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    1. 2021
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BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

Entry Year:
This degree prepares you for a fulfilling and rewarding career in mental health nursing. City has been ranked 1st in London for student satisfaction in Nursing, for two consecutive years (Complete University Guide 2020 and 2021)

Key information

Start date

September 2021

Academic year dates


Full-time: three years


Full-time: £9,250 *


Full-time: £26,010 **


Full-time: £26,010 **

UCAS code



Northampton Square

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.


The BSc Mental Health Nursing degree at City offers you 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. You may 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 MSc (pre-registration) Mental Health Nursing.

Funding update: Non-repayable grants of at least £5,000

From September 2020 eligible students studying undergraduate and postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and many allied health courses, including radiography and speech and language therapy, will receive a non-repayable and non-means tested (universal) grant of at least £5,000 a year.

Find out more below, under 'Funding'.


Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) logo

This course has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). On successful graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration with the 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

  • 'A' Level - Typically BBC or a combination of 'A' levels (we do not accept General Studies or Critical thinking).
  • Combined - A combination of A’levels and BTEC are welcome but will be reviewed on an individual basis.
  • UCAS tariff - 112 points. For more information on the new UCAS tariff system, please visit the UCAS website.
  • IB - 29 points.
  • BTEC: DMM (Health and Social Care, Applied Psychology, Children’s Care, Learning and Development, or science related subjects only)

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE: Must have passes in English Language and Mathematics grade 4 (C) at GCSE.
  • Applicants would normally be required to have a further three passes at grade 4 (C) at GCSE in any subject, any applications that do not meet these requirements are welcome and will be reviewed on an individual basis.
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English will be considered.

*Subject to change.

Access to HE Diploma

Pass in a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma in a Nursing, Midwifery, Health, Science, or Social Care subject NOT Nutrition or Paramedic Studies with full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 3 including 21 credits at Distinction. Applicants must also hold either GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C (4) or above, or Functional Skills English and Maths at Level 2. Other equivalent English Language and Mathematics qualifications will be reviewed on an individual basis.

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

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a Selection Day held at City, University of London before an offer can be made. At the Selection Day applicants are interviewed to assess their values match those of the NHS constitution, as well as having the opportunity to find out more about the course from our staff and students. For further information, please visit our Selection Day page.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you may be interested in our Introduction to Health Sciences course. This is completed over one year and provides an introduction to clinical and professional healthcare, enabling you to progress on to this course on successful completion (subject to meeting progression criteria, please visit the Introduction to Health Sciences course page for more details).

English requirements

Applicants educated outside of an English speaking country, without GCSEs are required to hold:

IELTS (Academic): 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in Writing, 7.0 in reading, 7.0 in Listening and 7.0 in Speaking.

TOEFL iBT: 94 overall with at least 27 in Writing, 24 in reading and Listening and 23 in Speaking sections.

For more information you can visit TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, 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:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

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.

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

Applications for entry in September 2021 should be made between 1st September 2020 and 29th January 2021, in accordance with UCAS guidelines. We welcome applications after 18th January 2021, but you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as places may be limited.

More information on late application deadlines, UCAS Extra and Clearing.

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.


The School of Health Sciences Admissions team have put together some handy tips and advice about the application process, you can also contact them to organise a drop-in session for additional advice and support.

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

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 5000.

Contacting UCAS

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.

in London for student satisfaction in Nursing, for two consecutive years (Complete University Guide 2020 and 2021)
in London for Nursing (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and 2020)
Co-compulsory module
Your choice of module to develop knowledge of a specialist area of practice
During your course

More about fees

* The fee for this course will be £9,250 for each year of study for the duration of your studies.

** The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.


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

Funding update: Non-repayable grants of at least £6,000

The Government has announced that from September 2020 students studying undergraduate and postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and many allied health courses, including radiography and speech and language therapy, will receive a non-repayable and non-means tested (universal) grant of £5,000 a year. This is in addition to existing mainstream student support accessed through the Student Loans Company.

The Government has also announced additional support for childcare costs, and funding for specific courses identified as shortage specialisms, including Mental Health Nursing.

This means new students joining this course from 2020 will be eligible to receive at least £6,000.

Please see the NHS finance & bursaries page for more information.

Applications for this new funding can be made from Wednesday 1st July 2020, please visit the NHS Learning Support Fund website for more information.  You can also read their FAQs for more information about the funding available, how to apply and eligibility.

