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

Empowering Compassionate Care: Expert-Led Mental Health Nursing Education with Diverse Clinical Experiences at Plymouth Marjon University.

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Transforming Futures in Mental Health Nursing: Unparalleled Expertise, Diverse Clinical Exposure, and Personalised Support at Plymouth Marjon University

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Three A-Levels at grades BCC-BBB


Or T levels at grade M

GCSE English Grade 4 / C or above or L2 Functional Skills

An Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 104 tariff points, of which at least 30 credits at Merit

Nursing Associates and Assistant Practitioners must have completed a recognised L5 programme of study and submit a Portfolio of Evidence for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

If English is not the applicant’s first language and they do not have GCSE English Grade 4 /C or above or L2 Functional Skills, then IELTS (or equivalent qualification) will be required with an overall score of at least 7.0 (at least 6.5 in all elements sections) in accordance with NMC Guidance. 

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UCAS points 104 -120 UCAS Tariff points to include 64 UCAS Tariff points from 2 ‘A’ Levels, BTEC or equivalent

UCAS code NUR1

UCAS institution code P63

Duration 3 years

Course Summary

At Plymouth Marjon University, our Mental Health Nursing programme is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and immersive education in the field of mental health. With a focus on hands-on experience and personalised support, our programme sets the stage for students to become compassionate, skilled, and confident mental health professionals. We believe in learning by doing. That's why our programme offers preloaded exposure in state-of-the-art simulation suites. Here, students are able to practice essential skills and scenarios in a controlled environment, ensuring they are well-prepared for real-world clinical settings. This immersive training allows for a seamless transition from classroom theory to practical application.

At Marjon, the well-being of our students is paramount. We provide a nurturing and inclusive learning environment where students feel comfortable and supported throughout their academic journey. Our dedicated faculty and staff are committed to fostering a culture of respect, empathy, and open communication. To truly understand the complexities of mental health nursing, students will embark on two placements per year. These placements are carefully selected to offer a diverse range of experiences in various clinical settings. This hands-on approach allows students to discover their unique interests and strengths within the field, ultimately guiding them towards their final destination specialisation. We believe that exposure to diverse clinical environments is key to helping students uncover their true calling in mental health nursing. Through our structured placement program, students have the opportunity to explore different specialties, from acute care to community outreach. This hands-on experience empowers students to make informed decisions about their final destination specialisation.

Join us at Plymouth Marjon University and embark on a transformative journey towards a rewarding career in mental health nursing. With expert-led education, unparalleled clinical exposure, and personalised support, you'll be equipped to make a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals and communities struggling with mental health challenges.

Why study nursing at Marjon?

Benefit from a programme taught by seasoned experts in mental health nursing, ensuring a top-quality education.

Cutting-Edge Simulation Suites: Practice essential skills in state-of-the-art simulation suites, providing a confident start in real-world clinical settings.

Gain exposure to a wide range of clinical settings with two placements per year, helping you discover your passion and choose the right specialisation for your career.

Plymouth Marjon fosters a welcoming, supportive environment where all students feel valued and empowered to thrive.

Flexible Study Options: Whether you're a school leaver, career changer, early-stage professional, or mature student, our program is designed to accommodate diverse life circumstances, offering flexible study options and online resources.

Choose Plymouth Marjon University for a transformative educational experience that goes beyond traditional learning. Join a strong community and network, and be part of a program focused on empowering compassionate care, setting you up for a rewarding career in mental health nursing.

Modules for this course

1st Year

Essentials of Nursing Practice
Embark on your journey to becoming a registered professional nurse! This module delves into essential knowledge, skills, and values for contemporary practice. Explore professionalism, accountability, and your own nursing philosophy while honing communication through high-fidelity simulation.
Placement 1 - Integrated care for nursing students
Immerse in dynamic nursing practice across modern healthcare settings. Guided by dedicated supervisors and assessors, refine practical skills, embrace reflective practice, and explore evidence-based approaches. Experience high-fidelity simulations, ensuring hands-on readiness
Social Determinants of Health
Uncover the roots of health disparities! From poverty to poor health literacy, this module delves into social determinants shaping well-being. Learn to promote health, empower choices, and champion positive change for individuals facing diverse challenges
Biological and Pharmacological Aspects of Health and Wellbeing
Unlock the secrets of the human body! Dive into anatomy, physiology, and health influences. Master pharmacology basics and learn to promote effective medication management. Elevate your nursing expertise.
Integrated Care for Nursing Students Part 2
Exploring diverse healthcare settings, this module immerses students in real-world nursing practice. From community to hospital-based placements, they're guided by dedicated assessors. It's a journey of honing practical skills, reflecting on decisions, and embracing evidence-based care.

