- Study Mode: Full time
- Location: Uxbridge
- Duration: Three Years
- Start Date: September 2021 and February 2022
As a society, we generally find it much easier to talk about being physically unwell than about mental ill health. Mental illness requires just as much care as physical illness – sometimes even more so. Being a mental health nurse means you'll be crucial in helping people get their lives back on track.
The teaching is incredible, we have a 72 hour turn around on responses which is great to know that your lecturers will get back to you so quickly if you have any problems. They’ve done amazingly at making sure everyone is able to access the teaching, no matter what difficulties they may have.Jasmine Ashraff
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
Why study this subject?
Whether you have a personal experience with people with mental illness or simply want to help those who struggle day-to-day, you can apply to be a mental health nurse. You will help people get through their illness, whether it is anxiety, depression, psychotic disturbances, paranoia, dementia or other disorders affecting older people.
What makes mental health nursing such a challenge is the sheer diversity of situations you will have to respond to, no two days ever being the same. And you know that every day, you can make a difference.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
We've been running nursing programmes for many years and have a high rate of employability. 98% of our students are in employment or in further study six months after graduating (HESA 2020). Many of our students are employed by the Trust that they worked with during their time at the University.
You will benefit from an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University and practice, in partnership with our NHS Trust partners. As well as this you will be taught by lecturers who have a wide expertise in the field. Our lecturers also maintain close links with practice, ensuring that the programme is up-to-date with modern practice.
We have simulation facilities to enable you to practise your skills in a realistic and safe environment. We offer continuous support throughout the programme, both in the University and in practice.
You will receive personal tutoring and benefit from a high level of research within the teaching team. You will also benefit from our annual one day inter-professional conference, focused on safeguarding and dementia.
As well as this you will have the opportunity to put your learnt skills into practice through a range of clinical placements. We're renowned for the support we offer you while you are on placement. Members of the teaching staff are assigned to each clinical area and will visit you regularly whilst you are out in practice.
What facilities can I use?
Simulation is an important aspect of our nursing and healthcare programmes. Students regularly spend time in these areas, to practice technical skills and use the newest technologies, in a safe and supportive environment.
We use simulation manikins programmed to act like humans, and ‘moulage’ – the process of applying mock, often gorily realistic injuries for training purposes. We also engage service users in role-play sessions. This allows us to provide realistic scenarios where students can gain experience, exposure and feedback to boost their confidence before going out on placement.
What will I study?
We believe in giving you the best chance for employment when you graduate. Our nursing programme is no different. During your time on the programme, you will be working alongside experienced health care professionals and we will help you become a caring, confident and practice-ready mental health nurse.
Nursing involves more than practice. You'll grasp the theory and facts behind diagnosis that can help you make crucial decisions when looking after a patient. You will be able to design strategies for the collection and analysis of scholarly material relating to nursing care, as well as being able to identify nursing issues from a wide perspective. You will be able to lead changes in practice, improving the quality of delivery of care.
How will I be taught and assessed?
We offer a variety of clinical experiences in a range of settings. Our NHS partners include Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and West London NHS Trust.
Clinical practice opportunities include:
- Adult acute mental health inpatients
- Adult mental health recovery inpatients
- Older persons mental health inpatients
- Children and adolescent mental health services
- Forensic mental health community teams
- Prison healthcare
- A range of community services supporting people to remain in their home whilst receiving support and treatment e.g. crisis resolution and home treatment teams, primary care plus, recovery teams, older persons community mental health team, memory teams, cognitive impairment and dementia teams, etc.
- Private healthcare settings.
We make sure that you'll have the knowledge and the confidence to work as a nurse before sending you out into clinical practice.
Our team of experienced lecturers have a collective wealth of knowledge from working in a number of areas, including:
- Child mental health
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Community mental health care
- Acute mental health inpatient care.
When you go out into practice, a clinical staff member in the workplace will provide mentorship, supervise your experience, and assess that you are meeting the requirements of the course. All other health professionals and staff members will also contribute to your learning experience, so you have the opportunity to engage with the multi-disciplinary team.
Our enthusiastic and dedicated nursing team have a passion for what they do and will support you throughout the programme.
Once you graduate, you'll be able to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and be able to practice in the UK.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 112 - 136
A typical offer will also include an Access to Nursing qualification with a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction, 12 at Merit, and 3 at Pass; A-levels at grade B, B and C, or above; BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Merit, Merit or FETAC 5 Distinctions in health care-related subjects. In addition, you will require five GCSEs including Maths, English and Science at Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).
You may find it easier if you have prior knowledge of health, so we prefer if you have relevant A Levels - such as Biology, Health and Social Care, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Physical Education, and Sociology. However, it is not essential.
All applicants should be able to demonstrate evidence of academic study within the last five years.
Health Care Experience is an advantage and applications from mature students are also welcome.
If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are: An IELTS score of 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in Writing, 7.0 in reading, 7.0 in Listening and 7.0 in Speaking. For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Foundations of nursing and evidence based healthcare
Health and Social Care in a Contemporary World
The Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing Practice
Year 2 Modules
Approaches to Research; methods, appraisal and application
Public Health in Action
Developing Mental Health Nursing Practice
Year 3 Modules
Innovations in Evidence-based Nursing
Leading and Co-ordinating Care
Leading Complex Care in Mental Health Nursing Practice
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
As you'll graduate as a registered nurse, you'll be able to find work in the UK or explore opportunities of working abroad in the future.
Opportunities for mental health nursing are continually expanding. You may be working in a busy hospital ward or department, as a nurse specialist running your own clinic, working in a prison or in one of the expanding community areas such as a large health centre or an integrated community team.
Mental Health Nursing itself is a broad area and you'll have the chance to go into many careers, such as:
- General practice surgeries as a mental health nurse
- Community settings, for example Home Treatment team, Recovery Service
- Nursing homes
- Mental health services
- Forensic mental health services including High Secure Services
- Private health care providers
- Prison nursing
- The armed forces
- Teaching and assessing roles
- Working abroad
- Researcher- promoting advances in health care and health promotion practice.
You can also choose to study a range of postgraduate and professional courses to help you specialise in different areas of nursing or undertake a short course to continue your professional development.