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Nursing with Registration as a Mental Health Nurse BSc

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Overview

How should we care for people with mental health issues? What’s the impact of substance misuse? Why is family-centred care important? At King’s College London, we’ll help you answer these big questions and teach you how to help people during the most challenging times of their lives. 

Nursing is demanding, hands-on and rewarding – and so are our courses. Our graduates take on roles in the NHS and other healthcare organisations where they plan treatment and provide high quality care.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits

  • Learn and qualify at the largest centre for education of healthcare professionals in Europe, where 100% of registered Mental Health Nurses found work within six months of leaving
  • Understand the theory behind nursing practice in the lecture theatre, then apply it to the real world on clinical placements and in our state-of-the-art simulation centre
  • Make the most of our connections with NHS trusts and specialist hospitals across London, including South London and Maudsley – the world’s oldest psychiatric ward
  • Learn from leading mental health experts, including our Dean, Professor Ian Norman, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Nursing Studies
  • Get the support you need to succeed – we’ll do everything we can to make sure you graduate feeling ready to provide excellent care.

 

Key information

UCAS code B760

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Course accreditations This course is still subject to approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

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Description

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.  

Teaching 

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. 

Course details  

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. 

Assessment

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. 

Location(s):

We deliver this programme across five of our King’s College London campuses: 

  • The Strand 

  • Guy’s Campus 

  • Waterloo Campus 

  • 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:

Nursing for qualified healthcare professionals:

 

Special notes

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.

Structure

Year 1

Each year you will typically study modules totalling 120 credits, focusing on quality care, cutting-edge clinical skills and professional delivery, combined with the knowledge and expertise necessary to undertake them. You will learn the pivotal roles of the nurse as a leading practitioner and partner. There will be a mixture of college based activities which will underpin periods of clinical practice. As degree students you will become increasingly clinically focused by the second year, extending your ability to influence patient care and teamwork.

The following modules, worth 30 credits each, are required for this course:

Required Modules
  • Mental Health Nursing 1 (60 credits)
  • Engagement (30 credits)
  • Biosciences for Mental Health Nursing (15 credits)
Optional Modules
  • Wellbeing in London (15 credits)
  • Mental Health Nursing in Context (15 credits)

Year 2

During this year your modules will become increasingly clinically focused in your area of practice. You will also take an additional optional module of your choice, allowing you to tailor your learning to your own areas of interest. Your practice placements will enable you to apply the knowledge gained through study in a variety of clinical settings. You can also take advantage of the opportunity for international elective placement during the programme.

Required Modules

The following modules are required for this course:

  • Mental Health Nursing 2 (60 credits)
  • Evidence Based Mental Health Nursing (30 credits)
  • Pharmacology for Mental Health Nursing (15 credits)
Optional Modules
  • Nursing and the Arts (15 credits)
  • Global Health (15 credits)

Year 3

During your final year, you will undertake further placements to develop your practice as a nurse. In addition to other clinically focused modules which relate to your practice, you will also complete a research module and a dissertation paper.

Required Modules

The following modules are required for this course:

  • Mental Health Nursing 3 (60 credits)
  • Impact and Dissemination of Mental Health Nursing (30 credits)
  • Pharmacology for Mental Health Nursing 2 (15 credits)
Optional Modules
  • Substance Misuse: Screening and Brief Intervention (15 credits)
  • Mental Health Nursing of Children and Young People (15 credits)

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

BBB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

32 points overall with three Higher Level Subjects at 555

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 30 must be from units awarded at Distinction, 12 Level 3 credits at Merit and 3 Level 3 credits at Pass

Required grades

M2 M2 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

75% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

Five GCSEs grade C or 4 including English Language, Maths and Science

We can accept equivalent qualifications to meet GCSE requirements

Preferred subjects

Science subjects preferred

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
All candidates for this programme must have obtained a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or 4 including English Language, Mathematics, and a Science
A-level BBB

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Access to HE Diploma

D: 30 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 3 credits

Access to HE Diploma in either Health & Social Care, Nursing and Midwifery, or Science with 45 Level 3 credits including: 30 from units awarded at Distinction, 12 at Merit, and 3 at Pass. Maths and English modules should be taken within the Access Diploma if you do not hold GCSEs at grade C or above in these subjects.
Cambridge Pre-U M2 M2 M2 Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DDM with ten modules at Distinction in either Health & Social Care or Applied Science.

OR

DDM with ten modules at Distinction in any other subject, and one A level at grade B in a Science subject. 
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (RQF from 2016)  

DDM in either Health & Social Care or Applied Science.

OR

DDM in any other subject, and one A level at grade B in a Science subject. 

