Nursing Studies: Mental Health Nursing

BSc single honours Nursing: Mental Health Nursing 2017/18

Year of entry

We are no longer accepting applications for September 2017 entry. Applications for September 2018 entry are now open - apply now.

Kent is a large and diverse county that offers a wider range of interesting placement and learning opportunities in which to develop your skills and knowledge for mental health nursing.

Our course combines high quality teaching and learning in the University with diverse placements around the county. From recruitment through to learning and assessment, there is a very high level of service user input into our course – enabling you to learn from people who are experts by experience.

This course is designed to enable you to apply for registration as a Mental Health Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on successful completion of the course.

100% of our most recent Mental Health Nursing students were in jobs or further study 6 months after finishing their course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education, 2015/16

To ensure our students experience the most current and relevant health and social care education, we are excited to be offering a newly designed programme of interprofessional education from September 2017, designed to reflect the rapidly evolving dimensions of the health and social care sector and the needs of the individual.

The interprofessional education design is based on years of experience that we have in teaching collaborative learning.

Within the new design our aim is to give students the opportunity to embrace and capture their interprofessional placement experiences and use of interprofessional interactions through simulation activities, such as role play, use of discussion boards and online simulated activities. These, and other activities, will support their learning, teaching and assessment. In each year of the course you will study modules in the University and go on practice placement to apply your learning. Each of the modules has a theme such as the recognition, assessment, care planning and interventions for mental illnesses, which is developed over the three years.

What you learn in University will be aligned with your practice experience so that you can use your work with service users in your academic assessments. Clinical supervision groups and study days in the University will support you in applying your learning while you are on placement. You will have a mentor in each placement, who will help you develop the confidence, skills and knowledge to progress through to qualification. Placements will span services for adults and older people with mental health needs in hospital and at home.

Our Health and Social Care courses are subject to the approval of a relevant statutory regulatory body. This allows you to apply for registration upon successful completion of the course.

Work experience

Clinical placements are an integral part of the course.

We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Year 1

In year one, you will learn the foundations of nurse professionalism and nursing skills; and be introduced to clinical sciences, communications skills, interprofessional working, along with developing your awareness of both mental illness and mental health. You will also be introduced to evidence based practice, becoming a reflective practitioner, and the service users’ perspective on mental health care.

Year 2

In year two, you will develop your application and understanding of the legal and ethical aspects of mental health care, build upon your knowledge of clinical sciences, be introduced to therapeutic interventions, and increase you awareness of interprofessional working. You will also continually develop your knowledge of both mental illness and mental health, paying particular attention to evidence based practice, the assessment process, and planning care. This is blended with learning from reflective practice, and service users’ perspectives on care.

Year 3

In year three, you will work towards registration as a mental health nurse by demonstrating your application, and understanding, of the legal and ethical aspects of mental health care, exploring more complex clinical cases and working with greater level of autonomy. You will also continue to build upon your clinical sciences, clinical and reflective skills.

There are a wide range of roles that registered mental health nurses can specialise in. Typically these are either within the community with those who are recovering, or within inpatient services for people who are acutely unwell. This includes services across the lifespan, ranging from children's mental health services to older adult mental health services.

There are many services available for our graduates to specialise in. These include: crisis management services, psychosis services, forensic mental health, liaison psychiatry, substance misuse, and eating disorders services. These services are located both across the UK and internationally.

Other career opportunities could involve entering clinical leadership or managerial roles, or developing further within education and research. Additionally, on successful completion of the course there are opportunities within our Faculty of Health and Wellbeing to progress onto postgraduate study, MSc, or PhD studies.


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

From 1 August 2017, new students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional (AHP) pre-registration courses will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant. Visit our page on Health Education Funding in 2017/18 or find out more at

Full-time  £9,250*  TBC
Part-time  N/A  N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

You will be entitled to claim travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above daily travel costs to university. The costs must be related to essential practice placements.

CCCU Advantage

Our aim is to ensure that there are no hidden initial costs when commencing your Health and Wellbeing course. Any additional costs to pre-registration health and social care students should be kept to a minimum, therefore, we will be providing all our students commencing courses affected by the NHS bursary changes from September 2017 with extra funding support as part of your course fees.

The CCCU Advantage Package includes:

  • Uniforms
  • Disclosure & Barring Service check
  • Occupational Health costs, including immunisation

Visit The Funding Clinic for further information on the Government funding changes.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

Each year has an integrated structure of academic and practice learning. Your academic learning time will be a balance between taught content in University and self-directed study. Taught content will be delivered through lectures, seminars, group work, tutorial, skills training, simulation and other methods. Your practice learning time will comprise blocks of placement several weeks in length.

