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Nursing (Mental Health) [Pre-registration Nursing]

BPP University

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Course Description

The course aims to produce excellent nurses, who are fit for practice and able to meet the key needs of all patient groups. Students will experience an academic and professional training environment conceived and structured to enable you to gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to pursue and sustain a career in contemporary nursing practice.

The BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) [Pre-registration Nursing] focuses on the inclusion of service users and carers as an integral part of the delivery of the course. This will ensure that person-centred recovery processes are addressed throughout the course in the development of the student. The mental health field of practice modules will be further informed by critical engagement with current mental health agendas and developments. This is a three-year, full-time degree consisting of field of practice, generic and practice learning modules, beginning at Level 4 through to Level 6.

Why study the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) [Pre-registration Nursing]? 

  • Specialise in the application, evaluation and appraisal of mental health nursing
  • Gain the key employability skills required by mental health nurses
  • Learn the necessary skills to be fully equipped to respond to a changing healthcare environment
  • Understand how to critically examine the functions and structures of the human body and development and analyse its application to contemporary nursing practice and health promotion
  • Develop and critically reflect upon the practical, technical and professional skills required to practice autonomously in order to provide compassionate, safe, effective and accountable nursing practice
  •  Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

The course aims to produce excellent nurses, who are fit for practice and able to meet the key needs of all patient groups. Students will experience an academic and professional training environment conceived and structured to enable you to gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to pursue and sustain a career in contemporary nursing practice. The BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental...

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Course Content

The degree consists of four practice learning experiences ensuring that you to maximise your learning opportunities. Practice learning will facilitate the acquisition of skills required to achieve competence within the mental health nursing field of practice.

Ensuring equal weighting for learning in practice and academic theory in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidelines. There are four mandatory practice learning modules, one in year one, two in year two and one in year three, equating to 50% of the credit each year.

Exemptions

BPP University will consider if any reasonable adjustments can be made regarding the placements of students if they are disabled, as stipulated by the Equality Act 2010, reasonable adjustment will be considered if a student has a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on their ability to do normal daily activities.

Reasonable adjustment will be considered on an individual case by case basis.
 

  • Evidence & Values in Professional Nursing Practice & Patient Centred Care

     15  Level 4 - Compulsory

  • Introduction to Contemporary Mental Health Nursing Practice

     30  Level 4 - Compulsory

  • Introduction to Public Health & Equality in Nursing Practice

     15  Level 4 - Compulsory

  • Practice Learning 1

     60  Level 4 - Compulsory

  • Application of Mental Health Nursing Practice

     30  Level 5 - Compulsory

  • Developing Professional Nursing Practice

     15  Level 5 - Compulsory

  • Practice Learning 2

     30  Level 5 - Compulsory

  • Practice Learning 3

     30  Level 5 - Compulsory

  • Research Methods & Application in Nursing

     15  Level 5 - Compulsory

  • Collaborative Learning and Assessment in Practice

     15  Level 6 - Compulsory

  • Evaluating and Appraising Mental Health Nursing Practice

     15  Level 6 - Compulsory

  • Management & Leadership in Practice

     30  Level 6 - Compulsory

  • Practice Learning 4

     60  Level 6 - Compulsory

The degree consists of four practice learning experiences ensuring that you to maximise your learning opportunities. Practice learning will facilitate the acquisition of skills required to achieve competence within the mental health nursing field of practice. Ensuring equal weighting for learning in practice and academic theory in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS

  • 120 minimum tariff points required for this course

A-Level

  • BBB or equivalent. A minimum of 2 A-Levels
  • BTEC Extended Diploma or OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical
  • DDM. Health and Social Care or Science only will be considered
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • All Level 3 credits must be at Distinction level. Nursing, science or health-related pathway only will be considered (to include study of physiology and biology)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • 30 points, Higher Level grades minimum of 5, 5, 5

Other

We will consider applicants who possess:

  • A recognised and equivalent vocational, industry or professional qualification
  • A recognised and equivalent qualification (examinations and experience) and apply following the Accredited Prior Learning procedure (APL), students must have 12 months minimum, 18 months maximum APL GCSE
  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above which must include English, mathematics and a science. We do not accept Level 2 equivalent qualifications e.g. BTECs or Key Skills. For reformed GCSEs we accept a minimum of grade 4 in English language and mathematics

Additional entry requirements

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • All students will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check upon acceptance of our offer of a place

Health check

  • All offers will be conditional upon a satisfactory Occupational Health clearance

English language requirements

  • IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each element)

Interviews

Offers are made following face- to- face interviews.  Candidates will be selected to progress to interview based on actual and predicted grades and qualifications, personal statement and references provided in their application.

