University of Brighton Mental Health Nursing

University of Brighton Mental Health Nursing

Mental health nurses support people experiencing mental health problems by building compassionate therapeutic relationships. They can then help by offering evidence based therapeutic interventions with individuals, families, carers and friends.

Studying a degree in mental health nursing will allow you to develop a deep understanding of yourself and others, while making a positive difference to peoples lives.

To ensure you can confidently apply theory to practice, you will spend 50% of your year on placements with local NHS trusts in varied settings, and simulate healthcare situations in our clinical skills and simulation suite.

We support you to become caring and compassionate graduates, who deliver competent, skilled, evidence-based care in partnership with patients, clients, families, and communities. These qualities are underpinned by the common values of the NHS constitution where patients come first in everything the NHS does and include respect and dignity, compassion and working together for patients.

Our graduates’ employment prospects are excellent, with 96% of our most recent graduates in work or further study six months after completing the course (source: National Student Survey 2014, Unistats).

Nurses are in global demand. To give you the opportunity to experience nursing abroad, we offer overseas placements from two to four weeks, or an immersive three-month international stay.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course and should be used as a general guide. For courses that require interview or portfolio review, this may also be considered in the level of any conditional offer we may make, if your application is successful.

BBB, must include a science or social science subject at grade B.

DDM in a health or science subject.

International Baccalaureate
30 points.

Access to HE Diploma
pass with 60 credits overall. Health studies, nursing or science. At least 45 credits at level 3, with 30 credits at distinction.

GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4)

  • with Access course – maths and English.
  • with A-levels, BTEC or K101 – at least five GCSEs including maths, English and science.

A wide range of other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, eg Open University K101.

For all nursing courses leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a nurse, you must demonstrate the following:

  • completion of 10 years’ general education
  • successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments during the interview process
  • evidence of study within the last five years is desirable
  • evidence of commitment to the profession
  • passing of occupational health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
  • ability to meet travel requirements to attend placements
  • ability to follow a shift pattern that could cover any part of a 24-hour 7-day cycle.

Foundation degree
Our Health and Social Care Practice foundation degree offers two ways to qualify for this course. Successful completion of year 1 enables you to apply for entry to year 1, and completing the course with 120 credits at level 5 may enable students to start in year 2.

Course structure

You will be based at the Falmer campus, with clinical placements taking place at locations across Sussex including Hastings, Eastbourne, Brighton, Haywards Heath and Worthing.

Our state-of-the-art clinical skills and simulation suite allows students to simulate practice in the classroom. There is a 50:50 split between theoretical, classroom-based learning, and practice learning opportunities.

You’ll share learning with other health specialisms, allowing you to benefit from interprofessional collaboration, sharing knowledge and expertise.

In each year of the course you engage with both theory and practice learning. The course alternates between academic terms and blocks of practice. Theory sessions in academic terms take place at the university. You will attend Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, with Wednesday often being an independent study day. Practice placement blocks are 24 or 32 hours per week and vary in length from 4–12 weeks. Your communication and interpersonal skills will be developed throughout.

Fees and funding

Your fees

UK/EU (full-time) 9,250 GBP

International (full-time) 13,920 GBP

Funding arrangements for students starting this course in September 2017

From 1 August 2017, new students from England starting this course will have access to the standard government student finance support package which consists of loans to meet the cost of tuition fees and a means-tested loan for living costs. In addition, supplementary funding that is means tested as appropriate includes: travel costs for practice and clinical placements, dual accommodation costs during practice and clinical placements, childcare allowances and exceptional hardship fund. You can find helpful and up-to-date information about these changes on the Funding Clinic website.


The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2017–18. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and are subject to an annual increase of no more than 5% or RPI (whichever is the greater). The annual increase for UK/EU students, who are subject to regulated fees, will increase no more than the statutory maximum fee. Further details regarding tuition fees are available from the university’s student contract and tuition fee policy (pdf).

The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

What’s included in the fee?

When costs such as health or DBS checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply check with the school that provides your course using the contact details in the Find out more tab (at the end of this page) for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.

See our finance pages for advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee-paying status.

Find out more

If you have a question about this course, our enquiries team will be happy to help.01273 644644