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Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (Mental Health)

About the course

Apprenticeship Standard: Registered Nurse

Final Award: BSc (Hons) Nursing

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.

A career as a Nurse means working with a variety of service users, families and carers, and with a range of health and care professionals and other agencies, to give care, advice and support to sick, injured or disabled people.

This programme enables apprentices to develop a set of core skills and knowledge, with specialisms in adult nursing, children’s nursing, mental health and learning disabilities. Apprentices are able to choose their preference.

Why choose this course?

  • Mental Health Nursing is a highly skilled, rewarding and caring profession where you can make a real difference to people’s lives.
  • Gain a well rounded understanding of all factions of the nursing profession, whilst being able to specialise in your chosen field and develop your critical, analytical and reflective skills.
  • Graduates of this programme will be entitled to apply to enter the professional register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the field of Mental Health.
  • Those who have successfully completed a Level 5 qualification in nursing (or a related subject), are eligible to undertake a two year top up version of this Level 6 qualification, through Accredited Prior Learning (APL).

Professional Accreditations

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


Following successful completion of the programme, apprentices will be entitled to apply for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the Branch of Nursing in which they have specialised.

Areas in which apprentices can be employed include:

  • acute services within the NHS
  • a range of community settings including general or specialised community nursing
  • acute care or Hospice Care

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.