1. 2016 Entry

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 with people mental health problems to manage and improve their physical and emotional health and well being.


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Mental health nursing is a rewarding career where you can make a real difference to the lives of people of all ages who experience mental health problems.

Mental health nursing focuses on the provision of holistic care that enables people with mental health problems to be physically safe and emotionally secure. It is all about helping people to make positive changes to their lives and about supporting them on their journey of recovery.

As a student on the BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing course you will combine theoretical study with clinical experience working with London's diverse population in leading hospitals and community settings. Facilities include a state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Centre, which includes a simulated ward where you can prepare for your practice experience.

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

Why study Mental Health Nursing at City?

  • Broaden your knowledge through clinical placements which take place in London's leading hospitals and within community settings within the East London NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Prepare for the clinical environment by undertaking simulated practice modules in City's state of the art simulated ward.
  • Learn from our expert staff who are academically, clinically and research active - and up to date with the latest healthcare developments.
  • Enhance your career prospects - City ranks high for graduate employability and has excellent opportunities for further general and specialist postgraduate study - 88% of our graduates go on to employment or further study after graduation
  • Gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and entry to a respected profession.
  • Gain with tuition fees paid by the NHS - bursaries are also available.
  • Benefit from our 120 year teaching history.
  • For student satisfaction, City is ranked second nationally for Nursing (National Student Survey, 2014).

Watch the video produced by the RCN Mental Health Nursing Forum, on the importance of mental health nurses and the often invisible but vital skills they bring to the care and treatment of services users.

Entry Requirements:

  • 'A' Level - 300 UCAS tariff points, with at least 200 gained at A2. 'A' or 'AS' Levels in Biological Sciences, Social Sciences and Health and Social Care are preferred.
  • IB - 32 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma - Access courses will be considered on an individual basis.
  • BTEC - DDM (Health and Social Care or Science-related subject only).

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees for home and EU students studying the BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing are paid by the NHS.

Start Date:

September 2016

UCAS code:


Entry Requirements

Due to the high demand for places on NHS funded courses, as well as meeting the stated academic entry requirements, applicants will be required to attend a selection day held at City University London. You will be asked to complete numeracy and literacy tests as well as the NHS Constitution Assessment, which is used to demonstrate that your values match those of the NHS Constitution. For further information and example tests, please visit our Selection Day page.

The conditions of the offer will be made via UCAS. The following are examples of typical offers that are made:

  • 'A' Level - 300 UCAS tariff points, with at least 200 gained at A2. 'A' or 'AS' Levels in Biological Sciences, Social Sciences and Health and Social Care are preferred.
  • IB - 32 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass in a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma in a Nursing, Midwifery, Health or Social Care subject NOT Nutrition or Paramedic Studies. Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 3 including 21 credits at Distinction; 15 credits at Level 2.
  • BTEC - DDM (Health and Social Care or Science-related subject only).


Unless studying towards an Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, all applicants must have 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English Language at A*-C.

From 2016 entry onwards, Access to HE Diploma applicants must hold both GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above at the point of application.

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

English Requirements

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.

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.

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 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
Full-time: 3 years

Course Content

Year one

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 two

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 three

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.

Course Structure

The course is delivered by expert staff through lectures, facilitated group work and enquiry-based learning opportunities with access to online course materials, resources interactive activities and assessment and communication tools. An innovative method of group work supports you and helps you to develop the ability to understand and process the emotional impact of working in mental health.

Teaching and Assessment

The course is delivered by expert staff who are leaders in the field of mental health nursing, many of whom have written core textbooks used on the course.
For example:

  • Blows W. T. (2010). The Biological Basis of Nursing (2nd ed). Oxford: Routledge 
  • Callaghan P. and Waldock H. (eds) (2006). Oxford Handbook of Mental Health Nursing. Oxford: OUP 
  • O'Carroll M. and  Park A. (2007) Essential Mental Health Nursing Skills. Edinburgh: Mosby

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.

Simulated practice enables you to practise your skills in a safe environment, in preparation in transferring these skills to a 'real life' setting.

The new Clinical Skills Centre at the University offers state-of-the-art facilities so that you can rehearse practical caring skills prior to your practice placement. You will have access to a simulated 6-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment. In addition, medium fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow you to rehearse your skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes. Our Clinical Skills Online (CSO) resource provides a step by step video demonstration on clinical skills.

We are also using 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.

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.


  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees for home and EU students studying the BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing are paid by the NHS.


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.

As a student on a midwifery, nursing, radiography or speech and language therapy course at City University London you will be entitled to funding from the National Health Service (NHS) which will cover the full costs of your tuition fees for the duration of your course. The funding is not a loan and you will not be expected to pay any tuition costs back after you graduate from the course.*

Most students are also entitled to apply for an income assessed bursary which is intended to support you with living costs which is also non-repayable.

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The NHS also offers additional funding for students’ depending on their circumstances and course including:

  • Childcare allowance for students with children in registered childcare
  • Financial allowances to cover placement costs
  • Supplements for single parents and for those with dependents
  • Financial allowances for disabled students

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Undergraduate students can also apply for a non-means tested maintenance loan through Student Finance England (SFE).

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Financial Support from City University London

City University London offers students scholarships including the Lord Mayors Scholarship, which can be applied for in addition to any funding received from the NHS.

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Undergraduate students starting at City from September 2015 who are staying in the University’s Halls will also benefit from accommodation subsidy.

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*Students will also need to meet residency and eligibility checks to receive funding. Eligibility checks will take place during the application process.


Half of your time as a student will be spent gaining practice experience through clinical placements and simulated practice. The clinical placement allows students to explore the journeys of service users including older people, the severely ill, those in recovery and those detained in secure settings. Placements are with the East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Clinical placements and Communities of Practice

Clinical placements are a vital factor in promoting understanding and development of professional skills. They help you become fit for practice, fit for purpose and fit for award by the time you complete your programme. Each placement provides you with educational opportunities to develop your professional skills.

Placements are undertaken within Communities of Practice. A Community of Practice is a group of healthcare practitioners, who share specific professional interests such as midwifery, mental health nursing, children's nursing, primary care and public health care or adult nursing.

Career Prospects


Successful graduates are registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification.

City students are highly employable, with graduates starting on an annual average salary of £25,000 in roles such as intensive care nurse, paediatric nurse, mental health nurse and community staff nurse in the UK's leading hospitals and trusts. Nursing is a life-long career where you can develop your skills and interests in a range of specialisms including further advanced practice study at City.

Nursing is a life-long career where you can develop your skills and interests within a range of specialisms including the chance to go onto further advanced practice MSc study in a specialist area at City.

You will receive support from your personal tutor during the course and are encouraged to explore your personal career aspirations.

This course will enable you to...

...move on to further study. City offers a range of Masters degree courses related to Mental Health Nursing, including:

Mental Health Nursing

UCAS code: B702

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When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2015 and 15 January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 will be considered only at the University'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.


For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact the
School of Health Sciences Admissions Office.

T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000