Nursing (Mental Health)
UCAS code: B760
- Make a difference to people’s lives and learn how to optimise their care in a safe and stimulating environment
- Learn from supportive and accessible lecturers and gain real insights from experienced and registered professionals
- Bring your learning to life through practice placements with partner organisations under the supervision of experienced nurses
- Develop excellent communication skills, clinical knowledge and leadership skills to prepare you for your future professional life
- Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
If you are a caring and compassionate individual, our BN (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) degree will help you become a skilled and highly sought-after graduate nurse, specialising in caring for people of all ages with mental health needs.
Placing the needs of patients and carers, students and mental health nursing practice at its centre, this is a dynamic and interactive professional course. We will support you to realise your potential to become a compassionate, competent and autonomous nurse who is able to deliver and lead mental health nursing care within an ever-changing health and social care environment.
The course enables you to develop and display the values required in modern healthcare: working together with patients; respect and dignity; commitment to quality of care; compassion and improving lives. It also addresses contemporary challenges such as the ageing population, increasingly prevalent long-term health conditions and public health.
Drawing on the most up-to-date research and evidence, you are supported to develop not only your nursing skills but also the graduate attributes required to succeed in the modern workplace.
Your time is split equally between learning theory on campus and applying your knowledge during placements alongside experienced professionals. You study a range of academic core modules and field modules based on theory and practice experiences. As you progress through the course, programme content becomes increasingly complex as your knowledge grows.
In Year 1, you will focus on, the foundations of nursing knowledge and practice, exploring your own beliefs, values and resilience within the professional practice context communication skills, professionalism and accountability, and health and wellbeing promotion.
Building on the foundations of year 1, in year 2 you will develop knowledge and skills with a greater focus on your chosen field of nursing, enhancing your understanding of research and its application to practice and developing the personal leadership qualities to work effectively within multidisciplinary teams. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a self-managed practice learning experience in the UK or across the world.
The final year focuses on your transition from student nurse to registrant, enhancing the knowledge and skills within your chosen field, how you will lead in improving the safety and quality of care and your role in the supervision of student nurses in the future.
In total the programme is a minimum of 4600 hours long, divided equally between practice and campus-based learning activity and meeting the NMC Future Nurse Standards (2018). As part of the University of Winchester’s commitment to sustainability, each module contains learning that addresses one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The University of Winchester is an Approved Education Institution (AEI) by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). On successful completion of this 3‐year programme you will be eligible to seek admission to part 1 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.
As a registered nurse there are opportunities to work in the UK and many countries across the world in a range of care environments. This includes statutory health care providers (such as the NHS), the private voluntary and independent sector, criminal justice system and armed forces. Further education, training and experience can lead to advanced nurse practitioner roles, healthcare management, nursing research and roles within nurse education.
The University of Winchester ranks in the top 10 in the UK for graduates in employment or further study according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021, HESA.
Pre-approved for a Masters
University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.
ABOUT THIS COURSE
Suitable for applications from:
UK, EU, World
Work placements are a mandatory part of this course and account for approximately 50% of the programme.
Learning and teaching
Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.
You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.
In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars, you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team and the wide range of services available to you within the University.
The course uses the NHS Leadership Academy Maximising Leadership in the Pre-Registration Healthcare Curricula Framework to build leadership skills through a spiral curriculum
Digital and technological literacy is a requirement for entry to all nursing programmes. In healthcare it is now seen as a vital tool and is used for managing patient records, assessment, research and education. It is also the most common and the preferred way we communicate with students on our programmes.
Applicants are required to apply through the UCAS system and all information exchange until the starting the programme (such as interview arrangements, responding to offers and pre-course preparation) will be via digital platforms. The prospective student’s engagement in this activity will reflect the fundamental digital literacy requirements, which will then be developed through the programme itself. Students will be supported in the university to access learning opportunities using online and blended learning, as well as utilising digital platforms to prepare for and submit assignments. The University of Winchester provides 24 hour access to its library and IT facilities and all students will be allocated a university email address. Further support and information can be found via the student handbook.
Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.
While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.
Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 209 hours
- Independent learning: 704 hours
- Placement: 600 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 208 hours
- Independent learning: 584 hours
- Placement: 800 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
- Independent learning: 582 hours
- Placement: 880 hours
*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.
Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester and the adjacent Royal Hampshire County Hospital site.
All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.
Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.
We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:
Year 1 (Level 4)*:
- 62% coursework
- 25% written exams
- 13% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
- 81% coursework
- 13% written exams
- 6% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
- 87% coursework
- 13% written exams
- 0% practical exams
*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.
We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures
2023 Entry: 104-120 UCAS tariff points
Our offers are typically made using UCAS tariff points to allow you to include a range of level 3 qualifications and as a guide, the requirements for this course are equivalent to:
- A-Levels: BCC-BBB from 3 A Levels or equivalent grade combinations (e.g. BBB is comparable to ABC in terms of tariff points)
- BTEC/CTEC: DMM from BTEC or Cambridge Technical (CTEC) qualifications
- International Baccalaureate: To include a minimum of 2 Higher Level certificates at grade H4
- T Level: Merit in a T Level
In addition to the above, we accept tariff points achieved for many other qualifications, such as the Access to Higher Education Diploma, Scottish Highers, UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma and WJEC Applied Certificate/Diploma, to name a few. We also accept tariff points from smaller level 3 qualifications, up to a maximum of 32, from qualifications like the Extended Project (EP/EPQ), music or dance qualifications. To find out more about UCAS tariff points, including what your qualifications are worth, please visit UCAS.
Study in a science or social science graded at a C (A Level) / Merit (BTEC/CTEC/Access) or above is desirable, but not essential.
Other relevant non-UK qualifications, such as Irish FETAC/QQI pre-nursing courses will be considered.
In addition to level 3 study, the following GCSE’s are required:
- GCSEs in Mathematics and English Language at grade 4 or C, or higher. Functional Skills at level 2 is accepted as an alternative, however Key Skills qualifications are not. If you hold another qualification, please get in touch and we will advise further.
If English is not your first language, a formal English language test will most likely be required and you will need to achieve the following:
- IELTS Academic at 7.0 overall with writing at a minimum of 6.5 (no other element below 7.0) for year 1 entry
- We also accept other English language qualifications, such as IELTS Indicator, Pearson PTE Academic, Cambridge C1 Advanced and TOEFL iBT.
If you will be over the age of 21 years of age at the beginning of your undergraduate study, you will be considered as a mature student. This means our offer may be different and any work or life experiences you have will be considered together with any qualifications you hold. UCAS have further information about studying as a mature student on their website which may be of interest.GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language and Mathematics is required (certified alternatives, such as Functional Skills level 2 will be considered).
We will look for evidence within your application of a commitment to the nursing profession and that your personal values align with the NHS Constitution and the University. Also desirable, is prior care experience in a paid or voluntary capacity to demonstrate an informed decision to embark on a career in nursing.
Successfully shortlisted applicants to this course are normally expected to attend an interview at the University. Applicants from outside the UK can be interviewed via Skype if preferred. The current interview process is as follows:
Group activity / discussion
Situation judgement activity
Short one to one interview
Applicants are expected to show some knowledge of the NHS Constitution, the 6 C’s and The Code (NMC 2018) and invites to interview will direct prospective students to read these.
Interviews will be scheduled to last 3-4 hours and applicants are asked to ensure they allow enough time for this.
Course Enquiries and Applications
Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023
Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance
- Occupational health clearance
Year 1 (Level 4)
|Understanding Self in Professional Practice||30|
The aim of this module is to help you understand the issues that are inherent in working as a professional within the healthcare setting. The module will include professionalism, codes of conduct/standards of practice, values-based practice, and introduction to ethics, ethical practice, information governance, confidentiality and the legal and policy frameworks that underpin nursing practice. A macro to micro view of healthcare will be adopted to understand the organisation and structure of healthcare.
