A patient with a therapy dog. BN (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health).
UCAS Code
B760/Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Full-time, Part-time
Duration
3 years full-time, 5 years part-time
Start Date
September 2021, September 2022

See how you'll be taught in 2021/22 in our Covid information for applicants.

Overview

Empathy, compassion, commitment – become a Mental Health Nurse with our BN (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) degree and make a positive difference to people’s lives every day.

On this course developed and delivered with local NHS partners, you’ll benefit from extensive professional experience, while developing key skills in mental health assessment and care.

You’ll explore different nursing scenarios in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care – one of the country’s leading teaching healthcare environments.

As well as learning how to make difficult decisions based on evidence, you’ll build the fundamental skills needed for personal nursing care.

When you graduate from our Mental Health Nursing degree, you’ll be ready to start your career as a mental health nurse. You can choose to work with certain age and vulnerability groups, such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), or Older People’s Mental Health (OPMH). With experience, you could work in GP liaison, nurse education, or leadership and management.

NHS Learning Support Fund – at least £5,000 a year

Students on this course may be eligible for additional funding through the NHS Learning Support Fund bursary of at least £5,000 a year.

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Accredited by:

This course has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), meaning the course meets the standards of education, training, conduct and performance required for nurses in the UK.

For pre-registration nursing, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2018, Part 1: Standards Framework for nursing and midwifery education, 5.12, page 12) state that there is no compensation between theory and practice learning.

This course will prepare graduates to be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). It's your responsibility to seek registration with the NMC, on completion of your course. This registration must be sought within 5 years of successful completion of your course.

This course is also endorsed by Skills for Care, which is an indicator of quality for learning and development in the adult social care sector.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – BBC–BCC
  • UCAS points – 104–112 points to include 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from a Science or Social Science subject (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 26
Selection process
  • All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 7.0.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Typical offers
  • A levels – BBB
  • UCAS points – 120 points, with 32 points from an A level in a Science or Social Science subject, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM
  • International Baccalaureate – 26
Selection process
  • All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 7.0.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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

What you'll experience

On this degree course you'll:

  • Spend substantial time on clinical placements in professional environments
  • Be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a mental health nurse on graduation
  • Have the potential to receive at least £5,000 bursary from the NHS Learning Support Fund
  • Study a course approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • 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

Before you attend placement, you'll explore mental health care scenarios in our Simulation Centre, complete with wards, GP clinic and care home area.

You'll also build practical skills including:

  • ECGs
  • resuscitation
  • venepuncture
  • active communication
  • risk assessment
  • conflict resolution and de-escalation 

I believe that anyone who is passionate about self-development whilst providing truly holistic care to support, enable and empower others, in their time of need, should consider a career as a mental health nurse.

Lisa Farley, Course Leader - BN (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)

Careers and opportunities

Mental health nurses provide essential support to people with mental health conditions. They care for and form positive relationships with patients, their families and carers, aiding recovery and enabling patients to live fuller and more independent lives.

The need for mental health services is growing too. The NHS is seeking 27,000 people to join the mental health sector by 2023/24, and the coronavirus pandemic is likely to mean even more people need mental health support moving forward.

Providing care that changes lives

On this Mental Health Nursing degree, you'll develop the skills, confidence and understanding to support people in need, learning how to make difficult decisions based on evidence and building the fundamental skills needed for personal nursing care. 

When you graduate, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which allows you to work as a Registered Nurse in the UK.

You’ll be ready to start a challenging yet hugely rewarding career as a mental health nurse, and you can choose to work with people from certain age and vulnerability groups, such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), or Older People’s Mental Health (OPMH). With experience, you could work in GP liaison, nurse education, or leadership and management.

As an NHS nurse in 2021, you could expect a starting salary of £25,655 moving up to £31,534 (Band 5).

With more experience as a senior mental health nurse, you could earn from £32,306 to £39,027 (Band 6) and with a role in management or consultancy, you could make up to £90,387 (Band 8d).

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.

Our placement partners include Solent NHS Trust, Southern Health, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, Inclusion (Sub-Misuse), and Liaison and Diversion (Custody).

Recent students have completed placements that link theory to practice in the following areas:

  • Community mental health services
  • Dementia and older persons services 
  • Urgent treatment/care - such as Crisis resolution home treatment teams (CRHTT)
  • Inpatient settings
  • Acute mental health units
  • Forensic inpatient units 
  • Children and young people’s mental health services
  • Early intervention services (EIS)
  • Perinatal mental health services 
  • Inclusion (Sub-Misuse)
  • Liaison and Diversion (Custody)
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.

What you'll study

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

On the full-time course, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits in each year. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

On the part-time course, you need to study modules worth a total of 80 credits in years 1, 2, 3 and 4 and 40 credits in year 5.

The modules information below is based on the full-time course. On the part-time course, you'll study the same modules over 5 years rather than 3 years.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Science Informing Practice
  • Foundations of Evidence Based Practice
  • Personalising Nursing Care
  • Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice
  • Skills Training Framework

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Applied Nursing Professional Practice
  • Evidence Based Decision Making
  • Essentials of Mental Health Assessment
  • Engaging with Service Improvement
  • Person-Centred Recovery

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Collaboration for Mental Health
  • Enhancing Professional Nursing Practice
  • Leading Safe and Effective Care
  • Service Improvement Project

There are no optional modules 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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

How you'll spend your time

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • independent study
  • workplace simulation

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

  • Teaching block 1 – October to January
  • Assessment period 1 – late January to early February
  • Teaching block 2 – February to May
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June

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 modules you select. 

Supporting your learning

Academic skills 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

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (October 2021 start)

  • Full-time UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £4,110 a year (years 1–4) and £2,060 (year 5)

This course isn't currently open to International and EU students.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional funding – at least £5,000 a year

Students on this course may be eligible for additional funding through the NHS Learning Support Fund of at least £5,000 a year. The bursary is non-repayable and is in addition to any other support you are eligible for, including Government student loans.

For more information, including eligibility criteria, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

Your uniform is included as part of your course fee, but you’ll need to pay £20–£50 for extra or replacement uniforms. You won’t need to pay for a replacement due to fair wear and tear. You’ll also need to supply your own suitable footwear for placements.

You’ll need to purchase clinical items over the course of your study. You should budget around £50 for this.

You’ll need to pay the travel costs associated with your placement, though the NHS may meet some of these costs.

You may have an opportunity to undertake a placement. There are several options for this placement, and you may choose to go abroad. If you want to go abroad or travel within the UK, you need to budget between £1000–£5000. You'll need to cover all your expenses for this placement.

Apply

How to apply

If you're interested in starting this course in 2021, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works and sign up for Clearing updates.

Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

If you're interested in applying to study this course part-time, please contact us.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities and tour the campus.

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – B760/Non-UCAS
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

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

Apply for this part-time course using our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities and tour the campus.

EU and international students

Sorry, this course isn't currently open to international or EU students.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

For pre-registration nursing, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, (2018, Part 3: Standards for pre-registration nursing programmes, page 8), indicate that recognition of prior learning that is capable of being mapped to the Standards of Proficiency for registered nurses and programme outcomes, is permitted, up to a maximum of 50% of the programme.

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