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

“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 (2010)

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

2016 Entry

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


  • 280 UCAS points with a minimum of 260 UCAS points from A levels or equivalent
  • BTEC National Diploma at a DMM grade / BTEC National Certificate at a D*D* grade
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma at grade DMM / BTEC QCF Diploma at grade D*D*«/li» «li» OCR National Diploma at a C grade / 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

  • If you wish to apply for 2nd year entry onto our BNurs courses, please contact Health Professions Enquiries for further advice before applying.
  • 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 interview and will be subsequently required to meet enhanced a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and Occupational Health requirements.

    Read further information regarding interview preparation

    Please note only students meeting the eligibility criteria for an NHS bursary can be accepted on this course. Please visit for further information relating to residency and eligibility criteria.

    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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