Mental Health Nursing at Coventry University - UCAS

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Course summary

The Mental Health Nursing BSc (Hons) course is intended specifically to prepare you for a rewarding career where you can support people with their mental health. It is designed to help equip you with the hands-on clinical and care skills to prepare you to practise autonomously and compassionately, providing person-centred and compassionate care and support for service users to be physically safe and emotionally secure.

  • Ranked 1st in the UK for Mental Health Nursing in the Guardian University Guide 2023
  • Fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing eligibility for registration as a nurse on successful completion of the course (additional costs may apply).
  • All home students on this course can apply for a minimum payment from the Governmentof £5,000 per year, with additional payments for students incurring childcare costs*.
  • Study in the state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building (Coventry)* which features hospital wards, operating theatre, critical care settings, community housing and other real-life nursing environments relevant to practice.
Key Course Benefits Mental health nursing is a values-based profession working with children, young people and adults of all ages with a variety of mental health problems and from numerous cultures and backgrounds. These specialist nurses are usually based in hospitals or work in the community, for example, in community services, in-patient facilities, specialist forensic mental health services, residential care and patients’ own homes.
  • This course aims to develop your knowledge of mental health, various disorders and innovative nursing care approaches. It is designed to equip you with the knowledge and competence to understand the experiences of people with mental health problems and to assist and facilitate their journey to recovery.
  • A key element of this course is that your six placements will be relevant to mental health - we do not use ‘generic’ placements*. You will gain hands-on experience with real service users under supervision from qualified practitioners, spending 50% of your time on clinical practice placements. These will take place in a range of healthcare environments within the NHS in hospitals and community placements, at private hospitals and independent care providers. In the past we have also been able to offer specialist placements to services such as Broadmoor high security hospital to students with an interest in this area of work. While the placements on this course are all sourced by the university, please note that additional costs may be incurred in this regard, for example, travel costs, accommodation and visa costs depending on your specific circumstances.
  • While the course has a clear focus on mental health nursing, a key benefit of our curriculum is the notion of collaboration across all areas of health and social care. Your studies will be complemented with significant insights into a range of potential challenges to health and wellbeing throughout the lifespan, such as learning disabilities, complex care and life-limiting conditions. These collaborative elements, which you’ll study alongside students from our other health-related courses, have been developed in response to the need to produce professionals who are effective communicators, caring and compassionate, with good relationship-building skills.
  • Throughout your studies, in groups and individually, you will undertake profession specific health and social care related projects and case studies. These may, for example, include an appraisal of the role of the nurse in ethical and legal decision-making, considering service improvement bids or complex care planning and delivery via the multi-disciplinary team. You will also participate in a group poster presentation demonstrating your understanding of research underpinning patient care.
*For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website.


Year One The first year is designed to give you a thorough introduction to the key skills and knowledge you will need to provide effective, compassionate care based on the latest thinking in Mental Health Nursing. Modules The Scientific Foundations of Nursing Practice - 20 credits Fundamental Skills for Person- and Family-Centred Practice - 20 credits Study Skills for Evidence-Based Practice - 10 credits The Foundations of Evidence-Informed Practice - 10 credits Health and Wellbeing in the Community - 20 credits Introduction to the Foundations of Nursing Practice (Practice 1) - 20 credits The Foundations of Nursing Practice (Practice 2) - 20 credits Year Two In the second year you will gain more experience of mental health nursing practice and develop an understanding of the importance of evidence-informed decision-making in service user care. Modules Ethical and Legal Decision-making in the Context of Nursing - 20 credits Developing the Management of Care Across the Lifespan (Practice 3) - 20 credits Assessing Needs and Planning Care Across the Lifespan - 20 credits Therapeutic Interventions in Mental Health Care - 20 credits Managing Care Across the Lifespan (Practice 4) - 20 credits Facilitation and Teaching of Learning in Practice - 10 credits Developing Evidence-Informed Decision-Making in Nursing - 10 credits Final Year Your degree culminates with a 4,000-word literature review related to one aspect of nursing practice. Past students have covered topics as diverse as the link between childhood trauma and adult mental health, suicide prevention in adolescent care, cannabis and psychosis, effectiveness of CBT in the treatment of depression.. Modules Leadership and Management for Healthcare Professionals - 20 credits Co-ordinating, Leading and Managing Complex Mental Health Care - 20 credits Co-ordinating Inter-professional Health and Social Care (Practice 5) - 20 credits Specialist Care in Mental Health Nursing - 10 credits The Autonomous Practitioner (Practice 6) - 20 credits Evidence-Based Project - 20 credits Transition to the Accountable Practitioner - 10 credits For more information about what you will study and detail on each module, please visit our website.

Assessment method

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include: Coursework Presentations Assessments within practice placements Formal examinations Individual assignments Group work The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate / BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that total the equivalent of three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to attend an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


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

*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

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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CU Scarborough
Ashburn Road
YO11 2JW

Clearing contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office

02476 888888

Course Clearing information

Additional information

Thursday 17 August 08:00-21:00, Friday 18 August 08:00-18:00, Saturday 19 August 10:00-16:00, Sunday 20 August 10:00-16:00, Monday 21 August onwards (weekdays only) 08:00-19:00

Course contact details

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UK Admissions Office

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European and International Admissions Office

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Mental Health Nursing at Coventry University - UCAS