Mental health problems include temporary reactions (to a painful event, stress or external pressures, or systems of drug or alcohol use, lack of sleep or physical illness) and long-term psychiatric conditions with significant effects on how the individual functions.
The Nursing (Mental Health) BSc offers the opportunity to study mental health nursing in depth, through inspirational research-led teaching. We provide innovative and creative learning, focusing on service users' experiences.
The course aims to help you develop effective skills in working with people with diverse and complex mental health problems, across the age range. Enhanced self-awareness and dynamic interactive skills enable you to respond to service users and carers in different situations, and promote holistic interventions, including psychological, physical, and social approaches.
The range of mental health services accessed through the course gives you opportunities to further specialise once you have qualified.
The School of Healthcare welcomes International/Overseas students. For more information please refer to the School of Healthcare Admissions policy here
Course Leader is Gary Morris.
Admissions Tutor is Elaine McNichol. She can answer specific queries about the course, though she is frequently teaching or supervising and may not be able to respond to you immediately.
For all course enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance
The School of Healthcare is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health. We aim to provide high quality education and research and to develop knowledge that both informs and improves practice.
The School has a dedicated clinical skills suite with hospital beds, Adult, Child and Midwifery suites and facilities for Mental Health nursing and Social Work teams
Students have access to all University of Leeds facilities - sports facilities, excellent libraries, including the Health Sciences Library, an award-winning students' union and support services and the attractions of the city of Leeds.
Fortune talks about her route to studying Mental Health Nursing at Leeds
Students who successfully complete this programme will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
This programme meets the NMC (2010) guiding principles underpinning pre-registration education for nurses of 'fitness for purpose' and 'fitness for practice'. It consists of not less than 4,600 hours of study (2,300 hours in the practice setting and 2,300 hours theoretical study), which results in 360 credits across three levels:
Part 1: 120 credits at level 1 leading to progression point one of the programme
Part 2: 120 credits at level 2 leading to progression point two of the programme
Part 3: 120 credits at level 3 enabling registration with the NMC.
The focus of the first year is on shared learning, which takes place with other nursing and undergraduate healthcare students. This incorporates a number of general themes such as biology, sociology, psychology, promoting health, communication and study/research skills. A core focus is on developing caring skills, self-awareness and reflective practice.
In year 2 the skills of therapeutic engagement will be developed across the lifespan, with the emphasis on the lived experience of mental health service users. This will include utilising different perspectives, underpinned by research and the ethical/legal frameworks for mental health practice.
In year 3 you'll focus on developing intervention strategies and approaches for more complex mental health needs, including pharmacology and risk management. A 10,000-word research dissertation develops your ability to use, summarise and communicate research evidence and apply it to your professional practice. Towards the end of the course, there will be an opportunity for a period of consolidation and preparation for registered nursing practice.
Clinical placements are an integral part of your training. Read "Study abroad and work placements" tab.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: BCC preferably including a science subject (biology, human biology, chemistry, maths, physics or social sciences, such as psychology).
Not general studies or critical thinking.
GCSE: 5 A*-C, including maths and English and 2 science subjects
This course will give you the foundation for a career in mental health nursing. Mental health nursing has a structured career pathway with a multitude of opportunities such as, research, management, clinical specialisms and teaching. You'll be in an excellent position to pursue the many mental health employment opportunities, in the NHS, social services, voluntary sector and private sector. This may include specialised areas of primary care, dementia care, acute/ forensic services, crisis/home treatment teams, eating disorders and addiction services.
For advice on nursing as a career choice read NHS careers.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
For some students able to meet specific criteria, there is an opportunity to study on one of 4 optional international modules in the third year of the programme.
In each year you'll undertake 50% theory and 50% practice. You'll demonstrate the application of theory to practice within an environment of clinical specialisms. You'll gain experiences of working in a variety of mental health settings within the Leeds area.
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