As a society, we generally find it much easier to talk about being physically unwell than about mental ill health. Mental illness requires just as much care as physical illness - sometimes even more so. Being a mental health nurse means you'll be crucial in helping people get their lives back on track.
Whether you have a personal experience with people with mental illness or simply want to help those who struggle day-to-day, you can apply to be a mental health nurse. You will help people get through their illness, whether it is anxiety, depression, psychotic disturbances, paranoia, dementia or other disorders affecting older people.
More than just a degree
Once you graduate, you'll be able to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and be able to practice in the UK. Opportunities for mental health nursing are continually expanding. You may be working in a busy hospital ward or department, as a nurse specialist running your own clinic, working in a prison or in one of the expanding community areas such as a large health centre or an integrated community team.
What makes mental health nursing such a challenge is the sheer diversity of situations you will have to respond to, no two days ever being the same. And you know that every day, you can make a difference.
Understanding the science of care
Nursing involves more than practice. You'll grasp the theory and facts behind diagnosis that can help you make crucial decisions when looking after a patient. You will be able to design strategies for the collection and analysis of scholarly material relating to nursing care, as well as being able to identify nursing issues from a wide perspective. You will be able to lead changes in practice, improving the quality of delivery of care.
You can choose to study in September or February.
UCAS CODE: B761
We believe in giving you the best chance for employment when you graduate. During your time on the course, you'll be working alongside experienced mental health care professionals, helping to make a positive difference to people affected by mental health issues.
Gain experience with our practice partner including NHS trusts, independent and non-statutory health care providers
Our nursing courses are split 50/50, one half is spent at the University studying and the other half is spent on practice placement with our practice partner including NHS trusts, independent and non-statutory health care providers.
Our NHS partners include Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and West London Mental Health NHS Trust.
Clinical practice opportunities include:
- adult acute mental health inpatients
- adult mental health recovery inpatients
- older persons mental health inpatients
- children and adolescent mental health services
- forensic mental health community teams
- prison healthcare
- a range of community services supporting people to remain in their home whilst receiving support and treatment e.g. crisis resolution and home treatment teams, primary care plus, recovery teams, older persons community mental health team, memory teams, cognitive impairment and dementia teams, etc.
- private healthcare settings.
We're renowned for the support we offer you while you are on placement. Members of the teaching staff from Bucks are assigned to each clinical area and our academic staff will spend, on average, 20 per cent of their time in clinical practice supporting our students.
Learn from the professionals
We make sure that you'll have the knowledge and the confidence to work as a nurse before sending you out into clinical practice.
Our team of experienced lecturers have a collective wealth of knowledge from working in a number of areas, from child mental health to dementia and cognitive behavioural therapy to community mental health care and acute mental health inpatient care. You will also benefit from our annual one day inter-professional conference, focused on safeguarding and dementia.
When you go out into practice, a clinical staff member in the workplace will provide mentorship, supervise your experience, and assess that you are meeting the requirements of the course. All other health professionals and staff members will also contribute to your learning experience, so you have the opportunity to engage with the multi-disciplinary team.
Our enthusiastic and dedicated nursing team have a passion for what they do and will support you throughout the programme.
What are the course entry requirements?
Entry requirements for September 2017
A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 112-128 points; or an Access to Nursing qualification (minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction, 12 at Merit, and 3 at Pass).
You may find it easier if you have prior knowledge of health, so we prefer if you have relevant A Levels - such as Biology, Health and Social Care, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Physical Education, and Sociology. However, it is not essential.
In addition, you will require five GCSEs including Maths, English and Science at Grade C or above (or equivalent).
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Year 1 Modules
- Foundation Skills for Mental Health Nursing
- Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Practice
- Health, Wellbeing and Disability: Implications for Mental Health Nursing
- Professional and Academic Skills for Nursing
Year 2 Modules
- Broadening Perspectives on Practice
- Intermediate Mental Health Nursing Practice
- Intermediate Skills for Mental Health Nursing
- Mental Health Community Nursing: Public Health in Action
- Research Methods for Nursing
Year 3 Modules
- Leadership and Collaborative Interprofessional Practice
- Mental Health Nursing Skills Underpinning Complex Care
- Research in Nursing
- Towards Autonomy in Mental Health Nursing Practice
How much does it cost
Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry
Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full Time International: £10,500 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow