Since the course began, I have had the opportunity to follow my ambition of helping vulnerable people and make a true difference to their lives. It's incredibly rewarding - the best decision I have ever made!


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    3 years

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    Canterbury, Medway
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    As a mental health nurse you will play a crucial role in supporting people who are experiencing or recovering from a range of mental health problems. Each day brings new challenges and experiences.

    Our course will help you to develop the skills you need to make a difference to the lives of people in mental distress and offer eligibility for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

    As part of your studies, you'll undertake practice placements and apply your learning in a variety of settings including hospitals, care homes and in the community. Each of the modules has a theme such as the recognition, assessment, care planning and interventions for mental illnesses.

    Why Study Mental Health Nursing?

    80% of our Mental Health Nursing students were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of teaching on their programme (NSS 2021)

    Mental health nursing is a diverse profession that involves working with and supporting people experiencing a range of mental health and psychological problems in different settings.

    As well as being immensely rewarding, mental health nursing offers a range of career development and education options and the opportunity to specialise.

    We're passionate about contemporary, evidence based nursing education and have developed this course with service providers and service users to ensure you gain the skills and knowledge relevant to contemporary nursing practice.

      All about the course

      As a mental health nurse, you'll require a wide range of both theoretical and clinical knowledge to enable you to practice safely and effectively. In order to achieve this, you'll undertake five modules per year: a practice module; a clinical supervision module and three mental health nursing modules.

      You'll explore areas including:

      • mental illness and mental health
      • biopsychosocial therapeutic interventions
      • psychothereapeutic and systemic approaches
      • trauma informed practice
      • assessment and planning care
      • service users’ and carers perspectives on care
      • evidence-based practice
      • human biology, pathology, and psychopharmacology
      • reflective practice and clinical supervision
      • extensive and advanced physical clinical skills.

      Practice placements are an integral part of the course and you'll spend 50% of your time studying in University and a further 50% of your time in a wide variety of acute, recovery and specialist placements, in hospital, community and forensic settings.

      During your practice placements, you'll work with children, adolescents, adults and older people with mental health and psychological problems, as well as people with learning disabilities.

      Theoretical modules will cover a variety of relevant subjects including law and ethics, professional issues, empathy, service users' experience of mental illness and working with people with learning disability, mental health and psychological problems.

      In the final year of the course, you'll cover psychodynamic and systemic approaches to mental health and will learn about specialist services and care.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels BBC
      BTEC DMM
      Access 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits 
      International Baccalaureate 28 Points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 112 UCAS points

      Mathematics and English language at GCSE grade C/4 or above.

      Overseas students - all must attend an online interview. If English is not your first language you require IELTS overall score of 7, with scores of at least 7 in reading, listening and speaking, and at least 6.5 in writing.

      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. Health clearance will include vaccinations for NHS placements, and evidence of vaccination status may be required by placement providers or the university.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      UCAS Points

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. 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. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      The academic element of the course is delivered by lecturers and senior lecturers who are all mental health nurses with a variety of different specialist backgrounds.

      In practice areas, you're supported by experienced mental health nurses who have had additional training in supporting and assessing students in practice areas.

      The course is designed so that you're encouraged to integrate the learning in University with learning in the placement areas. The modules within each year are designed to maximise this process and ensure that by the end of each year, you're ready to move on to the next step in the journey towards qualification as a mental health nurse.

      Each academic module consists of 50 hours of academic direction and 150 hours of independent study. Teaching is delivered using a problem based and student-led learning approach and incorporating the flipped classroom.

      Problem-based learning involves setting a series of questions or triggers to guide you towards information. You'll be set tasks either individually, or in groups, and will discuss your findings with your module lecturer in seminar groups. This approach encourages independence and will develop your skills of enquiry.

      A flipped classroom approach involves you being provided with learning resources to use at any time outside of the classroom, this material will include such resources as narrated power points, podcasts, online books and articles and short tests and quizzes. You will also have full access to our virtual learning environment (VLE) containing a wide range of learning resources.

      There will be 750 hours of practice based learning per year, which will include a broad range of placements and some simulated practice. Whilst in practice, you'll be expected to work the shift pattern used by your placement area which may involve long days, early or late shifts and some night duty. You'll be allocated a practice supervisor, who is a suitably qualified Registered Nurse and who will organise your learning experience and contribute to the assessment of your practice. You'll also have the opportunity to work closely with other professionals involved the care of your patients and gain an understanding of their roles.

      To support your development and help you reflect on your practice and learning, you'll participate in facilitated clinical supervision throughout the course.

      During the second and third year, you'll have the opportunity to attend two semi-elective placements enabling you to spend time at a specialist placements outside of those routinely allocated.

      All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      You'll be expected to carry out independent learning while completing academic modules and while on placement. This may be undertaken individually or within small groups, and will include problem-solving activities.

      Academic staff will provide guidance for your independent learning through the virtual learning environment.

      You will study contemporary theory and acquire techniques and a reflexive approach that prioritise the voice and needs of people we work alongside.

      Peter WilsonCourse Director, Mental Health Nursing

      How you’ll be assessed

      You'll undertake four 20 credit modules and 1 practice module worth 40 credits each year and you'll be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, examinations, case presentations and a mini dissertation proposal.

      Practice is assessed each year using the Pan London Practice Assessment Document, which is a validated assessment tool currently used by several universities across the country.

      Your future career

      On successful completion of the course, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the NMC.

      There are a wide range of roles that registered mental health nurses can pursue, in services which specialise in child and adolescent, adult and older persons mental health. You can focus on crisis management, recovery, rehabilitation, liaison psychiatry, psychosis, personality disorder forensic mental health, court liaison, and street triage, substance misuse and eating disorders.

      Other career opportunities could involve clinical leadership, management, education or research. Additionally, there are opportunities within our Faculty of Health and Wellbeing to progress onto postgraduate study, MSc or PhD studies or commence specialist training as psychotherapists.


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500

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

      Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here:

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      Further entry requirements

      When we select applicants for interview we take several 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 and 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 we recruit students who are able to show that they have the capacity to develop these values. Find out more about Values Based Recruitment.

      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 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.

      Professional accreditation

      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 proficiencies and must pass this assessment.

      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

      Industry links

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

      Health Foundation Year

      For candidates who have been successful at interview, but who are unable to subsequently meet the wider entry requirements, we may be able to offer you a four-year course which includes a foundation year.

      The Health Foundation Year will prepare you for future study and will be the first year of a four-year degree, and if successfully completed, you will be able to progress on to your chosen degree.

      Applications cannot be made directly to the Foundation Year and places are limited.

      Find out more about the Health Foundation Year

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      Canterbury, Medway

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