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