Nursing (Mental Health) BSc


Fact file - 2017 entry

UCAS code:B767
Qualification:BSc Hons
Type and duration:3 year UG
Qualification name:Nursing (Mental Health)
UCAS code
UCAS code
Nursing (Mental Health) | BSc Hons
3 years full-time 
A level offer
Required subjects
Plus five GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, maths and a science subject 
IB score
32 (with three subjects at Higher Level, including a science subject, plus English and maths at Standard Level) 
Course location
Medical School, Nottingham 
Course places
300 across Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing including a maximum of 5 international places


This course will develop your clinical skills and healthcare knowledge through a blended approach and give you invaluable experience working with real patients so you’re prepared when you graduate.
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As a leader in nursing education we have developed a new degree course that commenced in September 2012.

This course has been specially developed to give you the wide-ranging, high-level skills you need; not just in terms of the physical work you will do, but also by sharpening your creativity, critical judgement and ability to lead. Nursing is, and always will be, about caring for people.

Our course will inspire a modern generation of graduate nurses. It provides a qualification of the highest quality with a sharp focus on practical nursing skills at its core; supported, of course, by rigorous theory and cutting-edge research, and based in a clinical hospital setting. It has innovative features which aim to help you to become a confident graduate nurse.

Once you have successfully completed the course you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) degree and will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a nurse in your field of practice. 

Find out more about how you will learn and be assessed, including an example first-year timetable on our teaching website

Fields of nursing

On completion of this three-year full-time programme, you will have gained knowledge of caring for  individuals  in a wide variety of settings – wherever people need nurses there is the potential for you to gain valuable practice experience. 


We also believe that it is important for you to gain experience not only in the local area, but also further afield and you will have the opportunity to study nursing overseas or in alternative UK settings.

During the second year of training you undertake a four week elective placement. Students arrange their own elective placement and have the potential to go anywhere in the world, provided the country is deemed safe. As an alternative to the four week elective placement students are also given the opportunity to apply for a 12 week Erasmus placement in Europe with one of our partner institutions.

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Entry requirements

One of the following:

A Levels – at grades ABB with at least one being biology, chemistry, physics, physical education, psychology or sociology. General studies will not be accepted. If you commenced A Level studies in autumn 2015, completing in summer 2017 and have not chosen a science, please contact us for advice on whether your application can be considered for a BSc Nursing course.

CACHE Diploma – overall grade A

Scottish Advanced Highers – ABB

Irish Leaving Certificate – AABBB

International Baccalaureate – Diploma with an overall score of 32 points

European Baccalaureate – Diploma with an overall score of 75%

All candidates must hold science credits of A level equivalence


GCSE – 5 at grade C or above, including English, maths and a science* (BTEC science components will also be accepted). Key skills will not be accepted.

*anatomy and physiology, human biology, biology, chemistry, physics or double award. 


BTEC – The Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies) or Health Science should be passed with a minimum of DDM as the final award to include a minimum of 60 academic science credits, plus GCSE English and maths (grade C or above). Other relevant Extended Diplomas may be considered if they include 60 credits out of the list below:

  • Development through the Life Stages 
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care 
  • Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care 
  • Physiological Disorders 
  • Health Psychology 
  • Nutrition for Health and Social Care 
  • Complementary Therapies for Health and Social Care 
  • Human Inheritance for Health and Social Care 
  • Infection Prevention and Control 
  • Physiology of fluid balance 
  • Psychological  perspectives for Health and Social Care 
  • Biochemistry for Health
  • Science for Health 

Access to HE Diploma – 45 credits at level three (to include a minimum 30 credits at merit or above with at least 15 of these at distinction), with a minimum of 15 credits from science units at merit or above plus, GCSE English and maths (grade C or above).

We no longer accept Functional Skills qualifications in maths and English in lieu of GSCEs.

Distance learning Access to HE courses: any exam invigilation should take place with the invigilator physically present in the room with the student.

English language requirements

Nursing students need to be fluent in the English language in order to both understand and complete the course and to communicate effectively with patients and members of the multidisciplinary team. For students whose first language is not English we require an IELTS score of 7.5 with no less than 7 in any element. Please note that a pass at GCSE English language with a B or above will normally be regarded as meeting this requirement. 

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies.

Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS.

Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We consider applicants’ circumstances and broader achievements as part of the assessment process, but do not vary the offer from the grades advertised as a result of these. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

Notes for applicants 

Entry qualifications should be regulated (see find a regulated qualification) and overseas qualifications are accepted at our discretion after discussion with The University of Nottingham's International Office. Distance learning programme may be accepted if a recognised regulated qualification is awarded.

For all courses, selection is made on the basis of meeting entry requirements, academic potential and evidence of commitment to nursing. All offers are subject to being successful at the selection day, satisfactory health screening, and disclosure and barring service (DBS) clearance.

Applications still open for 2017 entry

International students

We will be offering up to a maximum of five places for international students.

Please note that our international course fees include uniforms, placements and travel to placements.



The modules we offer are inspired by research for this curriculum development and supported by our highly qualified, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff.

