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Mental Health Nursing
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This course is now full for 2016 but open for 2017.

BSc (Hons)
Mental Health Nursing

Undergraduate course

Use your personal and communication skills to learn how to support people with mental health problems, helping them lead a normal life.

  • Attendance
  • Duration
    3 Years
  • Start date
  • Main Location
    City Campus
This course is now full for 2016 but open for 2017.

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Students on our mental health nursing course have the opportunity to do placements in a range of highly specialist regional departments and exciting environments such as music festivals and working alongside the police.
Entry Requirements
120 points required
UCAS Tariff Points: 120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
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 not accepted in place of GCSEs. Access to HE Diploma: In a relevant subject, Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points, to include at least 15 Distinctions and the remainder Merits. 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, a template can be accessed at this link. Please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee.

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 profession of mental health nursing. 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 or 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. 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 a small group exercise, 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. Health and enhanced criminal history checks: Satisfactory health and 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.
International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
English Language Requirement: 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.


  • Lucy Davies


Lucy Davies
Community Mental Health Nurse, Leeds and York Partnership, NHS Foundation in Leeds

BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

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“I've always wanted to use my compassion to care for people. My course taught me the communication and clinical skills needed to assess people's mental health and identify their needs. As a student, I had a lot of support, helpful placements, a great city with many career opportunities and strong job prospects anywhere in the world upon graduation.


Academic Learning for Nursing Practice

Applied Biological Sciences in Nursing Practice

Communication for Nursing Practice

Developing Professional Awareness: Law & Ethics in the Professional Context

Nursing for Health

Skills for Mental Health Nursing Practice

Academic Learning for Nursing Practice 2

Applied Biological Sciences in Nursing Practice 2

Skills for Mental Health Nursing Practice 2

Nursing for Health 2

Communication for Nursing Practice - Mental Health Nursing

Communication & Skills for Mental Health Nursing Practice

Nursing for Health 3

Introduction to Non-Medical Prescribing

Developing Professional Awareness: Reflecting on Professional Practice

Leadership, Change Management and Enterprise

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.
  • Professor Ieuan Ellis
    Professor Ieuan Ellis Professor Ieuan Ellis
    Pro Vice-Chancellor

    We have a long history of providing education across a wide range of professional and academic disciplines in health, applied global ethics, social sciences and related subject areas... The Faculty has a number of areas of research excellence.

    Ieuan is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Faculty of Health and Social sciences. He is also a member of Academic Board, and an elected staff representative on the Board of Governors. He is also Chair of the UK Council of Deans of Health and Co-chair of the National Allied Health Professions Advisory Board. After practicing as a chartered physiotherapist in the NHS and private sector, Ieuan entered higher education working initially at Northumbria University prior to joining our University. Ieuan has held a number of leadership and management roles across health and social care education and was awarded a personal chair as Professor in Healthcare Education.
  • Martin Hird, Course Leader

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2017/18 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Footwear for Practice - Footwear will be required as would be in a professional environment, of which the cost is £30

Work placement travel expenses - £250 Variable for non NHS bursary students. Travel expenses to placements may be reimbursed you are eligible for bursary.


  • Library

    Our Library is one of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, our Library has you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

  • 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.

An amazing place to spend your days

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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