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Mental Health Nursing BSc (Hons)

Overview

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing programme is now closed for new applications for September 2020, January and April 2021 starts. 

Our Mental Health Nursing course takes you on a service user’s journey within community and hospital settings, allowing you to see the service through the patient’s perspective and identify where you can make positive changes. The course reinforces your positive attitude, provides you with evidence-based knowledge and equips you with effective practice skills, through a flexible and blended approach to learning. We also offer extra student support throughout your studies and during your practice. This means that you will be supported by a Nursing Academic during your practice at a Hospital.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 17/07/2020

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    B710

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years Full-time

  • Starting:

    September, January, April

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £15,750

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

Highlights

  • Leads to Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration.
  • Access to a wide variety of unique local and national placements.
  • Mental Health First Aid delivered within this programme.
  • New Curriculum based on the Nursing and Midwifery standards for education 2018.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

Course Content

  • There is no health without mental health. One in four people are likely to experience some degree of mental distress. A mental health nurse can make a positive contribution in people’s lives and wellbeing. Our vision is to promote compassionate care through effective communication.

    We want to make this a reality by recruiting people who that are passionate about caring for those with mental health problems and that want to make positive changes to the lives of others. Our BSc (Hons) course gives you a registration through the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a mental health nurse.

    Taught elements will include:

    • public and population health
    • assessing planning and providing care
    • leading nursing care
    • working in teams
    • coordinating and improving quality of care.

    If you already hold a professional registration you can study for a second registration. You will study generic and Mental Health  Nursing specific modules, focusing on the care of individuals with mental health problems. Your modules are also complemented by appropriate placement learning opportunities within hospitals and the community.

    ‘Being Brilliant’ at Northampton focuses on ways of thinking and behaving that allows us to be the best version of ourselves. To develop a culture where all students and staff aspire to be the best that they can be, the principles are simple and focus on small changes in behaviour that can have a big impact.

    If you want to become a brilliant mental health nurse then we can inspire you and transform your life and the lives of others.

    Read what the Nursing Times have to say about out Mental Health Nursing course.

    • Module code: NPR1028
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to provide the student nurse with underpinning theoretical knowledge of the scientific legal professional and personal context of nursing in order to participate in practice safely ethically and lawfully across all fields of nursing and within a range of clinical practice settings.
    • Module code: NPR1030
      Status: Compulsory
    • Module code: NPR1029
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to equip nursing students with the theoretical foundation skills and evidenced based knowledge to fully participate in person centred decision making influence positive lifestyle choices and beginning the students? own professional development.
    • Module code: NPR1027
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to develop nursing students self awareness personal and professional resilience and professional identity as a nurse understanding how health science social and political knowledge behaviour vocabulary and skills form their nursing identity. Additionally the module will develop communication skills and understanding of how constructive feedback can be used to evaluate self and effect positive change.
    • Module code: NPR1031P
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to provide the essential clinical learning and simulation and practice experiences a student requires to achieve the NMC proficiences enabling progression through to the 2nd part of the programme. Through their electronic portfolio (Pebblepad) signed by their practice supervisor and practice assessor and moderated by the academic assessor students will demonstrate achievement of the skills and professional behaviours identified at the first progression point by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. During clinical learning all students will be required to undertake clinical skills via a range of simulation techniques to meet the Achievement of Proficiency in the PAD. These will be signed off by the Module Team/Practice Assessor.
  • You will be expected to study a minimum of 2,300 hours theory and 2,300 hours practice across the 3 years.

    You will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in a range of healthcare settings such as hospitals, the voluntary sector and other health and social care organisations within Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire.

    This course is compliant with Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements. For more information on educational standards required for nursing please visit the Nursing and Midwifery Council web pages.

    Opportunities Abroad*

    The University of Northampton is one of only four universities in the country to belong to the European Nursing Module. This offers the possibility of a two week placement in one of around 24 different European countries.

    You can experience a different health system, culture and life experience and gain an insight into the issues that are faced in an overseas nursing environment. This opportunity is available at a specifically negotiated time during your course, usually within the second or third stage of study.

    Please note that you will have to meet the entire costs of this module yourself including flights, accommodation, food and travel within these countries where possible costs are kept to a minimum and financial help is available. The cost of the placement is dependent on the country you choose, it can range from approximately £500-800.

    The two weeks spent overseas for this module count as placement hours as agreed with the NMC.

    The University of Northampton is one of only three universities that offer this module as well as the 11 week Erasmus placement.

    *Please see our situation update webpage for the latest information.

  • How will I be taught?

    From September 2019 we are offering an exciting new curriculum based on The Nursing and Midwifery standards for education 2018. The curriculum is innovative utilising an active blend learning approach and an extensive range of support is always available. The curriculum also offers placement learning opportunities throughout Northamptonshire and beyond.

