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Mental Health Nursing
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Mental Health Nursing

September 2018 applications are now closed.
International Scholarships available

Overview

Qualify as a registered mental health nurse and develop the expertise to be able to support people with mental illnesses in their homes and specialist health services. Half of your time will be spent at the University honing your specialist knowledge, with the remainder on placements practising your skills in a supported healthcare environment. To assist your professional development, you will learn how to aid the recovery of people with mental health problems while working alongside those in related health and social care professions, including adult nurses, social workers and dietitians.

Funding
From 1 August 2017 there will be a new funding system for new students on nursing, midwifery and AHP pre-registration courses in England, with the system moving from NHS grants to student loans. Download the University Funding PDF below for more information.
University Funding PDF

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 40% of our research in the Psychology unit was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.

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Studying nursing with Leeds Beckett gives you access to a wide variety of placement opportunities within the NHS and the voluntary sector. We can offer these in many settings, including services in drug and alcohol, mother and baby, eating disorders and forensics. Volunteering opportunities are available in the UK and overseas. You will have regular opportunities to interact with mental health service users throughout your study. Your placements will involve shift work and travel within the Leeds area.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

Course Features

  • Professional accreditations
  • Placements
  • Part-time study available
  • Specialist facilities
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • TEF Silver Award
  • University accommodation
Play Martin Hird, Course Leader Video
Martin Hird, Course Leader

Entry Requirements

104
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 104 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Science subjects accepted include Anatomy, Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Physical Education, Physics, Physiology, Psychology and Science. Key Skills, Functional Skills, BTEC level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
In a relevant subject, Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Practical Experience:
You are required to have a care experience in a mental health practice/clinical setting, such as inpatient care or voluntary care. All applications should be supported by a second reference in addition to that supplied on your UCAS form. Please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee. All offers are subject to satisfactory health and criminal history checks.
Selection Criteria:
Students will be recruited on the basis that their values align with those of the NHS Constitution, as well as having the right skills and aptitude, in accordance with Value Based Recruitment, (Health Education England, Value Based Recruitment Framework, October 2014) click here and if selected will need to attend an interview. Your UCAS personal statement should include:
  1. How you have researched the mental health nursing profession.
  2. Examples of how you have worked with vulnerable adults with mental health needs or worked within mental health settings.
  3. How you have gained insight into the course e.g. Open days/speaking to nurses.
  4. Your personal qualities which you feel are related to mental health nursing, including what motivates you to choose nursing as a career.
  5. You must also be able to demonstrate how you meet the NMC Key Competencies through the application process. These competencies determine the basic skills required for nursing in numeracy, communications, physicality, relationships and IT skills.
Selection criteria will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements and only if you are successful at this stage will you be invited to a selection day. The selection day will involve an individual interview, and a short IT/literacy test and a numeracy test. Performance at the selection day will determine whether you are made an offer. Applicants will be required to bring to a selection day photographic ID (Passport, Driving Licence) and original certificates for all qualifications awarded to date. If you do not possess your original certificates, we recommend making arrangements to obtain copies in preparation should you be invited to a selection day.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks:
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here. The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.
Self Declaration
You will be required to undertake a Self-Declaration prior to acceptance on the course
Health Checks:
Satisfactory health checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course.

