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Nursing (Mental Health) BSc (Full time) 2017 start

Course information for 2018 start

  • Overview

    Mental health problems include temporary reactions (to a painful event, stress or external pressures, or systems of drug or alcohol use, lack of sleep or physical illness) and long-term psychiatric conditions with significant effects on how the individual functions.

    The Nursing (Mental Health) BSc offers the opportunity to study mental health nursing in depth, through inspirational research-led teaching. We provide innovative and creative learning, focusing on service users’ experiences.

    The course aims to help you develop effective skills in working with people with diverse and complex mental health problems, across the age range. Enhanced self-awareness and dynamic interactive skills enable you to respond to service users and carers in different situations, and promote holistic interventions, including psychological, physical, and social approaches.

    The range of mental health services accessed through the course gives you opportunities to further specialise once you have qualified.

    Excellent facilities

    The School of Healthcare is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health. We aim to provide high quality education and research and to develop knowledge that both informs and improves practice.

    The School has a dedicated clinical skills suitewith hospital beds, adult child and Midwifery suites and facilities for Mentalhealth nursing and Social work teams

    Students have access to all University of Leeds facilities - sports facilities, excellent libraries, including the Health Sciences Library, an award-winning students' union and support services and the attractions of the city of Leeds.

    Course Leader is Gary Morris.

    Admissions Tutor is Elaine McNichol. She can answer specific queries about the course, though she is frequently teaching or supervising and may not be able to respond to you immediately.


    Students who successfully complete this programme will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

  • Course content

    This programme meets the NMC (2010) guiding principles underpinning pre-registration education for nurses of “fitness for purpose” and “fitness for practice”. It consists of not less than 4,600 hours of study (2,300 hours in the practice setting and 2,300 hours theoretical study), which results in 360 credits across three levels:

    Part 1: 120 credits at level 1 leading to progression point one of the programme

    Part 2: 120 credits at level 2 leading to progression point two of the programme

    Part 3: 120 credits at level 3 enabling registration with the NMC.

    The focus of the first year is on shared learning, which takes place with other nursing and undergraduate healthcare students. This incorporates a number of general themes such as biology, sociology, psychology, promoting health, communication and study/research skills. A core focus is on developing caring skills, self-awareness and reflective practice.

    In year 2 the skills of therapeutic engagement will be developed across the lifespan, with the emphasis on the lived experience of mental health service users. This will include utilising different perspectives, underpinned by research and the ethical/legal frameworks for mental health practice.

    In year 3 you'll focus on developing intervention strategies and approaches for more complex mental health needs, including pharmacology and risk management. A 10,000-word research dissertation develops your ability to use, summarise and communicate research evidence and apply it to your professional practice. Towards the end of the course, there will be an opportunity for a period of consolidation and preparation for registered nursing practice.

    Clinical placements are an integral part of your training. Read "Study abroad and work placements" tab.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Biological Knowledge for Practice 30 credits
    • Theory and Practice Module 1 40 credits
    • Theory and Practice Module 2 20 credits
    • Learning Together; Working Together 30 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Healthcare Ethics and Law 10 credits
    • Theory and Practice Module 3 40 credits
    • Theory and Practice Module 4 20 credits
    • The Lived Experience of Mental Health Problems 20 credits
    • Promoting Mental Well-being Across the Lifespan 20 credits
    • Research for Healthcare and Social Work Professionals 10 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Pharmacology - Applied to Practice 10 credits
    • Theory and Practice Module 5 40 credits
    • Theory and Practice Module 6 20 credits
    • Research Dissertation 30 credits
    • Working with People with Complex Mental Health Needs 10 credits

    Optional modules

    • European Nursing 10 credits
    • New Perspectives on Child Protection 10 credits
    • Madness and Murder 10 credits
    • Fundamentals of Diabetes Care 10 credits
    • International Healthcare 10 credits
    • Media Depictions of Mental Health (Online) 10 credits
    • International Study - Healthcare Provision Outside the UK 10 credits
    • International Study - Healthcare Provision Outside the UK (26 weeks) 10 credits
    • Autistic Spectrum Disorder 10 credits
    • Independent Study 10 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Nursing (Mental Health) BSc in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    School of Healthcare courses are designed to allow you as much choice as possible in the way that you study and methods of training are highly participative, with a combination of tutor-led input and support, learning through group work and discussion, and individual exercises and practice.

