This course is full for 2016 entry.

Nursing (Mental Health)

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2017: BBB / 120 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: B760
Placement: Placement year not available
Not suitable for international students
Faculty of Health Studies
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The three-year full-time degree in Nursing leads to a professional nursing qualification and eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

This is a practical, patient-centred course with equal amounts of theory and clinical practice which enables students to experience different aspects of healthcare.


Students are expected to reflect the values as outlined by the University of Bradford and the NHS Constitution in both academic and practice settings. These include working together, showing respect and maintaining dignity for service users, carers and colleagues, working inclusively so that everyone counts; showing commitment to your work and consistently offering a high quality of care.

These values also include being compassionate, demonstrating empathy and working to improve the health and wellbeing of others. We are seeking students who can develop their communication skills, their competence in this field and show commitment to upholding these values during their education and into their future careers.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as the statutory body and regulator of nursing and midwifery healthcare professions.

Why Bradford?

Nursing at Bradford was given 96% overall satisfaction by students in the National Student Survey 2016.

Spanning the rural Yorkshire Dales to inner city districts, no other area of the UK offers the rich diversity of clinical experience available through the University and its partner Trusts.

Throughout your studies you will be taught by a team of professional nurses supported by other staff at the Faculty of Health Studies, and have access to a suite of purpose-built practice simulation suites, which allow you to be taught and to practise your core clinical skills, from bed making, moving patients and taking blood pressure to giving injections, ward rounds and dispensing medication, and simulation of the seriously ill person using our interactive models.

The clinical wards house a variety of equipment which you would normally find in clinical practice.

Following graduation and registration, nurses are expected to continue to develop their knowledge and skills, and we offer a variety of short courses and postgraduate study options which allow nurses to specialise in areas of interest.


Entry requirements


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A levels:

To include at least 2 full A levels. There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Professions, Science or Social Science, to include 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. This must include a science module at Merit or above for applicants who do not already have GCSE science grade A*-C.

Plus minimum of:

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include GCSE English Language, Maths and Biology/Combined Science. Those applying with Access courses are only required to have GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above (Level 2 equivalencies not accepted in place of GCSE English and Maths).

Additional entry requirements:

As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers.

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening, a second reference and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new window/tab).

A levels:

120 UCAS tariff points to include at least 2 full A Levels. There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

120 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Professions, Science or Social Science.

Plus minimum of:

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above to include English Language, Mathematics, Biology or Combined Science (or equivalent qualification).

Those applying with an Access course in Health Professions or Science are required to have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above (or equivalent); science is accepted from the Access course at Merit or above.

Those applying with an Access course in Social Sciences are required to have GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Biology or Combined Science at grade C or grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Additional entry requirements:

As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers.

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening, a second reference and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Clinical Practice 1core
Clinical Practice 2core
Developing Nursing Practicecore
Fundamental Principles in Nursing Practicecore
Principles of Collaborative Professional Practicecore
Year 2
Clinical Practice 3core
Clinical Practice 4core
Developing Competency in Nursing Practicecore
Evidencing Professional Practicecore
Therapeutic Nursing Carecore
Year 3
Clinical Practice 5core
Clinical Practice 6core
Developing Proficiency in Professional Nursing Practicecore
Research for Advancing Professional Practicecore
Transition to Registered Nursing Practicecore

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career Development Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

100% of our 2015 graduates in Nursing found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

Most of our students gain employment locally and immediately upon completion.

Mental Health nursing will prepare students to work in hospital wards, community teams, the independent and voluntary sectors, or specialist mental health services.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Nursing (Mental Health) graduates was £22,145.


Clinical Wards

Our two clinical wards are specifically designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment. The rooms are furnished with patients' beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.

A wide range of training aids and equipment are available in these rooms including:

  • Catheterisation, intramuscular and enema training aids
  • Skeletons
  • Adult  resuscitation mannequins
  • Electrocardiograph machine
  • Defibrillator
  • Dinamaps electronic blood pressure machine

These practice wards have been developed to allow students to learn the art and science of their chosen profession in a safe and relaxed environment.

Students currently use the wards to learn skills such as:

  • Bed making
  • Bed bathing
  • Eating and drinking
  • Elimination
  • Adult basic life support
  • Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation
  • Observational skills and physiological measurement including, temperature, pulse and blood pressure
  • Urinary catheterisation and catheter care
  • Injection technique
  • Medicine administration
  • Intravenous fluid replacement therapy
  • Asepsis

The second ward has moving and handling equipment with hoists including an overhead hoist and handling aids. There is also a full computer system, audio-visual equipment, a smartboard and SMOTS.

Wet Lab

The wet lab is a teaching room which used for up to 20 students, to teach a range of clinical skills from hand washing in sterile conditions to venepuncture and cannulation on training arms.

