Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Mental Health Nursing) BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry
Why choose this course
Surrey is one of the UK’s top universities for nursing, ranked 3rd in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2018 and in the top 10 of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
Our Mental Health Nursing programme combines theory and practice elements and is delivered in a supportive learning environment.
What you will study
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.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||B760||View KIS data set|
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
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.
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.
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 programme 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. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
As a mental health nursing student at Surrey, you may have the opportunity to spend two months in Dublin, Ireland as part of an Erasmus+ exchange (Erasmus+ grants available).
All nursing programmes consist of 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice time. The practice component is gained within clinical placement areas.
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.
Further information about localities and accommodation
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.
Student placement localities
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 and North East Hampshire. It also provides drug and 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.
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.
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 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 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.
This locality covers central and southern Surrey, serving Guildford and the towns and villages surrounding the University.
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.
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. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.
Programme dates and holidays
The programmes typically runs over 43 weeks each year, with nine weeks’ holiday the winter, spring and summer vacations. The length of the programme 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 and/or student demand.
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.
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. 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 Faculty of Health and Medical 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.
Policies and regulations
Learning and disability support
We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Student Personal Learning and Study Hub
SPLASH 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.
Additional Learning Support
ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.
The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.
See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.
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 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.
All 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||Course length||Professional Training||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees||Professional Training fees|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||£9,250||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.
Professional Training placement fees
Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.
A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.
Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.
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