Mental illness requires just as much care as physical illness – sometimes even more so. As a mental health nurse, you’ll be crucial in helping people get their lives back on track. You’ll learn from our experienced lecturers and technicians using state-of-the-art simulation facilities, coupled with time out on clinical placement. This combined learning approach of theory and practice will prepare you to provide safe, compassionate care and become a confident nurse. Upon completion of the degree, you’ll be eligible to apply for admission to Nursing & Midwifery Council. Why study this subject? Whether you have personal experience of mental illness, supported friends and family, or simply want to help those who struggle day-to-day, becoming a mental health nurse may be a great fit for you. No two days within this job are the same – mental health comprises a vast and diverse range of illnesses that you will have to respond to, such as including anxiety, depression, psychotic disturbances, paranoia and dementia. To support your studies, the UK Government are continuing to provide mental health nursing students with a payment of at least £5,000 a year which will not need to be paid back through the NHS Learning Support Fund. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? We've been running nursing programmes for many years and students benefit from an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University. Our lecturers maintain close links with practice, ensuring that the programme is always kept up to date. You will receive personal tutoring and also be able to take part in our annual one-day inter-professional conference, focused on safeguarding. In addition, guest speakers regularly deliver sessions for students within the University to ensure we give a diverse range of views and experiences to our students. Alongside your studies, you will take part in a range of clinical placements with our NHS partner hospitals and homes. We work with a range of partners across the region and our students are highly respected whilst out in practice. The main NHS Trusts we are currently working with include: Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and West London NHS Trust. We consistently see a high rate of employability after completing the course, with 98% of our students either in employment or further study six months after graduating (HESA 2020). As a BNU student, you will automatically become a member of Bucks Students’ Union giving you access to a wide range of services that we offer for free as part of our exclusive Big Deal package – including joining the Nursing Society. We are the only university in the UK to offer our members free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities, allowing them to experience new things, socialise with broader groups of people and boost their employability – all to enrich your university experience. What facilities can I use? We utilise state-of-the-art simulation facilities for learning, development and practicing of skills – our purpose-built wards include real equipment, just like you’d find in hospital. Simulation is an important aspect of our nursing and healthcare programmes. You will regularly spend time in the simulation labs, taking part in realistic scenarios to practise a broad spectrum of technical skills in a safe and supportive environment. What will I study? During your time on the programme, you will understand the theory behind diagnosis that can help you to make crucial decisions when looking after a patient. You will be able to lead changes in practice, improving the quality of delivery of care. On placement, you’ll be able to put your theory into practice where you’ll be mentored in the art of patient care.
Year one Foundations of Nursing and Evidence-Based Healthcare Health and Social Care in a Contemporary World The Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing Practice Year two Approaches to Research: Methods, Appraisal and Application Public Health in Action Developing Mental Health Nursing Practice Year three Innovations in Evidence-Based Nursing Leading and Co-ordinating Care Leading Complex Care in Mental Health Nursing Practice
Across the three years, you will be assessed through a number of means: Year 1: Reflective assignment, presentation and exams. Year 2: Academic poster presentation, assignment and exams. Year 3: Literature review/work-based learning project, reflective assignment, OSCE and exams. You are also required to complete the knowledge skills and behaviours included in the Practice Assessment Document in each year of practice.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- Nursing and Midwifery Council
How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
Republic of Ireland
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
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 page - https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/international
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.
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Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Institutions Own Test (IOT)
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/financial-support-bursaries-and-scholarships