Nursing (Mental Health)
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
Placement: Placement year not available
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
120 UCAS tariff points to include at least two 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. Evidence of recent relevant study in the last 5 years is required — please contact us for further information.
The occupational health screening
All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening. This will involve completing an on-line occupational health questionnaire and attendance if required at a medical appointment.
Students on health care programmes must be able to meet the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency (2013). Occupational health screening and assessment will consider the students’ health and wellbeing and their fitness to study and practice. Progress on the course is dependent on your continued fitness.
This screening process complies with Public Health England requirements for protection of the public and students and staff working in health and social care.
All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.
The University is obliged to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities to enable them to fulfil the required competencies of the programme. Candidates who are concerned about health issues are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
All places are also offered subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (previously known as CRB check) disclosure. This is due to the fact that you may be required to work with children or vulnerable adults on your clinical placement, and will need to demonstrate that you can safely work with these groups upon HCPC registration.
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 of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent (no sub-test lower than 7.0).
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.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
Find more information on our module descriptors page.
- Principles of Nursing (20 credits)
- Practice Placement 1 (20 credits)
- Foundations of Nursing Practice (20 credits)
- Practice Placement 2 (20 credits)
- Concepts of Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
- Practice Placement 3 (20 credits)
- Long Term Conditions (20 credits)
- Practice Placement 4 (20 credits)
- Acute Care (20 credits)
- Practice Placement 5 (20 credits)
- Improving Public Health (20 credits)
- Practice Placement 6 (20 credits)
- Complex Care (30 credits)
- Practice Placement 7 (30 credits)
- Transition to Professional Practice (30 credits)
- Practice Placement 8 (30 credits)
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.
96.5% of our 2016 graduates in Nursing (Mental Health) 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 2016 Nursing (Mental Health) graduates was £21,897.*
*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.
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: £18,440
* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..
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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