Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

80 (September 2018 entry)

UCAS code

B78F

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Please be aware that this course is no longer accepting applications for September 2018 entry.

Mental health problems currently affect one in four of the UK population. If you’re caring and compassionate, with exceptional communication skills and a real passion for helping people, a Mental Health Nursing degree is for you.

If you already hold a degree and are looking to qualify as a mental health nurse, find out more about our MSc Nursing (Mental Health).

Beginning with a foundation year

Studying BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) with a Foundation Year is for you if you have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly on to the honours degree programme. It provides you with a firm grounding in the skills and knowledge you need and introduces you to the subject area, enabling you to achieve your full honours degree in four years.

On completion of the Foundation Year you will then commence study on the full Mental Health Nursing degree.

What you will study

You’ll study modules such as:

  • Work Based Learning
  • Working in Health & Social Care
  • Introduction to Mental Health
  • Anti-Discriminatory Practice
  • Fundamentals of Public Health 
  • Study Skills. 
  • Communication Skills

If you do not have GCSE in English and/or Maths, you will need to take these as core components of your foundation year, in place of some of the above foundation year modules. You will need to successfully complete these core modules to progress onto stage one.

  • Applied Health Sciences 1
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Foundations for Nursing
  • Integrated Mental Health Nursing Practice 1
  • Applied Health Sciences 2
  • Integrated Mental Health Nursing Practice 2
  • Public Health
  • Research Methods for Practice
  • Quality Improvement in Healthcare
  • Integrated Mental Health Nursing Practice 3
  • Psychosocial Interventions to meet Complex Mental Health Needs
  • Team Working, Leadership and Management.

How you will learn

From day one you’ll get all the benefits of being a University of Derby student, plus extra support to help you build your knowledge, skills and confidence.

You will be taught by qualified health professionals with extensive experience of nursing and leadership roles. They have proven, sustained track records in higher education teaching, with most holding Fellowships of the Higher Education Academy.

Our staff keep up to date with latest developments in the sector by undertaking continuing professional development as part of their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Some hold external examiner posts with other universities and some carry out clinical supervision for professionals working in their area of expertise.

We are committed to supporting you at every stage of the course. We offer enhanced personal tutoring which mirrors the professional relationships you will go on to have in practice with service users and colleagues when you embark on your career.

Research is an integral part of our work and we make key contributions to the University’s Health and Social Care Research Centre. Current initiatives include studies into dementia and a major long-term research project exploring values, compassion and care in undergraduate nursing. There may even be opportunities for you to work alongside our researchers to gain an insight into the value of research.

The teaching team is supported by ‘experts by experience’ – leading practitioners who regularly share their knowledge in teaching sessions at the University, together with clinical staff from our placement providers.

Your Programme Leader, Heather Brundrett, has significant experience of working in statutory and voluntary mental health services and continues to maintain active links with these services. She has particular interests in mental health recovery, peer clinical supervision and psychosocial interventions.

Entry requirements

September 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points80
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEN/A
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details
PortfolioN/A

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points80 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Additional requirements

An Occupational Health Assessment and Clearance by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this when required. More information

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

N/A

N/A

From 2017/18, new students on Nursing and Allied Health Profession (AHP) courses will take out maintenance and tuition loans like other students rather than receiving an NHS grant. Find out more

Additional financial support is available from the NHS for this course. Please see their webpage for more information.

For an independent view on student finance see Martin Lewis' Money Saving website.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

For more information on student loans for health programmes please visit The Council of Deans webpage here.

How to apply

Please be aware that this course is no longer accepting applications for September 2018 entry.

Careers

We offer full support to help you achieve your career goals, including guidance on applications, CVs and interview techniques. Employers from the NHS, private sector, army, navy and RAF are among the many organisations who attend our annual career fairs as part of their recruitment drives.

Our graduates go into a wide range of health and social care settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, community roles, the voluntary sector, prisons and the armed services, to name but a few. Many take up roles in settings where they gained experience on placement.

Take your studies to the next level

We offer a full range of post-registration courses to help you gain more advanced and specialist skills and take the next step in your career. Our portfolio includes, for instance, an innovative MSc Mental Health and Wellbeing which you can study flexibly to gain a deeper understanding of advanced practice.

You could also explore broader issues such as leadership for healthcare improvement or inter-professional practice. If you would like to conduct independent research into a specialist aspect of health and social care practice, there are opportunities to progress to doctorate level study too.

Many of our post-registration courses and modules can be incorporated into your workplace practice as part of a programme of continuing professional development.

Contact details

EnquiryEmailPhone
Course: Helen Clarke (Programme Leader) h.clarke2@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 591226
Course: Heather Brundrett (Admissions Tutor) h.brundrett@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 592321
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generalmarketing@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

† Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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