Birmingham City University

Mental Health Nursing (September) with Foundation Year Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses, not just one particular BSc degree.
So although you apply to study a BSc in a specific course – in this case BSc Mental Health Nursing – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category - Health and Life Sciences; it allows you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.
You will need to be assessed for progression on to your second year, which would be the first year of your BSc-level degree.

The BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing course will help you develop the knowledge, skills and values you'll need to meet the mental health needs of a diverse population. This may be empowering individuals on their unique journeys to recovery, or providing ongoing high-quality care to support people of all ages so that they can experience a full, active and meaningful life. Birmingham City University is the largest regional provider of qualified staff to the NHS (for health and social services), with over 99% of our nursing students progressing to graduate-level work or further study within 6 months of completing the course (DHLE Survey 2016/17). By employing a variety of innovative and contemporary teaching methods, this programme will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to thrive as a mental health nurse, with several of our alumni being awarded prizes at a national level for their achievements. Extracurricular experiences include the opportunity for international visits through our Go Abroad scheme, giving you the edge in later job interviews.

How to apply

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 B76F
Institution code B25
Campus name City South Campus, Edgbaston
Campus code E

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 88 points
A level CCD A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects. Must include either Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Psychology, Chemistry, Applied Science, or Social Science. General Studies and Critical Thinking and Extended Project not accepted.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM In Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development or Science equivalent
Must achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points.
Access to HE Diploma Full Award (60 credits overall). Minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction, of which a minimum of 12 must be in a Science or Health related subject and 15 at Level 2. Mathematics and English Language GCSE must be obtained prior to application. Non-Health subjects not accepted.

GCSE equivilences only from Access Courses achieved prior to 2014, except for 2 Year Part Time Courses started within the 12/13 academic year. 12 Credits must be achieved at Level 2 + and certificate must state 'GCSE Equivalent'
GCSE science is not required for Access students.
Scottish Higher Not accepted
AS AE A maximum of two AS-level subjects can be considered along with either two A-levels, two 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma. To obtain a minimum of 88 points
Must include either Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Science or Applied Science. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 subjects at grade 4 Must include mathematics, English language and one of health and social care, biology, chemistry, physics or science double/triple award.
Must have been achieved at the point of application

Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered. If an applicant is studying an Access qualification or has already achieved an acceptable Level 3+ qualification, but is missing an acceptable Level 2 qualification, then they will be asked to complete Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and/or English Language (as applicable) by the 31st July alongside the GCSE they are studying.
HNC (BTEC) P Health or Science Related Subject
HND (BTEC) P Health or Science Related Subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points points overall
Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 11 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 88 UCAS Tariff Points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 88 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD Health or Science Related Subject
Any Other subjects not accepted
Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM Health or Science Related Subject
Any Other subjects not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma 88 tariff points Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points.
Health or Science Related Subject
Any Other subjects not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma 88 tariff points Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points.
Health or Science Related Subject
Any Other subjects not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD In Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development or Science equivalent
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either two A-levels, two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points.
In Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development or Science equivalent
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).

General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.

More about foundation year programmes

By studying a foundation year in either Health and Life Sciences, Children, Childhood and Education or Sport and Exercise Science, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year – which would be the first year of a full degree programme.

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc or BA degree.

So although you are studying a BA or BSc in a specific course – for example, Children’s Nursing, Health Studies, Midwifery among many of possible options – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about foundation year categories (Health and Life Sciences, Childhood and Education or Sport and Exercise Science), allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.

Important Note:

Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health and Care Professions Council or the National College for Teaching and Leadership, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment if these are required for your chosen programme.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with no subtest lower than 6.5 If English is studied at GCSE Level but as a second language, IELTs must be completed to qualify for UK L2 requirement. .

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Birmingham City University
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15 Bartholomew Row
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B5 5JU


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