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Course summary

Nursing is a challenging but rewarding career that will impact and change lives, including your own. As a Mental Health 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, social care, primary care 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 eligible students. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services website. You will learn from a passionate, enthusiastic, skilled, and supportive team with a range of experience across the many different aspects of Mental Health 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 Skills & Simulation Centre: an imitation ward where you will be able to develop your clinical expertise in a safe, instructive environment. Teaching 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. 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. Progression Registered Mental Health 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. You could go on to specialise in positions in hospitals, healthcare centres as a community nurse, in GP practices, schools, as a health visitor, or with patients in their 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.

Modules

Content may include: Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology for Nursing Episodes of Care 1-4 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice Principles of Nursing Sustainable Global Public Health Assessment and Decision Making Pharmacology and Medicines Management Research Methodologies of Nursing Enquiry Supporting People with Complex Needs Episodes of Care 1-4 Leadership and Supervision Nursing Final Project Transition to Registration. Plus, one optional module from a range of specialisms to be discussed at interview.

Assessment method

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 Placements 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.

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

Application codes

Course code:
B760
Institution code:
B70
Campus name:
Taunton Campus
Campus code:
T

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

International applicants are required to apply through UCAS; for further information contact the HE Admissions Team

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE: Grade C/4 or above in English and Mathematics or equivalent, including functional skills. All applicants will be required to complete: · Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check* · Health Checks*. *All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

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

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.

Interview

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


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

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