University of Bedfordshire

Degree level: Undergraduate

Mental Health Nursing

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Course summary

The relationship between a person with a mental illness and their nurse is central to helping them back to mental health. This course gives you the skills you need to offer person-centred care and, on completion, you can apply for registration as a mental health nurse. On this interactive course, you learn safe, effective nursing care that meets the needs of those with a mental health problem; it also teaches you to adapt your skills to individual situations, keeping the service user and their family at the centre of your care. It is a hands-on course where you develop your knowledge and skills in practice settings such as hospitals, prisons, service users’ homes, residential centres, specialist clinics and other community settings. Study areas include assessments and interventions in mental health nursing; mental health care across the lifespan; primary care services in the community; multi-professional care; leading complex care; and advocacy, empowerment and protection. Successfully completing this course leads to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, allowing you to practise as a mental health nurse, in accordance with the NHS Constitution (see below). Why choose this course?

  • Develop the practical skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours needed to meet the demands of mental health nursing in an evolving healthcare system
  • Learn real-life skills in our on-campus simulation units as well as in a variety of practice settings
  • Explore the value of inter-professional working, developing and using leadership and teamwork skills to influence contemporary and future practice
  • Benefit from a course that prepares you for rewarding careers in the UK and overseas in acute in-patient mental healthcare, community-based mental healthcare, residential care settings or specialisms (such as secure care, assertive outreach, drug and alcohol services)
Additional information We would strongly recommend that all successful applicants (unless exempt on medical grounds) receive a full course of Covid-19 vaccinations prior to commencing the course.

Course details


Areas of study may include:

  • Academic skills development for nursing
  • Introduction to nursing interventions
  • Assessment and interventions in mental health nursing practice
  • Planning, delivering and coordinating care across agencies for people with mental health problems
  • Advocacy, empowerment and protection
  • Leading complex care in mental health nursing
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Professional bodies

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

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

In addition applicants should have or be working towards five GCSEs at grade 4 (or grade C if taken before 2016) including English language or English literature and mathematics (or equivalent). We will consider alternative qualifications but please note that NVQ Level 3 and A Level General Studies are not accepted. If you would like to check if you would be qualified for our course please contact the Admissions Team.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

We would strongly recommend that all successful applicants (unless exempt on medical grounds) receive a full course of Covid-19 vaccinations prior to commencing the course.


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £13200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. Additional Costs; Travel from home to University - Your base may be in Aylesbury, Luton or Bedford depending on the offer you receive from the University. You will need to ensure you have funds to pay for parking, usually in public car parks. This could be up to £10 per day depending on where you choose to park. Travel to alternate academic sites - Variable depending on mode of transport and whether car sharing. This may include travel to Aylesbury, Luton or Bedford campuses. Travel to placements - You are required to attend a range of placements in hospitals or community settings. There will be travel on a daily basis and this should be planned for. This will be across a range of shifts and will involve you travelling at a range of times as shifts cover the 24 hour period. This will also require you to attend a range of shifts including early shifts at 7:00 a.m., across the week and throughout the course. Parking costs at NHS sites - This is variable across practice partners. Parking permits purchased by students for some Trusts (costs vary). Appropriate shoes for clinical placement (£20 - £60) Stethoscope/Pinard (£5 - £100) Fob watch (£5 - £20) Smart clothes for community placement (£50 - £100) Stationery - files, paper & pens (£20) Costs of printing dissertation hard copy (£20 - £60) Printer ink/poster (£25) USB sticks (£10 - £40) Books (£50 - £200) Laptop Computer (optional) Union Fees - You are advised to join a union such as the Royal College of Midwifery. Fees do vary and are paid annually DBS - initial check and annual update service charge (£70) Occupational Health Clearance - You may be expected to pay for additional services and vaccinations, if not available through your GP
Mental Health Nursing at University of Bedfordshire - UCAS