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Nursing (Mental Health) BSc (Hons)

Course Overview

Nursing is a challenging but rewarding career that'll change lives, including your own. As a mental health nurse you'll play your part in improving access to healthcare, wellbeing, social inclusion and quality of life.

Working in a variety of settings, including specialist and community services, and people's homes, mental health nurses provide focused health support to people of all ages.

£5,000 per year training grant is available for students along with an additional £1,000 per year grant because mental health nurses are in demand in the UK and worldwide. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services website.

Why UCS?

You'll learn from a passionate, enthusiastic, skilled and supportive team with a range of experience across all the many different aspects of mental health nursing, and other fields of nursing. As many of our staff are active researchers, your learning will be enriched by the very latest in best practice and clinical understanding.

This course has a strong practical focus, allowing you to gain competence carrying out the hands-on tasks you will perform in your career. About half your time will be spent on placements with our established partners. You will also have regular access to outstanding facilities including our Clinical Simulation Suite: an imitation ward where you will be able to develop your clinical expertise in a safe, instructive environment.

Based at our Taunton Campus, you will interact with and learn from other students from a range of health and social care courses. You will develop essential people skills as you work with patients and their families, as well as our partners on placements, in class and online.

Course Overview

Year one you will study:

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology for Nursing
  • Episodes of Care 1
  • Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
  • Principles of Nursing (Field Specific)
  • Sustainable Global Public Health

Year two you will study:

  • Assessment and Decision Making
  • Episodes of Care 2
  • Episodes of Care 3
  • Pharmacology and Medicines Management
  • Research Methodologies of Nursing Enquiry
  • Supporting People with Complex Needs.

Final year you will study:

  • Episodes of Care 4
  • Leadership and Supervision
  • Nursing Final Project
  • Transition to Registration.

Plus, one optional module from a range of specialisms to be discussed at interview.

Apply for Nursing (Mental Health) BSc (Hons) via UCAS

Course Overview

Course Overview

Nursing is a challenging but rewarding career that'll change lives, including your own. As a mental health nurse you'll play your part in improving access to healthcare, wellbeing, social inclusion and quality of life.

Working in a variety of settings, including specialist and community services, and people's homes, mental health nurses provide focused health support to people of all ages.

£5,000 per year training grant is available for students along with an additional £1,000 per year grant because mental health nurses are in demand in the UK and worldwide. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services website.

Why UCS?

You'll learn from a passionate, enthusiastic, skilled and supportive team with a range of experience across all the many different aspects of mental health nursing, and other fields of nursing. As many of our staff are active researchers, your learning will be enriched by the very latest in best practice and clinical understanding.

This course has a strong practical focus, allowing you to gain competence carrying out the hands-on tasks you will perform in your career. About half your time will be spent on placements with our established partners. You will also have regular access to outstanding facilities including our Clinical Simulation Suite: an imitation ward where you will be able to develop your clinical expertise in a safe, instructive environment.

Based at our Taunton Campus, you will interact with and learn from other students from a range of health and social care courses. You will develop essential people skills as you work with patients and their families, as well as our partners on placements, in class and online.

Course Overview

Year one you will study:

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology for Nursing
  • Episodes of Care 1
  • Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
  • Principles of Nursing (Field Specific)
  • Sustainable Global Public Health

Year two you will study:

  • Assessment and Decision Making
  • Episodes of Care 2
  • Episodes of Care 3
  • Pharmacology and Medicines Management
  • Research Methodologies of Nursing Enquiry
  • Supporting People with Complex Needs.

Final year you will study:

  • Episodes of Care 4
  • Leadership and Supervision
  • Nursing Final Project
  • Transition to Registration.

Plus, one optional module from a range of specialisms to be discussed at interview.

Assessment

Assessment Methods

Our philosophy of nurse education encompasses flexible, progressive, and innovative approaches ensuring you will be a caring, competent, and critically thinking nurse. Some of our approaches include experiential learning, enquiry and action-based learning, group work and face-to-face learning.

You will learn about the importance of your relationship as a nurse with both the service user and their family and friends. We will support you to develop the interpersonal skills you'll need to build therapeutic relationships with people in diverse cultural contexts.

Develop your expertise in healthcare systems, nursing management, and the sociology of health, wellness, and illness. Explore the latest research and evidence-based practice and learn to adapt and respond to changes in society and developments in care.

With a strong focus on building independent learning and research skills, the course also provides an excellent preparation for future professional development. With the help of distance learning and self-directed materials you will be supported to take responsibility for your own learning.

