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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2023
Duration: 3 Years
Campus Location: Aylesbury
Attendance: Full-time
UCAS Code:B760

About the course

The relationship between a person with a mental illness and their nurse is central to helping them back to mental health. This course gives you the skills you need to offer person-centred care and, on completion, you can apply for registration as a mental health nurse.

On this interactive course, you learn safe, effective nursing care that meets the needs of those with a mental health problem; it also teaches you to adapt your skills to individual situations, keeping the service user and their family at the centre of your care.

It is a hands-on course where you develop your knowledge and skills in practice settings such as hospitals, prisons, service users’ homes, residential centres, specialist clinics and other community settings.

Study areas include assessments and interventions in mental health nursing; mental health care across the lifespan; primary care services in the community; multi-professional care; leading complex care; and advocacy, empowerment and protection.

Successfully completing this course leads to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, allowing you to practise as a mental health nurse, in accordance with the NHS Constitution (see below).

Why choose this course?

  • It has a high overall student satisfaction rating of 90% (NSS 2022), with its teaching rated at 91%
  • Develop the practical skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours needed to meet the demands of mental health nursing in an evolving healthcare system
  • Learn real-life skills in our on-campus simulation units as well as in a variety of practice settings
  • Explore the value of inter-professional working, developing and using leadership and teamwork skills to influence contemporary and future practice
  • Benefit from a course that prepares you for rewarding careers in the UK and overseas in acute in-patient mental healthcare, community-based mental healthcare, residential care settings or specialisms (such as secure care, assertive outreach, drug and alcohol services)

The NHS Constitution brings together details of what staff, patients and the public can expect from the National Health Service. It sets out the principles and values that guide how the NHS should act and make decisions. The NHS Constitution states that the NHS "aspires to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism". Applicants are expected to demonstrate their understanding and application of these values throughout the selection process. View the Constitution here

Course Leader - Marlon Bridgeman

Prior to joining the University Of Bedfordshire in June 2013, I worked at the forefront of mental health service delivery, with an Assertive Outreach Team.

As a qualified Mental Health Nurse for over 15 years, I have worked in a variety of settings within teams.

I have been a mentor and sign-off mentor to students for many years in various clinical settings and have had the privilege of working with students from other disciplines.

 
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Units

  • Academic Skills Development For Nursing (NUR022-1) Compulsory
  • Care Across The Lifespan In Mental Health Nursing (NMH003-1) Compulsory
  • Exploring Health And Primary Care Services In The Community (NUR019-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Nursing Interventions (NUR020-1) Compulsory
  • Understanding Health (NUR021-1) Compulsory
  • Assessment And Interventions In Mental Health Nursing Practice (NMH020-2) Compulsory
  • Exploring Evidence (NUR027-2) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Public Health (NUR008-2) Compulsory
  • Multi-Professional Care For Mental Health Problems (NMH021-2) Compulsory
  • Planning, Delivering And Coordinating Care Across Agencies For People With Mental Health Problems (NMH022-2) Compulsory
  • Advocacy, Empowerment And Protection (NUR031-3) Compulsory
  • Law And Decision Making In Medicines Management (NUR032-3) Compulsory
  • Leading Complex Care In Mental Health Nursing (NMH017-3) Compulsory
  • Supporting Learning (NUR007-3) Compulsory
  • Transforming Care (NUR033-3) Compulsory

The assessment strategy for this course is closely aligned to the teaching and learning strategy which is designed to have: immediate professional relevance to ensure safe and effective practice; foster active learning, be leaner-centred in approach and draw on expertise-by-experience. The choice of assessments is determined by their fitness for purpose i.e. to evidence achievement of unit learning outcomes at undergraduate level (Level 6). You will be assessed across a range of practice settings and learning environments throughout the course. To enhance your understanding and experiences of assessment practices you will encounter a wide range of formative and summative assessment methods including those that enable you to undertake practice-focussed tasks that have the potential to influence care delivery. Many of the assessment tasks are designed so that you can tailor them to your professional interests, experience and development needs. They are also designed so that you can rehearse ways of thinking and acting that are professionally relevant. Examples include: written assignments ranging from reflective pieces to case studies and academic essays as well as assessed practice within your placements. Assessments are also designed to support you integrating learning in theory and practice and in demonstrating that integration. You will be assessed in practice through the use of a Practice Assessment Document which outlines the skills and competencies required as a registered nurse. These assessments are recorded and confirmed by a Practice Assessor, alongside your own self-reflections on your progress. Service users and carers also contribute to your assessments. During each of your placement allocations you will have a nominated Practice Assessor in accordance with the NMC Part 2: Standards for student supervision and assessment (NMC 2018). They conduct assessment to confirm that you have achieved the NMC proficiencies and course outcomes for practice learning. You will also have a nominated Academic Assessor who is responsible for confirming your achievement of the NMC proficiencies and course outcomes in the academic environment for each part of the course. Together the Practice Assessor and Academic Assessor evaluate and recommend a student for progression for each part (year) of the course, in line with course standards and local and national policies.

Why study in the School of Nursing and Health Education?

  • Placements in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire
  • Simulation labs for real life scenarios

 

Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff Points

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or grade C if taken before 2016) including English language or English literature and mathematics (or equivalent), plus one of the following:

  • 112 points with at least 96 points from 3 A levels or BTEC level 3 QCF qualifications and other qualifications in the UCAS tariff. AS levels and General Studies A level do not count towards this score.
  • Access to HE Diploma - a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, nursing or another science-based course: 15 credits at Level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 12 credits should be graded at distinction level and at least 12 credits at merit.
  • Diploma in Higher Education or BSc degree
  • IELTS Grade 7.0 overall and 7.0 in each area where English is a second language.
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Advanced Highers or International Baccalaureate

Note: NVQ Level 3 is not accepted for any of our professional healthcare courses.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

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Entry Requirements


UCAS Tariff Points

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or grade C if taken before 2016) including English language or English literature and mathematics (or equivalent), plus one of the following:

  • 112 points with at least 96 points from 3 A levels or BTEC level 3 QCF qualifications and other qualifications in the UCAS tariff. AS levels and General Studies A level do not count towards this score.
  • Access to HE Diploma - a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, nursing or another science-based course: 15 credits at Level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 12 credits should be graded at distinction level and at least 12 credits at merit.
  • Diploma in Higher Education or BSc degree
  • IELTS Grade 7.0 overall and 7.0 in each area where English is a second language.
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Advanced Highers or International Baccalaureate

Note: NVQ Level 3 is not accepted for any of our professional healthcare courses.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

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How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

Please note: This course is not open to international applicants.

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

Please note: This course is not open to international applicants.