You will be challenged to identify how your personal values, emotional intelligence and resilience impact on professional practice. Your learning in relation to personal and professional values will be applied through your introduction to Part 1 of the Practice Assessment Document. This requires them to undertake guided participation in care and perform with increasing confidence and competence.
|Clinical Sciences 1: Psychosocial and Biological||30|
The aim of the module is to explore human anatomy and physiology across the lifespan and begin to understand the physiological, structural, behavioural and functional changes associated with selected pathology and disease progression in key systems. You will begin to apply this to your own field of nursing practice through seminar sessions.
The module will introduce you to the basics of pharmacology and medicines management, which will be developed as you progress through the programme.
Finally, module explores key theories within the behavioural sciences to build an understanding of people’s lived experience of health change, wellbeing and functioning, and how these impact on their relationship with the health care system and wider society.
|Foundations of Nursing Practice||30|
The module will broadly outline the approaches to health-care research and support you to develop preliminary knowledge and skills in searching and identifying appropriate literature to inform both practice and academic writing.
This module will cover the basics of assessment (engagement, interview and physical assessment) to determine the physical, psychological and cultural needs across the age spectrum and the application of clinical reasoning and decision making in co-producing an appropriate plan of care.
|Practice Experience 3: PAD Part 1||15|
This module will enable you to build on the learning achieved in Practice Experience 1 and 2 and complete the Part 1 requirements set out in your Practice Assessment Document (PAD). This module carries 187.5 hours of academic credit, but you will undertake an additional 12.5 hours to contribute towards the requirements for NMC registration.
|Promoting Good Health and Wellbeing||15|
This module engages you with the basis of health promotion and builds on your learning in relation to the behavioural sciences. Determinants of health and needs analysis will then progress into the study of health and social care policy, epidemiology and public health, education and influencing health behaviour and the challenges for implementing health promotion activities for different people groups. The behavioural sciences will encompass models of behaviour change, effective communication, social stress, support and caring. The module will enable you to recognise different styles of leadership and begin to identify your own within a group learning environment. You will also undertake the Lean Foundations Yellow Belt 1-day course.
Year 2 (Level 5)
|Clinical Sciences 2: Application||15|
The aim of the module is explore the physiological, structural, behavioural and functional changes associated with co-morbid pathologies and disease progression in the identified systems. It will also introduce systems not taught in year 1.
The module will continue to develop knowledge of pharmacology and medicines management.
Finally, the module will expand on the behavioural sciences learning across year 1 to develop your ability to utilise therapeutic approaches to promote wellness and recovery.
|Practice Experience 4: Consolidating Nursing Practice||15|
This module introduces you to Part 2 of the Practice Assessment Document (PAD), which requires student nurses to more actively participate in care delivery with minimal guidance and perform with increased confidence and competence. This module carries 187.5 hours of academic credit, but you will undertake an additional 12.5 hours to work towards the requirements for NMC registration.
|Team Working and Co-ordinating Pathways of Care||15|
The aim of the module is to develop your knowledge and skills in relation to leadership, management and decision making within the culture of a care team. This builds on the Understanding Self in the Professional Practice Context module.
|Practice Experience 5: PAD Part 2||30|
This module will enable you to build on the learning achieved in Practice Experience 4 and complete the Part 2 requirements set out in your Practice Assessment Document (PAD). This module carries 375 hours of academic credit, but you will undertake an additional 25 hours to work towards the requirements for NMC registration.
|Preparation for Practice Inquiry||15|
This module will develop apprentice/students’ knowledge and understanding of practice inquiry and the service improvement process, contextualised within a chosen module ‘pathway’ (4/5 will be offered, with the flexibility to change between years as new health care issues/innovations emerge). They will be exposed to a range of tools/approaches to change and quality improvement used within healthcare.