International Baccalaureate

24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 7.0 with no skills below 7.0.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
UCAS Tariff Points: 104 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Science subjects accepted include Anatomy, Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Physical Education, Physics, Physiology, Psychology and Science. Key Skills, Functional Skills, BTEC level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
In a relevant subject, Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Practical Experience:
You are required to have a care experience in a mental health practice/clinical setting, such as inpatient care or voluntary care. All applications should be supported by a second reference in addition to that supplied on your UCAS form. Please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee. All offers are subject to satisfactory health and criminal history checks.
Selection Criteria:
Students will be recruited on the basis that their values align with those of the NHS Constitution, as well as having the right skills and aptitude, in accordance with Value Based Recruitment, (Health Education England, Value Based Recruitment Framework, October 2014) click here and if selected will need to attend an interview. Your UCAS personal statement should include:
  1. How you have researched the mental health nursing profession.
  2. Examples of how you have worked with vulnerable adults with mental health needs or worked within mental health settings.
  3. How you have gained insight into the course e.g. Open days/speaking to nurses.
  4. Your personal qualities which you feel are related to mental health nursing, including what motivates you to choose nursing as a career.
  5. You must also be able to demonstrate how you meet the NMC Key Competencies through the application process. These competencies determine the basic skills required for nursing in numeracy, communications, physicality, relationships and IT skills.
Selection criteria will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements and only if you are successful at this stage will you be invited to a selection day. The selection day will involve an individual interview, and a short IT/literacy test and a numeracy test. Performance at the selection day will determine whether you are made an offer. Applicants will be required to bring to a selection day photographic ID (Passport, Driving Licence) and original certificates for all qualifications awarded to date. If you do not possess your original certificates, we recommend making arrangements to obtain copies in preparation should you be invited to a selection day.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks:
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here. The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.
Self Declaration
You will be required to undertake a Self-Declaration prior to acceptance on the course
Health Checks:
Satisfactory health checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course.

International Baccalaureate

24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 7.0 with no skills below 7.0.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
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Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Lucy Davies

Careers

Teaching and learning

We regularly review our courses to ensure we are offering you the best educational experience. This course is currently being reviewed for 2019 entry, therefore the information below is correct for students joining us in 2018/19 but there may be changes for students who wish to join us in 2019/20. The full confirmed details of the course as it will be offered for 2019/20 will be published from January 2019.

Develop core skills for day to day nursing practice, as we help you with the traits needed for professional nursing and academic study. You will undertake three work placements designed for you to experience a range of healthcare settings, as well as to help apply your nursing theory.
Overall workload
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300 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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899 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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660 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
39%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
61%
Core Modules

You will demonstrate your understanding of the concepts of health, wellbeing and recovery and their determinants, and apply different models of nursing to explain roles nurses take in contributing to health in different practice settings.

Gain an introduction to the professional, ethical and legal principles that underpin the clinical practice of registered nurses. It aims to develop your understanding of the context in which these principles operate.

Examine the core/fundamental communication skills essential for caring and compassionate nursing practice. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in a safe, supportive and supervised environment in order to develop a sound theoretical understanding and an ability to integrate and apply knowledge and skills in practice placements.

Study the normal anatomy and physiology of selected systems, progressing to explore altered physiology and function and evidenced based nursing interventions.

Develop into an independent learner in order to be able to meet the challenges of academia and personal and professional practice successfully.

You will be prepared for healthcare practice. The module will offer support during placement learning periods and enables you to reflect on your developing clinical practice and support this with theory.

In Year Two you will advance your core knowledge of applied biological sciences and skills for mental health nursing. Your three placements will take place in more acute care settings, and you will become a more independent practitioner as you will have a lower degree of direct supervision.
Overall workload
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286 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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892 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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780 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
39%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
17%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
45%
Core Modules

Work to progress to the next NMC progression point, as you learn to work more independently, with less direct supervision, in a safe and increasingly confident manner. You will also demonstrate a potential to work autonomously, making the most of opportunities to extend knowledge, skills and practice.

Build on your knowledge and practice experience related to nurses' work intending to promote health.

Build on the concepts you explored previously, as you study the principle of homeostasis in physiological control in health and disease.

Build on the concepts you explored in Year 1, as you examine the normal anatomy and physiology of selected systems and progressing to explore altered physiology and function and evidenced based nursing interventions.

Continue your development to be an independent learner in order to be able to meet the challenges of academia and personal and professional practice successfully.