    The School works closely with health and social care organisations, to make sure that it provides education and training which fully meets the changing needs of health and social care and develops the appropriate knowledge and skills enabling our students to play key roles in the workplace.
    Teaching is via lectures, seminars, tutorials and mentorship in clinical practice.Our Kevin Kendrick clinical skills suite recreates a hospital ward, with beds, patient dummies, ancillary equipment and washing areas. Students have the opportunity to use these facilities to practise clinical procedures.

    The School also has its own fully equipped IT suite, where students can access the School's virtual learning environment.


    We use a range of assessment methods, including essays, posters/ leaflets, practical skills examinations and multiple choice questions.

    You’ll need to demonstrate the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques, as well as your emerging abilities, skills and competencies.

    You’ll need to produce work that is typically both evaluative and creative and show you can conduct independent, in-depth enquiry within the discipline. You need to be able to draw on a wide variety of material and be able to evaluate and criticise received opinion.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: BBB preferably including a science subject (biology, human biology, chemistry, maths, physics or social sciences, such as psychology).

    Not general studies or critical thinking.

    GCSE: 5 A*-C, including maths and English and 2 science subjects

    • Access to HE Diploma

      45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at distinction and include 12 credits from biology or health-related subjects + GCSEs, as above.. The remaining level 3 credits must be at merit level or above. For Access to Higher Education Diplomas completed before September 2014, applicants are required to have 45 credits at level 3 at distinction and include 12 credits from biology or health-related subjects. We strongly advise you to contact the School to discuss the suitability of your chosen Access course. We consider Access Courses to be suitable for mature applicants (21 plus) who have been out of full-time education and have had no previous access to higher education.

    • BTEC

      BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF): Distinction/Distinction/Distinction in: Health and Social Care (Health Sciences); Health and Social Care (Health Studies).

      All BTEC modules must be listed on your UCAS form or else your application will be rejected.

    • International Baccalaureate

      33 points overall, including 3 higher level subjects at minimum of grade 5

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      (Leaving Certificate): BBBBBB including B in English, maths and biology

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      BBB, preferably including a science

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      Overall pass

    • Other Qualifications

      Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Programme (CFGO): Successful completion of the year with an overall score of at least 60%

      Interdisciplinary Foundation Programme (PHE): Successful completion of the year with an overall score of at least 60%

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    You will need to show evidence of study in the last 5 years.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 7.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    The School of Healthcare does not normally participate in the UCAS Extra scheme for entry onto the Nursing (Mental Health) BSc degree course. You must tell us in your UCAS application if you want to defer entry and if you have any prior criminal convictions.

    Selection and Interview

    We shortlist applicants against agreed criteria, using the information you submit on your UCAS form only. You must meet the academic entry requirement for the programme. Your academic background and personal statement help us to assess your interest in the academic subject and are an important part of the process. The reference you provide on the UCAS form must also support your application.

    Recruitment events take place between December and April. You will be allocated to one of the events; if the date is not suitable you need to contact the student education support officer and request an alternative date ( Non-attendance at an event without explanation will result in your application being automatically rejected.

    Admissions policy

    School of Healthcare Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

    The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    Read about home fee status on the UKCISA website. We regret this course is not open to international students.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    This course will give you the foundation for a career in mental health nursing. Mental health nursing has a structured career pathway with a multitude of opportunities such as, research, management, clinical specialisms and teaching. You’ll be in an excellent position to pursue the many mental health employment opportunities, in the NHS, social services, voluntary sector and private sector. This may include specialised areas of primary care, dementia care, acute/ forensic services, crisis/home treatment teams, eating disorders and addiction services.

    For advice on nursing as a career choice read NHS careers.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    For some students able to meet specific criteria, there is an opportunity to study on one of 4 optional international modules in the third year of the programme.

    Clinical placements

    In each year you’ll undertake 50% theory and 50% practice. You’ll demonstrate the application of theory to practice within an environment of clinical specialisms. You’ll gain experiences of working in a variety of mental health settings within the Leeds area.

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