Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse – Mental Health) BSc (Hons) – 2017 entry

I worked across a wide range of clinical settings. The support I got was wonderful, and it really offered massive insight into patient care and into the type of team work and team ethos that is required to establish a good service for people who need it.

What you'll study

Surrey is one of the UK’s top universities for nursing. Our nursing programmes include valuable placements within leading local NHS Trusts and independent organisations to help you develop the skills you need to transform your passion for nursing into a rewarding career.

Our Mental Health Nursing programme combines theory and practice elements and is delivered in a supportive learning environment. It offers you the opportunity to gain professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, together with a BSc (Hons) degree.

Programme overview

The Mental Health Nursing programme will develop your understanding of the experience of mental health service users and those who work with them, including families, friends and carers. You will be encouraged to utilise your strengths and skills in order to facilitate recovery and personal development.

You will develop an extensive range of skills to enable you to do this, including interpersonal communication, effective assessment and intervention, and collaborative working with both service users and their families.

You will also explore the philosophical, sociological and psychological aspects of mental healthcare within current clinical contexts.

A key aspect of the programme is the opportunity to participate in simulated practice learning.

You will work within an interprofessional setting with practice partners and teachers to enable the development of skills in a safe environment related to assessment, engagement and communication in a range of clinical scenarios.

You will be expected to consider your practice during clinical placements, whilst in the University and through the use of online learning tools which support the clinical experience and aid reflective practice.

Read about the experience of Mental Health Nursing students Victoria Robins and Dominic Worsfold.

Funding changes for 2017 entry

Funding for health programmes is changing. Please visit The Funding Clinic website for more details.

Programme structure

Year 1

Core modules:

Year 2

Core modules:

Year 3

Core modules:

Nursing at Surrey

Our Nursing Studies programmes offer you the opportunity to gain professional registration in a field of nursing, together with a BSc (Hons) degree.

Whether you choose to study Adult, Child or Mental Health Nursing, the programme combines theory and practice elements and is delivered in a supportive learning environment.

You will acquire the knowledge and skills to respond to the diverse needs of patients, families and carers within a variety of settings.

You will also develop and display the values required in modern healthcare and stated within the NHS Constitution, including compassion, kindness, empathy, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.

Our Nursing programmes are 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice. You will be introduced to the key sciences in nursing (biosciences, sociology and psychology), as well as topics such as assessment, care planning, communication, law and ethics.

Throughout the programme, you will work alongside students from each of the three fields of nursing, together with midwives, paramedics and operating department practitioners.

This will enable you to learn about interprofessional teamwork, which is important in contemporary healthcare where collaborative practice and integrated care is vital in order to meet the complex needs of individuals and their families and carers.

All of our Nursing programmes offer opportunities for a period of elective practice, either in the UK or abroad. There may also be the chance to complete a two-month placement as part of the Erasmus exchange programme.

As a Nursing Studies student at Surrey, you will be a valued member of the School of Health Sciences. The School is home to innovative research and teaching, and inspiring, passionate staff. The School aims to nurture the UK’s most dynamic, effective and caring health professionals.

You will learn the most up-to-date and innovative practice from world-leading experts in the fields of eHealth and care ethics. You will also be prepared for a professional life within health services that deliver integrated care and put the patient at the heart of all health and care practice. 

Professional recognition

Successful completion of the programme will make you eligible to apply for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Professional Training placements

You will be allocated to a specific locality in Surrey, West Sussex or North Hampshire where you will undertake your practice experience.

You will spend time in the safe environment of our Simulation Suite before going on placement, and will only go out to nurse patients and clients when you have satisfactorily completed instruction in essential clinical skills.

You will gain experience in a range of practice learning environments. This includes child and adolescent mental health services, older people’s services, community mental health teams, crisis and home treatment teams, assertive outreach services and acute ward settings.

Each of these areas will enable further development of interpersonal advanced communication and collaborative working across service structures.

In addition, there is the option of accessing specialist clinical placements in areas such as prison services, in-reach mental health services, community drug and alcohol teams, learning disability services and eating disorder teams.

You will work alongside practice colleagues in both the NHS and non-statutory organisations, observing experienced and highly skilled practitioners in the delivery of exemplary care.

As you progress through the programme and your skills and confidence develop, you will be encouraged to perform increasingly complex activities in practice, until you are considered by your mentors and teachers to be competent for registration at the end of your third year.

Global opportunities

As a Mental Health Nursing student at Surrey, you will have the opportunity to spend two months in Dublin, Ireland as part of an Erasmus+ exchange (Erasmus grants available).

Assessment

We use a variety of methods to assess you during the programme. As well as written work, there are student presentations, examinations, case study work and assessed simulated learning experiences. Within the practice learning environments, your knowledge, skills and professional behaviour will be assessed and graded by your mentors. 

