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Nursing (Mental Health)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

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Course code:
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Nursing and Midwifery
Glenside Campus, Gloucester Campus
Three years; September intake
Programme leader:
Martin Hember
Key fact:
This course leads to registration as a mental health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Our strong links with employers, practical focus and the wide range of experience offered by our academic team mean that 95% of students are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Page last updated 13 September 2017


Why study BSc(Hons)/BSc Nursing (Mental Health)?

Working in a variety of community and hospital settings, mental health nurses provide specialist healthcare and support to people of all ages with a range of mental health issues. It's a challenging but highly rewarding career and the course will enable you to gain the knowledge, attitudes and skills to establish therapeutic relationships with those who need help, working closely with their families and other health and social care professionals to improve wellbeing and quality of life.

Why study our course?

BSc(Hons)/BSc Nursing (Mental Health) is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and leads to registration as a mental health nurse with the NMC. As well as learning good nursing practice and studying the theory that underpins it, you will develop strong inter-professional and interpersonal skills while gaining experience of working with people affected by mental health problems. The course integrates high quality practical learning alongside experienced mentors with University-based experience. Using outstanding onsite facilities, you will be taught by a dynamic and supportive team with a depth of experience in mental health nursing.

Real-world experience

The course has a strong practice focus, incorporating case-based learning with extensive use of our inter-professional Simulation Suite. Half your time will be spent on range of placements within the NHS and the independent health and social care sector. Throughout the course, you will engage with service users, practising nurses and other healthcare professionals - in placements, classes and online learning. There are also options to develop and apply your skills working abroad.

Where it can take you

Mental health nurses are in demand across the UK and in a wide range of specialist areas and there are many exciting career opportunities in a wide variety of roles. You could work for the NHS, in hospitals or the community. Alternatively, you could use your skills through work for the armed forces, prison service or a private or voluntary sector employer.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



You will study BSc(Hons)/BSc Nursing (Mental Health) at either the Glenside Campus in Bristol or our Gloucester premises.

The modular structure of the course combines a mixture of theory and practice. The theoretical modules facilitate knowledge and skills, which are enhanced and integrated in the professional practice components.

The study of Nursing (Mental Health) at UWE Bristol will lead you to experience caring for people of all ages with a variety of mental health issues, both within the community and in hospital settings. The course aims to help you develop the interpersonal skills Mental Health Nurses must utilise in order to initiate and maintain therapeutic relationships with clients/service users in a diverse cultural context. This is underpinned by an intention to help you become a competent practitioner who continually strives to work effectively within the cultural context of the client/service user, families and/or carers. The course will also train you able to adapt and respond to changes in society and the developments in the changing context of care. Not least important is the ability to challenge opinions, including those regarded as received wisdom or long accepted practice in this controversial and exciting field of care.

Fundamental to the role is the relationship between the nurse, the individual and also the individual's family and friends. The course strives to reflect the expectations of individuals using mental health services and you will learn to work with vulnerable people within the community such as older adults, people with substance misuse issues and the homeless.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Communication in a Diverse World
  • Physiology and Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
  • Appreciating Evidence for Practice
  • Foundations of Mental Health
  • Making a Difference 1.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Service Improvement - a Collaborative Approach
  • Evidence-Based Practice for Nursing and Midwifery
  • Working in Partnership in Mental Health
  • Making a Difference 2
  • Medication management and the Promotion of Physical Health in Mental Health Nursing
  • Working in Partnership in Mental Health.

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Mental Health Nursing Dissertation
  • Promoting Recovery in Mental Health
  • Making a Difference 3
  • Teaching and Learning in Mental Health Nursing

Plus one of the following optional modules:

  • Worldwide Nursing
  • Evidencing Work based learning
  • Independent study
  • Mental Health and Well-being of Children and Young People
  • Principles of Cognitive Behaviour therapy
  • Family and Carer work for serious mental Illness
  • The Social and Policy Context of Mental Health
  • Solution Focussed Practice: Developing empowering conversations with people.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The course is run on a modular basis and delivered full-time between the hours of 09:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday, except bank holidays. Interprofessional activities play an important part in developing the team working skills expected across professional groups in practice.

