Aberystwyth University

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

Nursing (Mental Health)

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Course summary

Overview Our Mental Health Nursing degree programme at Aberystwyth University, accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), will give you the skills and experience to meet the evolving health needs in this diverse and rewarding profession. Nursing is a challenging but rewarding career that'll change lives, including your own. As a mental health nurse, you'll play your part in improving access to healthcare, wellbeing, social inclusion, and quality of life. Working in a variety of settings, including specialist and community services, and people's homes, mental health nurses provide focused health support to people of all ages. The nursing programme at Aberystwyth University embraces its rural Mid Wales roots, offering a bespoke and intimate learning experience where the mountains meet the sea. The fundamentals of holistic nursing practice are complemented by dynamic nursing care delivery models underpinned by evidence-based healthcare. The Aberystwyth University Healthcare Education Centre is newly established and houses the Clinical Skills Unit, a state-of-the-art simulation suite where you will learn clinical skills in a safe and supportive environment. Working collaboratively with Health Boards and other Healthcare Services in the area, the programme will benefit from practical clinical application in real world environments. Fifty percent of the overall programme is available through the medium of Welsh and if you are a non-Welsh speaker and wish to learn Welsh, the programme also offers basic conversational health-related Welsh lessons. Aberystwyth University will provide you with different perspectives of caring and the programme will equip you with the skills needed to enhance the future nursing workforce. Learning and Teaching As a student undertaking the 3-year full time nursing programme, you will be expected to undertake 37.5 hours weekly study during theory weeks, and 37.5 hours per week when attending practice placements. The full-time programme is divided equally into theory and practice learning weeks with a total of 4,800 hours of learning. The full-time programme will offer one intake per year, and the commencement date will be in September. Theoretical content will be delivered in several ways to suit all types of learning styles including lead lectures, seminars, workshops, small group work, clinical skills simulation, blended online learning and self-guided study. Employability Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for Registered Nurse status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and to register as a nurse for work in EU and EEA. You can expect a starting salary of £25,655 rising to £53,219 for a highly experienced staff nurse. Specialist nurses and practice managers can earn £45,000. If you’re in receipt of funding from the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme you will have to commit to working in Wales for two years after qualifying and registering as a nurse with the NMC. This process is managed centrally by NHS Wales Shared Service Partnership, and the Student Streamlining Scheme will ensure that you will be matched to a suitable position of your choice in your identified locality.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is not currently available to international applicants.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks



Enhanced DBS and Occupational Health Screen required for admission onto the programme. In line with the Once for Wales approach, those meeting the admissions criteria which includes details of academic qualifications achieved/pending, well written personal statements which relate to nursing and strong references will be invited to attend a Student Selection Event. The University’s selection events will be supported by internal Healthcare Education staff, Practice Learning Partners, service users/carers/members of the public and students. A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh and Mathematics is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedB
Cambridge English ProficiencyC
IELTS (Academic)6.5With minimum 5.5 in each component.
PTE Academic55With minimum score of 51 in any component.
TOEFL (iBT)88With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.

If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.

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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
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9000 Year 1
EU £17525 Year 1
International £17525 Year 1

Additional fee information

The UK and Welsh Governments have confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in the academic year 2021/22 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. Fees for EU students will therefore be charged in line with international fees from 2021/22 onwards. Please note Irish nationals will continue to be eligible for home fee status and support by the Welsh Government under the Common Travel Area arrangement
Nursing (Mental Health) at Aberystwyth University - UCAS