Nursing (Mental Health) at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS

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Course summary

Please note that advanced entry is not available on any of our Pre-Registration Nursing Programmes at this time. The January 2025 intake is under review and is likely to move to March 2025 start date. Mental health nursing is a challenging but rewarding field. As a qualified mental health nurse, you’ll identify people’s needs before planning and providing care. Working closely with clients and patients, you’ll encourage them to believe that recovery from mental health problems is possible. Studying in Cambridge or Chelmsford, our Mental Health Nursing BSc (Hons) degree will equip you with all the practical skills you need to start your nursing career. Student nurses can take advantage of nursing training grants worth at least £5,000 per year. At ARU, we’re dedicated to the continual improvement of every aspect of healthcare and delivering the values set out in the NHS Constitution. Our Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Mental Health Nursing degree mixes classroom learning in our clinical facilities with practical placements. We will consider the experiences of people with mental health issues from different age groups, cultures, belief systems and ethnicities. We’ll also look at the experiences of carers and care-givers; and learn how the law – including human rights legislation – affects the management of mental health. Biological, psychological and social factors can all have an impact on mental health and illness. Our understanding of causes and ‘triggers’ is changing all the time, so we’ll keep up to date with the latest knowledge – as well as the different interventions used to help people. Since mental health nursing is very much about connecting with people, you’ll also enhance your ‘softer’ communication and people skills. As people with mental health issues may also have physical health conditions, we’ll prepare you to offer advice to aid prevention. Most mental health nurses work in the community, but some provide in-patient care. Either way, it’s standard practice to work as part of a team of health and care professionals. As part of your studies, you’ll develop your team working skills and gain practical experience in mental health settings, both in the community and in hospital. While on placement, you’ll work shifts with your supervisors and assessors, taking part in late, early and night shifts and will work at weekends and on bank holidays. There’s also the option of a self-funded overseas placement at the end of Year 2. We want to make sure you experience a variety of placements and that you graduate as an effective practitioner. Our placement maps will help you plan your travel before you start on the course. Meanwhile, teaching on campus usually takes place between 9am–5pm, Monday–Friday. We’re proud to have been shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year in 2019 and 2020 by the Student Nursing Times. It speaks volumes about the quality of our teaching.


Year one • Essential Knowledge and Skills for Person-centred Care • Essential Nursing Skills and Practice 1 • Exploring and Promoting Health and Wellbeing • Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 1 • Essential Nursing Skills and Practice 2 Year two • Exploring the Values, Theories and Evidence Underpinning Mental Health Assessment and Practice • Developing Mental Health Nursing Practice 1 • Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 2 • Therapeutic engagement in mental health nursing • Developing Mental Health Nursing Practice 2 Year three • Nurses as Future Leaders • Leading and Co-ordinating Care with Confidence • Undergraduate Major Project: Becoming an Independent Practitioner • Medicines Calculations for Safe Practice 3

Assessment method

We use a range of methods to help ensure you are making the right level of progress during the course. Besides exams, they include essays, presentations, care studies and practice assessment.

Professional bodies

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

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

How to apply

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

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 ( Academic level with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University. Please note we also accept the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT). 2020 Entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when apply opens for the exact requirements. UCAS Tariff points from the Irish Leaving Certificate are accepted. OU Credits will be accepted in lieu of A levels (90 credits will be expected in Health or Science subjects) plus 3 GCSEs including English and Mathematics at grade C or above (GCSE Science grade C or above desirable). Exclusions Points from AS levels are not accepted.

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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Nursing (Mental Health) at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS