Mental Health Nursing BSc (Hons) 2021/22 entry

Course code:

B760

Study options:

3 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University (Coventry)

Starting:

January 2022

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Course code:

HLSU198

Study options:

3 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University (Coventry)

Starting:

January 2022

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch


Payment for Nursing students

UK students on the Mental Health Nursing degree starting in 2021 will receive a £5,000 per year non repayable payment from the UK government.

Overview

The BSc Mental Health Nursing course is intended specifically to prepare you for a rewarding career where you can support people with their mental health.

Mental health nursing is a values-based profession working with children, young people and adults of all ages with a variety of mental health problems and from numerous cultures and backgrounds. These specialist nurses are usually based in hospitals or work in the community, for example, in community services, in-patient facilities, specialist forensic mental health services, residential care and patients’ own homes.

This course is designed to help equip you with the hands-on clinical and care skills to prepare you to practise autonomously and compassionately, providing person-centred and compassionate care and support for service users to be physically safe and emotionally secure.  A key element of this course is that all your placements will be relevant to mental health, we do not use ‘generic’ placements.

Ranked 4th for Nursing and Midwifery in The Guardian University Guide 2020, Coventry offers a Clinical Skills Centre with up-to-date equipment and simulators. This course benefits from the high levels of student satisfaction – 97% overall in the National Student Survey (NSS 2019).

See the facilities available in our brand new Alison Gingell Building. 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

COVID-19

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

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Simulation in Nurse Education

The 'learning through exploration' approach at Coventry University takes a hands-on approach to learning. In addition to using the mock wards, operating theatre and ICU, we also use a range of problem solving and scenario-based learning to embed your understanding. In this video you will see how our nursing students interact with one of a number of 'patients' they will meet several times throughout their course, as the 'patient's' medical history develops. This evolving scenario-based learning helps you to develop patient-centred care and important skills in supporting patients with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and needs.

What our students say

This course is well led, inspiring, rewarding and life changing. It has assisted me to become a safe, compassionate, effective and responsive mental health nurse.

Samantha Heslop, BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

Course information

This course aims to develop your knowledge of mental health, various disorders and innovative nursing care approaches. It is designed to equip you with the knowledge and competence to understand the experiences of people with mental health problems and to assist and facilitate their journey to recovery.

You will gain hands-on experience with real service users under supervision from qualified practitioners, spending 50% of your time on clinical practice placements in a range of healthcare environments within the NHS in hospitals and community placements, at private hospitals and independent care providers.

As nursing students are increasingly required to work towards becoming autonomous practitioners, you will be supported in taking a leadership role in decisions regarding patient care within multi-professional settings. You will routinely have frequent and intense contact with patients and will be trained to be competent in recognising changes in patient condition so that appropriate action can be taken.

This curriculum has been developed as a spiral curriculum with assessment at its core. A spiral curriculum is when the same topics are studied throughout the duration of study but each time they are encountered they increase in complexity and reinforce previous learning. Placing equal value on practice and theory, undertaking 800 hours of both per year, you should study a wide range of subjects, including anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, psychology, sociology and research methods. You’ll become immersed in learning about the needs of populations, individuals, related health and nursing services with an emphasis on using research to enhance and improve services.

The collaborative curriculum, which you’ll study alongside students from our other health-related courses, has been developed in response to the need to produce professionals who are effective communicators, caring and compassionate, with good relationship building skills. It recognises the importance of inter-professional working within the health and social care workforce and comprises five core modules in the areas of: the foundations of communication and professionalism; the social determinants of health and wellbeing; evidence informed practice and decision making; working together to lead service improvement; and enhancing practice through evaluation and research.

95%

of employed students were in a professional or managerial role 6 months after graduating.

DLHE 2016/17

Modules

Overview

The first year is designed to give you a thorough introduction to the key skills and knowledge you will need to provide effective, compassionate care based on the latest thinking in Mental Health Nursing. All the modules below are mandatory on the course.

