Our curriculum has been developed in partnership with students, clinical partners, mentors, service users and carers. It has taken account of key local, national and international policies and priorities. It follows a ‘spiral' design to ensure that your learning in both practice and the University is structured incrementally from one year to the next, with a specific focus for each year. Early in the programme, the same modules are taken by all three fields of nursing (Children’s, Mental Health and Adult), with some shared learning with students on the MSc Nursing (Adult / Children’s / Mental Health) pre-registration programmes. In each year of the programme, you will have placements in your fields of practice, with some taught content specific to your nursing fields. However, there is increasing nursing field specialisation as the programme progresses to completion. There is also a progressive shift in focus on levels of complexity of nursing interventions:
- Year 1 focuses on communities (local and national), health and wellbeing, lifespan and values.
- Year 2 and 3 enables you to explore specific nursing interventions, working in partnership with patients and their families to meet care outcomes.
- Year 4 focuses on care of people with complex health needs, including those who may have numerous problems; this requires health and social care services to be integrated to promote optimal health outcomes.
The MSci Nursing (Mental Health and Child) award helps you make a successful transition from applicant to registered nurse with a professional identity. You will learn to work both independently and collaboratively in teams, with individuals, families and communities.
You can also pursue a personal interest through optional acceptable modules for example in the following topics:
- Healthcare elective
- Care for sick neonates
- Global health
- Independent study
- Therapeutic use of touch in healthcare settings.
A key component of the programme is to prioritise people, the individual and their family which will always be at the centre of your educational experience. Learning will be facilitated in partnership with practice and academic staff who meet professional standards and guidance. You will be valued as individuals, to enhance your strengths and challenge you to develop personally, professionally and academically. The course encourages you to learn by discovery as you move from being primarily supported and dependent to being supportive and independent in learning and practice.
We are fortunate in having access to a remarkable range of clinical settings in both mental and physical health services, many of which have national and international reputations. You will gain experience in a wide variety of these practice environments within Oxfordshire.
Courses are regularly reviewed as part of our quality assurance framework, so the module list you are offered may vary from that shown here. Some modules will be taught alongside students on other healthcare courses to enable you to develop your understanding of multiprofessional working within health and social care.
Although there is some scope for flexibility in module choice, this is restricted in professional pre-qualification courses owing to the demands of the professional requirements for registration.
These core modules are taken by all pre-registration nursing students, with content applied to mental health and children's nursing:
Education in Nursing Practice 1
This module gives you an introduction to nursing practice. You will have an introduction to foundation nursing knowledge and skills prior to starting your 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. You 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 you to the values, beliefs and factors that influence and underpin health and wellbeing from an individual, family and societal perspective, recognising diversity. It considers how self-awareness and professional responsibility contribute to the development of the nurse and nursing.
Nursing Fundamentals: Family Health and Wellbeing 2
You will be introduced to 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. This module explores physiological, psychological, societal, political and global influences on health and social care across the lifespan, recognising inequalities.
Years 2, 3 and 4
Over years 2 and 3, the focus on specific mental health and children's nursing elements increases as the course progresses. The compulsory modules include:
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 allows you 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.
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.
Research Methods and Analysis
This module teaches 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.
Education in Nursing Practice 3 Dual
This module focuses on a second field of nursing practice and continues the focus of Education in Practice 3 studied in year 2. Integration of these two fields will be encouraged and facilitated within action learning sets.
Education in Nursing Practice 4 Dual
This module focuses on a second field of nursing practice and continues the focus of Education in Practice 4 studied in year 2. Integration of these two fields is encouraged and facilitated within action learning sets.
Advanced Research Design
This module aims to equip you with skills to find, appraise and use research, as well as plan and design a piece of research work. It helps you define a suitable research question and to use this as a basis for identifying appropriate research methodologies for a small-scale research project or dissertation. You will gain skills that will enable you to plan and outline a rationale for a piece of primary research, secondary analysis, literature review or audit. It focuses on research as part of a body of evidence used for health and social care practice, and provides an overview of methodologies and methods commonly used in health and social care policies and working environments.
