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Course summary

You’re caring and a great communicator who wants to make a difference in the lives of others. Our course is designed to give you the professional and academic qualifications you need to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and practice as a mental health nurse. Course Overview You will spend your time divided between practice-based placements and academic learning. Working alongside highly experienced professionals, you will develop your skills and confidence in supporting people with mental health conditions. Placements will be across the sector including inpatient, community, private and voluntary- sector provision. In your second year, you will have the opportunity to arrange an enrichment placement that could involve national or international work. Our academic staff have extensive professional expertise that they will share with you to help develop your knowledge and understanding of mental health practice. You will develop your independent thinking and problem-solving skills. Your learning will include the use of clinical labs, mock hospital wards, guest speakers, workshops and simulation. All of which will be supported by a wide variety of online learning opportunities, including our innovative virtual learning environment. On this course you will

  • Work alongside individuals experiencing mental illness, long-term conditions, and significant psychological wellbeing concerns, providing time and support to help them recover.
  • Use high-quality simulation facilities alongside your practice experience and academic lectures.
  • Undertake placements in a wide variety of settings, covering Child, Adult and Older Persons Nursing, within both inner-city and rural locations.
  • Learn from experienced practitioners with clinical experience in a wide range of clinical backgrounds and academic interests.
  • Achieve a professional qualification alongside a varied experience of practice areas with which you can consider your future career options.
What you will learn You'll spend 50% of the programme in clinical practice being supervised and assessed by clinical staff. The theoretical input is delivered by expert teaching staff and is based on the latest evidence and research, using modern teaching methods and technology. The programme will equip you to deliver safe and effective care to the highest standards and ensure you practice with compassion and confidence. You'll be taught to make complex decisions regarding patient care using evidence of new technology while delivering a wide range of services. We also have a Mental Health Research Group, which aims to enable people to recover from mental health issues and develop their social inclusion. Our research will ensure your learning is current and informed by the latest research. Year one
  • Applied Biological Sciences for Health
  • Professional Practice and Accountability
  • Developing Evidence Based Practice
  • Introduction to Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Part 1a Practice Assessment
  • Concepts of Health and Social Policy
  • Introduction to Mental Health Nursing
  • Part 1 Practice Assessment
Year two
  • Pharmacology and Medicine Therapeutics
  • Living with Long Term Conditions Across the Lifespan
  • Learning from the Lived Experience
  • Communication and Relationship Management in a Therapeutic Context
  • Part 2a Practice Assessment
  • Contemporary and Complimentary Approaches to Mental Health
  • Developing Mental Health Nursing Skills
  • Part 2 Practice Assessment
Year three
  • Clinical Decision Making and Complex Care
  • Contemporary Issues and Change Management in Professional Practice
  • Public Health
  • Part 3a Practice Assessment
  • Leading and Managing Health and Social Care
  • The Art of Mental Health Nursing
  • Part 3 Practice Assessment

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

GCSE English Language and maths at grade C or above or equivalent. Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English, Adult Literacy level 2 and Adult Numeracy level 2 are also accepted.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
International £13250 Year 1

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Nursing/Registered Nurse: Mental Health Nursing at University of Cumbria - UCAS