BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) [Pre-registration Nursing]

The BSc (Hons) programme focuses on the inclusion of service users and carers as an integral part of the delivery of the programme. This will ensure that person-centred recovery processes are addressed throughout the programme in the development of the student. The mental health field of practice modules will be further informed by critical engagement with current mental health agendas and developments. The programme is  a three-year, full-time integrated and compulsory programme consisting of field of practice, generic and practice learning modules.
The BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) [Pre-registration Nursing] is awarded by BPP University 
Programme details

On-site at Rotherham Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Start Date

September & March 

Length of programme

Three-years, full-time

Modes of study

Classroom, practice learning and online learning materials


Presentations, written assignments, unseen examinations, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), numerical assessments, assessment of practice learning and a dissertation.

How to apply

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All applications for full-time undergraduate programmes should be made online through UCAS:

Programme code: 8C46



Key Information

  • Specialise in the application, evaluation and appraisal of mental health nursing
  • Learn the necessary skills to be fit for practice and be equipped to respond to a changing healthcare environment
  • Develop and critically reflect upon the practical, technical and professional skills required to practice autonomously in order to provide compassionate, safe, effective and accountable nursing practice
  • Gain the key employability skills required by mental health nurses
  • Understand how to critically examine the functions and structures of the human body and development and analyse its application to contemporary nursing practice and health promotion

Studying mental health nursing with BPP University

The BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) programme aims to produce excellent nurses, who are fit for practice  and able to meet the key needs of all patient groups.  Students will experience an integrated academic and professional training environment conceived and structured to enable you to gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to pursue and sustain a career in contemporary nursing practice.

During the initial stages of the programme you will be given more direction and assistance to help you move from being a learner who is dependent, to an autonomous, increasingly reflective and critical individual as your knowledge develops.

There is an expectation that, as you progress with your studies, you will become independent and self-directed, taking increasing responsibility for your own learning and professional development.

Learning experience

Students studying the BSc will be exposed to an inclusive, challenging and transformational learning experience. We offer a supportive, student-focused approach to learning. The Faculty of Nursing will motivate and support you academically, pastorally and professionally.

Learning platforms include: 

We provide our students with a full range of learning experiences to make sure they get the best quality and value from their education:

  • Structured lectures
  • Seminars
  • Directed learning
  • E-learning  
  • Group and individual tutorials
  • Practice-based learning 

Practice Learning Experiences 

The programme consists of four practice learning experiences utilising a ‘hub and spoke’ model to provide a flexible approach ensuring that you to maximise your learning opportunities. Practice learning will facilitate the acquisition of skills required to achieve competence within the adult nursing field of practice.

The programme ensures that there is equal weighting for learning in practice and academic theory in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidelines. There are four mandatory practice learning modules, one in year one, two in year two and one in year three, equating to 50% of the credit each year.

Level Theory Practice
4 60%  - 29 weeks 40% - 16 weeks
5 50% - 23 weeks 50% - 22 weeks
6 40% - 16 weeks 60% - 29 weeks

BPP University will consider if any reasonable adjustments can be made regarding the placements of students if they are disabled, as stipulated by the Equality Act 2010, reasonable adjustment will be considered if a student has a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on their ability to do normal daily activities.

Reasonable adjustment will be considered on an individual case by case basis.


Learning, teaching and assessment occurs across academic and practice learning environments using a flexible, blended and integrated approach. These include:

  • Practical learning assessments
  • Clinical simulations
  • Examinations
  • Assignments
  • Numeracy examinations
  • Presentations

Key information about the BSc Nursing/BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental health)

Students have will complete a dissertation in the third year of the mental health nursing programme. 

Registering as a nurse in the UK 

*Once you have successfully completed the BSc (Hons) Nursing programme you can register as a qualified adult nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

All nurses operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland must be approved to practice by the NMC and therefore must be listed on the NMC register. You will need to apply for recognition of your qualification with the NMC, which can be done online. Your application will then be reviewed by the NMC based on their assessment criteria prior to entry onto the register.

*Entry to the NMC register is subject to examination results and completed hours of practice.

The NMC has a specified criteria for eligibility of registration, more information on this can be found here:

BPP University is required to review the occupational health of all students who wish to gain entry to the NMC register. BPP University will review student’s ability to practice nursing in accordance with Occupational clearance as stipulated by the Equalities Act 2010.

Mental health nursing as a career

The BPP University Faculty of Nursing is committed to producing nursing students who are highly skilled, compassionate, caring professionals.

Mental health nurses work with a variety of people, or can specialise in a particular filed of practice such as adolescents, adults or offenders. Usually you will be required to work on a number of tasks during any given day such as assessing and supporting patients, encouraging patients to take on therapies, physical care and providing medication, to name a few.

Additionally, you’ll work closely with support workers, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and health visitors, social workers or the police.

Our aim is to produce nurses who will provide a first class patient care for all service users, in a wide range of healthcare settings.



Level 4 (Year one)

Module Name Credits Optional
Introduction to Public Health & Equality in Nursing Practice 15 No
Evidence & Values in Professional Nursing Practice & Patient Centred Care 15 No
Introduction to Contemporary Mental Health Nursing Practice 30 No
Practice Learning 1 60 No


Level 5 (Year two)

Research Methods & Application in Nursing 15 No
Developing Professional Nursing Practice 15 No
Application of Mental Health Nursing Practice 30 No
Practice Learning 2 30 No
Practice Learning 3 30 No


Level 6 (Year three)

Evaluating and Appraising Mental Health Nursing Practice 15 No
Management & Leadership in Practice 30 No
Supporting the Education & Assessment of Others in Nursing Practice 15 No
Management & Leadership in Practice 30 No
Practice Learning 4 60 No


Entry Requirements

120 minimum tariff points required for this course.