Students can also learn how to do a urinalysis test on the most up to date machines. This room is equipped with computer and audio visual equipment as well as a smartboard.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


The NHS will pay the tuition fees for students who are studying on an eligible 3-year BSc (Hons) health programme and who have been offered an NHS funded place.

Eligible NHS-funded programmes at the University of Bradford are:

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult, Mental Health and Child
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • MSc Nursing - Adult, Mental Health and Child
  • MSc Midwifery Studies

Financial support

Students will also be eligible to apply for a bursary to help with their living costs. This is part income assessed and part non income assessed. The amount individual students receive will be dependent on their personal circumstances. Students will receive a payment each month for the amount they are entitled to, directly into their bank account.

Full details of NHS Student Finance and a bursary calculator can be found on the NHS Business Services Authority (external link).


All new eligible students will receive a £1,000 non-income assessed bursary during each year of their course.

Students will also be eligible to apply for an income assessed bursary. In addition to being dependent on student's personal circumstances, the amount received will be dependent on the length of the course (number of weeks), whether the student is living in or outside the parental home and whether the student is classed as being dependent or independently assessed.

Students must fulfil one of the following to be classed as independent:

  • Be married/in a civil partnership/divorced
  • Have care of a child
  • Be estranged from their parents
  • Have supported themselves from their earnings for a total of 36 months prior to the start of the course
  • Have no living parents

If a student lives away from the parental home/or with partner they cannot be classed as independent, if they do not fulfil one of the criteria above. Students must provide proof that they have been self supporting, from wage slips, P60 or employer's letters.

Any bursary will be assessed on partner/spouse or civil partner's income from the previous tax year. (P60 or March/52 week wage slip required as proof).

For dependent students, the income assessed element of the bursary will be dependent on parental income. Step-parents' income will not be used unless they have legally adopted the student.

Dependants' Allowance

The Dependant's Allowance is payable to students who have dependants including a spouse, partner or civil partner or children.

This allowance is:

  • An income assessed element of the NHS bursary
  • Only awarded for dependants who are wholly or mainly dependent on the student
  • Calculated using the student's spouse or partner's residual income

This allowance is assessed using the gross income of all dependents as follows:

Income from employment (gross), self-employment (net profit), pensions, dividends, rented properties, taxable allowances, maintenance LESS Tax, National Insurance, pension, rent, mortgage, maintenance payments, life insurance EQUALS Residual Income (which is the figure used in the calculation)

Parents' Learning Allowance

The Parents' Learning Allowance may also be awarded to students claiming the Dependant's Allowance.  This is also income assessed and is included when the Dependant's Allowance is calculated.

Childcare Allowance

The Childcare Allowance is available to students with dependent children aged 15 or under (or aged 17 and under for children with special educational needs) on the first day of the academic year. This allowance is income assessed and the amount received will therefore be dependent on individual circumstances.

This allowance pays up to 85% of actual childcare costs to a net maximum payable currently of £123.25 per week for one child and £182.75 per week for two or more children. The childcare used must be from an Ofsted registered childcare provider.

The childcare element of Working Tax Credit is available to lone parents or couples who work for at least 16 hours per week.  It is not normally awarded where an individual is not in paid employment or is in full time education. 

NHS funded students who are eligible for and in receipt of the childcare element of Working Tax Credit cannot receive both types of childcare award. Where a student or their spouse, partner or civil partner is in receipt of the childcare element of Working Tax Credit, the student cannot also claim the NHS Childcare Allowance.

Therefore, students who have childcare costs and who will be eligible for both allowances, must decide which one they wish to apply for.

Please click the following link for more information about student entitlement to Working Tax Credit and the childcare element (external link).

Student Loans

NHS funded students are also eligible to apply for a reduced student loan. There are two rates for this, £1,744 per annum for students living in their parental home and £2,324 per annum for students living elsewhere (including their own home).  

If students chose to take out the loan, this is repayable in the same way as all student loans funded by Student Finance England, once individuals are earning over £21,000 per annum.


NHS funded students in receipt of bursary are also eligible to claim travel expenses for the cost of travel to placement (the difference between the cost of their journey to University and the cost of their journey to placement). There is also support for the cost of accommodation if students are not able to travel on a daily basis to their placement. The NHS Student Bursaries website (external link) explains this in more detail.

Uniforms, Occupational Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) Checks

Students will be provided with uniforms to wear on placement, but will need to provide their own footwear. The cost of these and also Occupational Health Checks and Disclosure and Barring Service Checks will be covered by the NHS.

European Union Students

Non-UK EU Students who do not have EEA Migrant Worker status or a right of permanent residence in the UK may be awarded an 'EU Fees Only' award, meaning that they will receive tuition fee support from the NHS, but they will not receive the bursary element.

EU students are not normally eligible for student loans, NHS Hardship Grants or University Access to Learning funds or Disabled Students Allowances.

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