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Nursing Practice (Mental Health)

BSc (Hons)

Professional recognition

Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Additional certification

You will also become a qualified Behavioural Family Therapist

Hands-on experience

Approximately 50% of your time is spent in clinical practice

UCAS code:
Centre of Excellence Stafford
Study option:
3 Years
Start date:
13 September 2021
School of Health and Social Care
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Nursing Practice (Mental Health) is for anyone seeking a career providing support for people experiencing a range of mental health issues such as depression, psychosis, trauma and dementia.

  • Gain three qualifications: BSc Hons (Nursing Practice), Registered Nurse (Mental Health), Behavioural Family Therapist
  • We place Mental Health students in two Trusts – Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust & North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Experience innovative and creative learning, including the AZ2B theatre company’s dramatisations and mindfulness training

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice (Mental Health)

Work placements

Our practice learning partners are:

  • Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

Course content

This degree runs over an extended academic year of 45 weeks. 50% is spent in clinical practice and 50% is delivered at the University.

During practice placements you will be required to work shifts to ensure you gain necessary experience and meet the programme requirements. During your studies, you will complete some modules alongside adult and children’s nursing students. Occasionally, you will learn with other professional students.

Working with others will enable you to deepen and share your knowledge, for the ultimate benefit of service users. In Year 3, your modules will entirely specialise in mental health. You’ll further develop your competency in relation to increasingly complex aspects of mental health care, and become skilled in the use of mindfulness-based cognitive interventions.

As a unique part of this course, you will undertake the MERIDEN accredited Behavioural Family Therapy course – meaning that, upon graduation, you will also be a qualified Behavioural Family Therapist.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.

Professional body accreditation

Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (mental health).

Nursing & Midwifery Council


The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Mental Health And Physical Health Through The Lifespan (Rn) 20 credits
Mental Health Nursing Care 20 credits
Mental Health Nursing In Practice 1, 2, 3 60 credits
Professional, Legal And Ethical Considerations 20 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Altered Mental Health And Physical Health Through The Lifespan 20 credits
Human Factors: Risk, Decision-Making And Uncertainty 20 credits
Mental Health Nursing Practice 4, 5, 6 60 credits
Physical Assessment And Preparation For Prescribing 20 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Mental Health Nursing Practice 7, 8, 9 60 credits
Peer Learning And Teaching In Professional Nursing Practice 20 credits
The Evidence-Base For Practice 40 credits

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points, plus GCSE in Mathematics and English at Grade C (4) or above

A levels: BBC

BTEC: DMM Access awards (60 credits, with 45 at Level 3)

All applicants are individually assessed and a range of qualifications are accepted, so applicants are invited to enquire directly with the School. 

An interview, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and occupational health screening form part of our selection process. You must also sign the Health and Social Care awards Contract of Professional Behaviour at the start of the programme and annually until completion.

This course requires IELTS 7 for students whose first language is not English.



This course has an excellent employment record. The local mental health Foundation Trust works closely with us to ensure that students have the opportunity to secure employment after successfully finishing the course.

Graduates work as registered mental health nurses in a range of community, inpatient and specialist services. Some have gone on to postgraduate study; others have used their internationally recognised qualification to work abroad.

Once you qualify, work can range from inpatient settings, to supporting people in their own homes, NHS hospitals, charities, prison healthcare units and other non-statutory services. We have excellent connections with Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who provide many placements for our students.

Teaching and assessment


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.


You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience.

Harjinder Kaur-Aujla
Harjinder Kaur-AujlaSenior Lecturer

Senior Mental Health Lecturer and Course Lead for BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing. A BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council as a Registered Mental Health Nurse & Practice Teacher.

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For the course starting on 13 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £18,000 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).


Centre of Excellence Stafford
BSc (Hons)
13 September 2021

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