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DM with four modules at Distinction in either Health & Social Care or Applied Sciences, and one A level at grade B.

OR

DM with four modules at Distinction in any other subject, and one A level at grade B in a Science subject .

NOTE: Topics studied in the BTEC should cover topics not already studied within the A level. For example, if taking A level Chemistry the BTEC should cover topics other than chemistry.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

M in either Health & Social Care or Applied Sciences, and two A levels at grades BB

OR

M in any other subject, and two A levels at grades B with at least one in a Science subject.

NOTE: Topics studied in the BTEC should cover topics not already studied within the A level. For example, if taking A level Chemistry the BTEC should cover topics other than chemistry.
CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma   Grade B overall and grade A in both Extended Assessments in the CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers  

BBB at Highers

and

BB at Advanced Highers

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
International Baccalaureate 32 points  Including 5,5,5 at Higher Level. Note the total point score of 32 includes TOK/EE.
Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B  Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

 

Personal statement and supporting information

A personal statement will be required when you apply through UCAS. Applicants will also be required to provide a reference as part of their application along with details on their qualifications.

Non academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance: Required for successful applicants

Enhanced criminal conviction check: Required for successful applicants

Work shadowing/observation: Appropriate healthcare experience either voluntary or paid is encouraged

Interviewing: Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a selection day, which mat include tests of numeracy and literacy.  Further details are available on our Selection Day pages and below.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: 15th January 2020

We recommend applying before this date however we may consider applications beyond the UCAS deadline.

Applications will be processed through UCAS. All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a selection day before offers are made.

 

Meeting the Numeracy & Literacy requirements for the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements  

If applicant has already achieved grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English, or equivalents, including overseas equivalents and Functional Skills, they will not be required to sit the Numeracy & Literacy test.  

If applicant has not yet achieved the GCSE Maths and/or English requirement, or equivalents, including overseas equivalents and Functional Skills, but is currently studying for them, they will need to sit the corresponding test(s). This does not include Access applicants.  

Access applicants that have not achieved GCSE English and/or Maths grade C or above or equivalents, including overseas equivalents and Functional Skills, will need to sit the Numeracy & Literacy test(s).

Applicants who will need an English test as part of their academic entry requirements will not need to sit the Literacy test, as meeting the English Language policy means they will meet the Literacy requirements.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £29,800 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course. These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Item

Description

Clothing

Students are provided with an initial set of uniforms for the duration of the programme. If students require additional uniforms these will have to be purchased. Indicative cost £15 - dress and £30 - new tunic & trouser set

Footwear

Students are also required to purchase appropriate footwear for mandatory training and placement. Estimated cost £20-45

Disclosure and Barring certificates/  clearance

The Faculty will pay for students to undergo one DBS check. Any subsequent checks required will need to be paid for by the student. Estimated cost £50

Electives

Subject to eligibility and approval by the Faculty, students are able to arrange their own elective clinical placements either in the UK or overseas. Students are required to make the necessary arrangements for any electives, including costs such as travel, accommodation, visas and additional vaccinations.

Immunisations/vaccinations

Students will be required to arrange and pay for the necessary vaccinations prior to enrolment.  Multiple vaccinations may be required. Indicative cost £10-30 per vaccination.

Travel

In order that healthcare students can continue to access clinical placements, the Department of Health will commit to providing all new healthcare students a £303 payment as a non-repayable grant. This will not affect healthcare students’ ability to access funding from the standard higher education support system to pay for their essential travel costing over £303. The government recognises that some healthcare courses require students to attend training at clinical placement providers which are long distances from their university or to spend significant time away from their place of study. These situations result in either greater travel costs or the need to rent extra accommodation. Providing the case for both educational provision and value for money can be demonstrated, any student who finds that they are at a financial disadvantage as a result of their clinical placement will be entitled to re-imbursement of costs associated with secondary accommodation. Further details will be published by the Department of Health in due course.

Other

Students will be required to pay for missed mandatory training sessions and any missed Occupational Health appointments. Missed theory and practical sessions for mandatory training ranges from £15-£45. Missed OH appointments ranges from  £17 for a General Appointment to £122 for a specialist appointment

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Any costs incurred as a result of working in a specific clinical setting where you are not employed
  • Graduation costs

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Once you graduate from the course, you’ll be qualified with professional registration from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You’ll have everything you need to go straight into a professional role – or to do further research in academia. 

Our alumni work in rewarding roles at London NHS trusts, and healthcare organisations elsewhere in the UK and abroad. And many of them go beyond a hospital setting, starting careers in research, GP practices and charities. 

But King’s graduates also have qualities that are desirable to employers in the wider healthcare settings. Our alumni have applied their skills to rewarding careers in teaching and  management.  

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