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Nursing /RN Mental Health

BSc (Hons)

School - School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work

Subject area - Nursing

UCAS Code: B760

Start Dates(s): September; January; June; April


Three years full-time

UK - £9,250 per year

International - £14,400

In Brief:

  • Close links between University and clinical staff across the Greater Manchester area
  • Learn in our purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities
  • 50% of your studies will be spent in hospital and community settings, within the NHS and independent sector
  • Clinical placement opportunity

Course Summary

Mental health nurses provide care for people experiencing mental health problems, working in the community, specialist hospitals or health centres. You will learn about how to support people during the most acute phases of their distress, how to work with people who have issues around substance misuse  or offending behaviour and how to help those with ongoing mental health problems.

When attending the University you will be welcomed into a relaxed and friendly environment in which to learn. A wealth of facilities are available to you including formal teaching, group and one-to-one sessions; all provided within a comfortable and enriching learning space.

50% of your studies will be spent in hospital and community settings, within the NHS and independent sector which includes prison placements, where you will spend time in a well-supported environment, working alongside qualified nurse mentors.

In the third year you will have the opportunity to go on an international placement to experience care outside of the UK for example, in Sweden or Germany.

On successful completion of this course you will have a recognised degree qualification that leads to registration as a qualified nurse, with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

This degree is also offered with a Foundation Year, visit for details.

Awards and Accreditation

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
APL Any applicant who already has GCSE Maths, English and Science Grade C or above, and verifiable experience may be considered for entry to the course
GCSE GCSE English Lang/Lit, Maths and Science at minimum of grade C. If you are currently studying towards GCSE qualifications in England and you will be awarded from 2017 you will be required to achieve a minimum of grade 4.
UCAS tariff points 104-120 points
BTEC National Diploma DDM
Scottish Highers Equivalence of 104-120 UCAS points
Irish Leaving Certificate Equivalence of 104-120 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate 30-31 points

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

Interview process

As part of the application process, you may be invited to an interview.The interview will begin with a short Maths and English test, followed by a personal interview. You can try a short demo of the Maths test here.

Have a look at our top ten tips for preparing for your interview. If you are offered an interview following your application, you will be sent further information about what to expect and what you need to bring with you on the day.

Currently our next available places are on the September 2017 intake, however it may be that a small number of places do become available for an earlier intake. If your application is successful and this is of interest, we can add your name to a waiting list for an earlier intake.

English Language Requirements

IELTS - Minimum score 7- with no individual component below 7.

Applicant profile

Nursing is not a nine-to-five job. Neither is being a student nurse:

  • You will be expected to work the same shifts as your mentor in clinical practice
  • You do not get long holiday breaks; our course works on the basis of seven weeks annual leave per year which are allocated and non-negotiable
  • Considerable travelling may be required for both hospital and community placements

If you already have a BSc (Hons) degree, you may be eligible to apply for our MA/RN Nursing/RN (Adult, Mental Health or Children & Young People) where you will have the opportunity to study for a Masters degree in Nursing.

Fees and Funding


Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £14,400

Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP and £82 for uniforms. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. Health clearance is required in Year 1 of study only; uniforms will be required each year. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Optional costs include £10 per year for professional body membership, should the student wish to register. Costs are approximated based on the  current academic year.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, there have been changes to the funding of fees and a bursary will no longer be available. Please see more information on the changes here.

If you are applying for entry before September 2017, there will be no changes to the funding available.


A blended learning approach will provide the foundation to the teaching and learning strategy by way of Seminars, Masterclasses, action learning, guided independent study, simulation and workshops.  Theoretical learning will be complemented by Field of Practice and Level specific seminar group facilitation, discussion, dissemination and formative feedback.

The course has an equal split between time spent in theory and time spent in practice.  

Applicants should be aware that in order to successfully complete the programme and be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse (RN), that they will need to evidence 2,300 hours of theoretical learning and 2,300 practice learning (4,600 hours in total). This is a programme requirement and so may not be reflected in the allocated specified hours of learning on the academic module specifications.


Assessment methods are varied and include assignments, presentations, observed structured clinical examinations, exams and portfolio assessment.


As a graduate and qualified staff nurse in your chosen field of practice you will be able to apply for a job in either an acute setting such as a hospital or in the community. You may want to work within the NHS or in the public and private sectors for example, a ward, a health centre, a prison, a care home or a hospice.

Links with Industry

You will work alongside a qualified mentor in clinical practice areas where you will experience a wide variety of care-giving settings. You will be expected to work the same shift patterns as your mentor (including weekends and night duty) and will need to be able to travel to and from clinical placements.

You will spend half of your time at the University and the other half working in clinical areas or the community within local NHS Trusts. These will include hospitals and community placements across the Greater Manchester area including central Manchester, Salford, Bolton, Prestwich, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale.

Further Study


Our Clinical Practice Wards are located in the Mary Seacole Building on the second floor. There are four rooms designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment. The rooms are furnished with patient's beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.

We also have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance student learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures. Along with nursing skills rooms where you can practice in a ward situation, there are basic skills rooms for sessions such as moving and handling.


Patient Simulators

The patient simulation laboratory provides you with the opportunity to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported environment. Set up like a hospital ward, the lab contains hi-tech patient simulators that can mimic everything from the common cold to a major heart condition.

The equipment includes:

  • Emergency Care Patient Simulators: Anatomically correct, feature-rich mannequins, which can be used for the physical demonstration of various clinical signs including bleeding, breathing, blinking eyes and convulsions.
  • iStan Patient Simulators: A step up from the ECS, the iStan adds an essential human element to patient simulation. It moves, breathes, can cry out or moan with pain, providing a realistic patient for you to practice on
  • Pedia Patient Simulator: A complete reproduction of a six-year-old child enabling you to practice paediatric scenarios
  • Baby simulator: This mannequin makes it possible to interact with our most vulnerable patients - in a safe, realistic learning environment


All the simulation equipment can be linked up to some very hi-tech computer and audio-visual aids. Groups of students get to role-play a wide range of different scenarios, with a lab co-ordinator observing, running and intervening in the scenario remotely.

Sophisticated computer equipment can also provide detailed physiological information for each of the simulators under observation. The lab will help you develop the clinical skills you need but also the high level communication skills that will make a real difference to your patients.