BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)

  • New government grants available from September 2020 for new and continuing degree-level students. You may be eligible for additional support of at least £5,000 a year which you won’t need to pay back.
  • This course may be eligible for an additional £1,000 on top of this. You may also be eligible for an additional £1,000 towards childcare costs to help balance your studies with family life.
  • Receive excellent placement experiences thanks to our Hertfordshire University Partnership Foundation Trust, who received an ‘Outstanding’ in a recent Care Quality Commission inspection
  • We hear the student voice! 93% of our students felt they had opportunity to feed back on the course (National Student Survey)

About the course

Nurses are the largest profession working in mental health services. With a quarter of the population thought to have some form of mental health issues, it's clear that nurses have an essential role in supporting people. As a mental health nurse, you’ll have the vital and challenging role of establishing therapeutic relationships with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups. This pre-registration course gives you the essential skills to make evidence-based interventions and provide care, while respecting and valuing the aspirations of individuals with mental health challenges.

As with our other nursing courses, you’ll spend half your time on placements in clinical settings, putting what you’ve learned into practice.

Why choose this course?

Mental Health nurses have a vital and challenging role in establishing therapeutic relationships with individuals who experience mental health problems.

These include:

  • Providing support to families, relatives and carers
  • Responding to changing needs
  • Promoting mental and physical health recovery and general wellbeing

This highly specialised branch of nursing focuses on caring and supporting individuals of all age groups living with mental health problems in different care settings including:

  • Individuals’ homes
  • Inpatient
  • Outpatient
  • General hospitals
  • Community and rehabilitation units

You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team including GPs psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, arts therapists and healthcare assistants.

100% of our Mental Health Nursing graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

What will I study?

Your time will be split equally (50/50) between classroom-based learning and practical placements. You will have the opportunity to link practical experience to theoretical learning and vice versa.

During your placements you will undertake:

  • Supervised practice - working with qualified nurses to develop clinical skills
  • Training and education activities within the placement setting
  • Skills development activities to ensure patients' needs are met

Your time at the University will be spent in:

  • standard lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratories
  • case studies
  • individual and group projects

In your final year, you will normally have the opportunity to hone your independent study and interpersonal skills by undertaking a major project or dissertation.

Professional Accreditations

Entitlement to apply to enter the professional register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health).

What job can I get?

The course entitles you to apply for registration as a mental health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This opens up a range of fascinating and rewarding career options for both work and advancement in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, community practice, individuals’ homes and rehabilitation units. There are a variety of mental health fields a registered nurse can pursue a career in and these include; Staff Nurse, Community Mental Health Nurse, Crisis Nurse, Nurse Practitioners or Specialists, Modern Matrons and  Consultant Nurse. Some individuals advance to become senior managers, researchers and educators. 

100% of our mental health nursing students go on to employment or further study within 6 months of graduating.

'The University pointed me towards Work the World after I expressed an interest in undertaking my nursing elective in a developing country. I really felt welcomed by the staff in Work the World, they made me feel as though I was part of the team from day one. It really reflected the culture and friendliness of Tanzanian people. In fact, every moment was fantastic. I thought I’d get homesick, but I didn’t at all. And now that I’m home, I am always dreaming of going back!'

Heather Wilcox

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)