• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2019

Course Overview

This two-year course allows graduates with an honours degree to take the next steps towards a rewarding career in nursing. As a graduate you already have many transferrable skills needed to succeed, including ability to organise, work within a team and manage your time. Your degree means you can complete your nursing qualification and register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) faster.

What will this course cover?

Working with mental health patients can be demanding and complex. We help you develop the necessary personal and professional qualities an employer would want in a nurse. As well as learning about policy and procedure, you will develop important attributes such as empathy and compassion. Additionally you'll learn how to cope with challenging situations and will leave the course feeling confident in a clinical setting.

Nurses working in this field require excellent communication skills. As part of the practical element of the course you will work with other health professionals to manage patients and attend to their specific needs. The mix of contact hours and work placements means when you finish the course you'll have all the necessary skills to enter the workplace as a registered nurse and deliver a high standard of care.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: BR60

Practical experience in clinical settings

We believe it's important for you to gain experience in a clinical setting that has a positive impact on your study. From year one you will develop skills in a clinical setting supported by a range of professionals with different experience.

Supportive nursing community

At Bucks we encourage you to share experiences and knowledge with your peer group.

You will benefit from our annual one day inter-professional conference, focused on safeguarding.

Working in this environment reminds and motivates you that you will be making a positive difference to the life of others once you are qualified.

Our NHS Partnerships

At Bucks, we value our partnerships within the local community, including the NHS mental health providers and non-NHS providers, primarily in West London area.

We also value the relationship between professionals and public health users. We'll ensure by the end of the course, you share our vision of improving the access to high quality services within the NHS and local communities.

What are the course entry requirements?

Students on this course have typically achieved at least a 2:2 in their degree in a relevant area such as Psychology or Biology or at least a 2:1 in a non-relevant degree subject.

You should have GSCE English, Maths and Science at Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) and if English is not your first language, an overall IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent is required. Additionally, you should be able to demonstrate evidence of study within the last five years.

Those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS).

The Nursing selection day includes a group style interview and arithmetic and English assessments. You are also required to have an Occupational Health and Criminal Record Check.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Essential Nursing Skills (Mental Health)
  • Fundamental Approaches to Nursing
  • Learning for Life

Year 2 Modules

  • Collaborative Nursing Skills (Mental Health)
  • Leadership and Management in Practice (Mental Health)
  • Nursing in the Community
  • Research and Innovation in Nursing

Fees

How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023
advice@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Employability

What are my career prospects

We prepare you for the workplace with training that gives you all the qualities of a good nurse. We also have good links with the NHS through our partnership with local NHS Trusts.

As a mental health nurse you will plan and deliver care for patients in hospitals, residential units and patient's homes. You may also find you will develop expertise in a particular area such as substance misuse or adolescence mental health services.

Although typically most registered nurses will work within hospitals there are other opportunities such as working within the prisons or mental health service. As you gain experience as a nurse you will be offered opportunities to progress to positions of responsibility and leadership roles. Within nursing there are many opportunities in related clinical, educational and management roles.

After completing your Postgraduate Diploma you are eligible to register for the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). At this point you also have the option to extend your qualification to an MSc by completing a dissertation.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

By the end of the course you will confident in delivering quality care to mental health patients and be able to handle the complex situations you encounter day-to-day as a nurse.


The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.


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