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BSc(Hons)

Nursing (Mental Health)

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About this course

Entry year:
2019/20
Course code:
B724
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
120
Department:
Nursing and Midwifery
Campus:
Glenside Campus
Duration:
Three years
Delivery:
Full-time
Programme leader:
Rachel Hadland
Key fact:
Our employer links, practical focus and the clinical experience offered means that you'll develop the confidence and critical skills you need to propel your mental health nursing career.

Page last updated 13 September 2019

Introduction

Why study mental health nursing?

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.

Why UWE Bristol?

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'll perform in your career. About half your time will be spent on placements with our established partners. You'll also have regular access to outstanding facilities including our Skills Simulation Suite: an imitation ward where you'll be able to develop your clinical expertise in a safe, instructive environment.

Based at Glenside Campus, you'll interact with and learn from other students from a range of health and social care courses. You'll develop essential people skills as you work with patients and their families, as well as our partners on placements, in class and online. There's also the opportunity to develop and apply your skills working abroad.

Where can it take me?

You'll have exciting career opportunities open to you in several different areas. 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.

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

Structure

Content

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:

  • Preparation for Professional Practice and Learning
  • Physiology and Pharmacology and Public Health
  • Episodes of Care 1
  • Episodes of Care 2.

Year two

You will study:

  • Complexities of Health in in Mental Health Nursing
  • Assessment and Clinical Reasoning
  • Evidence-based Pharmacology and Practice
  • Episodes of Care 3
  • Episodes of Care 4.

Final year

You will study:

  • Health Care Research Methods
  • Leadership and Supervision
  • Final Project
  • Episodes of Care 5
  • Episodes of Care 6.

Plus, one optional module from:

  • Collaborative Approaches to Effective Pain Management
  • Primary and Community Healthcare
  • Principles of Cardiac Care
  • Principles of Perioperative Care
  • The Social and Policy Context of Mental Health Nursing
  • Public Health and Health Promotion for Professional Practice
  • Principles of Respiratory Care
  • Dementia Principles of Care
  • End of Life Care
  • World Wide Nursing
  • Cancer Care
  • High Dependency Care in Children's Nursing
  • Palliative Care for Children, Young People and their Families
  • Promoting Children and Young People's Health in the Community
  • Introduction to Emergency Care
  • Solution Focused Practice Developing Empowering Conversations with People
  • Principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Family and Carer Work for Serious Mental illness
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young 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

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'll learn about the importance of your relationship as a nurse with both the service user and their family and friends. We'll 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'll be supported to take responsibility for your own learning.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

The course includes attendance in classes and online directed learning. During the timetabled blocks of the course, you'll study full time between 9:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday, except bank holidays.

While you're 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 (PPAs).

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

Assessment

You will continuously be assessed on your clinical practice throughout the course. We'll also make use of a mixture of written assignments, case studies, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), project/portfolio work, timed examinations and presentations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

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.

We have excellent links with our local employers, 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, 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.

Details of placements throughout the year:

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)
  • International opportunity: Undertake a two-week placement in Croatia working with other professionals to support children and young adults with autism.

Final year (22 weeks)

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

International opportunity: Take a four-week health or social care placement, nationally or internationally. Alternatively go to Finland, Norway or Dublin on a 12-week placement through the Erasmus scheme.

Study facilities

Nursing students at UWE Bristol are based at Glenside, our dedicated healthcare campus. It's a welcoming community that combines beautiful surroundings with first-rate facilities and equipment.

Our Skills Simulation Suite is a replica hospital ward where you'll be able to refine your clinical skills and build your confidence before going out into practice.

There are consultation rooms, adapted living spaces, a maternity unit, and a children's unit, as well as a range of manikins on which you can develop your clinical expertise.

What's more, all the apparatus you'll use is genuine equipment found in NHS hospitals. So when you head out on placement, you won't be stepping into the unknown.

Careers

Careers / Further study

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.

Our graduates go on to work in both adults' and children's mental health services across a large range of settings and services.

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

Once qualified, you can also combine clinical work with study on a post-qualifying course. By specialising further in a specific area, you can progress to more senior positions such as consultant nurse, nurse specialist, researcher, or local or regional services manager.

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.

Fees

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year473
OH/Medical assessment - ONLY charged for missed appointments.30

Full time course

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

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.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2019. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.

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 Admissions@uwe.ac.uk.
  • 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.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application. However, you 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 equivalent academic level 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.

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.

Read more about entry requirements.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

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.

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 regard 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 group activity and individual interview. As part of the recruitment process we will also asses your digital literacy. 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 or regulatory bodies and cannot be compromised. In considering Reasonable Adjustments, these will be taken into account when agreeing what adjustments are possible.

How to apply

Watch our video for top tips on writing a healthcare personal statement and download our health and social care personal statement guide.

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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