University of Portsmouth

Nursing (Mental Health) University of Portsmouth Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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There's always demand for Mental Health Nurses, and it takes a special kind of person to work in the field. You need empathy, compassion and commitment, as well as professional experience and specialist training. If you're able to bring the former, we'll provide the latter.

This BN (Hons) Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health) degree course has been developed collaboratively with local healthcare providers, and will give extensive experience at delivering mental healthcare in the local community. You'll also build your clinical skillset through simulated procedures and scenarios.

When you graduate, you'll be ready to start work as a Mental Health Nurse: you'll be eligible to seek admission to part 1 (Mental Health) of the professional Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) register. This degree course also meets all of the EU requirements for employment as a Registered Nurse abroad.

This course is pending approval against the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) 2018 standards. 

For pre-registration nursing, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2018, Part 1: Standards Framework for nursing and midwifery education, 5.12, page 12) state that there is no compensation between theory and practice learning.

What you'll experience
On this course you’ll:

  • Observe, examine, assess and engage with service users in both community and hospital settings

  • Develop skills in evidence based decision making to support and deliver best practice in mental health nursing

  • Use simulation facilities to develop and refine your clinical skills and competence

  • Develop critical thinking, resilience and leadership skills

Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What jobs can you do with a Nursing (Mental Health) degree?
You'll be ready to take on a number of roles on graduation, including:

  • Mental Health Nurse

  • Practice Educator

  • Specialist Practitioner

  • Advanced Clinical Practitioner

  • Crisis Team Leader

  • Clinical Researcher

  • Leadership and Management

  • Nurse Education

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Course details


Year 1 core modules in this year include: Science informing practice, Foundations of evidence based practice knowledge, Personalising nursing care, Foundations of professional nursing practice.
Year 2 core topics in this year include: Evidence based decision making, Essentials of mental health assessment, Engaging with service improvement, Person-centred recovery, Developing professional nursing practice.
Year 3 core topics in this year include: Collaboration with mental health, Leading safe and effective care, Professional nursing practice, Service improvement project.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through Academic work including essays, reports, case studies and reflective accounts. Performance-based clinical practice assessments including objective structured clinical examinations and activity in simulation. In-class tests and examinations. Presentations and scientific posters. Work-based projects. Online learning activities
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code B760
Institution code P80
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 points 104 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include 32 points from a Science subject. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.
A level 104 Tariff points from 3 A levels, to include a Science subject at grade C.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Must include 6 units in a Science subject at Merit or above.
Access to HE Diploma 106 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science, Health & Social Care or Nursing), to include a minimum of 15 level 3 credits in Science subjects at merit or above.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 50, to include a Principal Subject in a Science subject at M3.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above, or equivalent/GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points 28 points from the IB Diploma, with 654 at Higher Level, to include 5 points from a Higher Level in a Science subject.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H3, H3, H4, H4 To include a Higher Level Science subject at H3.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 104 Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers, to include a Science subject at grade D.

CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

Health checks

All offers are subject to Occupational Health clearance.


All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 185 with no component score less than 185.
Cambridge English Proficiency Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 185 with no component score less than 185.
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 7.0.
PTE Academic 68.0 An overall score of 68 with a minimum of 68 in each skill.
Trinity ISE Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**

Provider information

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University of Portsmouth
University House
Winston Churchill Avenue

Clearing contact details

University Admissions Centre - Clearing

023 9284 8000

Course Clearing information

Additional information

​​Clearing Hotline opening hours: Thursday 15th August - 07:00 - 20:00, Friday 16th August - 08:00 - 19:00, Saturday 17th August - 09:00 - 15:00, Sunday 18th August - Closed, Monday 19th August onwards - 08:30 - 17:15,

Course contact details

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023 9284 5566