B748 BN (Hons) Bachelor of Nursing (Child and Mental Health) (4 years)
Improve quality of life in young service users and patients with complex mental health complaints, through excellence in care, delivery of personal values and a tailored understanding of individuals’ needs, built upon the values of compassion and empathy. Ranked 10th in the world and 3rd amongst UK universities for nursing (QS World Rankings by Subject 2017), our qualified practitioner-led curriculum will give you the qualities to become a leader in the healthcare landscape of tomorrow.
On this full time four year degree you will gain practical knowledge through a series of 8 clinical placements across hospital and community based settings. In combination, you will benefit from teaching led by qualified and practicing nursing professionals in both child and mental health fields, who will share their insights and experiences to prepare you to tackle the needs of two complex sets of service users.
Upon finishing your degree you will be entitled to two professional registrations with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which is the body that regulates the UK profession.
On the BN Child and Mental Health Nursing degree course you will receive tuition from academics at the forefront of their fields. Furthermore, all our courses are values based, which means that skills of emotional intelligence underpin your learning from day one. Plus, you will get the best informed foundation for your career thanks to the findings of our cutting edge research.
Practice experience is central to the course, which means you will undertake a range of community and hospital placements during your degree.
All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Visit our How to Apply page for information on the application process and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.
The BN Child and Mental Health Nursing degree is structured to give you a range of theory and practice modules in both fields. It includes all the information you would expect on high standard BN Child nursing degrees and BN Mental Health degrees.
You begin with the child field modules before moving to the mental health field modules. At a later stage the knowledge and skills you have learned in each field become integrated. By the end of the degree you will have a rich resource of competencies, skills and experiences to draw upon in your professional life.
GCSE Maths and English Language (Grade A*-C or 4-9) or IELTs 7 (with no component below 7). GCSE Science (A*-C or 4-9) also required if not offered as a Level 3 qualifications. Certain GCSE equivalent qualifications will be considered.
ABB, preferably including a science or social science subject.
Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on achieving an A grade in the EPQ.
32 points (16 at higher level).
Access to HE Diploma
Science based Access to HE Diploma (125 UCAS Tariff points including 33 distinctions at level 3).
BTEC Extended Diploma Health & Social Care (D*DD).
BTEC Diploma and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered when offered in combination with other relevant qualifications.
CTEC Extended Diploma Health & Social Care (D*DD).
CTEC Diploma and CTEC Introductory Diploma will be considered when offered in combination with other qualifications.
Irish Leaving Certificate
5 Higher Level subjects with 4 at H2, including science or social science. Mathematics and English must be completed to at least Ordinary level grade O4.
Level 5. 120 credits from 15 (or larger) credit units. Distinction grade essential in at least 5 modules including Human Growth and Development (or Biology); Anatomy and Physiology; Nursing Theory.
Mathematics and English must be completed to at least Ordinary Level grade C3 in Irish Leaving Certificate. Certain FETAC modules will be accepted in lieu of these.
To enter one of our courses, you must meet our academic criteria. You must also have undertaken some relevant formal academic study within the past five years.
Applications should be submitted through UCAS. Once you have submitted your application, the Admissions Team will review it to check that you either already meet or are on target to meet our academic entry criteria for this course. If so, your application will be passed to the Programme Admissions Tutor who will review your personal statement and reference and assess these against fixed criteria.
What will the Admissions Tutors look for in my Personal Statement?
The Admissions Tutor looks for evidence that you offer a caring and compassionate approach; that your personal values and attitudes align with those of the NHS Constitution and the University; that you have realistic insight to the area you plan to study; and that you are committed to both study and practice parts of the course.
Why do you want to be a Child or Mental Health Nurse? - What is it about ‘your’ attitudes, values and character that makes this profession so appropriate for you?
What do you understand about the role? - To further strengthen your application, it is important that you demonstrate a clear insight into your chosen profession and scope of the role. This should hopefully be achieved by reflecting on relevant work experience, volunteering or shadowing you may have undertaken.
Discuss your relevant academic preparation - What have you particularly enjoyed during your studies and how do you feel this has prepared you for this course. Discuss any particularly relevant projects/work you may have undertaken.
Personal interests – sports / music / drama / ‘team’ / job / responsibilities / relaxing / etc. Identify transferable skills that will be useful in your chosen profession.
