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Mental Health Nursing

BSc (Hons) |
This degree prepares you for a fulfilling and rewarding career in mental health nursing. You will learn to provide holistic compassionate care and support for people with mental health problems to be physically safe and emotionally secure.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017

Duration

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,250 per year (fees in subsequent years may be subject to increases (limited to the Retail Prices Index) dependent on governmental policy)

Non-EU

Full-time: £14,500

UCAS code

B702

Application period

From 6th September 2016

Until 15th January 2017

Who is it for?

The BSc Mental Health Nursing degree is designed for students who are looking for a rewarding and challenging career. As a mental Health Nurse you should be patient and compassionate in-order to recognise patients’ needs and the appropriate treatment programmes for them.  It is all about helping people to make positive changes to their lives and supporting them on their journey of recovery.

Objectives

The BSc Mental Health Nursing degree at City offers students the opportunity to train in one of London’s leading and most well established departments for nursing education. Our priority is to ensure that you graduate with the skills and knowledge to enter the mental health nursing profession, which can often be a stressful and challenging environment, with confidence.

As a student at City you will combine theoretical study with clinical experience, working with London's diverse population in leading hospitals and community settings. We will prepare you for all aspects of the profession, including dealing with emergency situations, the effect of patients’ physical health, detecting deterioration and how to approach, assess and provide the most appropriate care and treatment in differing situations.

Teaching is a combination of classroom theory, simulated practice within our specialist Clinical Skills Centre and practice placements; where you will spend time in a clinical environment gaining real-world experience working with service users. Students also benefit from our seminar programme which includes expert practice seminars with guest speakers and visiting academics.

If you have already graduated with a primary degree, City also offers a two year fast-track PG Dip Mental Health Nursing.

Accreditation

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) logo

On successful graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas.

Additional qualifications may be required in some countries.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

As part of the selection process, shortlisted prospective students will be invited to a selection day where they will be required to demonstrate match those of the NHS Constitution. For further information and example tests, please visit our Selection Day page.

  • 'A' Level - Typically BBB or a combination of 'A' levels and other relevant qualifications.
  • UCAS tariff - 120 points. For more information on the new UCAS tariff system, please visit the UCAS website.
  • IB - 32 points.
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.
  • BTEC - DDM (Health and Social Care or Science-related subject only).
  • GCSE: A minimum of five passes at grade 4 (C) GCSE, including English and Mathematics.

Please note: we will not accept any equivalent qualification, only GCSEs.

Special requirements: Students are required to have occupational health and enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) clearance. Academic and character references are also required.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 7 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at City’s discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

2nd
City is ranked second in London (Overall satisfaction, NSS 2016)
140
year history of delivering nursing education

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

Find out more funding information for studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in England from the official Council of Deans of Health website.

The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship

Student views

Mental Health Nursing student Eugene-Ricky shares his experience of studying at City and his advice for future students.

Placements

Clinical placements are a vital factor in promoting understanding and development of professional skills. Approximately half of your time as a student will be spent gaining practice experience through clinical placements and simulated practice. Your clinical placements help you to explore the journeys of service users including older people, children and adolescents, the severely ill, those in recovery and those detained in secure settings.

As a student at City you will benefit from placements at the East London NHS Foundation Trust, where as well as experiencing standard practice environments you will also have the opportunity to gain experience within their specialist forensic unit The John Howard Centre and with patients who have learning disabilities.

Whilst on placement you will be fully supported by City and will receive regular visits by your link lecturer (approximately once a week). You will also have a dedicated placement facilitator within the workplace who will support your development whilst on placement. Many of our mental health nursing graduates work within the hospitals and trusts we partner with and are always happy to see a fellow City student.

Academic facilities

Clinical Skills Centre

Simulated practice enables you to practise your skills in a safe environment, in preparation for transferring these skills to a 'real life' setting. Our specialist Clinical Skills Centre at City’s Northampton Square Campus has been designed especially for teaching  and reflects clinical environments and working wards, so you can familiarise yourself with equipment and practices before commencing placements.

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Teaching and learning

You will be taught by academics who are leading practitioners and researchers within the mental health sector. We have one of the most active mental health research centres in the UK, which informs mental health practice and policy and the curriculum you will be taught. This means that you will graduate with the knowledge and skills relevant to today’s practice.

You will learn through a blended approach which includes face-to-face and online teaching and learning, e.g. lectures; facilitated group work; laboratory practicals; enquiry based learning; practice experience; simulated practice; guided independent study; student directed learning and online learning. At City we also use an innovative method of group work to support students and help them to develop the ability to understand and process the emotional impact of working in mental health.

We understand that mental health nursing is a challenging subject for students; we are committed to supporting you throughout your course.

Assessment

Assessment includes multiple choice and short answer examinations, reflective essays, case study reports, laboratory reports, care studies, group presentations, drug calculation tests and a seen-scenario examination. Practice is assessed by your mentor and practice tutor and by an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in a simulated environment.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 60%

Modules

Year 1

The first year focuses on relationship-centred care and considers the psychological, social and biological factors influencing health. We require that you undertake a practice placement.

Year 2

In the second year, you will continue to explore these themes in the context of acute and long-term care. You can also pursue specific clinical interests on a two week elective practice placement in addition to course clinical placements.

Year 3

In the third year, the emphasis is on leading and managing in professional practice. You will undertake a 6,000 word dissertation. As part of the clinical placement experience, you will spend the final 12 weeks of the course in practice, have a placement base and opportunities to identify practice experiences with your mentor.

  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing working in the School of Health Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Acting Programme Manager (Mental Health) working in the School of Health Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Professor working in the School of Health Sciences.

Career prospects

Successful graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification allowing you to practice in the UK and overseas. Some countries require additional local registration.

Additional registration within countries maybe required if you choose to work overseas.

Nursing is a life-long career where you can develop your skills and interests within a range of specialisms and career paths. As well as a career as a mental health nurse, students can move into areas within the health and social care sector including advising on policy and quality of care and academic teaching and research. Graduates will also be able to go onto further study at MSc level including an MSc Advanced Practice degree at City.

92.8% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15

Mental Health Nursing

UCAS code: B702

Application Deadline

15th January 2017


Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at City’s discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

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