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Nursing (Mental Health)

This course is open for applications.

Please note that we are no longer offering this course at our Gloucester Campus but continue to do so at the Glenside Campus.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Nursing and Midwifery
Glenside Campus
Three years; September intake
Programme leader:
Martin Hember
Key fact:
Our employer links, practical focus and the clinical experience offered means that 95% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Page last updated 14 February 2018


Why study mental health nursing?

Working in different 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 rewarding career. You'll develop therapeutic relationships with those who need help, working closely with their families and other health and social care professionals to improve people's wellbeing and quality of life.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons)/BSc Nursing (Mental Health) is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which means you can register as a mental health nurse with them when you graduate.  

With high quality practical training, experienced mentors, and outstanding onsite facilities, you'll learn how to care for people of all ages with a variety of mental health issues, both in the community and hospital settings.

Learn about good nursing practice, and study the theory that underpins it. Develop strong inter-professional and interpersonal skills gaining experience of working with patients. Work with a dynamic, supportive academic team with a depth of experience in mental health.

The course has a strong practical focus, incorporating case-based learning, with extensive use of our advanced Simulation Suite.

Engage with service users, practice nurses and other healthcare professionals on placements, in class and online.

You'll spend about half your time on placements in the NHS, and with independent and social care providers.

There's also the chance to develop and apply your skills working abroad through an elective or Erasmus experience.

Where can it take me?

Mental health nurses are in demand across the UK, and you could go on to work in a broad variety of specialist areas and interesting roles.

Our graduates work for the NHS, in hospitals and community settings. You could also take your skills into the armed forces, prison service or the private and voluntary sector.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • 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:

  • 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:

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

Plus one optional module from:

  • 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

We use a mix of lectures, seminars, student-led seminars, group work, critical incident analysis and case studies, to develop your skills and get you ready for practice.

Develop the interpersonal skills you'll need to become a competent practitioner, able to build therapeutic relationships with clients and families 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.

Learn to adapt and respond to changes in society and developments in the changing context of care.

Challenge opinions, including received wisdom or long-accepted practice in this controversial and exciting field.

Learn about the importance of your relationship as a nurse with both the service user and their family and friends.

Participate in inter-professional activities, developing the team working skills you'll need to work with other professionals.

Understand the expectations of those using mental health services and learn how to work with vulnerable people such as older adults, people with substance misuse issues and homeless people.

Get support and guidance from academic staff and during your placements from qualified practitioners.

Acquire skills in self-directed and independent study, and research skills you can take with you as you progress in your career.

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

You'll study full time between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, except bank holidays.

While you're on placement, you'll take part in shifts over a 24 hour period, including nights and weekends, from the start of your first year. Your placements may take you anywhere across our Primary Placement Areas (PPAs).

Find out more about placements.


We'll assess you using a mixture of essays, written assignments, care studies, project work, and timed, known topic examinations.

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) is accredited by theNursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which means you can register as a nurse with them when you graduate.


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

We have excellent links with employers throughout the South West, and placements are normally split between NHS roles and positions in private or voluntary sector organisations.

You'll get a broad range of practice experiences, and be in a strong position for future employment.

Your mentor will support your learning and assessment on practice placements.

Details of placements throughout the year:

Year one

Mid January - mid March (nine weeks)

Late May - mid July (eight weeks)

Year two

Late October - mid January (ten weeks)

Late April - mid July (eleven weeks)

Year three

Early September - mid November (ten weeks)

Late February late May (twelve weeks)

International opportunities

Our links with healthcare professionals in Croatia mean you can go on a two week-placement there, working with other fields of nursing, to support children with autism.

In year 3, you may also be able to do a four-week health or social care placement, nationally or internationally or a 12-week placement in Finland, Norway or Dublin, through the Erasmus scheme.

Study facilities

You can choose to study this course at our Glenside Campus in Bristol or our Alexandra Warehouse Campus in Gloucester.

In both locations, you'll benefit from outstanding facilities to support your studies.

At both campuses, you'll have access to one of the best healthcare libraries in the country with a huge selection of books, journals, audio-visual materials and specialist health and social care software.

At both Glenside and Gloucester, we have advanced Skills Simulation Suite, where you can practise and hone your professional skills.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

Mental health nurses are in demand across the UK and graduates enter careers in a wide variety of roles for the NHS, and private and voluntary sector employers. 95% of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation.

You could go community settings, including community mental health services, hospital outpatients and emergency departments, secure residential units or service users' homes.

You could also work in a specialist team supporting people with complex needs, in the private and voluntary sector or work in mental health, prison healthcare or person-centred services.

As you gain experience, you could specialise and work with a particular client group, such as forensic mental health care, child and adolescent mental health care, or substance misuse.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

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

Watch Lucy in action at Gloucester Campus

Useful links

Nursing and Midwifery Council

About the NHS Constitution


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

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

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, 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 five 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

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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