Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Mental Health Nursing) BSc (Hons) – 2020 entry
Why choose this course
Surrey’s nursing courses are ranked 4th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2019 and 7th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
Taught by inspiring, research-engaged staff, this course will support you to become a highly-competent mental health nurse.
You’ll learn through an equal balance of theory and practice, getting to work with experienced NHS staff in one of the available placement localities. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
You’ll also have access to our new multimillion pound facility, featuring a new, state-of-the-art simulation suite.
What you will study
This course investigates the healthcare needs of people with mental health difficulties and their families.
You’ll explore the philosophical, sociological and psychological aspects of mental healthcare within current clinical contexts. You’ll develop a clear understanding of the experience of mental health service users and those who work with them, including their families, friends and carers.
You’ll have opportunities to take part in simulated practice learning, where you’ll learn about important mental health nursing principles and develop a range of skills, from interpersonal communication and effective assessment, to collaborative working with both service users and their families.
Registered practitioners: If you’re a registered practitioner looking for an undergraduate course to further your learning, please visit our continuing professional development page.
|Qualification||Course length||Foundation year||Professional Training||Start date||UCAS||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||Oct 2020||B760||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||Sep 2020||B746||View KIS data set|
BSc (Hons) - Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (mental health).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Our nursing graduates have excellent employment prospects. 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.
Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the country and nurses play a role in 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.
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.
Nursing options for graduates
A two-year postgraduate diploma course may be possible for graduates of relevant disciplines (for example, biosciences or psychology) with relevant work experience.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
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).
The BSc Nursing with foundation has an additional year of study designed to support your transition on to latter years of the course. You will study full-time for one year at foundation level, and after successfully completing it you will be ready to move on to the next three years of the course.
This qualification is subject to approval. This means that it has received initial agreement from the University and is currently undergoing a detailed final approval exercise, through the University’s quality assurance processes.
Students will be required to undertake some local insight days as part of their foundation year programme. These local insight days will be arranged by the University. Students will be responsible for associated costs (i.e. travel).
Are you curious about life as a nursing student? Read our ‘Week in the life’ feature to discover what a typical week looks like for a first-year nursing student
We have a broad range of excellent placements across Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire.
You’ll be allocated to a distinct area within this large region and become a member of a community of healthcare practitioners. We refer to these distinct areas as ‘localities’.
Each locality includes acute hospital placements, community-based placements and independent-sector placements. These placements are what give our students practical experience.
Each locality consists of a strong community of healthcare practitioners who work together to provide a high standard of care to the people they serve. You’ll soon become familiar with the areas of your placements, and you’ll be well-supported by mentors in your practice.
Many of our students choose to find their first post within their locality after registration.
Your placements will mainly be in two mental health NHS trusts. Both trusts work with people and lead communities to improve their mental and physical health through prevention, diagnosis, early intervention, treatment and care.
It’s also possible to take placements within private and independent sector organisations.
Although the majority of placements take place within the assigned locality region, on occasion, students may be allocated a placement further afield. The School of Health Sciences is committed to continually growing its placement network to provide the very best experience for students.
Process for student allocation to locality
You’ll be emailed a locality-allocation form around six weeks before you start your course. Once you’ve completed and returned the form, we’ll consider your allocation to a locality.
It’s important you return the form by the stated deadline. There are limited placements within each locality, so we distribute students across the localities to make sure everyone gets a high-quality practice experience.
We prioritise students when allocating localities, and consider the following:
- Sponsored students are placed within the locality where the sponsoring Trust has placements.
- Students with dependants are placed in the locality nearest to their home address, as far as capacity allows.
- Students living in their own homes (or their parents’ homes) at the start of the course are placed in a locality as near to their home address as possible, as far as capacity allows.
- Students who choose to live in University accommodation are allocated to the nearest possible locality to their address, depending on capacity and availability.
Placements may still be some distance from your home, and you’ll be expected to travel to placements within a commutable distance of the allocated locality in order to meet the practice component of the nursing course.
