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Undergraduate mental health nursing BNurs students at the University of Manchester

Nursing: Mental Health Nursing (BNurs)

Mental health problems are thought to affect as many as one in three people.

Mental Health Nursing (3 Years) [BNurs] Overview

Year of entry: 2016

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Overview

Course overview

Our Mental Health Nursing BNurs is a three-year course designed to prepare you for a challenging yet rewarding career as a mental health nurse.

You will study the theoretical basis of nursing practice and a range of theories of human functioning drawn from behavioural, social and biological sciences.

Emphasis is placed on the importance of competence in clinical nursing practice combined with in-depth knowledge and evidence-based decision making skills.

You will develop the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills to become a visionary thinker, with the potential to lead future developments in nursing research, education, policy and practice at local, national and international levels.

As this course is funded directly by the UK NHS, places are only available to students who qualify for home student status.

UCAS course code
B762
UCAS institution code
M20
Degree awarded
BNurs (Mental Health Nursing)
Duration
3 years
Number of places/applicants
70/1000
Typical A level offer
We require grades BCC, including at least one science: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Applied Science) GCSE requirement must include English Language and Maths at a minimum of Grade C or above with the overall GCSE profile being at least 5 GCSEs Grade C or above. We no longer accept equivalents to GCSE for English and Maths.

Full entry requirements

Typical International Baccalaureate offer
We require 30 points overall including at least one science or science related subject (Biology, Chemistry or Psychology) and 3 subjects at higher level each with the grade of 5. GCSE requirement must include English Language and Maths at a minimum of Grade C or above with the overall GCSE profile being at least 5 GCSEs Grade B or above in different subjects.

Full entry requirements

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Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 306 7603
How to apply
Why study mental health nursing at Manchester?

Course description

You will study the theoretical basis of nursing practice plus behavioural, social and biological sciences applied to health. Emphasis is placed on the importance of competence in clinical nursing practice combined with in-depth knowledge and evidence-based decision making skills

Clinical practice placements

The development and assessment of nursing competencies in clinical practice is a key feature and requirement of the course. You will learn what it is like to work within the modern NHS, developing clinical knowledge, skills and confidence as a key member of the professional healthcare team.

We maintain excellent working relationships with local NHS Trusts in Greater Manchester and the wider North West; you will undertake a range of practice placements in both community and hospital settings. Clinical staff based within practice placements and academic staff from our School are available to support you with your studies whilst on placement, and to assist and guide you, should any difficulties arise.

50% of the course is undertaken in clinical practice and you will be required to follow shift patterns in clinical placement areas where you are working. This will include early shifts starting from 7.00am and late shifts, sometimes finishing at 9.30pm. Clinical placements will usually be within the Greater Manchester regions but on occasion may be further afield. You will be expected to travel to your placement to work a normal shift pattern. We advise that you set up childcare arrangements close to your home to enable flexibility of travel to different clinical placements.

You will also be required to work some weekends and some night duty during the 3 years. Annual leave entitlement is set in advance by the University and is non-negotiable. However, it does include time off over Christmas, New Year and Easter.

During clinical placements, you are supervised by qualified health professionals and are allocated a named mentor. Their role is to support you in practice-based learning and to assess your developing knowledge and skills against required competencies. In order to gain sufficient time in practice, the course is 39 weeks per year and extends beyond the normal university semesters.

This well-established course has a national and international reputation for excellence, and has produced many of the country's leading nurse practitioners, researchers, academics and policy-makers and will prepare you to practise effectively in a variety of professional settings.

To try to minimise the amount of travelling to practice placements, you will be allocated a placement zones. Our placement zones can be viewed on our map

Open days

We welcome you to visit and get a feel for what it's like to study at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, come and visit us on one of the University of Manchester open days.

Fees

Fees for entry in 2016 will be paid in full by the NHS for home/EU students. The course is not open to international students. For general information please see the undergraduate student finance pages.

Scholarships/sponsorships

As a contribution to living, travel and childcare/carer costs, UK students starting on NHS funded courses after 1 September 2012 can apply annually for an NHS Student Bursary

UK students may also apply for a student loan. Loans are normally reduced for nursing students as they have had their fees paid by the NHS.

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