Assessment methods may include, but are not limited to:

  • Written assignments
  • Case studies
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE)
  • Project/portfolio work
  • Timed examinations
  • Presentations

Study time

The course includes attendance in classes and online directed learning. During the timetabled blocks of the course, you will study full time between 9:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday, except bank holidays.

While you are on placement, you will be working full time (37.5 hours), participating in shifts over a 24-hour period, including nights and weekends. Your placements may take you anywhere across your chosen Primary Placement Area.

Placements

With two practice placements a year, you'll spend half the course applying your knowledge and building your professional skills working with people, their families and healthcare professionals in a range of settings.

University Centre Somerset has excellent links with our local employers, and placements are normally split between NHS roles and positions in private or voluntary sector organisations both in hospital and community settings.

You'll get a broad range of practice experiences, putting you in a strong position for future employment in either a community or hospital setting. In each placement setting you'll receive support and guidance from supervisors and assessors. An example of what this may look like can be seen below:

Year one (19 weeks)

  • November (3 weeks)
  • January - March (8 weeks)
  • April - June (8 weeks)

Year two (19 weeks)

  • October - December (8 weeks)
  • February - April (8 weeks)
  • June (3 weeks)

Final year (22 weeks)

  • October - December (10 weeks)
  • April - July (12 weeks)

Entry Requirements and Progression

Progression

Registered nurses are in demand across the UK and our graduates enter careers in a variety of roles for the NHS, private and voluntary sector employers in community and hospital settings.

You could go on to specialise in positions in hospitals, healthcare centres as a community nurse, in GP practices, schools, as a health visitor, or with patients in their own homes.

Once qualified you can also combine clinical practice with study on a post graduate course to specialise in a specific area. Progression could lead to senior positions such as consultant nurse, nurse specialist, researcher, or local or regional services manager.

Entry Requirements

  • UCAS Tariff points: 112
  • Contextual tariff: See the UWE Bristol contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 or above in English and Mathematics or equivalent.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, and 7.0 in all other sections of the test (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Please visit UWE Bristol’s English language requirements page.

  • A Level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access to HE: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Highers: No specific subjects required.
  • T Levels: No specific subjects required.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for a one-year Access to HE Diploma, also offered at our Taunton campus.

Additional requirements

All applicants are required to complete:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check*
  • Health Checks*.

*All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Our contextual offer

UWE Bristol’s contextual offer is a tariff reduction of 16 tariff points for all undergraduate degree courses and 8 tariff points for all foundation year courses below the standard entry tariff. This is applicable to home applicants only.

Further tariff information is available on our course pages.

Who's eligible for a contextual offer?

We will use the multiple equality measure (MEM). It brings together information on several equality dimensions for which large differences in the probability of progression into higher education exist.

These dimensions include:

  • Sex
  • Ethnic group
  • Where you live (using the Participation of Local Areas (POLAR4) and Indices of multiple deprivation (IMD) classifications)
  • School type
  • Income background (as measured by whether a person was in receipt of free school meals (FSM) at age 15, a means-tested benefit while at school)
  • Income deprivation affecting children index (IDACI).

We will also use UCAS’s widening access questions:

  • Do you have any caring responsibilities?
  • Are you a parent or do you have any parenting responsibilities?
  • Do you have official refugee status in the UK?
  • Would you consider yourself estranged from your parents?
  • Do you have a parent or carer that currently serves in the UK armed forces, or has done so in the past?
  • Have you ever served in the UK armed forces?
  • Are you currently receiving free school meals, or have you ever been in receipt of free school meals during your secondary education?
  • Would you consider yourself as living with any of the following? (dropdown selection provided)
    • A learning difference (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D)
    • A visual impairment uncorrected by glasses (such as blindness or partial sight)
    • A hearing impairment (such as D/deafness or partial hearing)
    • A physical impairment or challenges with mobility (such as climbing stairs or uneven surfaces), or dexterity (such as using a keyboard or laboratory equipment)
    • A mental health condition, challenge or disorder (such as anxiety or depression)
    • A social, behavioural or communication impairment (such as an autistic spectrum condition (including Asperger's syndrome) or Tourette's syndrome)
    • A long-term illness or health condition which may involve pain or cause fatigue, loss of concentration or breathing difficulties – including any effects from taking associated medication.
    • A condition or impairment not listed above.

Fees

The course fee is £9250.00* per year of study.

For more information regarding course fees, please read our 'Fees and Funding' page.

*Fees are subject to review annually. The fees for existing students may be increased annually in line with the Retail Price Index.

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