learning in the real world which facilitates work-readiness, and personal and professional development. Mandatory practice learning equates to 50% of the programme credit for each year. Your practice learning is mapped across the programme, gradually increasing as you gain confidence. By year three you will complete over 55% of the programme in practice learning environments, supporting your transition from student to Registered Nurse. Your placements run in blocks across the year, with experiences normally in a minimum of two practice placements each year, in a setting appropriate to your chosen field of practice. The use of ‘spokes’ (visits to alternative placement settings) to maximise learning opportunities offered by diverse and non-traditional settings offers exposure to opportunities to care for people from across the life-span, with mental and physical health needs and learning disabilities. Enhanced practice learning days, rooted in clinical practice, provide opportunities to consolidate learning, provide opportunities for reflection and inter-professional learning, including added value learning experiences and seeking additional support as necessary to promote inclusive learning in the practice setting.

While on placement you are supernumerary and are supported by a practice supervisor and assessed by a practice assessor, both having undergone appropriate preparation for their roles. Further support is provided by the inter-professional team, a nominated person (usually a member of the practice education team) and an academic assessor allocated for each part of the programme. You will have access to the internet and library resources whilst on placement.

You will be provided with the opportunity to complete skills and simulated learning activities. All skills and simulation activities involve a range of people including students, peers, service users/carers, practitioners, technicians, and academics and include role play, ‘hands-on’ practical skills sessions using a range of simulation manikins, video recording and playback. Formative feedback on performance is provided to facilitate safe and effective support for essential skills development, in state-of-the-art simulation suites, replicating hospital and community practice learning environments. This learning is particularly important in year one, with twenty days allocated to prepare you for your practice learning experiences. This is reduced in year two and three to ten days per year.

You will have the opportunity to complete a UK or international elective placement, during Year three, semester one. This can be either a four-week or a twelve-week experience, helping with the globalization of the programme and employability.


Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points required: 112

Typical Offer
QualificationGrade
A-levelBBC
BTEC National Extended DiplomaDMM
T-levelMerit

We do accept Access to HE Diplomas and other qualifications which may not exactly match the combinations above. Work out your estimated points with the UCAS tariff calculator.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please call our Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk.


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Fees

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UK and EU Students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International Students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.


How to apply

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Read our how to apply pages for more information on the application process, or if you’d like to apply for part-time study.

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Student stories

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Thomas Fletcher

Thomas Fletcher is a former Healthcare Assistant and is now working as a mental health nurse in Birmingham.

 “I chose to study Mental Health Nursing as I had been a care assistant for many years and wanted to further develop my skills to enhance patient care and experience as a nurse."

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Kenny Fakeye

“My university journey was an eventful adventure brimming with many wonderful experiences and memories to look back on. As a nervous adult learner who hadn't participated in any kind of academic pursuit for more than twenty years, the induction tutors made the transition to an academic environment more relaxed, engaging, and helpful."

Kenny now works as a community psychiatric nurse for the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, in its home treatment team.

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Morgan Ward

"In my second year I began to struggle with my academic work. After assessment I was diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia which came as quite a shock. I began to think I would never get to the end of the degree but. But things got so much better after my diagnosis, and I actually got the highest grades I’ve had since the added support and guidance.

Now about to graduate! I have my very first job lined up and after everything life chucked at me, I am finally able to celebrate.”

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Thomas Fletcher

Thomas Fletcher is a former Healthcare Assistant and is now working as a mental health nurse in Birmingham.

 “I chose to study Mental Health Nursing as I had been a care assistant for many years and wanted to further develop my skills to enhance patient care and experience as a nurse."

University of Worcester logo on a light blue background

Kenny Fakeye

“My university journey was an eventful adventure brimming with many wonderful experiences and memories to look back on. As a nervous adult learner who hadn't participated in any kind of academic pursuit for more than twenty years, the induction tutors made the transition to an academic environment more relaxed, engaging, and helpful."

Kenny now works as a community psychiatric nurse for the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, in its home treatment team.


Contact

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

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Jodie Walker-Haywood

Admissions office

01905 855111