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.
Year one you will study: · Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology for Nursing · Episodes of Care 1 · Fundamentals of Nursing Practice · Principles of Nursing (Field Specific) · Sustainable Global Public Health Year two you will study: · Assessment and Decision Making · Episodes of Care 2 · Episodes of Care 3 · Pharmacology and Medicines Management · Research Methodologies of Nursing Enquiry · Supporting People with Complex Needs. Final year you will study: · Episodes of Care 4 · Leadership and Supervision · Nursing Final Project · Transition to Registration. Plus, one optional module from a range of specialisms to be discussed at interview 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 17:00, Monday to Friday, except bank holidays. 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 With two practice placements a year, you'll spend half the course applying your knowledge and building your professional skills working with people, their families and healthcare professionals in a range of settings. 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'll get a broad range of practice experiences, putting you in a strong position for future employment in either a community or hospital setting. In each placement setting you'll receive support and guidance from supervisors and assessors. An example of what this may look like can be seen below: 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)
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'll 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. Assessment methods may include, but are not limited to: · Written assignments · Case studies · Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) · Project/portfolio work · Timed examinations · Presentations 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 17:00, Monday to Friday, except bank holidays. 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.
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
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
International applicants are required to apply through UCAS; for further information contact the HE Admissions Team
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
You must be in good health and up-to-date with all routine immunisations that are required for working in health and social care settings. If you are offered a place on this course, 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 a number of infectious diseases (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies, Covid-19) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. Please note that the list of required vaccinations may change, in response to advice from the Department of Health. If your vaccinations are not up-to-date, this will affect your ability to continue on your course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application.
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
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