Canterbury Christ Church University Mental Health Nursing

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Canterbury Christ Church University Mental Health Nursing

Our BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing Degree is a popular choice with students aiming for registration as a mental health nurse.

Mental health nurses play a crucial role in supporting people who are vulnerable (and often seriously ill) in hospitals and the community. If you want a career where you can make a difference to the lives of people in need of care and support, and where each day brings new challenges and experiences, Mental Health Nursing is a good choice.

The course equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed, and enables you to be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

You will explore areas including:

  • mental illness and mental health
  • therapeutic interventions
  • assessment and planning care
  • service users’ perspectives on care
  • evidence-based practice
  • human biology and pharmacology.

Mental health nursing is a diverse and dynamic profession working collaboratively with people experiencing a range of mental health and psychological problems, in a diverse range of settings. As well as being immensely rewarding, mental health nursing offers a range of career development and education options and the opportunity to specialise. In addition, a nursing qualification consistently provides the opportunity to work overseas.

Our new programme was commended at Approval, particularly for our integration of clinical supervision throughout the curriculum, our bold choice of learning and teaching strategies, the support we offer our students throughout the curriculum and our close working relationships with services users, charitable organisations and our local service providers.

Further entry requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics, at grade C or above, or equivalent.

When we select applicants for interview we take a number of factors into account and one of the main ones is that you are able to demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of nursing.

The NHS Constitution establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England, and sets out rights to which patients, public and staff are entitled. The values are applicable across all fields of health and social care, including mental health nursing, and accord with such professional guidance as the Nursing & Midwifery Council Code (NMC 2015), The Principles of Nursing Practice (RCN 2012) and the government strategy No Health without Mental Health (HMG 2011). It is therefore essential to the mental health nursing programme at CCCU that we recruit students who are able to show that they have the capacity to develop these values. Find out more about Values Based Recruitment.

You should set aside time to complete the application form (further information can be found on page 154) as the decision as to whether you are called for interview is based on the form. The personal statement is very important and you must say why you want to become a nurse and demonstrate your commitment to and understanding of the profession.

You need to include full details of any relevant care work carried out, such as the nature of the work you have completed and the interaction you have undertaken with the patients. Also describe any observational shadowing work you have done with reference to the qualified nurses who are employed at the home or hospital. Relevant experience can also be obtained through volunteer placements, such as those offered by Volunteering Matters. Visit for information.

We take into account what your referee says about you, and it is important that you give us the names and addresses of relevant referees in a professional setting, for example you should not use friends or relatives. We also look at your academic background. Interview process: Applicants offered an interview will have an introductory talk, an individual interview and five mini interviews/scenarios by which they are assessed. There are a set of criteria by which all applicants are judged, in general we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate values commensurate with the profession
  • Communicate clearly in spoken and written standard English
  • Convey enthusiasm about their chosen profession and react appropriately to the group discussion
  • Explain why they want to become a nurse and be able to explain and give evidence that they understand the role of the nurse
  • Show that they have an appropriate educational background

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, and are subject to a satisfactory reference, health clearance and disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

From 1 August 2017, new students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional (AHP) pre-registration courses will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant. Visit our page on Health Education Funding in 2017/18 or find out more at

UK/EU Overseas
Full-time  £9,250*  TBC
Part-time  N/A  N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases