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Mental Health Nursing
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Mental Health Nursing

Applications are now open for our part-time Mental Health Nursing course.
We are the best university in England to study nursing.
*Nursing Times analysis of the National Students Survey 2017, which revealed 98 per cent of our nursing students were satisfied with their course.

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.
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.
100%
Student Satisfaction
Student Satisfaction*
*National Student Survey 2017

Course Features

  • Professional accreditations
  • Placements
  • Part-time study available
  • Specialist facilities
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • TEF Silver Award
  • University accommodation
  • 100% of students said the course was intellectually stimulating and felt the course challenged them to achieve their best work (National Student Survey 2017).
  • 100% of students thought the course enable them to bring information and ideas together from different topics, and said their course provided them with opportunities to apply their learning (National Student Survey 2017).

Entry Requirements

120
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
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 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. 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/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.

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. Further information about medical fitness standards for Nurse and Midwife Training click here. 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.

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 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. 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/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.

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. Further information about medical fitness standards for Nurse and Midwife Training click here. 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.
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.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
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

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

BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

“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.

Modules & learning

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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

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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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

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.

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.

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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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