BSc Mental Health Nursing


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Key facts

(Unistats, 2018)

Key facts

(The Complete University Guide 2019)

“Training to be a mental health nurse has changed my whole outlook on life. Being a student nurse is both challenging and personally rewarding.”

In their words

John Holsworth, Mental Health Nursing graduate

One-quarter of the UK population will suffer from mental health problems at some point in their lives. Illnesses can come in many shapes and forms. It affects people of all ages and from all backgrounds. It is often complex and demanding - dealing with the human mind is not an exact science. Being able to offer specialist care and support in someone’s hour of need can be hugely rewarding. Becoming a specialist mental health nurse will give you the skills needed to make a real difference in many people’s lives.

Study for your BSc Mental Health Nursing at UEA and you will benefit from service user contact from the very outset and a personal mentor to guide you throughout. We’re also ranked in the UK's top 15 for nursing (The Complete University Guide 2020).


As a student at UEA, you’ll study aspects of mental health nursing from core nursing skills right the way through to specialist areas such as working in forensic settings, with children, and with people who have dementia.

To excel as a Mental Health Nurse you’ll need personality and strength of character. Your strong communication skills will be fundamental in helping people through mental health issues. You will also need to be able to empathise with others, show warmth and understanding.

Split 50/50 between academic theory and hands-on practice, our three-year course will see you undertake a range of placements in care homes, the community, hospitals and specialist care units. You will study alongside other healthcare students, giving you a greater insight into the responsibilities and roles of other healthcare professions. So you’ll graduate fully-equipped with the skills and experience you’ll need for a career working with people with complex mental health problems.

With the NHS Constitution at its core, our Mental Health Nursing degree provides rigorous training, fantastic placement opportunities and is fully approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Highlights of Mental Health Nursing at UEA

  • A wide range of placements including community settings, care homes, hospitals and specialist care units
  • Regular group work with other healthcare students to help develop teamwork skills
  • Combine 50% theory with 50% practice, and link the two with enquiry-based learning
  • A highly supportive culture

Career-wise, you could be based in a community setting, hospital or out patients department - there are also specialist units around the UK too. As a specialist Mental Health Nurse you will very often be working as part of a team to deliver a holistic approach to a person’s health and well-being.

As part of our recruitment process we’ll explore the values of the NHS Constitution at interview, with successful candidates being able to demonstrate how these are reflected in their own beliefs.

Course Structure

Our Mental Health Nursing degree features clinical placements in each of its three years. Our learning programme combines small group teaching, lectures and self-directed study, scheduled between 9am and 7pm. Clinical practice placements, however, are designed to reflect the typical working patterns of a qualified nurse.

You will be allocated to placements in a wide variety of settings, where you will be able to use and develop your skills and knowledge in a clinical environment under professional supervision. You’ll work closely with service users of all ages and their families. Due to the nature of healthcare environments, you’ll also experience 24hr and 7-day-week work cycles.

By the end of your course you will have completed the number of assessed placement hours required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for professional registration.

Teaching and Learning

You’ll experience a range of learning methods, designed to link nursing theory with nursing practice. Teaching will include large group lectures and smaller group-based activities, such as seminars, tutorials and workshops, to encourage peer-to-peer learning.

The course involves approximately 50% theory and 50% practice. During the taught sessions, the timetable involves full time attendance, whilst placement shifts are up to 12 hours in duration. These follow a 24/7 pattern including weekends and nights.

We’ll provide you with access to educational resources including presentations, workbooks and posters, as well as digital platforms such as virtual classrooms and online learning resources. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn directly from people who have experienced healthcare services.

One of our key aims is to promote your ability to learn autonomously and in partnership with others, including the wider healthcare team.

Independent study

We’ll encourage you to read – and engage with – a wide range of sources to inform your development. You’ll have access to resources to support your learning and to enable you to develop an effective approach to self-directed study.


You’ll be assessed using a range of methods, which have been carefully chosen to reflect your ability to apply the relevant theory to practice.

With guidance, you’ll also build a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your progression and reflect both your theoretical knowledge and clinical skills. You’ll also need to maintain a Regiona Practice Document throughout the course, demonstrating your learning and competency in clinical skills.

Other assessment strategies include written assignments, unseen examinations, case studies, practical examinations and group presentations, plus a literature review, which should illustrate your deeper understanding of the relationship between the theory and practice of nursing.

While on clinical placement, you’ll complete an assessment of practice and you’ll write up your reflections of the placement experience.

After the course

As a UEA Mental Health Nursing graduate, you’ll be a highly sought-after healthcare professional. Your placements will mean you will have accrued enough time in practice to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). So you’ll graduate ready to start your career in a demanding yet rewarding environment such as:

  • Acute mental health in-patient areas
  • Specialist units such as child and adolescent mental health
  • Community mental health teams
  • Mental health services in prisons

Career destinations

UK NHS Health care providers

Private organisations

The voluntary sector

International nursing opportunities

Research Institute

Higher Education Institute

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Course related costs

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Course Modules 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module addresses the professionalism of nursing to enable students to deliver safe and effective person-centred care. Professional socialisation includes developing self-awareness and recognising the significance of this for nursing practice. This module promotes an understanding of positive professional relationships in various contexts which are person-centred and respect professional boundaries. Students will gain insight into the complexity of nursing and the values, legislation and ethics involved. The module fosters an understanding of evidence-based practice and sets out to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enable the development of academic skills whilst taking responsibility for their own learning. Content in this module will inform the students' learning in conjunction with the 'Facilitating Health and Wellbeing' module delivered this year. Consolidation of this theoretical learning will take place in the simultaneously delivered 'Nursing Practice and Simulation 1' module.