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, student led seminars, group work, critical incident analysis and case studies. Support for studying is provided by academic staff and practitioners on placement. You will additionally acquire skills in self-directed and independent study, research and the key skills required for any workplace activity. The course will provide an excellent preparation for future professional development, enabling you to transfer skills across a range of professional entities.

Study themes running through the course include:

  • Nursing theory and practice
  • Nursing management
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Development of professional practice
  • Bio-psychosocial development of the individual across the lifespan
  • Sociology of health, wellness and illness
  • Health care systems
  • Interprofessional working

A number of these themes will be developed and taught alongside other health and social care student groups.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check

Study time

Computer skills are vital for your academic studies and future employment. At UWE Bristol, computing will be an integral part of your course. Many lecturers will make their notes and materials available online, and some modules will require you to use information technology (IT) to help you undertake and present your work. IT facilities are available on all campuses. At the main Frenchay Campus, there is 24 hour access to computing facilities and the School will offer help and support throughout your course.

Prior to commencing your studies, you may find it helpful to familiarise yourself with some core IT skills:

  • Basic word processing.
  • Storing and retrieving files.
  • Communicating via e-mail.
  • Searching the web for information (e.g. online shopping, booking a holiday and homework).

There is also a range of information and resources, including interactive exercises to support study skills, on the Department of Nursing and Midwifery webpages.


Assessment methods are varied and include essays, written assignments, care studies and project work as well as timed, known topic examinations.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check


Professional accreditation

BSc(Hons)/BSc Nursing (Mental Health) at UWE Bristol is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and leads to registration as a mental health nurse with the NMC.


With two clinical placements each year, you will spend half the course applying your knowledge and building professional skills in the real-world. We have excellent links with leading employers throughout the South West and over the duration of the course, placements are normally split between NHS roles and positions in private or voluntary sector organisations. This will give you a broad range of practice experiences and puts you in a strong position for future employment. Your personal mentor will advise, counsel and feedback on progress during your placement work with service users, their families and healthcare professionals in the multidisciplinary team.

Details of placements throughout the year:

Year one - 19 weeks placement:

  • Mid January mid March (nine weeks)
  • Early May mid July (ten weeks)

Year two - 22 weeks placement:

  • Late October mid December (seven weeks)
  • Early March mid April (seven weeks)
  • Early June late July (eight weeks)

Year three - 24 weeks placement:

  • Early September mid November (ten weeks)
  • Mid March late June (14 weeks, including one week of annual leave)

Study facilities

Teaching and learning facilities at UWE Bristol are outstanding. The Glenside campus library is acknowledged as one of the best healthcare libraries in the country and will enable you to support your studies with a huge selection of books, journals, audio-visual materials and access to specialist health and social care software packages. A majority of these resources are accessible online. The course has a practical focus and our inter-professional skills simulation suite will provide you with excellent opportunities for the demonstration and practice of professional competencies for all students.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

International opportunities

Our links with healthcare professionals in Croatia provide the opportunity to undertake a two week placement, working with other fields of nursing, to support children with autism. This will take place in Year one or two. In your final year, you can elect to undertake a four-week health or social care placement, nationally or internationally. During that year, you will also have the oppoortunity to complete a 12-week placement in Finland, Norway or Dublin, through the ERASMUS scheme.

Widening participation

We are committed to encouraging and enabling applications from the wider population and therefore do not ask for set grades at A-Level.


