The University of Wolverhampton

BNurs (Hons)Mental Health Nursing

Why choose this course?

Nursing at the University of Wolverhampton provides exciting, challenging opportunities to work with people, providing care across a range of diverse health and social care settings. It is a demanding vocation which requires hard work, commitment, the ability to problem solve, work independently and contribute to care as part of a team.

Our nursing course adopts a person centred approach to enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide safe and effective nursing care. It will enable you, if successful, to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to practise as a registered mental health nurse in a variety of care settings. It will educate you to a high clinical, professional and academic standard ready to practice in the 21st century, to meet the needs of people who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.

This course will build and develop your knowledge and skills as a practitioner working with people in a variety of settings working in partnership with service users and carers. The management and organisation of service provision is constantly changing and developing in line with health and social care policy. In your role as a registered nurse you will be involved with these developments working with other professionals towards continuous service improvements.

What happens on the course?

50% of your course will be situated in the University and 50% in a variety of practice areas.

You will be required to demonstrate appropriate professional conduct at all times. Your placement experiences will include providing nursing care to some of societies’ most vulnerable people, the elderly, those who are physically ill or have a physical disability, learning disability and those who have perhaps been through some very challenging situations. In order to ensure all the people you care for are protected and kept safe, you will be expected to abide by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidance for student nurses. In addition we will expect you to conduct yourself in a highly professional manner and this will form part of our assessment of you.

You will study a range of academic core (all fields of nursing) and field (mental health focused) modules based on theory and practice experiences. Your practice experiences will assist you in developing practical skills and professional awareness.

Your modules will also contain a range of key skills which are essential for lifelong learning, including numeracy (essential for medicines management), information technology, communication and working with others, problem solving and how to improve your learning.

The course aims to help you prepare yourself to adapt to new roles and the environments you will be working in. You will continuously learn in order to develop your nursing knowledge and skills as the start of career progression. Theoretical material will reflect the requirements of the National Health Service and Social Care Services and the changing needs of today's population.

Practice experiences will build throughout the course and will include a variety of settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, community placements and the independent / voluntary care sector. There will be opportunities to learn with other fields of nursing and other health related disciplines. At the end of the third year you may opt to undertake a placement overseas.

Placements will be with one of five NHS Trusts; Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and West Birmingham or Burton-upon-Trent

By successfully achieving all components of the BNurs (Hons) Mental Health you will be entitled to register with the NMC as a Nurse.

Why Wolverhampton?

This course is approved by the internationally recognised Nursing and Midwifery Council. The course has been deemed to provide good learning experiences and outstanding placement learning opportunities. We work closely with our practice colleagues to provide relevant, interesting practice experiences for our students, and academic members of the team visit students and their mentors whilst in practice areas to offer additional support.

The focus of attention for the Registered Nurse is the service user and the family, understanding their condition and how this impacts. The mark of a mental health nurse is the ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate what is happening to a service user and or their carer at any one time.

There are opportunities for inter-disciplinary learning across all nursing pathways and with midwifery, social work and social care.

Excellent placement opportunities across a range of health and social care settings to include: Acute inpatient, Older adult, community services: assertive outreach, crisis intervention, home treatment, forensic mental health services, Specialist teams that include eating disorders, substance misuse, child and adolescent and dual diagnosis and addiction services.

We provide additional skills to enhance employability and personal professional development in specific psychological interventions e.g. solution focussed narrative practice (SFNP), cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), de-escalation and disengagement skills

International placement opportunities such as Spain, Finland and Norway, are available to some of our students

We encourage and support students to publish in national Mental Health journals and to contribute to national and regional mental health conferences.

Who will teach you on this course?
All of the staff that teach you on this course are Registered Nurses. You will benefit from the team’s expertise, which draws on a wealth of different experiences. View Institute of Health Professions staff profiles

What our students think

“I have always felt proud to have trained at the University of Wolverhampton, I always felt fortunate that the teaching staff were from backgrounds of such diverse clinical areas that enabled me to appreciate different aspects of mental health nursing. The training I had was excellent, like everyone else I was always encouraged to push my own academic limits and was empowered to question and analyse classroom taught theory in practical application to the clinical area and the point of view of a patient receiving care.

I am thankful to the university for the support I received as a student nurse and can identify that it has contributed to a fairly quick progression in four years from a staff nurse to my current post as a dementia nurse specialist.

I recently won an award for a nursing innovation in a local NHS trust, this was based on my practical application of a theoretical psychological model I was fortunate enough to learn of as a student nurse, although the skill I learnt was how to make it relevant for the people I cared for...what I am really thankful to the University for , and what has remained with me after qualification is the confidence to think for myself and shape taught skills around actual people that are receiving care.”
Aaron Bate, Graduate and Community Dementia Nurse

“The support network that is provided is tremendous and there is always someone to help out, no matter how late in the day it is”.
Student Nurse

“Employment opportunities are available in a variety of NHS, voluntary and private mental health services that include: acute inpatient services, crisis resolution services, child and adolescent services, older age services, assertive outreach, forensic mental health care and services focusing on the implementation of a recovery model when working with those with enduring mental health needs.”
Practice Placement Manager

Career path

Once you have gained your BNurs (Hons) Mental Health Nursing then this will open up the prospect of many jobs in clinical practice, hospital or community settings, research, teaching or managerial roles.