This module aims to provide knowledge and skills to enable students to take a lifecourse approach to the promotion of health, prevention of ill health and management of health challenges. The module will begin to develop students' exploration of the underpinning evidence-base in order to facilitate health and wellbeing at all stages of life. Students will be enabled to discover and implement skills to work effectively with people and their families, carers and wider multi-agency teams at individual, community and population levels. Content in this module will inform students' learning in conjunction with the 'Becoming a Professional' module delivered this year. Consolidation of this theoretical learning will take place in the simultaneously delivered 'Nursing Practice and Simulation 1' module.



Interprofessional Learning - Level 1

Interprofessional collaboration and working is proven to improve outcomes in health and social care. In this module you'll meet and work with others from across healthcare programmes at UEA in a 2 hour learning event. You will explore how teams can work in different scenarios where the focus is on cognitive impairment and communication difficulties across the lifespan. You'll begin to reflect on your personal and professional development, and begin to explore how you will collaborate and work with other professions to provide integrated person-centred care. In the 2 hour session you will also have the opportunity to become a Dementia Friend. You'll also have the option to complete a Reflective Workbook to guide your foundational learning on Dementia Awareness and Learning Disability Awareness. You will be assessed on this through a set of multiple choice questions.




Nursing Practice and Simulation 1 spans Year One (Part One) of the programme encompassing core and field specific learning centred on professional values. This will be achieved through blocks of practice experience and simulated practice. The module focuses on the delivery of care that is safe, compassionate, evidence-based and person-centred with people and their families across the life course. The importance of promoting health, health protection and prevention of ill-health will be explored during the module. Students will experience the practical realities of healthcare through the acquisition of identified proficiencies, skills and nursing procedures. Supernumerary status will be maintained throughout the module thus enabling students to work within interdisciplinary teams in order to provide safe, evidence-based care to people from different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. This year-long module comprises: an initial eight weeks of practice experience and a subsequent nine weeks of practice experience (totalling 680 hours) and 120 hours of simulated practice learning.



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

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Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

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Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

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Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBC or BCC with an A in the Extended Project
  • International Baccalaureate 30 points
  • Scottish Highers ABBBB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CCD
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 1 subject at H2, 5 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Pass with Merit in 36 credits at Level 3 and Pass in 9 credits at Level 3, in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • BTEC DMM in Health, Care or Science
  • European Baccalaureate 65%

Entry Requirement

We’d also encourage an application if you hold or are working towards one of the following qualifications:

Bachelor Degree (hons)


Certificate of Higher Education


Diploma of Higher Education


Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject


Foundation Year of an undergraduate degree programme at a UK university, in a Health, Care or Science subject


Open University (60 credits) in a Health, Care or Science subject


CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator)


CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development, or Children and Young People's Workforce, or Health and Social Care (including Technical Level)


City & Guilds Advanced Extended Diploma in Health and Care (Health or Care pathway)



UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher level. Please email if you would like to check whether any particular combination of qualifications would be suitable for entry onto this degree programme.

Please note that we do not consider A levels in General Studies or Critical Thinking, Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) to meet the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study.

We’ll be unable to consider you for this course if you’ve obtained an academic fail from a previous health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including reading, writing, speaking and listening):

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications to meet this requirement. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO UEA offers progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme and an interview:

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Health and Life Sciences

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA

Academic English at INTO UEA


The strongest applicants will be invited to interview. Please note that meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements will not guarantee that you will be selected for interview.

The interviews will explore a range of issues, including your suitability for the profession and the NHS values (as reflected in the NHS constitution). We’ll look to consider your motivation to study this course, as well as whether you have a clear understanding of the profession (ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care), and an interest in people.

Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. You can find further information about the interview process here:

School of Health Sciences - Interviews

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. If you’re planning to apply with deferred entry, you are advised to indicate your reason for this on your UCAS application.

Special Entry Requirements

We’d prefer you to be able to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure that you’re equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous programme. If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years please email to enquire further. 

Offers to successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and two satisfactory references.

If necessary, the Admissions Service will be happy to provide you with advice on further study that might help you to make a future application to the course. Please email with any questions or if you need any further information.


The annual intake is in September each year.

GCSE Offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 at GCSE.

We can also consider Functional Skills Level 2 English, Essential Skills Wales L2 Communication or Essential Skills Northern Ireland L2 Communication instead of GCSE English, and Functional Skills Level 2 Mathematics, Essential Skills Wales L2 Application of Number or Essential Skills Northern Ireland L2 Application of Number instead of GCSE Mathematics.

Course Open To

UK, EU and Overseas applicants.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

You can find all of the Undergraduate Scholarships offered at UEA here, including information about eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The application allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.

Further Information

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