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BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)

Learn to deliver culturally sensitive and effective person-centred care.

Year of entry: 2020

UCAS code

B762

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time

Typical offer

BBB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fees

£22,080 per year (2020/21)

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Join the nursing leaders of the future with our innovative course dedicated to teaching you how to help patients with mental health problems. 

We'll show you how to develop a therapeutic relationship with your clients and give you the skills you need to help people with mental health problems. You'll work with social workers, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and doctors and you'll be encouraged to engage with third sector and service user organisations. 

Accreditation

After completing this degree students will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the professional regulatory body for nurses and midwives in the UK.

Graduate success

100% of York health sciences graduates were employed or in further study six months after graduation.
(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17 (HESA) (Full-time UK students))

Great teaching

93% of surveyed students were satisfied with the "teaching on my course".
National Student Suvery 2019

Course content

Our courses are based around four central themes. Each theme covers an essential part of the knowledge you need to understand health and to be able to provide effective care. 

Biosciences and Pharmacology

This theme will help you to build solid understanding of the biological makeup of a healthy person, and then apply this knowledge as you explore how ill health and disease affect the body and mind.

Psychological and sociological aspects of health and ill-health

You'll explore how we view and understand health, while reflecting on how culture and community affect these perceptions. You’ll also examine how health education can be used throughout people’s lives, and discuss how ethical and legal issues inform healthcare.

Professional development and evidence-based practice

You’ll work on broadening your emotional intelligence and develop your ability to reflect on your own work. You’ll also gain a solid understanding of what’s expected from you as an effective nursing practitioner.

Application to nursing practice

You’ll have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action during a number of placements in a variety of settings across the region. Our dedicated practice learning team will work with you every step of the way to make sure you get the most out of these experiences.

Year 1

You'll focus on developing your understanding of health and wellbeing. You'll also gain a solid grounding in healthcare practice, and consider the role of nursing within health and social care. 

Core modules

You'll study five core modules: 

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

You'll focus on ill-health and disease while developing your knowledge of quality care. You'll learn how to take a person-centred approach to healthcare, considering an individual's personal experience of ill-health when deciding how to care for them.

Core modules

You'll study five core modules: 

  • Biological Basis of Illness across the Lifespan (20 credits)
  • Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Ill-health (20 credits)
  • Professional Development in Nursing: Evidence Based Nursing for Practice (20 credits)
  • Knowledge Applied to Nursing Practice 3 (30 credits)
  • Knowledge Applied to Nursing Practice 4 (30 credits)

Year 3

As you come to the end of your degree, you'll focus on working with individual with complex needs, learning how to plan person-centred care in a variety of settings. You'll solidify your knowledge of safe practice, developing a secure understanding of how to access, assess and evaluate information and take appropriate action to address risk. 

Core modules

You'll study five core modules: 

  • Person-centred Consultation and Physical Assessment Skills (20 credits)
  • Applying Psychological and Sociological Aspects to Complex Care (20 credits)
  • Professional Development in Nursing: Leading and Managing Change (20 credits)
  • Knowledge Applied to Nursing Practice 5 (30 credits)
  • Knowledge Applied to Nursing Practice 6 (30 credits)

 

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Engage in compassionate and reflective practice, combining knowledge and expertise and taking accountability for your own actions
  • Work in partnership with individuals, families, communities and other professionals to promote health and maintain their quality of life
  • Assess individuals with complex needs to plan person-centred care in a variety of settings based upon nursing knowledge, skills and expertise
  • Use evidence to inform decision making when providing andvevaluating high quality nursing care across the lifespan
  • Lead, manage and support staff and teams across a range of care settings
  • Access, assess and evaluate information and take appropriate action to address risk, ensure safe practice and improve health outcomes
  • Coordinate and manage care of people across a range of organisations and settings
  • Communicate effectively in an accessible way with individuals and other professionals using a range of techniques and strategies.
I've been to Westminster to lobby MPs about nursing education and how that's funded, I've attended workshops in London and met innovators and leaders in the nursing field, plus I've been published in the Royal College of Nursing bulletin. When I started this course, I never thought I'd have achieved those things.
Felix, BSc Nursing (Mental Health)

Find out more about Felix's experiences

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £22,080

Additional costs

You'll have to meet the costs of uniform replacement or missed occupational health appointments. You'll also have to pay for Professional Association Fees (Indemnity) which is covered in the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) or Unison Student Membership (approximately £10 per year).

Depending on what you choose to do, you may also have to meet costs related to your placements. 

Uniform provision, Occupational Health Screening, and Disclosure and Barring Service checks are included in your fees.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21 throughout the year.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

We've designed our courses so that all nursing students work together in their seminars, lectures and practical work.

Teaching and assessment methods

Nursing provides the greatest opportunity to learn so much about others, as well as yourself. You will find strengths and confidence you never knew you had: a new understanding of empathy and compassion, and a true sense of pride in what you do and achieve.
Megan, BSc Nursing (Child)

Find out more about Megan's experience

Careers and skills

You'll leave York with a thorough understanding of how to succeed as a registered nurse, and a range of transferable skills that will help you no matter what career path you decide to follow. 

Careers opportunities and transferable skills

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

BBB

We do not accept General Studies

Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass 60 credits with at least 45 credits achieved at Level 3. You must achieve 24 level 3 credits at distinction and 21 level 3 credits at merit. At least 15 level 3 credits should be in science subjects. We will not normally consider applicants who have progressed to an access course within three years of taking A levels and failing to achieve the necessary grades for entry to the programme.
BTEC National Extended Diploma DDM (For the Diploma in Early Years we require DDD)
Cambridge Pre-U M2 in three Principal Subjects / Global Perspectives
European Baccalaureate 75% overall average
International Baccalaureate 31
Other qualifications Other qualifications are accepted by the University. Please contact the department for more information.

You should already hold GCSE English Language, Maths and Science (at Grade C/4 or above) or equivalent qualifications at the point of application.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

Please note that international students are not currently eligible to apply for this course.

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