Swansea University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Nursing (Dispersed Learning) (Mental Health)

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Course summary

The Dispersed Learning pathway to our popular Mental Health Nursing degree course will be open to applicants in the Hywel Dda University Heath Board area. The underlying principle of Dispersed Learning is that educational opportunities are available anytime, anywhere, and are designed for everyone. Mental health nurses play a vital role in supporting people of all ages and backgrounds at some of the most difficult and challenging times of their lives. Our three-year degree course in Mental Health Nursing will give you the theoretical and practical knowledge you need to provide high quality, compassionate nursing care for improving mental health and wellbeing. During the course, you will improve the care and treatment of people using mental health services, their carers, and their families. You will develop keen interpersonal and communication skills to prepare you for working as part of a team that includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, community workers and occupational therapists. Taking a blended-learning approach, you will undertake practice-learning opportunities in a variety of environments, supported by practice supervisors, as well as face-to-face teaching across your locality, all supported by our cloud-based learning platform. Building on Swansea’s expertise in contextual training, you will take part in simulation as well as hands-on care and will benefit from increased exposure to the roles of other health professionals. You will be exposed to routine, every-day care of patients/clients as well as 24 hour and 7-day care in order to be able to meet all of your clinical practice outcomes and proficiencies and to practice and become proficient in your clinical skills. Swansea University has an outstanding reputation for nursing at Swansea and are in the Top 10 in the UK for Nursing Graduate Prospects (The Complete University Guide 2022). We were also shortlisted for the Best Student Experience in The Student Nursing Times Awards 2021. Our academic staff are qualified nurses, doctors, and allied health professionals, many of whom are also practising clinicians, providing an exceptional combination of theoretical rigour, professional insight, and practical expertise. As an Adult Nurse, you can expect a starting salary of £25,655 rising to £53,219 for a highly experienced staff nurse. The course is subject to approval: we will be accepting applications, but offers will not be made until full approval has been confirmed.


Introduction to Nursing and Health Care (Mental Health – Dispersed Learning); Understanding health and illness (Mental Health – Dispersed Learning); Contexts of Care (Mental Health – Dispersed Learning); Acute Care (Mental Health – Dispersed Learning); Care of the Person with a Long-Term Condition and Palliative Care Needs (Mental Health – Dispersed Learning); Ensuring Quality Care (Mental Health – Dispersed Learning); Care of the Service User with complex needs (Mental Health – Dispersed Learning); Advancing Nursing Practice (Mental Health – Dispersed Learning); Preparation for Professional Practice (Mental Health – Dispersed Learning)

Assessment method

Assessments will include practical OSCEs, written exams, oral presentations, written assignments, practical observations, and clinical skills assessments. The range of assessment methods is chosen to develop and demonstrate a range of skills transferable to the modern healthcare environment including reflection, oral and written communication, confidence and competence in care delivery and the ability to research, appraise and evaluate evidence. Placement competency will be assessed by your practice assessor.

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is not open to applications from International applicants

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check required

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1

Additional fee information

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

Sponsorship information

If you can commit to working in Wales for two years after graduating, you could get your tuition fees covered in full through the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme, as well as maintenance funding and a reduced rate loan from Student Finance. Please see our NHS Funding webpage <https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/student-loans-and-grants/nhs-funding/> to check your eligibility for funding before applying.

Nursing (Dispersed Learning) (Mental Health) at Swansea University - UCAS