BSc Mental Health Nursing

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Mental Health Nurses play a vital role in improving the health and wellbeing of people with mental health issues. With one in four people suffering from mental health problems every year, specialist Mental Health nurses are in huge demand.

As a specialist Mental Health Nurse, you will help others to manage their conditions and support their recovery through developing care plans and working with a wide team of health professionals to provide the help they need. It is an incredibly challenging yet rewarding career .

You will join a supportive community of health and medical students, working together to gain first-hand experience and providing first-class care. We will support you to become the very best nurse you can be.

We are ranked 7th in the UK for Nursing (The Guardian, 2017). We also have a great reputation with our partner NHS Trusts, and are proud that our students graduate with excellent career prospects and good honours.

Overview

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).
You’ll learn about the responsibilities of a Mental Health Nurse, essential nursing practice and also a number of specialist areas such as patients living with long term mental health conditions. Throughout your degree, you will gain the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to meet the complex needs of those living with mental health conditions.

 

Highlights of Mental Health Nursing at UEA:

  • Experience a wide range of placements including community settings, care homes and specialist care units
  • Take part in regular group work with other health and medicine students to help you develop teamwork skills
  • Link theory to practice with Enquiry Based Learning – a proven successful way to learn
  • Combine 50% theory with 50% practice – the best way to prepare for your career
  • Experience healthcare in another country with an elective placement
  • Learn in a highly supportive culture
  • Join a motivated group of students - 100% of our 2014 graduates achieved a 2.1 or first class degree

FACILITIES

Increase your knowledge and build your confidence by trying out new techniques in our state-of-the-art skills laboratories and anatomy suite and take part in scenario based training in our fully equipped bungalow. You will also explore contemporary practice in small seminar groups in our purpose built Edith Cavell Building.

 

The NHS Constitution

The NHS Constitution Values are an integral part of everything we do; they underpin the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students in the university and in the practice setting. As part of our recruitment process, your understanding of the values of the NHS Constitution will be explored at interview, with successful candidates demonstrating how these are reflected in their own beliefs.

 

Placements

You will experience placements in a variety of settings under the supervision of a professional, where you will be able to use and develop your skills and knowledge in a clinical environment, while working closely with patients with mental health and their families.

 

Course structure

  • Three-year course
  • Two modules a year for three-years
  • Small group teaching alongside clinical placements
  • Variety of assessments such as written assessments, unseen examinations and group presentations 
  • Teaching hours are allocated between 9am-7pm. When in practice, your hours will reflect typical patterns for nursing staff at your placement and a minimum of 75 hours on night duty is normally required.

A fantastic student experience

Studying Mental Health Nursing at UEA means that you’ll join the Health Sciences School, home to a group of exceptional students, world-class research and enthusiastic educators who are experts in their fields.

Your Career

The placements we offer allow you to build an individual profile demonstrating that you have undertaken the necessary time in practice required for you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Our Mental Health Nursing graduates are highly sought-after healthcare professionals. Working as Mental Health Nurse means working in a demanding yet rewarding environment, which could be based in a number of areas such as:

  • Hospitals such as a psychiatric ward
  • Specialist unit
  • Outpatient department
  • Community healthcare centre

Teaching and Assessment

You will experience different assessment methods, which have been carefully considered to reflect the importance of being able to apply the relevant evidence base to practice. You will be expected to maintain a portfolio of evidence. With guidance, you will be expected to build a sound evidence base demonstrating progression, reflecting on your learning both theoretical and clinical skills. Other assessment strategies are also utilised, such as written assignments, unseen examinations, case studies, practical examinations, group presentations and a dissertation of 10,000 words in order to illustrate deeper understanding of the relationship between the theory and practice of nursing. Whilst in clinical placement you will complete various learning outcomes, a nursing attributes assessment as well as writing reflections based on your placement experience. You will maintain a Skills Development Profile throughout the course to demonstrate your learning and competency in clinical skills.

Course Modules 2017/8

Disclaimer

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. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBB
  • International Baccalaureate 31 points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBB
  • Irish Leaving Certificate BBBBBB or 6 subjects at H2
  • Access Course Pass with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3 in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • BTEC DDM in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • European Baccalaureate 70%

Entry Requirement

We look for applicants to have a clear understanding of the profession ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care, an interest in people, a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base.

You are required to have 5 GCSE’s at a minimum of grade C or grade 4 including English Language/Literature and Mathematics. (Please note that we are not able to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds, Functional Skills or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs).

General Studies, Critical Thinking, Public Services and AS-levels are not considered.

Applications are encouraged from those with non-traditional qualifications. Applicants with the following qualifications are required to demonstrate GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics.