Contact hours

The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on this programme, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016):

  • 1 per cent personal tutorial/small group teaching
  • 6 per cent medium group teaching
  • 8 per cent large group teaching
  • 85 per cent studying and revising in your own time

Career opportunities

Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the country and nurses play a role in the delivery of most healthcare services.

Although many qualified nurses work in hospitals, they can also work in general practice surgeries, community settings, home healthcare, outpatient day surgeries, nursing homes, schools, mental health agencies, hospices, the military and industry.

Many of our graduates are initially employed by the NHS Trust in which they undertook their practice experience, before going on to further studies and employment opportunities.

Some nurses develop careers in education or research, promoting advances in many areas of healthcare and health promotion practice. For more information about careers, visit the NHS careers website.

Programme dates and holidays

The programmes run over 43 weeks each year, with nine weeks’ holiday during Christmas, Easter and the summer. The length of the programme year and the holiday entitlement are requirements of the professional regulator for nurse education.

Graduate prospects

Our Nursing graduates have excellent prospects of employment. Many of our graduates are initially employed by the NHS Trust in which they had their practice experience, before going on to further studies and employment elsewhere.

Options for graduates

A two-year Postgraduate Diploma programme may be possible for graduates of relevant disciplines (for example, biosciences or psychology) with relevant work experience.

We offer two programmes: PGDip Nursing Studies (Adult Nursing) and PGDip Nursing Studies (Mental Health Nursing).

Student placement localities

All nursing programmes consist of 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice time. The practice component is gained within clinical placement areas. The University of Surrey is very fortunate to have a broad range of excellent placements within Surrey and west Sussex for students undertaking the mental health nursing programme.

The large geographical area is divided up to enable students to be allocated to a distinct areas, making you a member of that community of healthcare practitioners. These geographical divisions are referred to as localities.

Each locality comprises of acute hospital placements, community-based placements and independent-sector placements. Students are required to work within and at time across localities in order to gain their practical experiences.

Each locality consists of a strong community of healthcare practitioners who work together to provide a high standard of care to the people it serves. Students soon become familiar with the areas in which they undertake their placements and are well supported by mentors in practice.

Many students choose to find their first post within their locality upon registration.

Placements are primarily within two Mental Health NHS Trusts. Both Trusts work with people and lead communities with the aim to in improve their mental and physical health and wellbeing, by delivering excellent and responsive care aimed at prevention, diagnosis, early intervention, treatment and care.

Students also undertake placements within private and independent sector organisations.

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey & North East Hampshire. It also provides drug & alcohol services in Surrey. 

They provide a range of specialist services such as specialist psychological services, eating disorder services, drug and alcohol services, forensic services, continence services, and prison in-reach mental-health services.

Care is provided for people all of ages, from children and young people through to older people with conditions such as dementia. Partnerships with other services and organisations such as Surrey County Council enables an integrated health and social approach to meet people's full range of needs.

Students undertake placements within community settings, hospitals and residential homes with an emphasis on providing local treatment and support close to people's homes wherever possible.

Surrey and Borders Partnership Mental Health Trust covers localities one to four.

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Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides placements for students allocated to locality five, which are based in West Sussex.

The Trust provide care services for people from across Sussex for people with mental health problems, learning disabilities or an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Care is provided for people of ages, from children and young people through to older people with conditions such as dementia.

Community services provided by the Trust cover all treatment and care delivery which could take place in people’s homes or at local assessment and treatment centres, community clinics, GP practices and community hospitals.

Experience will be gained in a range of setting including community mental health teams, crisis resolution and home treatment teams.

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Locality one: north Sussex and east/central Surrey

Locality one is located in in the northern part of West Sussex and eastern and central areas of Surrey, and serves Crawley, Horsham and the surrounding towns and villages.

Locality two: north Surrey

Locality two is located in the northern area of Surrey and serves Ashford, Chertsey and other towns and villages around the area. It provides a warm welcome to its students and they soon become one of the community and feel well supported.

Locality three: north-west Surrey

Locality three is located in the north-western area of Surrey and serves the Frimley area, as well as surrounding towns and villages in North Hampshire and East Berkshire.

Locality four: central and south Surrey

This locality covers central and southern Surrey, serving Guildford and the towns and villages surrounding the University.

Locality five: West Sussex

Locality five is in West Sussex and serves Chichester and the towns and villages of the West Sussex coast and the central areas of West Sussex.

Further information

Further information about localities and accommodation opportunities within each of the localities is provided to students at the start of the programme and during local induction to the practice environments.

University accommodation is usually available for the first year of the programme for applicants who select Surrey as their first choice.

Clinical-practice placements in the first year commence in April, so students may be required to travel to practice placements some distance away from Guildford while still living in University accommodation.

