Nursing (Mental Health) - Pre-Registration
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Mental health concerns – from identity issues to substance abuse, isolation to adverse childhood experiences – and demand for services, has increased in recent years. And in a world where the stigma around mental health persists, the need for dedicated and empathetic mental health nurses has never been more evident.
Whatever your academic or professional background, learn from our internationally renowned clinicians, researchers and academics and prepare to be a leader in healthcare. We’ll teach you skills for evidence-based practice, problem-solving, and collaborative working to meet the changing needs of the healthcare system.
You’ll receive support from your academic adviser, be inspired by guest lecturers, hear lived experiences, and access our state-of-the-art simulation suite. Not only that, but you’ll build competence through a range of mental health placements across Oxfordshire and beyond.
By the end, you’ll be able to contribute significantly to high-quality client care, deliver nursing interventions, and apply your knowledge to real-life situations.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Develop quickly as you experience mental health placements in a variety of settings, from children and young people to older adults, crisis intervention to rehabilitation.
Home to experts
Taught by highly experienced and enthusiastic nurse academics, your studies will be informed by the latest developments in the field.
Apply your knowledge and skills in various NHS Trusts – not just in Oxfordshire, but in Wiltshire, Berkshire and beyond, helping you to really expand your network.
Be at the cutting edge
We work closely with Oxford Health to develop interprofessional simulations, being 1 of only 19 universities accredited to provide additional hours for simulated learning.
You’ll study alongside our BSc Nursing (Mental Health) students to hear a breadth and depth of differing experiences.
We’ve designed this course to lead to registration as a mental health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
You’ll be taught by a passionate and highly skilled team with a range of experience across the different aspects of mental health nursing. Our staff are qualified senior practitioners and active researchers, so your learning will be enriched by the latest in best practice and clinical understanding.
You’ll quickly gain confidence and competence as you carry out hands-on tasks, with half of your time spent on placements in a variety of mental health settings. You'll also learn from people with lived experience of mental health challenges. With regular access to outstanding facilities including our state-of-the-art simulation suite, you'll be able to develop your clinical expertise in a safe environment.
Your research project allows you to develop the skills to find and appraise research, as well as plan and design a piece of research. Your dissertation will consolidate your knowledge in an investigative or literature-based research or service improvement project.
Learning and teaching
You will learn through the following methods:
- experiential learning
- mentoring, coaching and supervising
- active learning
- student-centred learning
- blended and online learning
- use of technology and informatics
- collaborative learning with other disciplines, interprofessional learning, cultures and agencies
- problem-based/solution-focused learning
- simulation Based Education (SBE)
- online discussion
- collaborative learning sets.
And you will have access to an extensive range of learning resources through Moodle, an online repository of:
- information and learning exercises.
We will assess you with a variety of methods, such as:
- reflective essays
- clinical examinations
- multi-choice examinations
- neighbourhood study
- case studies.
All modules have an assessment component which requires you to explicitly demonstrate an understanding of how the module theory informs and enhances patient care.
You will receive feedback on your assessments which will shape and develop your learning.
Assessment of your practice learning occurs within the credit-rated Education in Nursing Practice modules. This must be passed to fulfil the professional requirements for the programme and ensure that you are eligible for registration as a nurse.
Your practice will be assessed by a practice supervisor or assessor selected on the basis of having the necessary qualifications to function as a practice assessor, as per the NMC Pre-registration Standards (2010).
The new Oxford Institute for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR) is an Oxford Brookes University-led partnership of key stakeholders which leads and participates in world class research and evidence-based practice.
We have researchers with a range of experience, working in established areas including:
- cancer care
- children and families
- drugs and alcohol
- physical rehabilitation and enablement
- interprofessional education and collaborative practice.
A whole host of employers across the country and around the world are looking for qualified mental health nurses. There are NHS hospital wards such as psychiatric and specialist units, community settings such as GP surgeries, schools and prisons, the armed forces and mental health charities. You won’t be short of opportunities.
Our graduates are recognised as having excellent competence and confidence in the field, thanks to multiple placements, our simulation suite, and visiting speakers. With half of the course focused on working in practice, you would have built up a strong network of employers to contact.
Finishing with a professional qualification as a mental health nurse, you’ll be well prepared to register and work as a staff nurse in a range of settings. And with your completed research project and master’s level knowledge, you’ll soon be able to open the door to careers at band 6, 7 and 8. You could then step into more senior roles such as advanced clinical practice, research, nurse education or management.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, an Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (with 6.5 in Reading and Writing, and 6.0 in Listening and Speaking) is required.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.
Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.
If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
Financial support and scholarships
All eligible nursing students on courses from September 2020 (new and continuing) will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back. For more information please visit NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF).