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

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Course summary

Mental Health Nursing aims to provide support and care for vulnerable individuals across the lifespan to meet their individual needs, combining nursing values with contemporary knowledge, expertise, communication, and interpersonal skills to form strong therapeutic relationships. 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. This degree will provide the basis for your future career choices enable you to work as a mental health nurse in a variety of settings including inpatient and community services and specialist centres of excellence such as Eating Disorders, Memory Assessment, Drug & Alcohol or Forensic and Prison Services. Course overview The course requires you to spend half of the time in clinical practice-based placements working alongside highly experienced professionals, you will develop your skills and confidence in supporting people who experience a variety of mental health conditions across the lifespan. the other half of your studies is through academic learning, where you explore the fundamental principles of nursing and especially mental health nursing, alongside the Biological, Psychological, Social, Cultural, Legal, Ethical and Political aspects of working in a 21st century healthcare services. Placements will be across the sector including both NHS and private/voluntary- sector provision. In your second year, you will have the opportunity to arrange an enrichment placement that provides you with the opportunity to develop your learning which could involve national or international work. Our academic staff has extensive professional expertise that they will share with you to help develop your knowledge and understanding of mental health nursing at university. You will develop your independent thinking and problem-solving skills. Your learning will include the use of taught sessions and discussions, lectures with our academic staff, guest speakers and experts by experience. There will also be opportunity to develop clinical and mandatory skills, scenario-based experiences within a purpose built hospital wards environment, attend workshops and conferences and be part of experiential learning through computerised simulation and interactive immersion room. All of which will be supported by a wide variety of online education platforms including our innovative virtual learning environments portfolio development. 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. Hear first-hand accounts of stories in healthcare from individual lived experiences. Achieve a professional qualification as a registered nurse, alongside a varied experience of practice areas with which you can consider your future career options. What you will learn You will 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 most up to date contemporary 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 will be taught to work with clients to make complex decisions regarding their care using evidence of new technology while delivering a wide range of services.


Year one

  • Applied Biological Sciences for Health
  • Professional Practice and Accountability
  • Developing Evidence Based Practice
  • Introduction to Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Concepts of Health and Social Policy
  • Introduction to Mental Health Nursing
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
  • Contemporary and Complimentary Approaches to Mental Health
  • Developing Mental Health Nursing Skills
Year three
  • Clinical Decision Making and Complex Care
  • Contemporary Issues and Change Management in Professional Practice
  • Public Health
  • Leading and Managing Health and Social Care
  • The Art of Mental Health Nursing

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


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

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 .

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