    You will have have approximately 4,600 hours of blended study throughout the three years of this course, which is split 50/50 between theoretical and practical learning.

    This course is compliant with Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements. You will be expected to study a minimum of 2,300 hours theory and 2,300 hours practice across the 3 years. For more information on educational standards required for nursing please visit the Nursing and Midwifery Council web pages.

    How will I be assessed?

    You will be continuously assessed throughout this course to test your knowledge. Placements will also be assessed to ensure that you can effectively apply theory into practice within a healthcare environment.

    Are there any further opportunities?

    Our University is now a part of a well-established, professional European network for Nursing and Midwifery. The Florence Network offers opportunities for future health careers and development to staff, academics and students. For more information visit the Florence Network

    What is our selection process based on?

    Values Based Recruitment is an approach which attracts and selects students, trainees or employees on the basis that their individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

    The purpose of Values Based Recruitment is to ensure that the future and current NHS workforce is selected against the values of the NHS Constitution, so that we recruit people with the right skills and values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.

    Please visit the Health Education England website for more details.

  • The following are essential requirements for all pre-registration nursing programmes;

    Applicants must be 18 years old by the 2nd month of commencing pre-registration nursing programmes and all applicants must have 10 years of consecutive education.

    All applicants must have:
    • English Language and Maths GCSE, or the equivalent, at grade C/4 or above. These must be achieved prior to commencement of the course. (Common equivalents are: Functional skills level 2 and 3, Key skills level 2 and 3, Adult Literacy/Numeracy Level 2).
    • Evidence of recent academic study completed within the last five years.
    • If your first language is not English, you will need to provide evidence of an IELTS score of 7.0 before the course commences.
    You also need one of the following qualifications:
    • BCC at A level
    • BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma or National Diploma at DMM
    • A kitemarked Access to Higher Education course with 30 credits at Merit or above
    • Successful completion of the first year of a relevant Foundation Degree
    • Health and Social Care Diploma at Level 3 (advanced level)
    • CACHE Diploma achieved at grade B or above.

    Please note that we may consider other qualifications not listed above on an individual basis, please contact our Admissions team to discuss these in further detail.

    All offers of a place on the programme are subject to:
    • successful Occupational Health Screening,
    • satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report, and
    • successful interview at the University.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 7.0 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

    Additional Costs

    Please be aware that there will be additional costs that are not covered by course fees, these include:

    • Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associate with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.
    • shoes for placement
    • appropriate outer wear
    • car parking fees on/off site
    • dissertation printing
    • optional European placement (flights, accommodation, living expenses,etc.)
    • book/stationary purchases
    • IT costs
    • living and eating costs
    • accommodation including washing costs
    • participation in events.

    Financial contribution towards your travel and expenses in relation to  your practice learning opportunities is available from the NHS Learning Support Fund. Details, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the NHS website.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

    Additional Costs

    Please be aware that there will be additional costs that are not covered by course fees, these include:

    • Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associate with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.
    • shoes for placement
    • appropriate outer wear
    • car parking fees on/off site
    • dissertation printing
    • optional European placement (flights, accommodation, living expenses,etc.)
    • book/stationary purchases
    • IT costs
    • living and eating costs
    • accommodation including washing costs
    • participation in events.

    Financial contribution towards your travel and expenses in relation to  your practice learning opportunities is available from the NHS Learning Support Fund. Details, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the NHS website.

    International

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £15,750

    Additional Costs

    Please be aware that there will be additional costs that are not covered by course fees, these include:

    • Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associate with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.
    • shoes for placement
    • appropriate outer wear
    • car parking fees on/off site
    • dissertation printing
    • optional European placement (flights, accommodation, living expenses, ect.)
    • book/stationary purchases
    • IT costs
    • living and eating costs
    • accommodation including washing costs
    • participation in events.

    International scholarships

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £15,500

    Additional Costs

    Please be aware that there will be additional costs that are not covered by course fees, these include:

    • Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associate with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.
    • shoes for placement
    • appropriate outer wear
    • car parking fees on/off site
    • dissertation printing
    • optional European placement (flights, accommodation, living expenses, ect.)
    • book/stationary purchases
    • IT costs
    • living and eating costs
    • accommodation including washing costs
    • participation in events.

    International scholarships

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

Staff

Roger Keenoo

Senior Lecturer - Mental Health Nursing
Faculty of Health, Education and Society

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Emma Dillon

Senior Lecturer - Mental Health Nursing
Faculty of Health, Education and Society

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Careers and Employability

On completion of this course you can pursue a wide range of professional careers in health and social care and research.

For further information visit the NHS careers webpage.

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