Mental health

Undergraduate

BSc Nursing (Mental Health)

Divide your time 50-50 between campus and placements to gain the skills and knowledge to deliver high-quality mental health care.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

B760

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Start date

Course overview

As a specialist mental health nurse, the one-to-one relationships you build with those in need are vital to their care and to helping them overcome challenges.

Half study, half mentored practice, this course develops your professional insight and empathy through diverse work experience.

The degree has a strong experiential element to it – and a focus on service user, carer and practitioner involvement. On graduation, you'll be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified registered nurse.

Six reasons to study Mental Health Nursing at Hull

  1. Learn in the award-winning Allam Medical Building*
  2. 100% graduate employability rating†
  3. Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  4. Train in our simulated ward and operating theatre
  5. 50/50 split between classes and placements
  6. Excellent job prospects in the NHS and overseas

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Core

    Skills for Practice (Practice 1)

    Link theoretical knowledge with fundamental nursing skills in a safe clinical simulation environment giving you a firm grounding in preparation for clinical practice.

    Essence of Professional Practice

    Explore the importance of effective communication, including practical, professional, ethical and legal responsibilities of nursing.

    Life and Social Sciences

    ​In order to provide holistic, individualised care, nurses must be knowledgeable about fundamental life and social sciences - physiology, sociology and psychology. 

    Mental Health Nursing Practice 2

    Experience mental health nursing practice in a real-world setting as an observer and gain an understanding of some of the skills, processes and issues involved.

    Values-Based Mental Health Nursing

    This module will encourage you to begin exploring your own values, perceptions and attitudes in relation to mental health practice.

    Mental Health Nursing Practice 3

    You will function autonomously in the clinical setting as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team in an organised and systematic way. 

Second year modules

  • Core

    Individual Approaches to Health and Wellbeing

    This module considers the health behaviours of individuals, as well as individualised approaches to health and wellbeing and obstacles to achieving it. 

    Mental Health Nursing Practice 4

    Develop your knowledge, skills and competence in the practice setting. You will focus more on assessment skills and the concept of promoting health with patients and service users.

    The Craft of Mental Health Nursing over the Lifespan (1)

    Develop your knowledge and understanding of assessments used in mental health nursing right across the lifespan. 

    Mental Health Nursing Practice 5

    In this placement, you will begin to focus on assessment skills and the concept of promoting health with patients and service users. 

    The Craft of Mental Health Nursing over the Lifespan (2)

    In this module, you will learn about formulation in mental health and how appropriate client centred interventions can be identified and offered based on this.

    Mental Health Nursing Practice 6

    You will be allocated an appropriate clinical placement where you can strengthen your knowledge and skills and use opportunities to apply and adapt these to the clinical setting. 

Final year modules

  • Core

    Safe and Competent Mental Health Nursing

    Examine research, management, leadership, teaching and learning. Complete a literature review and develop recommendations for practice in an area you're passionate about. 

    The Professional Role of the Mental Health Nurse

    Examine the research evidence underpinning current policy recommendations for clinical interventions and to explore the drivers and barriers to their implementation in practice.

    Mental Health Nursing Practice 7

    You'll focus on evidence-based practice and the relevance of research to developing nursing practice. This includes decision-making, and the nurse's role in management and leadership.

    Mental Health Nursing Practice 8

    This innovative module provides the opportunity to engage in simulation in our fully equipped communication and simulation suites in the Allam Medical Building.

    Mental Health Nursing Practice 9

    You'll explore evidence-based practice, leadership and management roles to demonstrate your integrated mental health nursing skills as suitable for entry into the professional register. 

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

To meet NMC requirements, you’re expected to study for 4600 hours over 3 years. This is organised over 45 scheduled weeks of study and three trimesters per year, with additional time scheduled for assessment and holidays.

Overall workload

50%

Theory

50%

Practice

Indicative assessment proportions

Your time is split 50/50 between theory and practice. Simulated practice in our fully equipped Allam Medical Building alongside placements in local NHS Trusts and other care environments is integral to this programme.

When allocated a placement, you’ll be expected to work a variety of shifts to experience 24/7 care.

Theory sessions take place at the University and include lectures, seminars, enquiry-based learning, self-directed study and simulation.

Throughout your studies, you’ll be fully supported by nursing academics, practice educators and mentors.

Overall workload

50%

Theory

50%

Practice

Indicative assessment proportions

Your time is split 50/50 between theory and practice. Simulated practice in our fully equipped Allam Medical Building alongside placements in local NHS Trusts and other care environments is integral to this programme.

When allocated a placement, you’ll be expected to work a variety of shifts to experience 24/7 care.

Theory sessions take place at the University and include lectures, seminars, enquiry-based learning, self-directed study and simulation.

Throughout your studies, you’ll be fully supported by nursing academics, practice educators and mentors.

Overall workload

50%

Theory

50%

Practice

Indicative assessment proportions

Your time is split 50/50 between theory and practice. Simulated practice in our fully equipped Allam Medical Building alongside placements in local NHS Trusts and other care environments is integral to this programme.

When allocated a placement, you’ll be expected to work a variety of shifts to experience 24/7 care.

Theory sessions take place at the University and include lectures, seminars, enquiry-based learning, self-directed study and simulation.

Throughout your studies, you’ll be fully supported by nursing academics, practice educators and mentors.

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Entry requirements

112 Tariff Points from three A Levels (or appropriate Level 3 qualifications e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma)

  • GCSE: English, Maths, and Science at Grade 4 or C or above

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DMM in relevant subject(s).
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with a minimum of 45 Level 3 credits at merit, in a health related subject
  • Alternative maths – Functional Skills L2 Maths
  • Alternative science – BTEC First Diploma – Pass
  • University of Hull Certificate in Practice Skills for Health and Social Care (60 credits at Level 4 in appropriate subjects)

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview. An annual Good Health and Good Character declaration must be completed and a Disclosure and Barring Service check is also required.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 7.0 overall, with at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7.0 in the reading, listening and speaking sections. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£17,200 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Scholarships

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points or above

from 3 A levels or equivalent, you could receive

£1,200 to £2,000

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Mental Health Nurse

By the end of your course, you’ll be ready to undertake the responsibilities of a health practitioner.

Most of our graduates go on to work in the NHS – but others find positions overseas, in private practice, in the social services, the pharmaceutical industry, the armed forces, the prison service or in specialist areas such as drug rehabilitation.

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*The Allam Medical Building won the 'Buildings That Inspire' category in The Guardian’s University Awards 2018

†Percentage of students from this subject area in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018