Nursing (Mental Health)
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
Placement: Placement year not available
Not suitable for international students
Faculty of Health Studies
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.
This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as the statutory body and regulator of nursing and midwifery healthcare professions.
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.
- Ranked 6th in the UK for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
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 tab).
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.
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.
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.
Modules subject to validation.
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Career support and prospects
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 and Employability 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.
100% of our 2015 graduates in Nursing found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.
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.
The average starting salary for our 2015 Nursing (Mental Health) graduates was £22,145.
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
- Adult resuscitation mannequins
- Electrocardiograph machine
- 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
- 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
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.
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
- Home/EU: £9,250*
- International: TBC
* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.
From 1 August 2017, new students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional pre-registration courses, will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs.
Please see this useful fact sheet from the Council of Deans of Health for more information (PDF).
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