The balance between academic learning time and practice learning time is maintained so that both are equal and your commitment will be to over 750 hours of both each year.

Academic input

The team delivering the Mental Health Nursing course consists of senior lecturers with clinical experience working as nurses in mental health and learning disabilities. Collectively, they have specialist clinical qualifications, published research and nursing texts and academic qualifications to Masters and PhD Level.

The academic team will support you in practice and professionals from practice will come into the university to prepare you to learn in practice.

You will be supported in your academic learning by the whole team and you will be allocated a personal tutor to supervise your development through the programme.

Practice Learning

Learning in practice will provide you with very rewarding opportunities to support people with mental health problems towards recovery. You will be supported in your learning by a qualified nurse mentor, but your progression towards professional registration does come with responsibilities.

During placement you may be required to attend at shift times, as is often the case once in employment. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. Shift work could include weekends, bank holidays and night duty.

Owing to the varied nature of placements, there may be a need for you to travel to and from placements within Kent and/or Medway and, in some cases, outside of the county.

Students in placement must conform to NHS rules of appearance and conduct as set out by the placement provider/organisation.

Assessments typically include exams, presentations, written assignments, and interactive learning environment design.

GCSE English Language and Mathematics, at grade C or above, or equivalent.

When we select applicants for interview we take a number of factors into account and one of the main ones is that you are able to demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of nursing.

The NHS Constitution establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England, and sets out rights to which patients, public and staff are entitled. The values are applicable across all fields of health and social care, including mental health nursing, and accord with such professional guidance as the Nursing & Midwifery Council Code (NMC 2015), The Principles of Nursing Practice (RCN 2012) and the government strategy No Health without Mental Health (HMG 2011). It is therefore essential to the mental health nursing programme at CCCU that we recruit students who are able to show that they have the capacity to develop these values. Find out more about Values Based Recruitment.

You should set aside time to complete the application form (further information can be found on page 154) as the decision as to whether you are called for interview is based on the form. The personal statement is very important and you must say why you want to become a nurse and demonstrate your commitment to and understanding of the profession.

You need to include full details of any relevant care work carried out, such as the nature of the work you have completed and the interaction you have undertaken with the patients. Also describe any observational shadowing work you have done with reference to the qualified nurses who are employed at the home or hospital. Relevant experience can also be obtained through volunteer placements, such as those offered by Volunteering Matters. Visit for information.

We take into account what your referee says about you, and it is important that you give us the names and addresses of relevant referees in a professional setting, for example you should not use friends or relatives. We also look at your academic background. Interview process: Applicants offered an interview will have an introductory talk, an individual interview and five mini interviews/scenarios by which they are assessed. There are a set of criteria by which all applicants are judged, in general we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate values commensurate with the profession
  • Communicate clearly in spoken and written standard English
  • Convey enthusiasm about their chosen profession and react appropriately to the group discussion
  • Explain why they want to become a nurse and be able to explain and give evidence that they understand the role of the nurse
  • Show that they have an appropriate educational background

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, and are subject to a satisfactory reference, health clearance and disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

This Mental Health Nursing course is subject to a conjoint approval between the University and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Upon approval, it is further subject to monitoring processes by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

To be eligible to apply for registration with the relevant statutory regulatory body you must demonstrate good health and good character throughout your studies and on completion. Applications for professional registration will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and Occupational Health clearance.

You will be assessed annually in practice against the Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies and must pass this assessment.

On completion of the course and in preparation for registration, the Programme Director must be satisfied that you meet the relevant statutory regulatory body fitness to practise criteria. You will be required to sign an annual declaration of ongoing fitness to practise at regular intervals during the course. The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing has a Fitness to Practise policy and procedures which may be instigated should you demonstrate behaviour or conduct that falls short of that expected by the University and/or statutory regulatory body. For more details, visit

To be eligible to apply for registration with the relevant statutory regulatory body you must demonstrate good health and good character throughout your studies and on completion. Applications for professional registration will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and Occupational Health clearance.

There is significant service user involvement in many aspects of the degree.

We work in close collaboration with Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust and many other local health and social care providers.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • B760

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time


  • September 2017 (Canterbury and Medway)

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics, at grade C or above, or equivalent.

    A typical offer would be BBC at A2 Level, or equivalent

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