Education in Nursing Practice 5 Dual
This module gives you the opportunity to prepare for independent practice, considering strategies that promote teaching and learning; service improvement; safe staffing and delegation of care within a range of complex practice situations across the range of patient pathways experiences.
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. You will explore how effective leadership qualities can be used to work in partnership within diverse teams/agencies across professional and organisational boundaries. In collaboration with others, you will develop your nursing practice through direct involvement in the assessment, management, planning and evaluation of care. Anatomy and physiology relevant to syllabus content will be explored though field specific skills based scenarios. By completion, you will competently prioritise the care of a caseload of people with complex needs and /or in complex practice situations, across the range of patient pathway experiences.
Nursing Children requiring complex care
Through enquiry-based learning, this practice-related module enables you to identify and analyse issues related to the nursing care of children with complex health care needs in acute and community settings.
Nursing care of older adults and forensic healthcare
Through enquiry based learning this practice-related module helps you identify and analyse issues related to the nursing care of older adults and patients of all ages in forensic and prison healthcare settings.
This module draws together and enhances your ability to apply the knowledge, understanding and skills developed previously across the whole programme, in a piece of investigative or literature-based research or a service improvement project. You will be expected to demonstrate the ability to define a clearly focused research issue, as well as a wide appreciation of the context of the chosen topic.
The purpose of this module is to develop and expand students’ knowledge and understanding of the concept of global health and its challenges. The module will prepare students for nursing practice in a variety of settings around the world.
This practice related module gives the opportunity to build on existing knowledge and professional experience to conduct and in depth study of an aspect of healthcare pertinent to nursing.
Therapeutic Use of Touch in Healthcare Settings
The module aims to give health care professionals an understanding of the use of touch (both practical and theoretical) in the context of their practice in a variety of health care settings, throughout the lifespan.
Personality and Individual Differences
This module examines the range of psychological theory and research on personality and other individual differences.
The Sick Neonate
This module enables students to develop knowledge and skills in caring for premature and sick neonates and the support of their families.
Approaches to Challenging Behaviour in Health and Social Care
practice related module to explore key factors that influence the needs of individuals who present significant challenges to services in relation to their behaviour and or Mental Health needs.
Health Care Elective
The module is a form of independent study in which students need to draw on material from a range of previous modules, as well as their practical experience to date. It involves a 2 week placement.
We enjoy an excellent working partnership with our local health providers collaborating closely with our clinical colleagues to plan and deliver your programme of learning. This means that students are able to gain experience in community and acute placement settings that have national and international reputations for innovation and the quality of care offered to patients and their families.
You will undertake eight placements during your degree. These will be in both adult physical health and mental health services. Students are expected to work alongside their mentor and are required to work both day and night shifts, according to the shift pattern used within the practice setting. This allows the student to experience care as it is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is in accordance with NMC (2010) standards for pre-registration nursing education.
The course offers a very strong simulated practice experience, providing opportunities for students to practice professional skills in a simulated environment.
We offer a range of support mechanisms, within both the University and the placement area, throughout your programme of study. While on placement, you will be supported by a named member of staff from the placement known as a mentor, as well as a link lecturer from the University.
We have a dedicated Practice Education Unit (PEU) that provides administrative and academic support for placement learning/practice education for all its pre-qualifying courses. The PEU organises and allocates individual practice placements throughout your course of study.
There are opportunities to participate in a European or international study exchange as part of your nursing course. Most exchanges take place in the second or third year.
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
- increasing your employability within an international market
- boosting your language skills
- building your confidence in adapting to new situations
- improving your knowledge of different cultures
- gaining credits which count towards your degree.
We have partner universities in Spain, Hungary and Sweden, for which funding is available through the Erasmus scheme.
As part of the optional Health and Social Care Elective you can organise and self-fund a practice placement anywhere in the world, lasting a minimum of two weeks.
For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
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.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
Costs that are not included in tuition fees are as follows:
- binding dissertations
- exchanges and elective modules
- library loans and fines
- living accommodation at university
Further information on additional costs can be found here.
This list is not exhaustive and other course-specific costs may be incurred.
For the most up-to-date information on additional costs, please keep checking the website as we will update this as further information becomes available.
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