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Nursing (Mental Health)

BSc (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

B707

Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Course length

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

Part time: 7 years maximum (limited part-time places available)

Department

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Accreditation(s)

Approved by Nursing and Midwifery Council

UCAS Tariff Points

104

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

Overview


With our Nursing (Mental Health) degree you'll be able to care for people experiencing mental health problems. You’ll work with people with many differing 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 hospital and community practice experience throughout Oxfordshire. There are also specialist placements available in the surrounding counties.  

You'll have opportunities to learn from our active research community. The Oxford Institute for Nursing and Allied Health Research (OxINAHR) is an Oxford Brookes University-led partnership. It leads and participates in world class research and evidence-based practice.

This three-year pre-registration BSc (Hons) degree can lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29

BTEC: DMM

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

Preferred subjects include: Science subject

BTEC: Extended Diplomas with a preference for science or health and social care subjects

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 60 credits overall, 45 at Level 3, which should include 12 Level 3 credits in science. English and Maths level 2 credits will no longer be accepted as GCSE equivalences. GCSE English and Maths are now required as separate qualifications.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: 3 subjects at grade 4 (C), or above, including Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject.

For post-experience BA:

  • 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.

Screening

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

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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 with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£14,080

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£14,540

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£14,080

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£14,540

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU 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 and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

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

Financial support and scholarships

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

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

Education in Nursing Practice 1

This module will give students an introduction to nursing practice. Students will have an introduction to foundational nursing knowledge and skills prior to starting their first practice placement.

Education in Nursing Practice 2

This module introduces further knowledge and skills to facilitate increased participation in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care. Students will be encouraged to consider the health of people within their practice population, and factors that impact upon the uptake of health promotion and prevention strategies within that population.

Nursing Fundamentals: Family Health and Wellbeing 1

This module introduces the student to the values, beliefs and factors that influence and underpin health and wellbeing from an individual, family and societal perspective, recognising diversity. It will consider how self-awareness and professional responsibility contribute to the development of the nurse and nursing.

Nursing Fundamentals: Family Health and Wellbeing 2

It introduces the underpinning frameworks and responsibilities for the organisation, assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of holistic family/person-centred and compassionate nursing care in a variety of settings. It will explore physiological, psychological, societal, political and global influences on health and social care across the lifespan, recognising inequalities.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Collaborative Nursing Practice

This practice-related module enables you to gain insight into how the diverse experiences of people and their families inform all stages of the nursing process in the delivery of physical and mental health care particularly focusing on the care of children, adolescents and adults of working age.

Education in Nursing Practice 3

This module gives you the opportunity to develop knowledge and apply a range of theoretical principles to practice that will promote effective communication and interpersonal relationships to enhance clinical decision making and evidence-based nursing practice.

Education in Nursing Practice 4

This module gives you the opportunity to build upon and acquire new knowledge and skills for clinical practice that will further explore ethical concepts and professional standards to support the care and self/family management of people within varied clinical settings.

Research Methods and Analysis

This module will teach you about the research process, the associated research methods, data analysis and the ethical considerations associated with health and social care research. It provides you with advanced skills to critique research and determine its usefulness for evidence based practice in preparation for honours degree dissertation

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Complex Nursing care of older adults and forensic healthcare

Through enquiry based learning this practice-related module will enable you to identify and analyse issues related to the nursing care of older adults and patients of all ages in forensic and prison healthcare settings.

Education in Nursing Practice 5

This module gives you the opportunity to build upon and acquire new knowledge and skills for clinical practice that will further explore ethical concepts and professional standards to support the care and self/family management of people within varied clinical settings.

Education in Nursing Practice 6

This module provides you with the opportunity to consolidate the skills, knowledge and strategies required to be an effective independent registrant.

Dissertation

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 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 that 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

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

All our courses aim to prepare you to be lifelong learners and there is a wide range of courses 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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For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.