Nursing with Registered Nurse: Mental Health BSc (Hons)

About the course

The relationship between a person with a mental illness and the nurse is central to helping them back to mental health. This course emphasises the development of appropriate communication and interpersonal skills through interactive learning in practice settings such as hospitals, prisons, service users’ homes, residential centres, specialist clinics and other community settings.

This course leads to both an Honours degree and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, allowing you to practise as a mental health nurse and in accordance with the NHS Constitution.

NHS Constitution

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


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Nursing with Registered Nurse: Mental Health - BSc (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - B760
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Why choose this course?

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  • Study areas including: therapeutic models and interventions in mental health nursing; the recovery approach to person-centred care, health research and evidence-based care; and mental health care through the lifespan
  • Develop the practical skills, knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviours needed to meet the demands of mental health nursing in an evolving healthcare system
  • Gain the skills to provide safe, effective nursing care – meeting the needs of people with a mental health problem – keeping service users and their families at the centre
  • Explore the value of inter-professional working, developing and using leadership and teamwork skills to influence practice
  • Benefit from a course that prepares you for challenging and rewarding careers in the UK and overseas in: acute in-patient mental health care, community-based mental health care, residential care settings or specialisms (e.g. secure care, assertive outreach, drug and alcohol services)

Students will learn and develop safe and effective nursing care that meets the holistic needs of people with a mental health problem, both through simulation and in a variety of practice settings. They will be able to adapt learnt skills to the individual situation, keeping the service user and family at the centre of their nursing practice.

Looking to the future, the graduate mental health nurse will recognise the value of inter-professional working, using skills of leadership and teamwork alongside excellent nursing principles to influence contemporary and future practice.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1
  • Scope of Mental health nursing
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Professional values and relationships
  • Health and well being
  • Essential Skills
Year 2
  • Facilitating Mental Health Recovery
  • Facilitating Engagement and Assessment
  • Leadership, management and team working for professional practice
  • Health for communities and people across the lifespan

Discover the School of Healthcare Practice

The School of Healthcare Practice provides contemporary education and training for students wishing to qualify as adult, mental health or children's nurses, midwives, paramedics or operating department practitioners.

It also supports the education and training of Healthcare Assistant Practitioners wishing to gain a foundation degree.

All students studying within the school spend at least 50% of their time in practice settings working with a practice mentor. All academic staff  are link lecturers to practice partners, supporting students in the practice areas.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.

How will I be assessed?

A wide range of assessment methods is used to ensure that the breadth of knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes are assessed appropriately.

This range of assessment methods ensures that the students who may be more or less skilled at a particular type of assessment are given a variety of opportunities to demonstrate their abilities. The assessment process includes appropriate and constructive feedback on all coursework performance.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. The grades you can achieve in your level 3 qualifications will not change – only the tariff point attached to that particular grade will change.

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

    For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff view the UCAS tariff calculator

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

On completion of this course you are likely to progress into the following areas of practice:

  • Acute in-patient mental health care
  • Community based mental health care
  • Specialist areas of practice (e.g. secure care, assertive outreach, drug and alcohol services)
  • Residential care settings

This course will be the first step in a process of lifelong learning and professional development. Once qualified, practitioners will be able to access a wide range of health and social care courses leading to specialist, master’s degree or doctoral degree qualifications.

Mental health students work with some of the most vulnerable, stigmatised people in this country. It is essential that nurses work with their service users in a positive way to promote their recovery. Students on the Nursing (Mental Health) course gain the skills and understanding to do this in a variety of ways from, workshops and role plays to placements. Our students also improve and develop their confidence, self-esteem, self-awareness and resilience.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more

Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. 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.


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


    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.


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


    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.


    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Extra costs for this course

For this course you need to have appropriate clothing and equipment.

  • Appropriate shoes for clinical placement (£20-£60)
  • Fob watch (£5-£20)
  • Smart clothes for community placement (£50-£100)

DBS - 2017 entry: You will need to make a £13 contribution annually towards a Disclosure and Barring Service check update.

DBS - 2018 entry: You will need to pay £44 for the initial Disclosure and Barring Service check plus an annual update charge of £13.

Occupational Health Clearance: You may need to pay for some additional services and vaccinations if not available through your GP.

Study materials

  • Stationery (printer ink, paper, pens, USB sticks, files etc (£30-£50)
  • Books (£50-£200)

Travel costs

You need to ensure that you budget for travelling from your home to the University; between academic sites and to and from placements.

The base for your studies may be in Aylesbury, Luton or Bedford depending on the offer you receive from the University.You are required to attend a range of placements in hospitals or community settings. You will be working across a range of shift patterns covering the full 24 hour period.

If you drive, you need to pay for parking, in public car parks and NHS site car parks.

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.


Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

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 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

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

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