2nd Year

The Role of Evidence-based Practice in Clinical Decision-making.
Unravel the dynamic healthcare landscape! This module delves into evolving policies, guiding students in evidence-based clinical decisions. Discover the power of information sources and ethical research practices for a global perspective on nursing care. Adapt and excel in this ever-changing field
Placement 1 - Enhancing care and clinical decision making
Level up your nursing expertise! In this module, you'll dive deep into clinical practice, guided by seasoned professionals. You'll master safe care delivery, refine decision-making, and align it all with patient needs and ethical guidelines. Get ready to excel in your nursing journey!
Developing Knowledge and Skills in Complex Care.
Master the art of providing safe, evidence-based care for patients with complex needs. Dive into local & national policies, reflecting on real-world challenges. Get hands-on with high-fidelity simulation and scenario-based learning. Elevate your nursing practice!
Placement 2 - Improving safety & quality of care for those with complex needs in practice
Experience hands-on learning under professional supervision to enhance knowledge, assessment skills, and safe nursing care for complex health needs. Develop expertise in clinical care, decision-making, and interprofessional teamwork, aligned with NMC standards. Elevate healthcare delivery and promote patient well-being

3rd Year

Healthcare Management
Unleash your potential in healthcare management. Our module dives into contemporary themes, empowering you to challenge norms and solve real-world problems. From leadership theory to hands-on simulations, gain the skills to lead with confidence and innovation.
Placement 1 - Healthcare Management in practice
Year 3's first placement is your gateway to honing leadership & management skills in delivering inclusive, person-centered care. Learn to navigate diverse backgrounds & cultures, while understanding group dynamics. Discover how to drive organizational change & shape public policy!
Quality Improvement
Unleash your potential as an innovative healthcare leader! Our module delves into quality improvement, using research and clinical audit to drive change and elevate care delivery. From honing communication skills to exploring QI frameworks, we equip you with the tools for transformative healthcare practice. Dive into real-world projects and emerge a change-maker!
Placement 2 - Improving Quality of Care
Year 3's final placement sharpens leadership skills, driving quality, safety, and person-centered care in healthcare. Students dive into dynamics, culture, and organisational change, becoming change catalysts armed with top-notch communication and management prowess.

Please note: This course is subject to validation which means that it is either a new course or that the content is currently being updated. You can apply for this course now while some of the details of the course are being finalised by the University. Please contact the course leader if you would like further information.

What might I become?

On successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a mental health nurse. As a career you may then work in various settings, including hospitals, community health centres, residential care facilities, and schools.

Your responsibilities could include assessing and planning care, administering medications, providing emotional support, and advocating for the rights of individuals with mental health difficulties. Furthermore, this programme may open doors to advanced roles such as clinical nurse specialist, nurse manager or supervisor, or even positions in research or policy development related to mental health nursing. Additionally, you may have opportunities for further education and specialisation in specific areas  or advanced practice nursing.

This programme prepares you for a fulfilling career dedicated to making a positive impact in the field of mental health nursing.

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

The Mental Health Nursing programme at Plymouth Marjon University employs a diverse array of teaching methods to ensure a dynamic and comprehensive educational journey. This encompasses conventional approaches such as lectures, seminars, and tutorials, providing students with a strong foundation of knowledge and opportunities for interactive discussions. Additionally, e-learning platforms enhance accessibility and flexibility in study.

Our focus on Personal and Professional Development Planning empowers students to take charge of their learning. Practical skill development and exposure to industry insights are fostered through workshops, peer learning, and guest speaker sessions. Practice-based and Problem-based Learning, along with Interprofessional Learning, cultivate critical thinking and collaborative abilities. Personalised support is provided through Coaching and Mentoring, while Clinical Simulation offers a hands-on, immersive learning experience.

How will you be assessed?

This programme is meticulously designed to provide a comprehensive evaluation of students' knowledge and proficiency. This incorporates innovative tools like the ePractice Assessment Document (ePAD) and eOngoing Achievement Record (eOAR), facilitating continuous monitoring of progress and competency. Critical Reflection, Case Studies, and Essays create opportunities for in-depth analysis and the practical application of theoretical concepts.