From the start of the second year, students will need to find their own accommodation. Many students find that it is advantageous at this point to move to their allocated locality.

This enables the student to travel to and from placements with ease and minimum cost, and better enables students to get to placements for the start times of shifts (which can be as early as 7am) and back home when they finish (which can be after 9pm), and attend for night duty which is a requirement of the programme.

The accommodation provision varies between the localities. Students who are not local residents often organise privately-rented flat-sharing or house-sharing if they wish to live within the locality in which their placement happens.

The theory component of the programme is taught on the University campus in Guildford for all students irrespective of locality, for the duration of the three-year programme.

Process for student allocation to locality

The locality-allocation form will be emailed to you by the Recruitment Team. You will receive this approximately six weeks before you start the course. Once you have completed and returned the locality-allocation form, your allocation to a locality will be considered.

Please note the deadline for return of this form. There are limited placements within each locality, therefore students must be distributed among localities to ensure a high-quality practice experience for all.

A priority system exists when allocating students to localities. The priority system identifies the following:

  • Sponsored students are placed within the locality where the sponsoring Trust has placements
  • Students with dependents are placed in the locality nearest to their home address, as far as capacity allows
  • Students living in their own homes (or the parental home) at the start of the programme are placed in a locality as near to their home address as possible, as far as capacity allows
  • Students who opt to live in University accommodation for the start of the programme are allocated according to home address to the nearest possible locality, as far as capacity allows

It must be noted that placements within the locality may still be some distance from the student’s home address, and travelling to placements within the full geographical area of the allocated locality will be required in order to meet the practice component of the nursing programme.

There are sometimes opportunities to change a student’s allocated locality, but this depends upon capacity at the preferred locality.

All nursing programmes consist of 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice time. The practice component is gained within clinical placement areas. The University of Surrey is very fortunate to have a broad range of excellent placements within Surrey and west Sussex for students undertaking the mental health nursing programme.

The large geographical area is divided up to enable students to be allocated to a distinct areas, making you a member of that community of healthcare practitioners. These geographical divisions are referred to as localities. Each locality comprises of acute hospital placements, community-based placements and independent-sector placements. Students are required to work within and at time across localities in order to gain their practical experiences.

Each locality consists of a strong community of healthcare practitioners who work together to provide a high standard of care to the people it serves. Students soon become familiar with the areas in which they undertake their placements and are well supported by mentors in practice.

Many students choose to find their first post within their locality upon registration.

Placements are primarily within two Mental Health NHS Trusts. Both Trusts work with people and lead communities with the aim to in improve their mental and physical health and wellbeing, by delivering excellent and responsive care aimed at prevention, diagnosis, early intervention, treatment and care.

Students also undertake placements within private and independent sector organisations.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

BBB

We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

It is desirable for those applicants taking part in the Science Practical Endorsement in either Physics, Biology or Chemistry to obtain a pass.

Access to HE Diploma

QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 27 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 18 Level 3 Credits at Merit.

This must include 15 credits in science.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

DDM

European Baccalaureate

72 per cent

International Baccalaureate

32 points

Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers BBB/Scottish Highers ABBBB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level BB

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

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Required subjects

GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C/4 or above (equivalents may be considered).

A relevant science A-level is desirable.

Selection process

Shortlisting

Admissions staff will review the information provided within the personal statement and reference to assess applications for evidence of academic ability, insight and motivation.

Relevant experience in a care setting and/or evidence of other involvement in the community (for example, school, voluntary or charity responsibilities) is normally required.

Personal statements should be comprehensive, with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview and selection day.

Interview and selection day

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) will be conducted by University academics, assisted by staff from clinical practice areas. Numeracy and literacy exercises may also be included as part of the selection process.

Applicants selected to attend one of our interview days will be sent detailed guidance on these selection activities with their invitation.

Other entry requirements

Admission to this programme is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) Section 4 (2) (Exemptions) Order 1975 and DHSS Circular HC(88)9 guidelines regarding police checks and child protection.

Offers are conditional upon satisfactory health and fitness for practice screening, references and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance, or equivalent. Candidates must also meet national requirements to work with vulnerable adults and children.

Admission is also subject to NHS eligibility for the programme. Further information on eligibility is available at the NHS Business Services Authority website. Proof of eligibility is normally required prior to interview.

Candidates should have the ability to follow a shift pattern covering 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and be able to meet travel requirements. Candidates are encouraged to gain practical work experience in a care setting prior to undertaking the programme.

All programmes and places are subject to commissioned numbers. All applicants should be able to demonstrate evidence of completed academic study within the last five years. Applicants will also demonstrate the values required for health professional practice and stated within the NHS Constitution, such as honesty, integrity and compassion.

English language requirements

7.0 IELTS minimum overall (or equivalent)

7.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill (or equivalent)

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 Years B760 View KIS data set

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