Nursing (Mental Health) BN (Hons)

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UCAS Code
B760/Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Full-time, Part-time
Duration
3 years full-time, 5 years part-time
Start Date
January 2019, January 2020
Recognised
Yes

Overview

There's always demand for Mental Health Nurses, and it takes a special kind of person to work in the field. You need empathy, compassion and commitment, as well as professional experience and specialist training. If you're able to bring the former, we'll provide the latter.

This BN (Hons) Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health) degree course has been developed collaboratively with local healthcare providers, and will give extensive experience at delivering mental healthcare in the local community. You'll also build your clinical skillset through simulated procedures and scenarios.

When you graduate, you'll be ready to start work as a Mental Health Nurse: you'll be eligible to seek admission to part 1 (Mental Health) of the professional Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) register. This degree course also meets all of the EU requirements for employment as a Registered Nurse abroad.

Find more information about pursuing a career in nursing from NHS Health Careers

Please note, this course is pending approval against the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) 2018 standards. 

What you'll experience

On this course you’ll:

  • Observe, examine, assess and engage with service users in both community and hospital settings
  • Develop skills in evidence based decision making to support and deliver best practice in mental health nursing
  • Use simulation facilities to develop and refine your clinical skills and competence
  • Develop critical thinking, resilience and leadership skills

Work experience and career planning

You'll spend a large amount of time on this course in clinical practice placements. These placements give you practical experience in caring for people with acute and long-term physical and mental health conditions of all kinds, in many settings. Together with our partner trusts, we'll develop you into a confident, independent, adaptable and professional Mental Health Nurse.

So that you're fully prepared for practice in the mental health sector, a key element of your work experience will be working shifts at weekends and at night, as there's demand for mental health care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Attending these work experience opportunities may require a lot of travel.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

You'll be ready to take on a number of roles on graduation, including:

  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Practice Educator
  • Specialist Practitioner
  • Advanced Clinical Practitioner
  • Crisis Team Leader
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Leadership and Management
  • Nurse Education

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Professional accreditations

This course is subject to approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Values and the NHS Constitution

We embed the principles and values of the NHS Constitution in all our health and social care courses. When you apply for this course, we’ll expect you to demonstrate how your values align with the values of the Constitution.

Find out more about the values we look for

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry requirements

This course has successfully completed the first stages of the University's approval process. However, the full academic detail is subject to consideration and approval in the final stages of the approval process.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (January 2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – this course isn't currently open to International students

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Subjects currently being studied

Core topics in this year include:

  • Science informing practice
  • Foundations of evidence based practice knowledge
  • Personalising nursing care
  • Foundations of professional nursing practice

There are no optional units in this year.

Core topics in this year include:

  • Evidence based decision making
  • Essentials of mental health assessment
  • Engaging with service improvement
  • Person-centred recovery
  • Developing professional nursing practice

There are no optional units in this year.

Core topics in this year include:

  • Collaboration with mental health
  • Leading safe and effective care
  • Professional nursing practice
  • Service improvement project

There are no optional units in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • independent study
  • workplace simulation

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select.

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • Academic work including essays, reports, case studies and reflective accounts
  • Performance-based clinical practice assessments including objective structured clinical examinations and activity in simulation
  • In-class tests and examinations
  • Presentations and scientific posters
  • Work-based projects
  • Online learning activities

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

Apply

How to apply

To do this course full time, apply through UCAS. To do this course part time, use our online application form.

To apply through UCAS, you’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – B760
  • our institution code – P80

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

If you're from outside of the UK but within the European Union, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'Apply' section above for details) or through an agent. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

This course isn't currently open to international students outside the EU. 

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Contact information
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