Careers / Further study

Mental health nurses are in demand across the UK and graduates enter careers in a variety of roles for the NHS, private and third sector employers; 95% of our students are in employment or further study six months after graduating. Mental health nurses work in a variety of community settings, including community mental health services, hospital outpatients and emergency departments, secure residential units or in service users' homes. Others are employed as nurses in specialist teams supporting people with complex needs, in the private and voluntary sectors. There are also opportunities in mental health and learning disability services, prison healthcare and person-centred services. As you gain experience, you will be able to choose to specialise and work with a particular client group, such as forensic mental health care, child and adolescent mental health care or substance misuse.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching and a vacancy service for internships, along with placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

Read about Miriam's experience of studying mental health nursing at UWE Bristol.

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Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450
OH/Medical assessment - ONLY charged for missed appointments.30

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

If you are a UK student you may be entitled to living cost support.

For more details please see our guidance on NHS funding for UK students or our guidance on NHS funding for EU students.

We are unable to accept applications from international students (overseas fee status).


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, a minimum of 5 subjects at grade C/4 or above, to include English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If your first language is not English, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or above with a minimum of 7.0 in all sections of the test. Full details of this language test can be obtained from the British Council. Please note the University's published list of alternative English Language qualifications does not apply to this course.

  • A-level subjects: Grade C or above in a Science or Social Science subject.Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken on to full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Subjects that meet the science/social science requirement for this course: Biology, Applied Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Design and Technology: Food Technology, Environmental Science, Geography, Geographical Science, Geology, Health and Social Care, Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Applied Science, Science (Biology route), Science (Chemistry route), Science (Physics route), Science in Society, Sociology, Sport and Physical Education, Sports Studies.

    For further information and advice on acceptable science/social science subjects please email

  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include six units in a Science or Social Science subject
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit, of which 15 credits must be in a Science or Social Science subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 5 in a higher level science or social science subject

Entry requirements

We are unable to accept applications from international students (overseas fee status)

Please note we do not accept deferred entry applications for this course.

We require evidence of recent assessed academic study within the last three years.

If you do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements but have significant life and/or work experience, you will be considered on an individual basis. However, you will still need to meet the GCSE English and Maths requirements and should have evidence of recent study in a science/health related subject area recognised as academically equivalent by the University.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for the Health Professions Foundation Year, which can qualify you for the full degree.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

Recruitment for this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

Additional selection criteria

As well as meeting the academic entry requirements, applicants should meet the following selection criteria:

Completing the application form. We will be looking for applicants committed to Mental Health Nursing. You must clearly demonstrate this in the 'personal statement' section of the application form, by saying why you want to study Mental Health Nursing and stating any relevant work experience that you have gained to date.

If you are interested in a career in healthcare and would like advice on writing a personal statement, please download our 'writing a health and social care personal statement' guide.

Health assessment/declaration/vaccinations. You must be in good health and up-to-date with your routine immunisations e.g. tetanus, diphtheria, polio and MMR. If you are offered a place, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination.  You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases and immunisations (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. If your vaccinations are not up-to-date this will affect your ability to continue on your course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application.

Disclosure of criminal background. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. If you are offered a place, you must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a disclosure application form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Selection Event - If shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection event where you will undertake a literacy and numeracy test, group activity and individual interview. On successful completion of all of these criteria, you will be offered a place.

We encourage applications from all those interested in nursing or midwifery. Nursing and Midwifery are both physically and emotionally demanding professions and UWE Bristol positively implements the principles of the Equality Act 2010.

As a student on a nursing course, you will be expected to engage in the full range of clinical duties whilst on placement, which constitutes half of the course. You must be mindful of the requirement in the NMC code of Practice 2015, which states that registered nurses must maintain the level of health needed to carry out our professional role.

Offers of places are subject to occupational health clearance and you will be expected to disclose pre-existing and historical health conditions. If you are on a professional course, you should meet specific requirements related to the need to demonstrate certain knowledge, skills and competencies. These are required by professional, statutory orregulatory bodies and cannot be compromised. In considering Reasonable Adjustments, these will be taken into account when agreeing what adjustments are possible.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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