Mental Health Nursing at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS

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Course summary

What will I study? Choosing to study Mental Health Nursing is a decision to embark on a deeply rewarding and increasingly vital profession. This field is not just about understanding the complexities of mental health conditions, but it's also about fostering a deeper empathy, developing strong communication skills, and learning to offer holistic care that respects the dignity and individuality of each patient. As a Mental Health Nurse, you'll be equipped to meet the growing need for professionals who can navigate the intricate landscape of mental health care. You'll learn how to work in diverse settings, from hospitals and community health centres to schools and private care environments, providing essential support to people of all ages and across all walks of life. In this role, you will be instrumental in advancing mental healthcare and providing the best treatment options available. Join us in making a profound and lasting impact in the field of mental health. This course offers a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. You'll explore the latest research and treatment approaches in mental health, while hands-on clinical placements will provide you with real-world experience under the guidance of experienced professionals. This combination ensures that you graduate not only with knowledge but with the confidence and competence to make a real difference. Furthermore, studying Mental Health Nursing opens doors to a range of career opportunities. From clinical practice to research, policy-making, and advocacy, the skills you gain will be transferable across various roles, empowering you to shape your career in a way that aligns with your passions and goals. Led by a dedicated teaching team of professional nurses and educators, you’ll have access to their wealth of clinical expertise and research activity. This will allow you to benefit from their experiences, insights and perspectives to enhance your learning. As part of your BSc Mental Health nursing degree you will also complete authentic theory assessments which reflect real life nursing practices, such as presenting cases, medicines administration and report writing, preparing you for your future profession. We’ll help develop, encourage and nurture you throughout your studies. You’ll be supported in gaining the skills and knowledge to meet and manage the holistic, person-centred care needs of individuals across the lifespan in relation to the mental health-illness spectrum. With a focus on personal and professional development, you’ll learn how to perform a range of mental health nursing skills with proficiency, predicated on contemporary knowledge and the understanding of best practice. These techniques will help you put solutions in place before a situation may escalate. From understanding and being able to refer to policies and procedures, to pharmacology and making the right care-decisions for a person, you’ll learn how to work as critically reflective, resilient practitioners, with an ability to learn from experience and solve problems. The curriculum includes shared and field specific learning and teaching. This allows students from adult, mental health and children’s nursing courses to be taught and learn together, so you can benefit from their individual experiences, share insights and offer competing perspectives. You’ll be able to demonstrate your awareness of, and competence in working within, the multi-disciplinary teams within practice environments. This innovative curriculum reflects Buckinghamshire New University’s core values of creating a learning environment that is inclusive, challenging and promotes collaboration, professionalism, and confidence in our students.


Year one Core Introduction to Professional Practice Fundamental Skills for Nursing Essential Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Pharmacology and Numeracy in Nursing Understanding Health, Illness Disability and Diversity Across the Lifespan Becoming a Mental Health Nurse Beginning Practice Year two Core Approaches to Research Methods, Appraisal and Application in Nursing The Professional Context of Nursing Understanding Mental Health Conditions Assessing Needs and Planning Care for Mental Health Nursing Developing Competence in Mental Health Nursing Progressing in Practice Optional Socio-cultural Aspects of Health Sexual Health Infant Feeding Elective Placement Year three Core Medicines Management Leading and Managing Care Coordinating Complex Care in Mental Health Nursing Advanced Nursing Practice Level 6 Preparing for Registration in Mental Health Nursing Attaining Competence in Practice

Assessment method

This full-time pre-registration nursing programme seamlessly blends academic and practical learning, fostering collaboration between the University and practice partners. Embracing a student-centred philosophy, the course enables you to gain essential knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary for the delivery of compassionate, safe, and effective mental health nursing care. Throughout the course, you’ll allocate approximately half of your time to clinical practice and the remaining half to University-based learning. Our strong partnerships with various NHS Trusts and independent care providers in the region ensure that students have diverse and enriching clinical placements. When you’re on campus, your academic study will be undertaken through varying including seminars, lectures, exploring authentic scenarios and case studies as well as online learning. Simulation is valued within the School of Nursing and Midwifery as supportive in enabling our nursing students to acquire skills and behaviours through practice. Nursing simulation incorporates the use of human patient simulators in a virtual ‘real-life’ healthcare environments and situations. Within this learning environment, real-time evolving clinical situations can be simulated, repeated, evaluated, and reflected, reducing the risk of patient harm. To help build your digital skills, online teaching and digital learning opportunities, such as discussion boards and interactive web-based activities, will also be integrated throughout many modules within this programme. This helps you to develop and enhance the necessary digital skills required to work in today’s health care environments. We include assessments which reflect real life nursing practices and, across the three years, you will be assessed through a number of means, such as: reflective assignment presentations exams academic poster development assignments literature review oral exams. You are also required to complete the knowledge skills and behaviours included in the Practice Assessment Document in each year of practice.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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)



Admission tests

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Group Activity.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16750* Year 1
International £16750* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Sponsorship information

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Mental Health Nursing at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS