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Course summary

Nursing is a challenging but rewarding career that will impact and change lives, including your own. As a nurse you will play your part in improving access to healthcare, wellbeing, social inclusion, and quality of life. The course will enable students to work in hospital and community settings within the NHS and private settings. Your studies will look at how to care for people across their lifespan and consider the importance of holistic nursing care. A £5,000 per year training grant is available for students along with an additional £1,000 per year grant because mental health nurses are in demand in the UK and worldwide. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services website. Why University Centre Somerset (UCS) You will learn from a passionate, enthusiastic, skilled, and supportive team with a range of experience across all the many different aspects of mental health nursing, and other fields of nursing. Many are active researchers; your learning will be enriched by the very latest in best practice and clinical understanding. This course has a strong practical focus, allowing you to gain competence carrying out the hands-on tasks you will perform in your career. About half your time will be spent on placements with our established partners. You will also have regular access to outstanding facilities including our Clinical Simulation Suite: an imitation ward where you will be able to develop your clinical expertise in a safe, instructive environment. Based at our Taunton Campus, you will interact with and learn from other students from a range of health and social care courses. You will develop essential people skills as you work with patients and their families, as well as our partners on placements, in class and online. Progression Registered nurses are in demand across the UK and our graduates enter careers in a variety of roles for the NHS, private and voluntary sector employers in community and hospital settings. Our graduates go on to work with adults across a large range of settings and services. You could go into community settings, such as community mental health services, hospital outpatients, emergency departments, secure residential units, as a health visitor, or service users own homes. Once qualified you can also combine clinical practice with study on a post graduate course to specialise in a specific area. Progression could lead to senior positions such as consultant nurse, nurse specialist, researcher, or local or regional services manager.


The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change. Year one : • Preparation for Professional Practice and Learning • Physiology and Pharmacology and Public Health • Episodes of Care 1 • Episodes of Care 2 Year two: • Complexities of Health in Mental Health Nursing • Assessment and Clinical Reasoning • Evidence-based Pharmacology and Practice • Episodes of Care 3 • Episodes of Care 4. Final year: • Health Care Research Methods • Leadership and Supervision • Final Project • Episodes of Care 5 • Episodes of Care 6 Plus, one optional module from: • Collaborative Approaches to Effective Pain Management • Primary and Community Healthcare • Principles of Cardiac Care • Principles of Perioperative Care • The Social and Policy Context of Mental Health Nursing • Public Health and Health Promotion for Professional Practice • Principles of Respiratory Care • Dementia Principles of Care • End of Life Care • World Wide Nursing • Cancer Care • High Dependency Care in Children's Nursing • Palliative Care for Children, Young People and their Families • Promoting Children and Young People's Health in the Community • Introduction to Emergency Care • Solution Focused Practice Developing Empowering Conversations with People • Principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy • Family and Carer Work for Serious Mental illness • Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People. University Centre Somerset always endeavours to respond to changes in practice and we work closely with our practice partners. This may mean that modules are subject to change to ensure we deliver current and evidenced based teaching. Study time The course includes attendance in classes and online directed learning. During the timetabled blocks of the course, you will study full time between 9:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday, except bank holidays. The method of delivery of lectures may be subject change due to the current Covid 19 pandemic. University staff will be available to offer academic support and guidance. While you are on placement, you will be working full time (37.5 hours), participating in shifts over a 24-hour period, including nights and weekends. Your placements may take you anywhere across your chosen Primary Placement Area. Placements are a key part of your course and allow you to apply your knowledge and build your professional skills working with people, their families and healthcare professionals in a range of settings. With two practice placements a year this time makes up half of your course. University Centre Somerset has excellent links with our local employers, and placements are normally split between NHS roles and positions in private or voluntary sector organisations both in hospital and community settings. You can expect a broad range of practice experiences, putting you in a strong position for future employment. In each placement setting you will receive support and guidance from supervisors and assessors. Year one (19 weeks) • November (3 weeks) • January - March (8 weeks) • April - June (8 weeks) Year two (19 weeks) • October - December (8 weeks) • February - April (8 weeks) • June (3 weeks) Final year (22 weeks) • October - December (10 weeks) • April - July (12 weeks)

Assessment method

You will be continuously assessed on your clinical practice throughout the course. We will also make use of a mixture of written assignments, case studies, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), project/portfolio work, timed examinations, and presentations. Learning and Teaching Our philosophy of nurse education encompasses flexible, progressive, and innovative approaches ensuring you will be a caring, competent, and critically thinking nurse. Some of our approaches include experiential learning, enquiry and action-based learning, group work and face-to-face learning. You will learn about the importance of your relationship as a nurse with both the service user and their family and friends. We will support you to develop the interpersonal skills you will need to build therapeutic relationships with people in diverse cultural contexts. Develop your expertise in healthcare systems, nursing management, and the sociology of health, wellness, and illness. Explore the latest research and evidence-based practice and learn to adapt and respond to changes in society and developments in care. With a strong focus on building independent learning and research skills, the course also provides an excellent preparation for future professional development. With the help of distance learning and self-directed materials you will be supported to take responsibility for your own learning.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2022.

If you already have a 2022 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSEs Grade 4 or above in English (Language or Literature), Mathematics and Science, or recognised equivalents Equivalent qualifications other than those listed above may be accepted. Contact UCS Admissions Team for more Information

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

If you are offered a place, we require you to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check

Health checks

All offers at UCS are subject to satisfactory health screening. Please note that the NMC have certain requirements regarding health and character status of applicants and their ability to meet the required core professional competencies, and to practice safely without direct supervision. Please visit and read the NMC website to find out more. You must be in good health and up to date with your routine immunisations e.g., tetanus, diphtheria, polio, and MMR. If you are offered a place, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of several infectious diseases and immunisations (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. If your vaccinations are not up to date this will affect your ability to continue your course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations, please raise this at the point of application. As a student on a nursing course, you will be expected to engage in the full range of clinical duties whilst on placement, which constitutes half of the course. You must be mindful of the requirement in the NMC Code of Practice 2015, which states that registered nurses must maintain the level of health needed to carry out our professional role. Offers of places are subject to occupational health clearance and students are expected to disclose pre-existing and historical health conditions. Students on professional programmes must meet specific requirements related to the need to demonstrate certain knowledge, skills and competencies required by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies that cannot be compromised. In considering reasonable adjustments, these will be considered when agreeing what adjustments are possible. *All information will be treated in confidence and only considered when absolutely necessary.


UCS staff will review the information provided within your personal statement and references. Relevant work experience in a care setting and/or evidence of other involvement in the community will strengthen applications. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to an interview and selection day. Selection Day Multiple interviews will be conducted by the UCS and UWE academics, and assisted by staff from our clinical practice areas. If you are selected to attend the Selection Day, you will be given guidance on these selection activities with your invite. All offers will be made subject to a health screening and DBS checks


You will also need to demonstrate: • An educational profile in the previous three to five years. • A detailed understanding and commitment to Mental Health Nursing. • Care experience is helpful but not essential. • You will be expected to participate in group discussions, teamwork, and individual tasks during interviews.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Additional Course Costs Indicative Cost Per Year TBC OH/Medical assessment – ONLY charged for missed appointments TBC Supplementary fee information Additional costs are for items you may need during your studies that are not covered by the standard tuition fee. For example, textbooks, travel, clothing, software, or printing. Learn more about costs - please contact the UCS Admissions Team A £5,000 per year training grant is available for students along with an additional £1,000 per year grant because mental health nurses are in demand in the UK and worldwide. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services website.
Nursing (Mental Health) at University Centre Somerset - Bridgwater & Taunton College - UCAS