Nursing is a demanding but rewarding profession that focuses on the care of people. As a mental health nurse, your role is promoting and supporting a person’s recovery and enabling them to have more involvement and control over their condition.
This three-year mental health nursing degree combines theory and practice in an innovative way, to focus on the care of people with mental health problems across a wide range of healthcare settings. Successful completion of this Mental Health Nursing degree will allow you entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register as a qualified Mental Health Nurse. Currently, if you are a UK student, the fees for your nursing course will be paid by the Welsh Government. Follow Care Sciences on Twitter.
This Mental Health Nursing degree will develop the knowledge and skills you need to work with people of all ages and backgrounds who have mental health problems. As well as the theoretical elements of the course, you’ll spend 50% of your time in a variety of clinical settings in health boards and in the private sector.
You will study a mixture of Generic and Mental Health nursing modules over three years. This means you will have the skills to provide a basic level of care to all groups and specialist care for mental health patients.
Each year of the mental health nursing degree lasts 42 weeks, and there’s an equal split between theory and practice, which is integrated throughout all our nursing courses.
The academic year is split into three terms. In term one you will study in a 10-week block in University (theory) followed by an eight-week block in clinical practice. In term two through to term eight you will study six weeks of theory in University followed by six-week block in clinical practice. In term nine you will spend 12 weeks in clinical practice.
You’ll study with students from all fields and other professions, as well as having sessions specific to your field. There’s also the requirement to work with clients and patients from other fields, so you can care for patients with multiple and complex needs.
You will be assessed using various methods. Whilst on placement you will be assigned a mentor who will assess your achievements of the Practice Learning Outcomes.
The theoretical component will involve written assignments, case studies, examinations, scenario based workbooks, a pharmacology workbook, development of a Wellness Recovery Action Plan, computer based medication dosage calculations and a clinically based reflective assignment. In your third year you will undertake a dissertation. The theoretical and placement components each account for 50% of your overall marks.
The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI). Graduates from our nursing courses can apply to join the NMC professional register and start to practise in the UK.
Supervised placements are an integral part of your nurse training. These are in our partner health boards, as well as in the community and independent sector.You will be fully supported on clinical placements by a qualified nurse who acts as a mentor throughout your placement. When you are working with your mentor in clinical practice, you have to work the shift patterns of the clinical area to which you are allocated.
There is also an opportunity to study and practice abroad in a number of countries during the second year of your nurse training. This will enable you to gain an understanding of different health care systems.
As part of your mental health nursing degree, you will learn in our impressive health facilities. Our Clinical Simulation Centre replicates clinical environments for education and training. These include two, four-bedded bays to simulate a hospital setting, dedicated paediatric and maternity facilities, including a special care baby unit, an intensive care environment and an emergency department with a fully equipped ambulance simulator. There is also a two bedroom flat to simulate providing healthcare in a home environment.
The Centre is used for healthcare education and nurse training, dealing with everything from essential clinical skills to complex, multidisciplinary clinical scenarios. You’ll use the same equipment you will find in healthcare settings, and work on patient simulators that mimic the body’s reactions to illness, care and treatment.
Staff who teach on the mental health nursing degree come with a wide variety of clinical expertise in both hospital-based and community-based care, including substance misuse, general surgery and community psychiatric nursing, dementia, self harming, alcohol and drug misuse and forensic mental health nursing.
Entry criteria below detail typical offers. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.
Additional requirments include
Two satisfactory references, a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check (additional cost applies, no offences are considered spent) and a satisfactory medical are part of the entry requirements.
Applications taken for only one branch of Nursing/Midwifery or Social Work.
Applicants are required to attend an interview. You will have to demonstrate awareness of the role of nurses and show your commitment to the degree. All interviews take place at our Glyntaff Campus.
Please read this information for nursing applicants for further guidance on how you can meet the entry criteria and advice on the application, interview and decision-making process.
BBB to exclude General Studies
Grade B and BB at A Level to exclude General Studies
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit
32 points to include 17 points at Higher Level to include Maths and English.
Science/Maths/Health Care/Nursing Diploma. Must complete 60 credits overall with at least 45 at level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Of the 45 credits at level 3, you will need a minimum of 24 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 3 passes.
GCSEs: Five GCSE passes A-C must include Mathematics and English language
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
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Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Once you’ve qualified from the Mental Health Nursing degree and registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) you could work anywhere in the UK or in some overseas countries. Our graduates find work as mental health nurses in a range of settings from NHS hospitals, private providers, community drug and alcohol team, community health centres, to educational, charitable and voluntary providers.