Mental health nurses work in a variety of diverse settings caring for children, adolescents, adults of working age and older people who are experiencing problems in the way that they think, feel or behave. This can have a significant effect on their relationships, their work and their quality of life. The work of a mental health nurse involves helping these people to recover from their illness or to come to terms with it in order to maximise their life potential. Mental health nurses work alongside many other professionals including social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, and GPs to plan and deliver person – centred care.

Registered Nurses continue to study after they have qualified, often in a specialist area, as they develop their career path within the UK or working abroad.

What skills will you gain?

As a Registered Nurse you will:

  • Meet the NMC Standards of proficiency for pre-registration nursing education.
  • Provide nursing care that is safe, effective and ethical and assume full responsibility and accountability for your own practice as a Nurse registered on the NMC register within the legal framework of the country in which you are employed.
  • Reflect upon and critically evaluate evidence to reach sound nursing judgements and exercise effective decision making in complex situations within the mental health sphere of practice.
  • Critically examine the impact of political, professional and social contexts on your provision of person centred mental health nursing care within the context of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Effectively apply your learning to identify, manage and lead enterprising innovations and service improvements in mental health nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate competence in the use of advanced technologies to quality assure and enhance your mental health nursing practice and maintain your life-long learning.

Who accredits this course?

Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (mental health).

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

GCSEs at grade C+/ 4 in an English-based subject and Maths or equivalent qualifications (e.g. Key Skills Level 2/ Learn Direct Level 2/ Functional Skills Level 2).


  • Gain BBC with a minimum of BCC from A Levels or equivalent
  • BTEC National Diploma at a D*D*
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma at grade DMM
  • OCR National Extended Diploma at a M2 grade
  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma at a B grade
  • Access to HE Diploma Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 with at least 24 of these Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction. You are also required to achieve 12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in English and 12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in Mathematics if you have not already achieved GCSE English and Maths at grade C.
  • Successful completion of the Foundation Year of Learning Education and Progression guarantees interview opportunity
  • Undergraduate or Postgraduate degrees
  • Foundation degrees /HND/ HNC

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

Year 2 entry

Other Requirements

Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory personal statement and reference (academic or employer).

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for test/interview and will be subsequently required to meet a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and Occupational Health requirements.

In addition to the above entry requirements all shortlisted applicants will be required to undertake a numeracy paper and achieve a pass mark of 70%. Candidates who score less than 70% in the numeracy paper will not progress further at this stage and the interview day will end at this point. Candidates who achieve 70% or above will continue to the next stages of the interview, including a literacy exercise and a values based interview. The literacy exercise involves summarising, in writing, the key points emerging from an article; the values-based interview involves discussing your response to given scenario’s.

Information on the numeracy requirements for the test can be found via the following links:

The following resources may be helpful in preparing for the numeracy part of the interview:

BBC Skillswise:

BBC bitesize:

NHS Sn@p tool:

Read further information regarding interview preparation

During the Nursing course you will be required to attend placements, when you are asked for your choice of placement area we will endeavour to meet your request however we must emphasise that this cannot be guaranteed and therefore you must ensure you are able to travel to the final placement area you are allocated.

This course is not available at present to international applicants.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Entry Funding Information

The funding information for the BNurs (Hons) Nursing and BSc (Hons) Midwifery courses is summarised as follows:

  • Course Tuition Fees will be paid in full by the NHS.
  • Students are eligible to apply for an NHS Grant (not means-tested).
  • Students are eligible to apply for an NHS means–tested Bursary (45 weeks per year) - These figures may be reduced according to the income of parents, spouse or partner.
  • NHS Dependants Allowance is available to students with dependent children and/or dependent partner – this is means tested very tightly against family income.
  • NHS Childcare Grant is available to students with dependent children who require OFSTED registered childcare – this is means tested very tightly against family income.
  • Students are eligible to apply for a Student Loan

Students apply for their Bursary, Grant and additional allowances (dependants allowance and childcare grant) through the NHS Student Grants Unit at but must apply for their Student Loan at

2017/8 Funding Information

The Government is proposing a change to funding for courses in nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects which, if accepted, will take effect from August 2017.
This means that students offered a place on a course commencing after this date will no longer receive an NHS bursary. Instead, they will have access to the same student loans system as other students. The present suggestion is that students studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health subjects as a second degree may also be able to access student loans and that the change will only affect new students starting their courses from 1 August 2017. There will be a consultation in early 2016 and more information will be available following this.

Should you wish to discuss this further please contact our staff in Gateway via or telephone (01902) 321032 and they can offer further advice and guidance.

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