There are limited opportunities to change your allocated locality, though this depends on capacity at the locality you want to move to.
Student placement localities
The University of Surrey is very fortunate to have a broad range of excellent placements within Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire.
This large geographical area is divided up to enable students to be allocated to a distinct area, making you a member of that community of healthcare practitioners. We refer to these geographical divisions as 'localities'.
There are seven localities serving nursing courses at the University. Each includes acute hospital placements, community-based placements and independent-sector placements. These placements are where our students gain practical experience.
Each locality has a strong community of healthcare practitioners who work together to provide a high standard of care to the people they serve. You’ll soon become familiar with the areas of your placements, and be well-supported by mentors in your practice.
Many of our students choose to find their first post within their locality after registration.
Although the majority of placements take place within the assigned locality region, students may occasionally be allocated a placement further afield. The School of Health Sciences continually grows its placement network to provide the very best experience for students. An indicative list of our main student placement providers can be found below:
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental health difficulties and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. It also provides drug and alcohol services in Surrey.
They provide a range of specialist care such as psychological services, eating disorder services, drug and alcohol services, forensic services and prison in-reach mental-health services.
Care is provided for people of all 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 take 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.
Discover more about the Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
The Trust provide care services for people across Sussex with mental health problems, learning disabilities or an addiction to drugs or alcohol.
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 settings including community mental health teams, crisis resolution and home treatment teams.
Discover more about the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Academic year structure
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.
Course dates and holidays
The course typically runs over 43 weeks each year, with nine weeks’ holiday in the winter, spring and summer vacations. The length of the course year and the holiday entitlement are requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as the professional regulator for nurse education.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course, you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.
Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
This course is taught by academic staff from the School of Health Sciences.
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All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:
- Academic progress
- Pastoral/welfare issues
- Personal/professional development and employability.
Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.
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 can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
Learning and disability support
We have two services, the Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Academic Skills and Development
Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Disability and Neurodiversity Service
The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.
We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.
English language support
Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.
What qualifications do you need?
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
Admissions staff will review the information provided within your 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.
Your personal statement should be comprehensive, with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. If you are shortlisted you 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.
If you are selected to attend one of our interview days you will be sent detailed guidance on these selection activities with your invitation.
All of our offers will be made subject to a health screening and DBS checks. Occupational health services are provided by The Robens Centre on behalf of the University of Surrey.
Read our guide to references to support your health sciences application.
Recognition of prior learning
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
|Qualification||Start date||Course length||Professional Training||UK/EU fees||Professional Training fees|
|BSc (Hons)||Oct 2020||36 months||To be confirmed||Not applicable|
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2020||48 months||To be confirmed||Not applicable|
The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.
There are associated costs with this course:
- Commuting (local travel expenses)
Students are required to pay upfront cost of travel and accommodation expenses incurred when on placements, these may vary depending on the location. Students starting their studies in 2017/18 will be able to apply for reimbursement of travel and dual accommodation expenses as a result of attending practice placements (this model may not apply for the duration of students studies). Essential expenses incurred over and above a student’s normal daily travel costs to the University are covered. NHS bursary rules on expenses must be followed and the rates applicable are to be confirmed by the NHS Business Services Authority. Students also have the option to undertake an additional elective placement, however, all costs for this must be met by the student.
- Safety equipment and/or uniform
Although a uniform (tunics and trousers) is provided, you are required to supply your own suitable footwear and any additional uniform. Students are also responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing their uniform.
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
The University will meet the cost of one DBS check, completed at the start of each new student’s programme or earlier where applicants indicate they have a conviction in their application. The DBS check is a programme requirement: it is mandatory that the DBS process in completed and the student is approved to attend before they can start placement. Applicants offered a place on the programme will be contacted to complete the online process by the deadline specified. The process is not completed until all original documentation has been approved by an appointed DBS approver. This can be completed in advance of Applicants starting their programme using main branches of the Post Office, where there will be a £6 administration fee.
These additional costs are accurate as of September 2018 and apply to the 2019 year of entry. Costs for 2020 entry will be published in September 2019.
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