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Nursing (Mental Health)

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024

Course length

Full time: 3 years (or post-qualification: 15 - 24 months with individual credits)

Part time: 8 years maximum (limited part-time places available)


Approved by Nursing and Midwifery Council

UCAS Tariff Points


  • Nursing and Midwifery Council


Our Nursing (Mental Health) degree enables you to care for people with diverse mental health needs. You’ll work with people with many differing mental health care needs, their families and carers.

We empower you to use your own clinical and professional judgement. You will:

  • Gain the skills for evidence-based practice
  • Develop a problem-solving approach to clinical practice.

You'll gain a wide variety of experience in mental health care, with opportunities throughout Oxfordshire and specialist placements available in the surrounding counties.  

With this course you will gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for professional responsibility, graduating as a professional practitioner.

In line with the new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Future Nurse Standards (2018), our Mental Health Nursing curriculum has recently been re-developed. At our recent approval event (March 2020) we were commended by the NMC for our excellent partnership working with placement organisations and for the inclusion of a strong public health theme throughout the curriculum.

How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A Level: Including one A Level or a comparable Level 3 qualification in a science subject (e.g. Physical Education, Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology).

GCSE: Grade 4 (C) in English, Maths and Science. For English and Maths, Level 2 Functional Skills are accepted as alternatives to GCSEs.

Relevant experience (e.g. in a hospital) or a suitable indication of your interest in, and understanding of, the relevant healthcare profession.

For post-experience BSc:

  • NMC registration parts 1, 5, 8, 12, 14 or 15.
  • A secondment to the course may be possible for adult, learning disability and children's nurses working for the local NHS Trusts or the armed forces.
  • Applicants need to have been working in an NHS clinical area that gives them experience of clients with mental health needs for at least six months before enrolling on the course.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.


All applicants will be screened for fitness to practise and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

Selection process

All Oxford Brookes University Health and Social Care Programmes conduct Value Based Recruitment (VBR). We recognise that values and attitudes have the greatest impact on the quality of people's care and their experiences.

VBR is a way of helping our Programme recruitment teams to assess the values, motives and attitudes of those who wish to work with people in health and social care settings. When we refer to values we mean, for example, the values included in the NHS constitution.

VBR focuses on 'how' and 'why' an applicant makes choices in how they act and seeks to explore reasons for their behaviour. Further details about the VBR framework can be found here.

Prospective students will be interviewed by representatives from both the University and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. In addition, service users may also be in attendance.

English language requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 in all areas is required for ALL applicants whose first language is not English.

NMC English language requirement advice

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


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

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

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

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

We have developed this course in partnership with:

  • students
  • clinical partners
  • mentors
  • service users and carers.

Every year you will have placements in your field of practice, with some taught content specific to your nursing field. However, there is increasing specialisation as the course progresses.

  • Year 1 focuses on communities, health and wellbeing, lifespan and values.
  • Year 2 lets you explore specific nursing interventions, working in partnership with patients and their families to meet care outcomes.
  • Year 3 focuses on complex care of people with multiple co-morbidities and the need for health and social care services to be integrated to promote optimal health outcomes.

You can also pursue a personal interest through a range of optional modules.

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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Preparation for Academic and Professional learning

Foundations of Nursing Practice

Bioscience for Nursing Practice

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Research Methods and Analysis

Enhancing Therapeutic Relationships

Assessing and Planning Mental Health Nursing Care

Promoting Health in Mental Health Nursing Practice

Clinical Practice Experience 2 (Mental Health)

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Nursing Care of People with Complex Mental Health Needs

Consolidation of Mental Health Nursing Practice

Clinical Practice Experience 3 (Mental Health)


In this module you undertake an independent project under the guidance of an academic member of staff. You identify a research question and attempt to answer this research question by systematic study of the literature.

Work placements

Optional modules

Work placements

Hospital and community placements will provide opportunities for diverse experiences in supportive practice learning environments. Our partners in practice work closely with Oxford Brookes in the design and delivery of the programme. You will experience a wide variety of practice learning opportunities throughout Oxfordshire with a limited number of placements available in Wiltshire and Northampton. One of the reasons why the mental health nursing course at Oxford Brookes University is so popular is the wide-range and high quality of mental health care provided by the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and our other private and independent sector placement partners. These placements give students the opportunity to experience the delivery of high quality, evidence-based healthcare across the age range and in a variety of inpatient and community settings to patients with many different health care needs. Whilst on placement, you will be supported by a member of staff.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Your learning will include:

  • experiential learning or practice learning
  • mentoring, coaching and supervising
  • active learning such as projects or role-play
  • student-centred learning such as self-assessment, reading, or finding evidence
  • online learning such as quizzes or specialist lectures
  • use of technology, including social media, networking, mobile health (mHealth), or Electronic Patient Records (EPR)
  • collaborative learning with other nursing students, other cultures, teams and agencies
  • problem-based/solution-focused learning.

Simulation Based Education (SBE) takes place in a safe learning environment. These look like a real clinic or hospital and allows you to role play in clinical situations.

Placements can include:

  • working within community health care teams (supported by a district nurse, health visitor or school nurse)
  • working in acute settings within local Trusts.


Assessment methods used on this course

As with all pre-registration nursing courses, the BSc Nursing (Mental Health) course is made up of 50% theory and 50% practice. Assessments usually require integration of theory and practice learning.

All modules have an assessment component. We ask you to show how what you are learning enhances patient care.

Assessments can include:

  • reflective essays
  • presentations
  • clinical examinations
  • multiple choice examinations
  • neighbourhood studies
  • case studies.

You will be assessed for your practice learning during the Education in Nursing Practice modules. You must pass to fulfil the professional requirements to be eligible for registration as a Nurse.

Your work during placements will be assessed by a mentor with the necessary qualifications to function as a practice assessor (NMC Pre-registration Standards (2010)

After you graduate

Career prospects

The Mental Health Nursing BSc course at Brookes has an excellent track record of employability with 100% of our students obtaining work within two months of finishing the course. Registered Mental Health Nurses have the opportunity of post-qualification, to develop their careers in a wide range of settings, such as in hospital wards and in a range of community settings. You can progress in your career in many areas including in advanced clinical practice, research, nurse education and/or management. 

The newly established Oxford Institute of Nursing and Allied Health Research (OxINAHR), can provide interested nursing graduates with a structured research career pathway opportunity, developed in partnership with local NHS partners

We also offer a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) opportunities for qualified nurses if you wish to undertake further study at post-qualifying and postgraduate level.

With a professional qualification as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health), you will be well prepared for employment and will have the ability to work as a staff nurse in a range of settings. As you progress, you will have a wide range of options open to you, whether you choose to pursue a career in clinical practice in hospital or community, management, nurse education or research.

Further study

Students who successfully complete the award may be able to develop their careers further. A wide range of courses are available at Oxford Brookes for continuing professional development (CPD)

Free language courses

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

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Programme changes:
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.