Modules

  • The Scientific Foundations of Nursing Practice

  • Fundamental Skills for Person and Family-centred Care

  • Study skills for Evidence Based Practice

  • Foundations of Evidence Informed Practice

  • Practice Placement 1

  • Practice Placement 2

  • Health and Well-being in the Community

Overview

In year 2 you will gain more experience of mental health nursing practice and develop an understanding of the importance of evidence-informed decision making in service user care. All the modules below are mandatory on the course.

Modules

  • Ethical and Legal Decision Making in the Context of Nursing

  • Practice Placement 3

  • Assessing Needs and Planning Care Across the Lifespan

  • Therapeutic Interventions in Mental Health Care

  • Practice Placement 4

  • Facilitation of Teaching and Learning in Practice

  • Developing Evidence Informed Decision Making in Nursing

Overview

Your degree culminates with a literature review related to one aspect of nursing practice, for which you will be required to write a 5,000- word report. Past students have covered topics as diverse as the link between childhood trauma and adult mental health, suicide prevention in adolescent care, cannabis and psychosis, effectiveness of CBT in the treatment of depression.

All the modules below are mandatory on the course.

Modules

  • Leadership & Management for Health and Care Professionals

  • Co-ordinating, Leading and Managing Complex Mental Health Care

  • Practice Placement 5

  • Specialist Care in Mental Health Nursing

  • Practice Placement 6

  • Evidence Based Project

  • Transition to the Accountable Practitioner

The modules listed are the current modules, however to ensure that this course continues to reflect the latest developments in the field and enable graduates to continue to be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council we will be changing the content of the course for 2020 entry.  Updated modules will be published as soon as possible.

Fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing eligibility for registration to practice on successful completion.

In more detail...

  • Strong student satisfaction – 97% overall in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2019
  • Nursing and Midwifery at Coventry is ranked 4th in the Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • Fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing eligibility for registration to practice on successful completion.
  • Outstanding track record of graduate employability – 95% of our graduates were in work or continuing their studies six months after graduating, of which 100% were in professional or managerial roles (DLHE 2015/16 and 2016/17).
  • The Alison Gingell Building provides facilities for teaching and research, featuring an operating theatre, critical care settings, community housing and other real life nursing environments relevant to practice.
  • Offering well established clinical placements with local partner Trusts within the National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare providers, such as private hospitals, hospices and community settings. In the past we have also been able to offer specialist placements to services such as Broadmoor high security hospital to students with an interest in this area of work.
2nd

Our Nursing placements are ranked 2nd in the UK  (Nursing Times 2017)

Our main study themes are:

  • Mental Health Nursing: Work with people in a way that values, respects and explores the meaning of their individual lived experiences of mental health problems, to provide person-centred and recovery-focused practice. They must be able to apply their knowledge and skills in a range of evidence-based individual and group psychological and psychosocial interventions, to carry out systematic needs assessments, develop case formulations and negotiate goals. Mental health nurses must understand and apply current legislation to all service users, paying special attention to the protection of vulnerable people of all ages. They must promote mental health and wellbeing and challenge the inequalities and discrimination that may arise from or contribute to mental health problems.
  • Nursing practice: Develops the professional values, attitudes and behaviours required to deliver safe and effective, holistic person centred care. We’ll cover the key concepts of nursing, caring and clinical skills, as well as factors influencing care, for example, National Service Frameworks. Clinical skills acquisition which underpins these care factors will be taught and practiced in the simulated environment of clinical skills laboratories.
  • Assessment and care pathways across the lifespan: Develops the ability to assess, interpret and manage a range of care requirements for service users. You’ll be introduced to the concept of health and wellbeing, enabling an understanding of the bio-psychosocial needs of your patient group across the life span in all fields of nursing. You should develop an understanding of how assessments support and inform clinical judgement and decision making in practice, explored across primary, secondary and third sector care environments.
  • Evidence informed practice and decision making: Explores the principles and strategies of Evidence Informed Practice (EIP) to enable you to apply, creatively, a wide range of sources of evidence for clinical decision making. You will be introduced to research perspectives (methodology and design), audit, health policy, and service user participation as methods to evaluate your EIP plans and interventions.
  • Communications and professionalism: Communication is highlighted as an essential skill for all health care professionals because it impacts on patient satisfaction. You should develop the key professional attributes incorporating the six ‘C’s model of communication, commitment, courage, care, competence, compassion.

