BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

Course Overview

NO TUITION FEES to pay for UK and EU students who meet residency criteria

EMPLOYABILITY: 99% of Nursing graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats 2016)

AVERAGE EARNINGS: Graduate starting salary of £22k on average (Unistats 2016)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum BBB at A2 level, health or science-related courses desirable. Minimum five grade A-C GCSE passes including Welsh/English language, Maths and a Physical Science or Double Award Science.

ACCREDITATION: Graduates will be eligible to apply for Registered Nurse (Mental Health) status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Unfortunately this course is currently not available to international students.

Key Features

Why take this course?

Winner of the Student Nursing Times Award 2014 – Pre-registration Nurse Education Provider of the Year

  • Up 20 places from 33 to 13th for Nursing in the National Student Survey, 2014. First in Wales (NSS, 2015)
  • 14th in the UK for Nursing (Guardian University Guide 2016)
  • 99% of Nursing graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats 2016)
  • Graduate starting salary of £22k on average (Unistats 2016)
  • 92% of students say that overall, they are satisfied with the quality of the course (Unistats 2016)
  • ranked 14th out of 71 (NSS 2015)
  • ranked 26th out of 71 (Times and Sunday Times 2017)
  • Some modules are available in Welsh
  • The nearest hospital is next to the Campus
  • Opportunities to study abroad
  • Supported by a large number of healthcare providers plus strong links with health boards
  • Wide range of clinical experiences within South West Wales
  • You will be taught by qualified nurses, doctors and allied health professionals, many of whom still work in clinical practice

The College of Human and Health Sciences has state-of-the-art facilities for students of Mental Health Nursing in Swansea including a clinical practice suite which allows students to learn practical skills in realistic surroundings.   There is also a clinical and technical skills resource centre.

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Nursing is a unique occupation and offers you a chance to help others when they need it most.

Regrettably there is still some stigma attached to mental illness. Combating this and helping the individuals and their families deal with it is a key part of a career in Mental Health nursing.

Nursing students require the desire to help people. They should be practical and know how to manage their time. Students must have a non-judgemental attitude. Students will develop effective communication and leadership skills and the ability to work in a team.

Students must be able to demonstrate good interpersonal skills and an ability to work as part of a team which includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, community workers, occupational therapists and, physiotherapists.

The main tool mental health nursing students have is the strength of their own personality and communication skills. Students will need to empathise with the people they are dealing with and show warmth and care about them.  Mental Health nursing students will also need to have a good understanding of the theories of mental health and illness.

Work Placements 

We have the full support of many healthcare providers and are able to offer a wide range of clinical experiences and placements in South West Wales.

Students are based at our Swansea campus for lectures.  Clinical placements may be hospital-based or in community teams. A student may be placed anywhere within the catchment area of the University (Aberystwyth to Welshpool to Bridgend).  Usually, the placement will be within 30 miles of your home. 

Students College of Human and Health Sciences nursing courses can undertake short study visits abroad. You can find more information here.

Entry Requirements

Minimum BBB at A2 level, health or science-related courses desirable.

Minimum five grade A-C GCSE passes including Welsh/English language, Maths and a Physical Science or Double Award Science

Alternative Requirements:

  • Access: 60 credits overall with at least 45 at level 3 and 15 at level 2. Of the 45 credits at level 3, you will need a minimum of 24 distinctions, 18 merits and 3 passes against the rules of combination
  • Welsh baccalaureate: Grade B and BB at A2 level or DD at BTEC
  • Irish leaving certificate: 360

Any offer made is conditional, subject to:

  • A satisfactory character reference
  • Funding from the Welsh Government
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, or an approved equivalent.
  • An Occupational Health check. 

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How To Apply

Applications must be made through UCAS and received by January 15, 2017. We do not offer deferred places.

  • All applicants need to demonstrate a strong educational profile in the previous three to five years
  • Candidates must demonstrate a detailed understanding of and commitment to Mental Health Nursing
  • Care experience is helpful but not essential
  • Candidates will be expected to participate in group discussions, team work and individual tasks during interviews

Students whose first language is not English need an IELTS score of 7.0

Applicants should also familiarise themselves with the NHS Wales Values and Standards of Behaviour.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time N/A N/A

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

You may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus. Costs for travel to placements are reimbursed but the university.
  • Photocopying and buying stationery, USB sticks
  • Buying recommended books, although the campus library will have all the texts you need
  • Uniform is provided but students need to buy a fob or pocket watch and appropriate footwear
  • In the third year, students hire robes for graduation and wear a gown or tuxedo if attending the ball

Fees and Funding

There are no tuition fees to pay for BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing for UK students.

UK students may also be eligible for a non means-tested grant of £1,000 and a means-tested bursary of up to £4,395 each year.   Maintenance loans and allowances for travel, children and dependents may also be available.   Visit our NHS Funding page.

There may also be help from the NHS Workforce, Education and Development Services.

Find out more on fees and how to pay here. 

Funding: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other opportunities here.  


Course Structure

 This course does not follow the usual University term times

The College of Human and Health Sciences Admissions Department will contact you direct with your start date.

The academic year starts early September and ends late the following August. Students must attend 42 weeks in total in each year of the programme. Students have 10 weeks non term time (NTT) in each year, over Christmas, Easter and the summer.

This programme meets the professional outcomes that are identified by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as essential pre-requisites for registration as a Mental Health Nurse. Successful completion of the course will result in Registered Nurse (Mental Health) status with the NMC, and an honours degree.

50% of the teaching for Mental Health Nursing students will take place in healthcare placements, and the other 50% will be taught at university.

This is a three-year, full-time carefully integrated modular programme of theoretical and clinical study to provide structured development of professional skills. All modules are compulsory.

The first year of your three-year course is taken up by the common foundation year. During this period you will receive a general introduction to core skills and knowledge which are equally applicable to every field of nursing.

Mental Health students will also be taught how to nurse adults, children, and mothers and new-borns.

Teaching is based on a social model and students will be taught to appreciate healthcare and the well- being of the patient in the wider context.

As such students should expect to be taught the following subjects as applied to nursing:

  • Anatomy and pathology
  • Sociology and psychology
  • Law and ethics
  • Interpersonal skills and communication

You will be taught the skills to assess, plan, deliver, and evaluate evidence-based care to promote the health and wellbeing of adults with acute and chronic conditions.

Some modules are available to study through the medium of Welsh. Please contact Amanda Jones for further information. 


The programme offers a framework of evidence-based learning. In practice, students are supervised and assessed by an experienced mentor. In university, they are assessed through exams, essays, presentations, and group work. Students are tested not only on their skills and knowledge but on their values and behaviour(s) too.


Careers in Mental Health Nursing

Mental health nurses help people of all ages and backgrounds to cope with life challenges. As your career develops you may choose to specialise in areas such as elderly care, crisis intervention or substance misuse. You could also become involved in education, research, or management roles.

There has never been a more exciting time to join the nursing profession. Registered nurses can work in a variety of environments. Most mentally ill people are not cared for in hospital but in the community. Mental Health nursing students might be based in a community health care centre, day hospital and outpatients department or specialist unit.

Mental Health Nursing graduates can expect a starting salary of about £21,000 rising to £34,000 for a highly-experienced staff nurse. Specialist nurses and practice managers can earn £45,000. Pay scales from the Royal College of Nursing website can be viewed here.

Graduates will be eligible to register as nurses for work in EU and EEA. UK trained nurses are very much sought after in Australia and New Zealand.

Visit our career pages to read our graduate success stories and download our career guide 


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