We will be looking for evidence of the following both within the application and at interview:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • A clear understanding of the BSc (Hons) Nursing programme you are applying for
  • Enthusiasm for a career in nursing and a desire to make a difference within healthcare 
  • Understanding of what a nurse does and the values and personal qualities that make a good nurse 
  • Skills and knowledge gained from relevant work experience or voluntary work 
  • Experience of working in a healthcare setting, being a carer or service user 
  • Knowledge of current issues within nursing and healthcare 
  • Capacity for independent study 
  • Awareness of equal opportunities and cultural diversity

The interviews will be made up of 2 sections:

  • Group activity
  • Panel interview

Please be aware that meeting the minimum requirements for entry, does not guarantee you an interview or an offer of a place on the programme.

UCAS 120 minimum tariff points required for this course A-Level BBB or equivalent. A minimum of 2 A-Levels BTEC Extended Diploma or OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical DDM. Health and Social Care or Science only will be considered Access to HE Diploma All Level 3...

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Additional Information

Students studying the BSc will be exposed to an inclusive, challenging and transformational learning experience. We offer a supportive, student-focused approach to learning. The School of Nursing will motivate and support you academically, pastorally and professionally.

Learning experience 

Students studying the BSc will be exposed to an inclusive, challenging and transformational learning experience. We offer a supportive, student-focused approach to learning. The School of Nursing will motivate and support you academically, pastorally and professionally.

Practice Learning Experiences 

The programme consists of four practice learning experiences ensuring that you to maximise your learning opportunities. Practice learning will facilitate the acquisition of skills required to achieve competence within the adult nursing field of practice.

The programme ensures that there is equal weighting for learning in practice and academic theory in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidelines. There are four mandatory practice learning modules, one in year one, two in year two and one in year three, equating to 50% of the credit each year.

BPP University will consider if any reasonable adjustments can be made regarding the placements of students if they are disabled, as stipulated by the Equality Act 2010, reasonable adjustment will be considered if a student has a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on their ability to do normal daily activities.

Learning platforms include

We provide our students with a full range of learning experiences to make sure they get the best quality and value from their education:

•    Structured lectures
•    Seminars
•    Directed learning
•    E-learning  
•    Group and individual tutorials
•    Practice-based learning

Duration

Three-years, full time

Start dates 

September and March 

Location 

On site at Rotherham Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, (RDaSH)

How the course is taught

Year one
Introduces you to the fundamental aspects of mental health nursing and health care practice and assessment of individuals with a diverse range of care needs s well as a full introduction to the mental health nursing field of practice.

Year two
Focuses on the importance of applying professional nursing practice, which includes planning and implementing nursing care in a diverse range of health care settings and the importance of applying research and evidence based practice to underpin therapeutic nursing interventions.

Year three
Focuses on developing your independence and research skills in leadership and management, supporting the education of patients and other members of the health care team, in addition to evaluating and appraising complex nursing and health care situations.

Assessment 

Practical learning assessments, clinical simulations, examinations, assignments, numeracy examinations and presentations.

Employability

  • Careers Service
  • Register as an NMC approved nurse 

Mental health nursing as a career

The BPP University School of Nursing is committed to producing nursing students who are highly skilled, compassionate, caring professionals.
Mental health nurses work with a variety of people, or can specialise in a particular filed of practice such as adolescents, adults or offenders.

Usually you will be required to work on a number of tasks during any given day such as assessing and supporting patients, encouraging patients to take on therapies, physical care and providing medication, to name a few.

Additionally, you will work closely with support workers, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and health visitors, social workers or the police.
Our aim is to produce nurses who will provide a first class patient care for all service users, in a wide range of healthcare settings.

Registering as a nurse in the UK 

*Once you have successfully completed the BSc (Hons) Nursing programme you can register as a qualified adult nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). 

All nurses operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland must be approved to practice by the NMC and therefore must be listed on the NMC register. You will need to apply for recognition of your qualification with the NMC, which can be done online. Your application will then be reviewed by the NMC based on their assessment criteria prior to entry onto the register.  

*Entry to the NMC register is subject to examination results and completed hours of practice. 

The NMC has specified criteria for eligibility of registration, more information on this can be found here: www.nmc.org.uk 

BPP University is required to review the occupational health of all students who wish to gain entry to the NMC register. BPP University will review student’s ability to practice nursing in accordance with Occupational clearance as stipulated by the Equalities Act 2010.

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