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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,700 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

80 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

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.

Please note this course is only available to students who have applied for the equivalent three-year degree and have been offered this as a more suitable alternative by our Admissions team.

We are not currently accepting direct applications.

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.

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Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

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.

  • Assessing Needs and Planning Care
  • Future Nurse
  • Being and Accountable Professional 
  • Practice Assessment Part 1
  • Contemporary Issues in Public Health
  • Negotiated Module
  • Developing Professional Knowledge and Values
  • Practice Assessment Part 2
  • Future Nurse within an Interprofessional Context
  • Leadership for Transition to Registration
  • Interdependent Study
  • Practice Assessment Part 3
Foundation YearFoundation YearYear 2Year 2

Code: 3FO501

Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology

This module will provide students with a theoretical understanding of physiology and anatomy of the relevant body systems. Fundamental anatomical and physiological concepts will be explored for a range of body systems in relation to what these systems consist of and how they function. The concepts of health and disease will be introduced as the range of body systems are explored. The module will incorporate both theoretical and practical learning to enable students to apply their knowledge of the human body.
20 Credits

Code: 3HS503

Preparation for Professional Practice

This module will introduce students to the economic, political and cultural drivers which have influenced the development and delivery of health and social care in the 21st century. At a time when health and social care delivery is changing, students will consider how their own professional attitude and behaviours will influence their role performance in future practice.
20 Credits

Code: 3HS506

Skills for Interprofessional Practice

This module will provide a basis on which all learners will build regardless of their area of practice. Content and assessment will be based on the fifteen standards contained in the Care Certificate. Students will have the opportunity to undertake interprofessional learning activities and simulation as part of this module. They will participate as interprofessional groups in simulated health and social care scenarios, offering opportunities to learn, rehearse and refine skills in a safe environment. This offers excellent opportunities for interprofessional learning, which is key to the future sustainability of health and social care systems. Workplace experience (employed and/or voluntary) will be encouraged but is not mandatory.
20 Credits

Code: 3MO500

Study Skills

This module will introduce students to the academic skills needed for study at undergraduate level, and enable them to plan for their future study and career.
20 Credits

Code: 2MO500


This is a level 2 module. The module is oriented towards providing students with sufficient English skills to enable them to engage confidently with level 4 modules.
20 Credits

Code: 2MO501


The course is equivalent to GCSE Maths and covers statistics and probability, number work, geometry, and algebra and graphs.
20 Credits

Code: 3HS500

Communication Skills

All health and social care students will be assessed in their ability to communicate with service users, carers and other allied professionals from all sections of the community. Health and social care professionals have to communicate and share information in an open and honest way and; be able to listen actively and to talk to those requiring and using services as well as those caring for service users, with due respect for their age, ethnicity, culture, understanding and needs. This module will help students to understand the principles of, an importance of effective communication.
20 Credits

Code: 3HS505

Public Health Principles

This module will offer students an introduction to the essential principles and elements of public health. The importance of public health is significant within recent government policy and the focus on public health is viewed as a key means of tackling inequalities in health and to improve the health of society. We all have a role in improving the health of populations, via direct client care and policy implementation. One key aspect of public health practice is demonstrating the ability to understand and respond to local health and care needs appropriately. This is particularly important for the disadvantaged and vulnerable people in society. In order to recognise health and care needs, it is important to understand concepts of need and the different approaches employed to address them. Knowledge and understanding of the vulnerable or disadvantaged members of society is also required in order to ensure their specific needs are met.
20 Credits

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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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.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

Find out more about personal academic tutoring

Who will teach you

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Helen Clarke
Programme leader

Helen Clarke is the Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing. This involves leading on all aspects of the quality of the programme. Helen is also involved in teaching on the course, particularly in the third year.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
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.

IELTS7.0 (in all areas, except 6.5 in written element)
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details

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

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*



£14,700 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Students on Nursing and Allied Health Profession (AHP) courses take out maintenance and tuition loans like other undergraduate courses. Additional financial support is available from the NHS for this course. Please see the NHS website for more information.

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 of Health website.

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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

This course is only available to students who have applied for the equivalent three-year degree and have been offered this as a more suitable alternative by our Admissions team.

We are not currently accepting direct applications.


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 us

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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Additional information about your studies

Download programme specification

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.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees


Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

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.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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