Nursing (Mental Health)
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Anxiety and depressive disorders. Obsessive-compulsive conditions. Substance-related problems. Mental health issues are soaring, with 1 in 4 people experiencing difficulties. Study Mental Health Nursing at Oxford Brookes to fuel your passion for improving lives. You can make a real difference – advocating for patients, helping them to overcome barriers and live their lives well.
Taught by a team of highly qualified and enthusiastic professionals, with experience ranging from research to clinical leadership, you’ll develop skills for a wide range of nursing careers. And build the confidence to meet a diverse range of mental health needs. You’ll also receive invaluable support from your course academic adviser.
No 2 days will be the same. With 50% of your time in university and 50% out on placements, you’ll put your knowledge into action in a variety of mental health settings. You'll hear from guest lecturers and those with lived experiences, and role play clinical situations in simulation-based learning. By the end, you’ll be ready to make a difference in your community and beyond.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Develop your skills with one or two mental health placements a year 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 research-active nurse academics, with a variety of mental health specialisms, your course will be informed by the latest developments in the field.
Apply your knowledge and skills and expand your networks in NHS Trusts in various locations – not just in Oxfordshire, but in Wiltshire, Berkshire and beyond.
Be at the cutting edge
We work closely with Oxford Health to develop interprofessional simulations, being 1 of only 19 universities that are accredited to offer this exciting facility.
Study alongside our MSc Nursing (Mental Health) students, and learn from the breadth of differing experiences and valuable discussions.
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.
With a strong practical focus, this course allows you to practise the hands-on tasks you'll perform in your career. You’ll apply theory to practice with half your time spent on placements in a variety of mental health settings with our established partners.
You'll also have the opportunity to 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.
Focusing on communities, health and wellbeing in Year 1, nursing interventions in Year 2, and complex care in Year 3, you’ll increase your specialist knowledge as the course progresses. Your dissertation will also give you the chance to explore an area that interests you, whether that’s therapeutic relationships, promoting mental health, or caring for people with complex mental health needs.
You’ll be supported by passionate, highly qualified practitioners, available for advice whether you’re studying or out on placement.
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.
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
- 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)
When you register as a mental health nurse, you’ll be well prepared to work as a band 5 staff nurse in a range of settings.
Perhaps you’re interested in working in NHS hospital wards such as psychiatric and specialist units. Or community settings such as GP surgeries, schools and prisons. Maybe you fancy a different path working for a mental health charity or as a mental health nurse in the armed forces. With more demand for mental health nurses than ever before, you’ll find your options are varied.
And with an excellent track record of employability, you could soon be looking for postgraduate qualifications. You could take your career even further with advanced clinical practice, research, nurse education or management.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
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
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
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. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
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).