The course is studied full-time over three years.

This course uses a wide variety of stimulating approaches to teaching and learning to suit individual learning styles. All modules are mandatory to enable you to demonstrate the knowledge, values and skills to be able to work within integrated care settings and enhance the delivery of care for service users, their families and carers after successfully completing the course.

The course is underpinned by an approach to professional care which is characterised by empathy, respect, dignity and kindness towards patients and their families. We will encourage you to develop an in-depth understanding of the organisation and culture of modern health care systems. We aim for our students to finish their studies with the confidence to be able to take a stronger role in the leadership and management of resources in delivering treatment and healthcare options to patients.

Throughout your studies, in groups and individually, you will undertake profession specific health and social care related projects and case studies. These may, for example, include an appraisal of the role of the nurse in ethical and legal decision making, considering service improvement bids or complex care planning and delivery via the multi-disciplinary team. You will also participate in a group poster presentation demonstrating your understanding of research underpinning patient care.

The course has a strong record of interesting fieldtrips with opportunities both in the UK and abroad (which, if offered, may be subject to additional costs, availability, application and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements). Past field trips include mental health care in Hong Kong and mental health and forensic care in Orlando and Tampa, Florida, which included Orange County Jail, the Department of Juvenile Justice and University of Central Florida.

You’ll make use of our extensive simulation facilities – from basic life support manikins to high tech simulation dummies, which emulate patient responses and test resuscitation skills. You will also use equipment found in the real world of practice, such as medical devices to assist with all elements of care and especially medication administrations.

Gaining experience using simulation across a range of care settings is aimed at building your confidence and knowledge about how to act in these situations. You can practise and develop your clinical and interpersonal skills in a safe but realistic environment. We also use actors to enhance these experiences in scenarios such breaking bad news, demonstrating emotional resilience, conflict, management of actual or potential aggression, teaching, child protection conferences.

Teaching methods include: interactive lectures with associated seminars, skills lab activities and practical placements.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework, assessments within practice placements and formal examinations.

This course is predominantly assessed by coursework.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

The primary objective of this course is to enable you to be a high quality and confident mental health nurse

On successful completion, you will have knowledge of:

  • The implications of current legislation, professional regulation, standards of performance and the NMC Code.
  • The nurses’ role in the enhancement of public health and biological, psychological and social wellbeing of service users.
  • The biological, physiological, pharmacological, psychological and sociological knowledge, which underpins all nursing practice across the lifespan.

 

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective individual and team leadership skills and apply quality monitoring initiatives.
  • Discuss service user and carer needs in respect of equity, fairness, anti-discrimination, rights, values, customs, culture, beliefs, sensitivity, diversity, lifestyle and environment.
  • Utilise and disseminate current research findings and other forms of evidence that underpin nursing practice.
  • Transfer knowledge and skills to a variety of settings and adapt practice to meet varying, unpredictable and complex circumstances.
  • Seek clinical supervision to develop safe and effective nursing practice.
  • Critically evaluate relevant research, possible interventions and technology to support quality care delivery.
  • Critically analyse situations and incidents through reflective practice activities.
  • Conduct a comprehensive and systematic health assessment of service users’ needs across the lifespan using a range of appropriate assessment tools.
  • Plan, implement and monitor nursing care, involving service users and carers.
  • Evaluate and revise expected outcomes, nursing interventions and priorities in accordance with changes in the individual’s condition, needs or circumstances across the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate a range of essential nursing skills and seek supervision to develop safe, compassionate, skilful and autonomous nursing practice.
  • Consult with service users and carers to identify and respond to their need and desire for health promotion advice, education, support and the development of services.
  • Co-ordinate the delivery of nursing and healthcare within one’s sphere of professional accountability, including people with complex and co-existing needs.
  • Provide safe and effective immediate care to all people.

95%

of employed students were in a professional or managerial role 6 months after graduating.

DLHE 2016/17

As 50% of the course is practice based, this requires 40 hours per week in placements. Over the duration of the course you will have around 20 contact teaching hours per week, however this can vary. This will consist of lectures, seminars, workshops, practical skills training and online classes and tutorials.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 14 hours each week of private study which can include group learning and online activities.