It will give apprentices/students the opportunity to systematically search for and critically appraise evidence from studies and information to support their final year project proposal. This proposal will be presented in the form of an academic poster or other form of media.
|Developing Nursing Practice in Mental Health||15|
This module builds on Foundations of Nursing Practice in year 1, focusing in on meeting the acute/crisis and longer-term needs of people presenting to mental health services across the lifespan, accounting for their physical, psychological, social and cultural contexts.
Building on the skills developed in year 1, you will hone your skills in searching and critically analysing research literature and policy, considering findings in relation to the reality of practice environments.
|Practice Experience 6: Self-Managed Experience||15|
This module provides you with an opportunity to identify an area for personal and professional development, which may be addressed through a self-managed placement experience. This module carries 160 hours of practice towards the requirements for NMC registration.
Year 3 (Level 6)
|Professional Practice: The Future Nurse||15|
The aim of the module is to enable you to plan your transition to being a newly qualified nurse (NQN), enhancing your personal resilience, leadership, management and decision making skills. You will also prepare to become the practice supervisors for future generations of student nurses. This module builds on the Understanding Self in the Professional Practice Context module (Year 1) and Working with Others to Coordinate Pathways of Care (year 2).
|Enhanced Nursing Practice in Mental Health||15|
This module builds on Foundation Level Nursing Practice in (Year 1) and Developing Nursing Practice in Mental Health (Year 2) focusing on the multifactorial needs of people who access mental health services and the role of the mental health nurse in supporting them in living well. You will further develop your ‘toolkit’ of therapeutic approaches in order to provide targeted and effective interventions that meet people’s individual needs. The module will also focus on psychopharmacology and prescriber ‘readiness’ as a NQN.
|Practice Experience 7: Consolidating Nursing Practice||30|
This module introduces you to Part 3 of the Practice Assessment Document (PAD), which requires student nurses to more practice independently with minimal supervision, leading and coordinating care with confidence. This module carries 375 hours of academic credit, but you will undertake an additional 25 hours to work towards the requirements for NMC registration.
|Practice Inquiry Project||30|
This module will allow you to develop and apply your learning from your Practice Inquiry module (year 2) and apply it by completing your own project. The inquiry project may take different forms depending on your and the programme requirements. You will conduct and manage your own project, but will be supported through group work and a mentor/supervisor.
|Practice Experience 8: PAD Part 3||30|
This module will enable you to build on the learning achieved in Practice Experience 7 and complete the Part 3 requirements set out in your Practice Assessment Document (PAD). This module carries 375 hours of academic credit, but you will undertake an additional 105 hours to work towards the requirements for NMC registration.
Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.
Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.
2023 Course Tuition Fees
UK / Channel Islands /
If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2023, the first year will cost you £9,250*. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK students.
Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.
*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.
As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.
There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:
A full set of uniforms will be provided at the beginning of the programme. If you require additional uniforms later on, you may need to pay for these. Indicative cost: £30.
The University will pay for an occupational health assessment; however, you may need to pay for immunisations if they are not covered by your GP.
You will need a pair of suitable comfortable shoes while on clinical placement. Indicative cost: £40–£60.
You will need to purchase some of your own clinical items, for instance a stethoscope and fob watch. Indicative cost: £30.
You will need to be able to travel to your placement ‐ travel costs will be associated with this. UK residents may be able to claim reimbursement of travel and secondary accommodation costs via the Student Learning Support Fund: Indicative cost: various.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check may be required if you undertake a placement, volunteering, research or other course related activity where you will have contact with children or vulnerable adults. The requirement for a DBS check will be confirmed by staff as part of the process to approve your placement, research or other activity. The indicative cost is £40.
Printing and Binding: The University is pleased to offer our students a printing allowance of £5 each academic year. This will print around 125 A4 (black and white) pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing.
Course specific bursaries/scholarships
We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.
Key course details
- UCAS code
- 3 years full-time
- Typical offer
- 104-120 points
- On campus, Winchester