Neighbourhood Studies and Presentations promote the hands-on application and effective communication of learning. Additionally, assessments such as Numeracy and Drug Calculation Skills In-Class Tests guarantee proficiency in vital clinical skills. The Dissertation culminates in independent research and a thorough exploration of a chosen area within mental health nursing. 

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Anne-Marie Lyons

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Anne-Marie is an invaluable asset to our programme, with extensive local connections to Livewell Southwest, she brings a wealth of practical expertise to the course. She has demonstrated her dedication and commitment to the field of mental health by serving across all areas of this critical discipline. This hands-on experience not only enriches he understanding but also translates into invaluable insights for our students. With her guidance, our students will have the privilege of learning from a true authority in the field

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £9,250

Fees for International students: £14,500

This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.

Additional costs:

Additional costs:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check (Annual Update Service or dated within 6 months of the start of the course)
  • Evidence that an occupational health declaration has been completed prior to starting the programme
  • Evidence of all required vaccinations being up-to-date
  • Travel to and from placement
  • Accommodation and general living costs
  • Textbooks
  • Stationary
  • Printing/Photocopying
  • Membership of a Union (Optional but advised)
  • NMC registration on completion of the programme.
  • There may be some discretionary trips and other activities to support your studies

Funding available for this course

Our Student Funding Advisors offer confidential and impartial advice about your funding options.

Student funding advice


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Paul Horne

Programme Lead for ECP and ACP

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Rebecca Horne

Pre Qualifying Healthcare Lecturer

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Sandy Knowles

Senior Lecturer

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Julie McCoy

Adult Nursing Programme Lead

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Saoirse Read

Senior Lecturer

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Frequently asked questions

Q1   What resources and facilities are available to students on-campus to support me in the clinical setting?

You'll have access to a rich array of resources and state-of-the-art facilities both on-campus and in clinical settings. Our campus boasts a cutting-edge simulation suite, which replicates real-world healthcare environments. This suite includes an acute ward, providing students with hands-on experience in acute care scenarios. Additionally, there is a fully equipped GP surgery, allowing students to practice primary care skills. To further enhance practical learning, we have a residential home setup for a realistic understanding of long-term care, as well as a mock flat to simulate home-based care scenarios. These resources provide you with a diverse and immersive learning experience, ensuring you are well-prepared to excel in various healthcare settings upon graduation.

Q2   How does the university support students in terms of career guidance and job placement after graduation?

Marjon is dedicated to guiding students towards a successful and fulfilling career path after graduation. Our comprehensive career support includes personalised guidance from experienced advisors who assist in resume building, interview preparation, and job search strategies. We also facilitate networking opportunities with healthcare professionals and organisations through career fairs and networking events. Additionally, our strong industry connections and partnerships with healthcare institutions provide direct pathways to job placements. Through workshops, seminars, and masterclass networks, we ensure students have the tools and resources needed to confidently transition into the workforce and embark on a rewarding career in Adult nursing.

Q3   What is the learning environment like at Plymouth Marjon University, and how is diversity and inclusion valued within the programme?

The learning environment at Majon is characterised by its inclusive, supportive, and nurturing atmosphere. We believe that diversity is not just celebrated, but integral to the fabric of our community. Our commitment to inclusivity aligns closely with the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, which emphasises the importance of a diverse healthcare workforce in delivering high-quality care. We actively foster an environment where students from all backgrounds feel valued and empowered. This approach extends into the Adult Nursing programme, where we ensure that curriculum, teaching methods, and clinical experiences reflect a range of perspectives and experiences.

Q4   What types of placements can I expect in the first 18 months, and how do they prepare me for my future career?

In the first 18 months of the Adult Nursing programme, students can anticipate a diverse range of placements that provide a holistic foundation for their future career. These placements are carefully curated to ensure a comprehensive learning experience. Students will have the opportunity to engage in clinical settings that encompass learning disabilities, child nursing, and mental health nursing. This exposure is crucial in fostering a well-rounded understanding of healthcare delivery across the lifespan. The programme places a strong emphasis on developing the skills necessary to conduct thorough physical assessments. Students will work under the guidance of experienced asserssors and supervisors to refine their assessment abilities, ensuring they meet the requirements for conducting a full physical assessment competently.

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