Finance options

This infographic summarises the finance options available while studying and repaying a nursing degree. You can find out more about funding information for studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in England from the official Council of Deans of Health website

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

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Student views

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


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.

Find further information about our placement partners and trusts under our School of Health Sciences section.

Academic facilities

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.


We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.

Read more about our undergraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

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Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

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 you and help you 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 methods

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:

  • Practice Assessment Document (PAD): used to demonstrate achievement of practice competencies and also to record the number of hours of practice experience
  • Written assignments, including essays: these may take the form of care studies in which you will be expected to relate your essay to a particular service user or as support another assessment such as a poster presentation
  • Written examinations: including short answer questions, multiple choice questions, calculations, scenario based
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs): practical skills assessments which enable you to demonstrate particular clinical, communication or teaching skills
  • Dissertation: this final project will enable you to choose a relevant topic of interest to you and demonstrate an in depth knowledge of this.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.

The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Written examination: 50% Practical: 13% Coursework: 37%

Year 2

Written examination: 25% Practical: 13% Coursework: 62%

Year 3

Practical: 6% Coursework: 94%


Year 1

The first year focuses on the foundations for nursing and considers the psychological, social and biological factors influencing health. Students are required to undertake practice placements.

  • HS 1921 – Foundations of evidence informed practice
  • HS 1922 – Foundations of biological sciences for nursing practice
  • HS 1924 – Mental health and wellbeing in integrated care
  • HS 1925 – Foundations for nursing care

Year 2

In the second year, students focus on person-centered care and explore this theme in the context of acute and long-term care. Students can also pursue specific clinical interests on a two-week elective practice placement in addition to course clinical placements.

Core Modules

  • HS 2005 – Promotion of wellbeing and prevention of ill-health
  • HS 2006 – Acute care management
  • HS 2017 - Working collaboratively with people with long term conditions
  • HS 2007 – Pathophysiology and therapeutics for nursing practice
  • HS 2008 – Critical use of evidence to inform decision making in practice
  • HS 2009 – Applying knowledge and skills for person-centered care for practice

Elective Modules

Students choose one of the below elective modules:

  • HS 2441 – Family centered practice: Challenging perspectives of risk and resilience
  • HS 2445 – Making a difference: Research and development in care for older people
  • HS 2446 – Communities and health
  • HS 2003 - Engaging technology in health and social care
  • HS 2010 – Contemporary issues in sex and sexuality
  • HS 2012 – Contemporary issues within adolescent health
  • HS 2011 – Global health
  • HS 2014  - Understanding and caring for people who use substances
  • HS TBC – Psychosocial interventions
  • HS 2016 – Preparing for specialist practice in primary and community care

Year 3

In the final year, the emphasis is on leading and managing in professional practice and becoming a proficient practitioner. Students undertake a 6,000-word dissertation. As part of the clinical placement experience, students spend the final 12 weeks of the course in practice and have a placement base and opportunities to identify practice experiences with their practice supervisors and assessor.

  • HS 3014 – Leading and managing others
  • HS 3015 – Integrated approaches to complex care
  • HS 3016 – Principles of prescribing
  • HS 3018 – Dissertation
  • HS 3017 – Developing advanced knowledge and skills for professional practice
  • HS 3019 – Preparing to be a proficient practitioner

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

Overall workload

  • Overall the programme hours are 2475 theory and 2512.5 practice experience
  • When in practice you will work the equivalent of 37.5 hours per week
  • Theoretical hours will consist of approximately 22 direct contact hours per 150 total hours allocated for each 15 credit module
  • In the remaining theoretical hours you will be expected to pursue guided independent study and self-directed study, some of which may be online
  • Time is also allocated within the programme for you to complete your assessments.

The following proportions are indicative and are based on the 2019/20 academic year.

Year 1

Scheduled learning: 26% Independent learning: 51% Placement: 23%

Year 2

Scheduled learning: 23% Independent learning: 41% Placement: 36%

Year 3

Scheduled learning: 16% Independent learning: 46% Placement: 38%
After you graduate

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.

By joining a nursing course at City, University of London you will become a CapitalNurse, a link with all nursing students across London; giving you support to develop your nursing career in the capital.

Through this relationship with CapitalNurse, our final year nursing students are currently offered a special streamlined employment scheme by all NHS Trusts in North Central London. This provides a supportive and straightforward way of moving into their first nursing roles after completing the degree. Find out more about this offer and the other work of CapitalNurse.

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, you 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.

100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

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