As a mental health nurse, you need to be prepared for fast-paced, challenging situations. From forensic psychiatry to child and adolescent mental health, we’ve designed our course to equip you with the skills you need to help people facing a wide range of challenges.
In lectures, we explore the role nurses have in promoting a positive image of mental health, and the relationships between primary care and mental health services. Then, you’ll challenge yourself by applying your knowledge during placements in different environments. You’ll care for patients with a range of needs, from eating disorders to autism.
At King’s, you’re part of a supportive community. Our students are from different backgrounds, countries and cultures. If you need any help, you can talk to your personal tutor or get advice from programme leads who always leave their door open.
We know that everyone learns differently. That’s why we use different teaching methods to help you grasp the skills you’ll use every day as a mental health nurse. Our teaching is always informed by our research to keep you up to date with the latest ideas, challenges and innovations in healthcare. Unlike some universities, one module won’t be taught by one lecturer. This means you’ll learn from a diverse teaching team with different areas of expertise.
We teach a set curriculum to you to help you get to grips with essential areas, including applied human biology and nurses in society. You’ll also gain knowledge specific to mental health to achieve your registration as a mental health nurse.
In your second year, you have the chance to pick an optional module that matches your interests. You also need to find your own four-week placement. This completely depends on the experience you want – you could work at a local specialist hospital or even an orphanage in Peru.
Throughout the course, we assess you with coursework and exams. But you also need to show us you can apply your skills in a practical setting too. In your final year, you’ll apply your skills to your dissertation. For this research project, you have the chance to pick a topic and tailor it to your interests in healthcare.
We deliver this programme across five of our King’s College London campuses:
Denmark Hill Campus
St Thomas’ Campus
We have a host of facilities to prepare you for different scenarios – from simulated family homes to comprehensive libraries where you can research the latest periodicals.
You’ll also work directly with local hospitals and healthcare providers, as part of your placements. We try to keep these close to home, but you can choose to travel for your four-week placement. For more information about our partners please visit http://www.kcl.ac.uk/nursing/partners
Other related courses:
Nursing with Registration as:
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Nurses are involved in caring for vulnerable members of society and there is a necessity for all nursing students to have enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks. Prior to commencing the programme you must also have occupational health clearance.
Meet our students
Meet some of our pre-registration nursing students.