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Coventry University

UCAS Code: B760 | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


Excludes General Studies.

Access to HE Diploma


The Access to HE Diploma in a Science or Health subject to include 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction in Health units. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 / C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above including English, Mathematics and Science.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


to include 14 points at Higher Level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


in a Health, Sport or Science based subject.

Scottish Higher


UCAS Tariff


[1] 4 qualifications for tariff points allowed (excludes General Studies) [2] Must include one qualification of 32 tariff points in a Health, Sport or Science based subject [3] May also include AS level or EPQ

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About this course

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Full-time | 2024


Mental health nursing

**The Mental Health Nursing BSc (Hons) course is intended specifically to prepare you for a rewarding career where you can support people with their mental health.**

It is designed to help equip you with the hands-on clinical and care skills to prepare you to practise autonomously and compassionately, providing person-centred and compassionate care and support for service users to be physically safe and emotionally secure.

- Ranked 1st in the UK for Mental Health Nursing in the Guardian University Guide 2023

- Fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing eligibility for registration as a nurse on successful completion of the course (additional costs may apply).

- All home students on this course can apply for a minimum payment from the Governmentof £5,000 per year, with additional payments for students incurring childcare costs*.

- Study in the state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building (Coventry)* which features hospital wards, operating theatre, critical care settings, community housing and other real-life nursing environments relevant to practice.

**Key Course Benefits**
Mental health nursing is a values-based profession working with children, young people and adults of all ages with a variety of mental health problems and from numerous cultures and backgrounds. These specialist nurses are usually based in hospitals or work in the community, for example, in community services, in-patient facilities, specialist forensic mental health services, residential care and patients’ own homes.

- This course aims to develop your knowledge of mental health, various disorders and innovative nursing care approaches. It is designed to equip you with the knowledge and competence to understand the experiences of people with mental health problems and to assist and facilitate their journey to recovery.

- A key element of this course is that your six placements will be relevant to mental health - we do not use ‘generic’ placements*. You will gain hands-on experience with real service users under supervision from qualified practitioners, spending 50% of your time on clinical practice placements. These will take place in a range of healthcare environments within the NHS in hospitals and community placements, at private hospitals and independent care providers. In the past we have also been able to offer specialist placements to services such as Broadmoor high security hospital to students with an interest in this area of work. While the placements on this course are all sourced by the university, please note that additional costs may be incurred in this regard, for example, travel costs, accommodation and visa costs depending on your specific circumstances.

- While the course has a clear focus on mental health nursing, a key benefit of our curriculum is the notion of collaboration across all areas of health and social care. Your studies will be complemented with significant insights into a range of potential challenges to health and wellbeing throughout the lifespan, such as learning disabilities, complex care and life-limiting conditions. These collaborative elements, which you’ll study alongside students from our other health-related courses, have been developed in response to the need to produce professionals who are effective communicators, caring and compassionate, with good relationship-building skills.

- Throughout your studies, in groups and individually, you will undertake profession specific health and social care related projects and case studies. These may, for example, include an appraisal of the role of the nurse in ethical and legal decision-making, considering service improvement bids or complex care planning and delivery via the multi-disciplinary team. You will also participate in a group poster presentation demonstrating your understanding of research underpinning patient care.

*For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website.


Year One
The first year is designed to give you a thorough introduction to the key skills and knowledge you will need to provide effective, compassionate care based on the latest thinking in Mental Health Nursing.

The Scientific Foundations of Nursing Practice - 20 credits
Fundamental Skills for Person- and Family-Centred Practice - 20 credits
Study Skills for Evidence-Based Practice - 10 credits
The Foundations of Evidence-Informed Practice - 10 credits
Health and Wellbeing in the Community - 20 credits
Introduction to the Foundations of Nursing Practice (Practice 1) - 20 credits
The Foundations of Nursing Practice (Practice 2) - 20 credits

Year Two
In the second year you will gain more experience of mental health nursing practice and develop an understanding of the importance of evidence-informed decision-making in service user care.

Ethical and Legal Decision-making in the Context of Nursing - 20 credits
Developing the Management of Care Across the Lifespan (Practice 3) - 20 credits
Assessing Needs and Planning Care Across the Lifespan - 20 credits
Therapeutic Interventions in Mental Health Care - 20 credits
Managing Care Across the Lifespan (Practice 4) - 20 credits
Facilitation and Teaching of Learning in Practice - 10 credits
Developing Evidence-Informed Decision-Making in Nursing - 10 credits

Final Year
Your degree culminates with a 4,000-word literature review related to one aspect of nursing practice. Past students have covered topics as diverse as the link between childhood trauma and adult mental health, suicide prevention in adolescent care, cannabis and psychosis, effectiveness of CBT in the treatment of depression..

Leadership and Management for Healthcare Professionals - 20 credits
Co-ordinating, Leading and Managing Complex Mental Health Care - 20 credits
Co-ordinating Inter-professional Health and Social Care (Practice 5) - 20 credits
Specialist Care in Mental Health Nursing - 10 credits
The Autonomous Practitioner (Practice 6) - 20 credits
Evidence-Based Project - 20 credits
Transition to the Accountable Practitioner - 10 credits

For more information about what you will study and detail on each module, please visit our website.

Assessment methods

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods include:

Assessments within practice placements
Formal examinations
Individual assignments
Group work

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

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The Uni

Course locations:

Coventry University

CU Scarborough


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