Bangor University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Bangor University (Prifysgol Bangor)

Mental Health Nursing (Distance Learning)

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Course summary

Mental health (MH) student nurses learn about working with people of all ages experiencing a range of mental health issues - addressing not only their mental health needs but also their physical, social and spiritual needs. This exciting new Mental Health Nursing (Distance Learning) BN degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills to successfully graduate as a registered mental health nurse, and you will undertake practice placements in community and hospital settings with our partner organisations within Wales, with experiences in a range of mental health care related areas. MH Nurses work in a variety of settings which are reflected in the placement opportunities which include community and inpatient services such as child and adolescent MH, adult and older adult MH in hospital, rehabilitation, prison and forensic services, therapeutic substance misuse services and nursing homes. Registered nurses’ learning is supported throughout their careers through, initially preceptorship that offers the structured support needed to successfully transition your knowledge into everyday practice, and through continuous professional development. You can experience a very wide range of community- and inpatient-based practice placements across Wales as a mental health nursing student, which could include: Primary Care Child and adolescent mental health services in the community and residential setting Mental health hospital care for adults and older people with 24-hour needs Multidisciplinary community mental health teams for adults and older people Prison and forensic medium secure hospital services with links to the criminal justice service Home treatment, rehabilitation and step-down recovery services Perinatal mental health services Memory services Liaison mental health services Therapeutic substance misuse, peer support and detoxification services. Interprofessional Independent hospitals and nursing homes. Opportunity to gain a degree and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. As this pathway is in demand, we recommend applications are submitted as soon as possible. Elements of the course can be available through the medium of Welsh and you’ll be supported to access the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol incentives. NHS funding currently available to cover fees and a contribution to living costs. Distance Learning This new full-time distance learning Nursing degree is a first for Wales, offering a full time distance learning route enabling you to continue to live at home whilst following the nursing degree online. Bangor University’s longstanding excellent track record of delivering nursing degrees ensures that teaching and support is provided by knowledgeable and experienced nursing academic staff. The taught elements of this course will be delivered via our interactive virtual learning environment which will allow you to access lectures, seminars and skills training to help you fit the programme around your learning needs. Access to the comprehensive range of facilities for all students at our campuses at both Bangor and Wrexham; regional learning hubs are being established giving you real flexibility in how and where you learn, providing continued personalised support throughout the programme, which is central to our ethos. Available to applicants from across the UK, 50% theory and 50% in practice placements. Placements within Wales, as close to a student’s home address as possible, however travel to placements and hubs may be required to access the range of learning experiences required to complete the course. Practice learning: 37.5 hours per week. On your placements, you will have the opportunity to develop and apply your theoretical knowledge and skills in a practical environment, learning about best practice and excellence in patient care from practitioners, patients, carers and relatives, and students from other professions such as radiography, midwifery, physiotherapy, social work.


For details of the modular structure, please see the course description on Bangor University's website.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Entry Process for Professional Courses: All applicants must satisfy a range of entry criteria, please see the NMC’s Standards for Preregistration Nursing Education. NMC entry requirements include demonstrating good health and good character. The School requires all candidates to undertake an enhanced criminal record check and other requirements for demonstrating good character; the local Health Board will be responsible for setting the requirement for good health. The criminal records check will include an enhanced DBS check for the child and adult workforce including a check of the barred lists. Applicants who have lived or worked outside the UK are also required to undertake a criminal records check in their countries of residence.  Candidates with entry qualifications older than 5 years must demonstrate evidence of recent study at an appropriate level. For further information and advice please contact the School at [email protected] The entry requirements outline the minimum educational requirements. If selected, applicants will be expected to attend an interview. Entry Process for Professional Courses [see note*] PLUS Academic requirements. We are happy to accept combinations of the qualifications listed above, as well as alternative Level 3 qualifications such as City & Guilds, Access and Cambridge Technical Diplomas. Please note that we do not accept NVQ Level 3/QCF Level 3 as a means of meeting our entry qualifications. for further details on accepted qualifications, please see our website. We welcome applications from mature students who are completing an Access HE Diploma or who have evidence of recent study at Level 3 or above in the past five years which meets our entry requirements. International Applicants: As this course is funded by the NHS and students have to have placements in the local NHS Health Board we are unable to accept applications from international students.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks



Technical requirements for studying this Distance Learning course • A PC or Mac computer, web cam and headset. Most computers under 5 years old will have sufficient specification. • Access to the Internet a min speed of 2Mbit/sec – note that if others in your household are using your internet connection at the same time you will need faster speeds or sole us of the connection during sessions. • Access to the Chrome web browser (this is free for download for Mac and Windows users) • You will also need a copy of Microsoft Office 365 – Bangor students are entitled to a free copy to use during their studies. This can be downloaded once students have completed registration for their course and have their Bangor IT credentials. • Please note that Chromebooks are not considered suitable for use by students studying on distance/dispersed courses.

English language requirements

For the most up-to-date information on acceptable English Language proficiency qualifications, please visit our webpage below.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees and scholarship information for International applicants can be found here:
Mental Health Nursing (Distance Learning) at Bangor University - UCAS