Teesside University Mental Health Nursing

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Teesside University Mental Health Nursing

BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Mental Health)

UCAS code: B702 BSc/NurMH

This course is full for January 2018 entry – you can still apply for September 2018 entry or January 2019 (deferred) entry.
One in four of the UK population experiences a mental health problem at some point in their lives – this is not restricted by age, cultural, occupational or income groups. This mental health nursing degree course enables you to develop the values, knowledge and skills to work effectively with individuals experiencing a variety of mental health problems whilst supporting their families and carers.


The skills and knowledge you develop range from fundamental therapeutic communication to specific interventions used with individuals who have problems such as depression and severe mental illness. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to work in diverse settings, and develop a leadership role within the health and social care team. To be a nurse and to share people’s healthcare experiences, in sometimes very difficult and emotional times, is a privilege. The public place high expectations and levels of trust on nurses, and the course develops practitioners who can meet these expectations. It is hard work and challenging. Therefore to work within the healthcare sector it is essential that you are able to demonstrate the core values embedded within the NHS Constitution:

  • working together for patients
  • respect and dignity
  • commitment to quality of care
  • compassion
  • improving lives
  • everyone counts.

Throughout the course, as part of the placement experience, you will be required to participate in a shift pattern rota or work weekends.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules
  • Introduction to Decision-making in Mental Health Nursing
  • Introduction to Human Development and Functioning across the Age Continuum
  • The Foundations of Nursing: Care, Compassion and Communication
  • The Fundamentals of Caring and Professional Nursing Practice
  • The Role of the Nurse in Improving Health and Wellbeing
Year 2 core modules
  • Developing Decision-making in Mental Health Nursing Practice
  • Promoting Caring and Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing
  • Promoting Positive Outcomes of Mental Health Nursing Care for People Affected by Mental Health Issues
  • The Role of the Nurse in Promoting Evidence-based Health and Service Improvement
Final-year core modules
  • Developing the Nursing Contribution to Continuous Improvement in Health and Social Care Practice
  • Enhancing Clinical Decision-making in Mental Health Nursing Practice
  • Leading Professional and Caring Practice in Mental Health Nursing

Entry requirements

A typical offer will be a minimum of 96-112 tariff points from two or three A Levels or equivalent, for example a QAA recognised Access Course, and GCSE passes at grade 4 (grade C) or above, or equivalent, in English language and maths or equivalent qualifications. For further detailed entry requirements for this course please visit www.ucas.com.

International applicants

  • International applicants must have IELTS 7.0, with a minimal score of 7.0 in all sections, before an unconditional offer is made
  • If you are successful at shortlisting you will be invited to attend an interview (which may be in person OR Skype) in one of our international offices in either India, Malaysia or China, or you can chose to attend an interview at Teesside University (at your own cost)
  • If you can not attend an interview as stated, you will be unable to proceed with your application.The selection process includes shortlisting of your application, following which, if successful you will be invited for an interview.

    Shortlisting criteria
    Your application will be measured against the following criteria:

    • your ability to complete all sections of the application form fully and correctly
    • the level of all qualifications and grades are specified
    • appropriate academic entry requirements achieved or working towards qualifications
    • evidence of successful level 2 academic study over the last five years
    • personal statement supportive of chosen course and demonstrates an understanding of the uniqueness of the profession and the role of the professional
    • satisfactory appropriate supportive references (academic/employer/character).

    If you are invited to interview and the date is not suitable we may not be able to offer you an alternative date due to the high volume of applications received for this course – but it is important that you contact the Admissions Office immediately.

    Interview criteria
    A mini multiple interview process will be used as part of the selection process. This will involve you moving through a series of three interview stations (approximately ten minutes per station). At each station you will explore a different scenario and will be measured against the six C’s and the following criteria which has been mapped against the NHS Constitution:

    • knowledge of chosen profession/career
    • an appreciation of the demands of the courseand chosen profession
    • enthusiasm for the course/profession
    • ability to communicate effectively both verbally and non verbally
    • a future plan for the specialism.

    If you are successful in both shortlisting and interview you will receive a conditional offer which is subject to the following:

    1. evidence of achievement of the required academic qualifications
    2. a successful work based risk assessment which will reflect the HEOPS recommendations – please read these here. For more information on all of the HEOPS standards click here
    3. a satisfactory DBS disclosure – please note that any warnings, cautions, allegations or convictions received in the last five years may have implications for your continued offer on the course
    4. satisfactory references.

    Please note until 1 to 4 have been successfully completed the offer of a place on the course remains conditional.

    For international enquiries please email internationalenquiries@tees.ac.ukFor additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

    International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

    You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.


Course information

  • Length: 3 years

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  • Not available part-time

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