Typical Year One Modules
Personal and Professional Effectiveness for Nursing Practice (Level 1)
This module gives you the opportunity to explore nursing in a professional context whilst also developing your understanding of different theories. You will be given insights into ethical practices and safeguarding in care delivery which will further enhance your confidence in real situations. The aim of this module is to teach you the roles and responsibilities of becoming a nurse.
Communication, Innovation and Leadership (Level 1)
This module introduces principles of communication for nursing practice with links into innovation and leadership. You will be given innovative solutions to care delivery, leadership skills in healthcare and the chance to apply communication models effectively into practice. In addition you will gain an overall understanding of the relationship between nurses and the public which will prepare you for the future. 
Person Centred Nursing Practice: Foundations (Level 1)
This module teaches you the skills needed for nursing assessment, decision making, care delivery and management. You will be given an introduction into human physiology, genetics and development, clinical skills for nursing practice and an introduction to pharmacology for medicines administration. By the end of the module you will be able to confidently describe the nurse’s role within the healthcare system.

Typical Year Two Modules
Personal and Professional Effectiveness for Nursing Practice (Level 2)
In this module you will cover the professional, legal and ethical issues you might encounter in nursing. Concepts of accountability and decision making will be analysed as you access complex care placements. You will consider health choices in relation to contemporary law to achieve a solid understanding of current nursing practices.
Innovation, Communication and Leadership (Level 2)
Building on the communication skills developed in Communication, Innovation, Leadership (Year One), you will continue to explore a variety of communicative approaches, including facing challenging behaviour, framing problems effectively, and applying models of communication appropriate to the client group. You will develop an awareness of your own limitations, and those of others, and consider strategies of action. Once more, there is an emphasis on shared reflection to your practice. 
Person Centred Nursing Care: Delivery and Decision Making (Level 2)
This module enhances the skills and knowledge required for nursing assessment, decision making, care delivery and management. It integrates the theoretical knowledge and understanding required into the professional body requirements for nursing care delivery. The aim is to enhance student skills and knowledge for the delivery of safe, effective and high quality person centred nursing care as you experience more complex health and social care practice scenarios. Integration to professional body requirements will be central to this module.

Typical Year Three Modules
Personal and Professional Effectiveness for Nursing Practice (Level 3)
In this module you will be given the opportunity to evaluate your skills through research practice and application of evidence to your nursing practice which will help you on your leadership role placements. In addition a key part of this module will be dissertation preparation through tutorial support. You will be building upon your knowledge from previous years in ethical, professional and legal concerns.
Leadership, Innovation and Communication (Level 3)
This module considers the principles of communication for nurses, within the context of innovation and leadership. You will learn and apply models of communication, develop your leadership skills, and be encouraged to find innovative solutions in your delivery of care. You will understand the importance of confidentiality, show an awareness of potential language barriers, and consider policy/ best practice in relation to breaking bad news. The module is delivered through a mixture of practical sessions supplemented by E-learning resources, and a student forum where you will be invited to reflect on your practice.
Person Centred Nursing Care: leadership and management (Level 3)
This module consolidates the skills and knowledge required for assessment, decision making, care delivery and care management. It integrates critical theoretical knowledge and understanding into the professional body requirements for nursing care delivery at the point of registration. The aim is to provide students with an opportunity to consolidate their skills and develop critical knowledge to facilitate the leadership and management of high quality person centred nursing care in preparation for their role as a Registered Nurse.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


International Opportunities

All undergraduate students have the opportunity to spend four weeks on an international clinical elective placement. Previous students have undertaken placements in Australia, Barbados, Cape Verde, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and USA. 

Undergraduate students also have the opportunity to apply to study abroad with one of our prestigious Erasmus+ partner universities. Students complete a two month clinical placement with one of our partners in France, Ireland, Malta, Norway, Spain or Sweden. 

‘‘I completed the Erasmus in the Republic of Ireland, Cork and found it a life changing experience. I loved being immersed in the Irish culture and meeting different people from all over the world. I really enjoyed my nursing placements and definitely got a lot out of the experience. I would recommend it to anyone." - Claire McFarlane, Learning Disabilities Student 



Graduates enjoy careers in a range of diverse settings. Nurses are the largest group of staff in the NHS and a UK Registered Nurse qualification is widely recognised for employment in international nursing posts. Our graduates benefit from both an academic qualification and a professional qualification that serves to enhance their employment opportunities. Find out more about the range of nursing careers.

Professional recognition 

This course is recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Average starting salary and career progression

A newly qualified nurse working in the NHS can expect to be employed at Band 5 with a salary ranging from £21,388 up to £27,901 with progression. With career progression and development there is the prospect of applying for senior clinical posts, for example, Band 6 Ward Manager/Band 6 District Nurse (salary range £25,783-£34,530) and Band 7 Specialist Nurse (salary range £30,764-£40,558).

In 2015, 100% of first-degree graduates in the Division of Nursing who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,785 with the highest being £27,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home first degree undergraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Careers support and advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.  

The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.



Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

The University of Nottingham provides information and advice on financing your degree and managing your finances as an international student. The International Office offers a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees.

Changes to the funding and financial support of students beginning nursing, midwifery or physiotherapy courses were announced in the government Spending Review in November 2015. From 2017/18, new students will no longer receive NHS bursaries and will need to take out maintenance and tuition loans like other students. 

For current details please visit and the Council of Deans of Health website. For an independent view on student finance see Martin Lewis’ Money Saving Expert website


Key Information Sets (KIS)

Key Information Sets (KIS)

KIS is an initiative that the government has introduced to allow you to compare different courses and universities.


There is assessment associated with this programme that is not attached to a specific module. As well as passing all modules on the programme, students must meet accrediting body requirements showing they have attended mandatory sessions, met practice outcomes and completed necessary practice hours.

This course includes one or more pieces of formative assessment.

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