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) B
CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator) B
Foundation Year in a Health, Care or Science subject 70%
Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject 60%
Open University (minimum 60 Credits at Level 1) in a Health, Care or Science subject 55%
Certificate of Higher Education 55%
Diploma of Higher Education 55%
Bachelor Degree (Hons) 2:2
Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health, Care or Science subject Pass with Merit in 45 Credits at Level 3
   

We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) as meeting the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study. We will also not consider an applicant who has an academic fail from a health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

Due to competition for places on this course, meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements is not a guarantee of selection for interview.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading:

  • IELTS : 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme and interview.

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Health FS2

Interviews

Of the applicants who pass the initial screening stage, the strongest will be invited to interview.

Those invited to attend an interview morning or afternoon will be required to undertake a numeracy test and a short written literacy test. The results of these tests do not form part of the selection process but are a requirement of Health Education England and help the University to plan the level of numeracy support we provide to our cohorts. An example test paper may be found here.

The interview lasts approximately 30 minutes and follows a multiple mini-interview format across four stations. When applicants enter the interview room, they will find a series of four interview 'stations' to circulate through, spending approximately 5 minutes at each. Interviews explore a range of issues, including the applicant's suitability for the profession and whether the applicant holds the NHS values as reflected in the NHS constitution. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. Further information regarding the interview day can be found here.

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. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

We prefer applicants to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure they are equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous course. 

If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years, and particularly where your previous study does meet our entry requirements, do contact our Admissions Service (admissions@uea.ac.uk). 

We want to hear from you to assess whether your work, life or previous educational studies are suitable evidence for demonstrating your motivation, potential, knowledge and ability to study the course. We want you to succeed and an application and offer will only be considered where we believe that an applicant has the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification. The Admissions Service can also give you advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course.

Successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an additional satisfactory reference.

Intakes

The School’s annual intake is in September of each year.

  • A Level BBB
  • International Baccalaureate 31 points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate BBBBBB or 6 subjects at H2
  • Access Course Pass with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3 in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • BTEC DDM in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • European Baccalaureate 70%

Entry Requirement

We look for applicants to have a clear understanding of the profession ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care, an interest in people, a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base.

You are required to have 5 GCSEs at a minimum of grade 4 or grade C including English Language/Literature and Mathematics. (Please note that we are not able to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds, Functional Skills or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs.)

General Studies, Critical Thinking, Public Services and AS-levels are not considered.

Applications are encouraged from those with non-traditional qualifications. Applicants with the following qualifications are required to demonstrate GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C in English Language/Literature and Mathematics.

Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health, Care or Science subjectPass with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3
Bachelor Degree (hons)2.2
CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator)B
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)B
Certificate of Higher Education55%
City & Guilds Advanced Extended Diploma in Health and Care (Health or Care pathway)
Distinction
Diploma of Higher Education55%
Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject60%
Foundation Year in a Health, Care or Science subject70%
Open University (60 credits) in a Health, Care or Science subject55%


We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) as meeting the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study. We will also not consider an applicant who has an academic fail from a health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

Due to competition for places on this course, meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements is not a guarantee of selection for interview.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please click here for further information.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

 

Interviews

Of the applicants who pass the initial screening stage, the strongest will be invited to interview.

Those invited to attend an interview morning or afternoon will required to undertake a numeracy test and a short written literacy test. The results of these tests do not form part of the selection process but are a requirement of Health Education England and help the University to plan the level of numeracy and literacy support we provide to our cohorts. An example test paper can be found here.

The interview lasts approximately 40 minutes and follows a multiple mini interview format across four stations. When applicants enter the interview room, they will find a series of four 'stations' to circulate through, spending approximately 7 minutes at each. Interviews explore a range of issues, including the applicant's suitability for the profession and whether the applicant holds the NHS values as reflected inthe NHS constitution. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions.

Further information regarding the interview day can be found here.

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. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

We prefer applicants to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course.  This is to ensure they are equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous course. 

If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years, and particularly where your previous study does meet our entry requirements, do contact our Admissions office (admissions@uea.ac.uk). 

We want to hear from you to assess whether your work, life or previous educational studies are suitable evidence for demonstrating your motivation, potential, knowledge and ability to study the course.  We want you to succeed and an application and offer will only be considered where we believe that an applicant has the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification. The Admissions Office can also give you advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course.

If a qualification is pending, results will need to be officially verified by the UCAS deadline of 31st August for September starters.  Successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced  Disclosure check (formerly CRB), two satisfactory references and eligibility for NHS funding.

Intakes

September

Alternative Qualifications

 

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

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. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

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Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.

Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

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 system 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 must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

    Next Steps

    We can’t wait to hear from you. Just pop any questions about this course into the form below and our enquiries team will answer as soon as they can.

    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515