Develop a sound theoretical understanding and an ability to integrate and apply knowledge and skills in more complex and challenging situations in a safe, supported and supervised environment.

You will complete your studies in developing nursing in practice skills, such as professional awareness and non-medical prescribing, before embarking on your final placement of 12 weeks. Upon completion of your Year Three modules you will be eligible for Nursing & Midwifery Council registration.
Overall workload
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262 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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924 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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735 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
17%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
83%
Core Modules

You will focus on four themes from the NMC Code: i. Prioritise people. ii. Practice effectively. iii. Preserve safety. iv. Promote professionalism and trust.

You will understand the key elements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council professional curriculum for Non-Medical Prescribing, to link the theory underpinning the use of medications to patient and service user centred care and to become aware of professional standards of proficiency in medicines management responsibilities.

Build on your understanding of health, wellbeing, recovery, co-production and health promotion. The module will support you to critically consider service models and intervention developments intended to support people to live with or recover from health problems.

Explore the fundamental premise of globalisation and evaluate health care needs and provision within a dynamic context, while appraising the influence of leadership, management and innovation in contemporary health care.

You will build on your previous learning in communication and practice skills. The module will develop the interface between practice and University based learning and increases the degree of sophistication within which you understand and use communication and therapeutic skills in practice.

Sue Sherwin
Sue Sherwin
Dean of School

Sue Sherwin is Dean for the School of Health and Community Studies. She joined our University as a Senior Lecturer in 1996 after supporting the development of the first degree in Mental Health Nursing from Leeds Beckett.

Our School is committed to making a difference to the health and wellbeing of communities and individuals. All of our academics have worked in health, public health and the caring professions, and many still maintain their professional practice to ensure we maintain a strong link between our teaching and the demands of the professional workplace. We bring this quality of care to the way in which we support our students through their learning.
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Martin Hird, Course Leader

Fees & funding

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate applicants, commencing their course in the 201920 academic year, are yet to be set at this time by the UK Government. We expect these fee rates will be set in October 2018. Should you wish to view the fee charges for this course for the previous year you can do so by changing the entry point to September 2018 in the 'Start Date' section of this page above.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the Clinical Skills Suite with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • When undertaking work placement opportunities, you will need to pay for footwear as deemed appropriate by your employer
    (Approximately £30)
  • Fob watch
    (Approximately £15)

Course-specific optional costs

  • Books £100 (or books available from Library. Some ebooks are available for key texts)

Placements

Placement locations and experiences will vary throughout the course but any additional travel or dual accommodation costs will be reimbursed by the NHS Business Services Authority (applies to UK students only). Students may also be eligible for a Child Dependants Allowance and Exceptional Support Funding dependent on their circumstances. Details of this NHS Learning Support Funding can be found here.

Adult Health and Mental Health Nursing placements are generally in West Yorkshire predominantly in the Leeds NHS Trusts, but some experiences may be offered in Harrogate or other North and East Yorkshire Trusts and Private Independent and Voluntary Organisations.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets). 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.


The tuition fees for this course, for applicants commencing their course in the 201920 academic year, are yet to be set at this time. These fee rates will be set in October 2018. Should you wish to view the fee charges for this course for the previous year you can do so by changing the entry point to September 2018 in the 'Start Date' section of this page above.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the Clinical Skills Suite with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • When undertaking work placement opportunities, you will need to pay for footwear as deemed appropriate by your employer
    (Approximately £30)
  • Fob watch
    (Approximately £15)

Course-specific optional costs

  • Books £100 (or books available from Library. Some ebooks are available for key texts)

Placements

Placement locations and experiences will vary throughout the course - international students will need to pay any additional travel or dual accommodation costs.

Adult Health and Mental Health Nursing placements are generally in West Yorkshire predominantly in the Leeds NHS Trusts, but some experiences may be offered in Harrogate or other North and East Yorkshire Trusts and Private Independent and Voluntary Organisations.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets). 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.



Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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