BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)

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 and Instagram.

As we have been unable to continue with face-to-face interviews this year due to restrictions posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, rescheduling interviews has meant that we’ve experienced delays in processing and reviewing applications and informing applicants if they’ve been successful or otherwise. Please bear with us while we process decisions – we will be in touch with you regarding your application as soon as possible. We hope that by the end of April, all students will have received a decision from us on their application. However, please be advised that if you applied after the 15th January UCAS deadline, there may be a further delay in a decision on your application. Thank you for your patience.

 

2020/21 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

 

Year One: Mental Health Nursing Degree

  • The Essentials of Nursing Practice
  • Assessing needs and creating therapeutic opportunities
  • Promoting Health & Wellbeing
  • Developing confidence in Practice: Practice 1

Year Two: Mental Health Nursing Degree

  • Enhancing assessment & evidence-based interventions
  • Professional, Legal & Ethical Issues in Nursing
  • Informed decision making in the practice environment
  • Evidence-based practice: evaluating care within the context of practice

Year Three: Mental Health Nursing

  • Advancing knowledge, skills & therapeutic interventions
  • Leading and managing quality care across settings
  • The Nurse as an Educator
  • Becoming a proficient practitioner

Teaching

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. 

Assessment

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.

Accreditations

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.

Placements

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.

Facilities

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.

Lecturers

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.

Nursing and midwifery students enjoy exceptional student support at USW. Our open door policy ensures that there is always someone on hand to assist you when a problem arises and this is something our students really appreciate.

 

Entry criteria below detail typical offers. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Additional requirements include:

Two satisfactory references (one to be added to your UCAS application, and a second written reference to be printed out and brought to the interview).

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child & Adult Workforce and Child and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the DBS Update Service (no offences are considered spent) and a satisfactory medical will be required once an offer has been made. We will contact you closer to your start date with details of how to obtain these.

Applications taken for only one branch of Nursing.

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.

This nursing course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel. 

Unfortunately as this nursing course is funded by the NHS and students have to have placements in the local NHS Health Board we are unable to accept applications from overseas (Non EU) students.

Entry criteria below detail typical offers. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBB to exclude General Studies

 

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade B and BB at A Level to exclude General Studies

 

 

 

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 32 include 17 at Higher Level to include 5 or above in Maths and English at standard level

Typical Access to HE Offer

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.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

Equivalent qualifications considered are Essential Skills Level Two in Communication and Application of Number, or Functional Skills Level Two in English and Maths. (Must be achieved within the last 3 years)

 

Full-time fees are per year. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

The places on this course are currently funded by the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme. To receive this funding, students will have to commit to working in Wales for two years after completing their nursing or midwifery degree. Any applicant wishing to self-fund should refer to the fees outlined below.

We recommend you read the bursary information on the NHS website and our own Nursing and Midwifery Fees and Funding FAQs before applying.

Additional Costs

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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £53.20
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service * £13
Subscription required for each year of the course for a yearly fee of £13. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.

UK and EU students

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

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Admissions statement

Our nursing degrees prepare you for the challenges of modern healthcare through the right mix of knowledge, skills and experience. The theory you learn in the classroom is reinforced by practical learning on campus and work- based learning. Employers are keen to recruit our nursing graduates because they know they are well-prepared, confident, competent and safe practitioners.

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.