A Level BBB or equivalent.
A minimum of 2 A levels
BTEC Extended Diploma
OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical
Health and Social Care or Science only will be considered.
Access to HE Diploma All level 3 credits must be at Distinction level.
Nursing, Science or Health related pathway only will be considered (to include study of Physiology and Biology).
International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points
Higher Level grades minimum of 5, 5, 5
Other We will consider applicants who possess:
  • A recognised and equivalent vocational, industry or professional qualification
  • A recognised and equivalent qualification (examinations and experience) and apply following the Accredited Prior Learning procedure,  Students must have min 12 months/max 18 months APL
Excluded subjects General Studies
GCSE 5 GCSEs at grade C or above which must include English, Mathematics and a Science.
We do not accept level 2 equivalent qualifications e.g. BTECs or Key Skills.
For reformed GCSEs we accept a minimum of grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.
If English is not your first language IELTS level of 7.0 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each element).

Additional entry requirements

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check: All students will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check upon acceptance of our offer of a place.

Health check: all offers will be conditional upon a satisfactory Occupational Health clearance

References: evidence of good character is required from 2 appropriate sources.

Please note that the cost of both the DBS and Occupational health check will not be covered by BPP University.


Offers are made following face to face interviews.  Candidates will be selected to progress to interview based on actual and predicted grades and qualifications, personal statement and references provided in their application.

We will be looking for evidence of the following both within the application and at interview:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • A clear understanding of the BSc (Hons) Nursing programme you are applying for
  • Enthusiasm for a career in nursing and a desire to make a difference within healthcare 
  • Understanding of what a nurse does and the values and personal qualities that make a good nurse 
  • Skills and knowledge gained from relevant work experience or voluntary work 
  • Experience of working in a healthcare setting, being a carer or service user 
  • Knowledge of current issues within nursing and healthcare 
  • Capacity for independent study 
  • Awareness of equal opportunities and cultural diversity

The interviews will be made up of 2 sections:

  1. Group activity
  2. Panel interview

Please be aware that meeting the minimum requirements for entry, does not guarantee you an interview or an offer of a place on the programme.

Teaching beyond coursework

At BPP University, we have a dedicated Careers service in place to give students an ‘edge’. This comes in the form of professional support and guidance given in a range of ways, which together ensure you have a rounded and professional approach to finding and securing a graduate role when you finish your studies.

The Careers service provides one-to-one consultations, mock interviews and career events. You can even receive advice on preparing your all-important CV, filling in application forms and essential interview techniques.

Just as importantly, you are also offered ‘Career-Ready Skills’ workshops throughout the year. Developed with employers, the skills taught have been identified as those critical to the success of organisations and cover everything from negotiation and presentation techniques to time management.

It’s never too early to start learning all the essential skills you’ll need to secure a position, which is why you can begin taking advantage of our careers services as soon as you have accepted a place at BPP University, and continue to access the Careers Service for 12 months after you leave.

Your student experience

BPP University Students' Association has thousands of members with students across all ten BPP University sites and studying online. Every student of BPP University automatically becomes a member of the Students' Association when they start their programme. The Association aims to put you, the student, at the heart of everything BPP University does, giving you:

  • An independent voice on student matters
  • Information, support and guidance about your academic and personal life
  • Academic, cultural, social and professional enrichment through the development of clubs, societies, events and initiatives
  • Awareness and enhancement of your employability

BPP University students are eligible for an NUS card.

Study locations

Study the BSc Nursing (Mental health) [Pre-registration Nursing]  On-site at Rotherham Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.


The  fee for this full-time programme is £8,500, per annum

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for assessments: £75

Resit fees to repeat a 15 credit module: £400

Resit fees to repeat a 20 credit module: £530

Resit fees to repeat a 30 credit module: £800

Resit practical assessment fee: £100

Resit clinical assessment fee: £250

Undergraduate Loans

UK students applying for our Undergraduate courses can apply for Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans to help cover the cost of tuition fees and living costs whilst studying (subject to eligibility). Tuition Fee Loans are also available for EU students.

You can apply for a tuition fee loan up to a maximum of £6,000 (full-time) or £4,500 (part-time) per academic year. For students from Northern Ireland, the maximum tuition fee loan available is £3,805 per academic year.

Students who intend to study our two-year, full-time accelerated degrees should note that BPP University's fee per year is £9,000, which is above the maximum loan of £6,000 per year available. Students would therefore need to self-fund the difference of £3,000 each year.

To find out more visit our undergraduate loans page.

Please note: if at any point during your studies you change modes of study or the speed at which you complete your studies, we will be required to notify the Student Loans Company as this may have funding implications.

Additional Funding Options

For those who need it, BPP University’s Student Services support team can provide funding advice and assistance. This includes information on other options open to you, such as bursaries and grants from professional bodies, charities, employers and other institutions who give financial support. For instance, funding may be available through scholarships, interest-free payment plans, the Student Loans Company or Future Finance student loans*.

For more information on Future Finance loans, financial support and addition funding please visit:

* Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the Future Finance loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website at BPP University Limited acts as a credit broker and is not a lender for this arrangement.

Flexible payment plans

For further details of instalment payment schemes and dates, please contact the Student Finance Office:

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