Throughout the course, we provide key insights into cultural diversity and global issues of significance to public health and all fields of nursing practice. For example, we look at what it means to be culturally competent within health care today.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2018/19, we were able to provide a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say

This course is well led, inspiring, rewarding and life changing. It has assisted me to become a safe, compassionate, effective and responsive mental health nurse.”

Samantha Heslop, BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU198
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BCC, academic subjects (excludes General Studies). DMM in a Health or Applied Science subject, will accept sport courses. 27 points with 14 at Higher Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A*- C including English Language, Mathematics and Science, or specified equivalents. Must have certificates at point of interview. Evidence of recent study is desirable.

 

Caring experience, either paid or voluntary is essential. You will also be required to attend a selection event, which provides detailed information about the course and assesses numeracy, literacy and aptitude as part of the selection process. Satisfactory health clearance and criminal records disclosure required. Skills in digital and technological literacy are considered vital and there is opportunity to develop these throughout the course.

In line with the National Health Service Constitution we use a values-based recruitment approach in seeking candidates with the appropriate values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.

Portfolio

 

Additional Information

Applicants are expected to show academic attainment at the required level within 3 years of the course proposed start date, and will also be required to attend an interview. All offers are subject to satisfactory health clearance, disclosure and barring service/criminal conviction checks and a successful interview.

In line with the National Health Service Constitution we use a values based recruitment approach in seeking candidates with the appropriate values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care. 

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three A Levels. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A Levels in nominated subjects.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE Diploma to include 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction in Health units, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:


You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.


English language requirements
 

  • This course requires an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5.
  • If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 
  • For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

Portfolio

Additional information: Caring experience, either paid or voluntary is essential. You will also be required to attend a selection event, which provides detailed information about the course and assesses numeracy, literacy and aptitude as part of the selection process. Satisfactory health clearance and criminal records disclosure required. Skills in digital and technological literacy are considered vital and there is opportunity to develop these throughout the course.

What our students say

This course is well led, inspiring, rewarding and life changing. It has assisted me to become a safe, compassionate, effective and responsive mental health nurse.”

Samantha Heslop, BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


January 2022

£9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2022

£17,700 (per year)


Scholarships and bursaries

There are a number of scholarships available to international students at Coventry University. EU students may be eligible for a transition bursary.

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Reduced course fees for EU students

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students who are starting their course in September 2021 and onwards will be classified as an international student. To support our EU community who are affected by this change, Coventry University are providing an EU Member State Transition Bursary.

Students ordinarily domiciled in an EU Member State who prior to the 2021/22 academic intake qualified for UK fees (home fee status), are eligible for the EU Member State Transition Bursary. This will bring fee levels for those students across the Group into line with those of UK students for courses starting in the 2021/22 academic year.

Review more details on our EU Member State Transition Award/Bursary page.

What our students say

All placements are in settings relevant to mental health.  

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

During your three years on the programme you will undertake six mandatory placements (two in each year) in a range of service settings, working with and alongside qualified mental health nurses, and therefore potential local and regional employers, which are sourced by the University.

After successfully graduating from this course, you can apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which enables you to practise immediately if successful.
As well as helping you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them, the university can support you when you are ready to begin your professional career for the time you are registered as a Coventry University student.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market.

95%

of employed students were in a professional or managerial role 6 months after graduating.

DLHE 2016/17

Where our graduates work

Our previous graduates have found employment as qualified Mental Health Nurses in the NHS, in acute hospitals, military nursing and in community settings or within the private and independent healthcare sector, in private hospitals, nursing or care homes.

As your career progresses, a number of options may be open to you as a lecturer or specialist practitioner, advanced nurse practitioner, consultant nurse or manager. You could specialise as a primary mental health worker and work with children & adolescents, for example.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in such settings as child and adolescent mental health services, specialist forensic mental health units, and early intervention services.

What our students say

This course is well led, inspiring, rewarding and life changing. It has assisted me to become a safe, compassionate, effective and responsive mental health nurse.”

Samantha Heslop, BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

Admission to this course is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and a successful interview. Find out about the application process