The Admissions Tutor will then decide whether to shortlist your application and invite you to attend a selection session or reject your application. You will normally be notified of this decision within 3 weeks of submitting your application, however at peak times this can be longer.
Please Note: If you are applying to Single Field Nursing courses at other universities, to ensure these applications are not disadvantaged you may prefer to focus on either Child OR Adult Nursing within your Personal Statement. This will not adversely affect your Dual Field application with us but we suggest that if you are shortlisted and invited to attend a Selection Session, you bring with you an additional Personal Statement which demonstrates your experience and insight into the other field.
What happens if my application is shortlisted?
If the Admissions Tutor decides to invite you to a selection session you will receive an invitation via email. You will be offered a range of dates to choose from and further information on how to confirm your attendance. You will also receive a link to a website with important information informing you how to prepare and what to expect during your selection session.
Nursing Selection sessions normally last approximately 4 hours. During this time you will undertake a number of assessed activities:
Numeracy and written exercise – a total of 45 minutes available to answer 10 numeracy questions and one written question linked to NHS Core Values. The numeracy questions are similar to Level 2 Key Skills/Functional Skills questions. Example numeracy questions can be found in the "Useful Downloads" section, at the bottom of the Programme Overview page. To help you prepare for this we recommend you use the BBC Bitesize revision tools.
Group Discussion – small groups of around 6 applicants will have 20 minutes to discuss a particular topic linked to NHS Core Values. Two assessors will monitor this discussion and you will be assessed on your contribution and your interaction with other members of the group. It will be helpful to draw on your experience during this task and hopefully interesting to hear views and opinions from others with similar interests to you.
Reflection – short 1:1 discussion with Assessor which will allow you to reflect on the group discussion.
Situational Judgement – short activity exploring NHS Core Values only lasting around 3-4 minutes
For each activity you will be given a numerical score. All scores will be combined and used in conjunction with details from your application to determine whether to make you an offer or reject your application. You will normally be notified of this decision within 2 weeks of attending the selection session.
During the selection session you are likely to meet academic members of staff, current students, clinicians and service users. Their thoughts and observations support the evidence you have provided on the day but be assured that all final decisions are made by the admissions tutor, who will review your whole application to enable a final decision to be made.
As part of the selection session, you will also have the opportunity to pose yours questions to Admissions Tutors and current students in order to discover more about the course and studying at Southampton. We get a lot of information from you in this session so it’s important that you ask all your questions too.
Understanding your offer
If you receive an offer of a place to study on our course, this will be a “Conditional” offer. This means to secure your place on this course you need to meet certain conditions such as attaining certain academic grades/qualifications. Any conditions attached to your offer will be shown on UCAS Track.
All offers are also made on the condition that you pass an Occupational Health check and Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal record) check. Further information on these processes will be provided to you before you start the course.
You will only be able to enrol on the course when you have met all these conditions and your offer becomes “Unconditional”.
Typical course content
As the programme progresses the knowledge and skills gained within the two fields will be integrated. At course completion you will have a particularly rich resource of competencies, skills and experiences to draw upon in your professional career.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
Fees & funding
Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically
£9,250 per year.
Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most
part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.
Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or
your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the
You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc).
Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
IT: Computers are provided on the campus but many student choose to use their own laptops/tablets to support their work.
A uniform for clinical practice will be supplied but you will need to buy suitable footwear.
Printing and copying
Some pages of the Assessment of Practice document will need to be printed/photocopied. In the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/services/copying_for_students_and_visitors/faq.php#594
Accommodation: The NHS Bursary department state the following for students who commenced after 1st September 2012: “If you have to live away from your normal term-time accommodation during a period of practice placement, you can claim for the cost of any temporary accommodation on or near your practice placement site if it not practical for you to travel there from your usual accommodation each day. However, if your temporary accommodation is your parental home, you will NOT be able to make a claim for your accommodation costs.” Those that started before 1st September 2012 then the following rules applied: “You can claim excess accommodation costs if you live away from your term-time address whilst on placement and are obliged to meet both the costs of your placement accommodation and of retaining your term-time accommodation. You will need to provide proof of these costs and the periods that they cover. You will be reimbursed for the total cost of your clinical placement address, up to a maximum of 110% of your term-time address cost. If you normally reside with your parents during term-time, the cost of your term time address is normally set at £20.00 per day (£30.00 per day for Universities in the London area) and payment will be made at this rate, if appropriate. If you move to the parental home for the purposes of attending your placement you will not be able to claim dual accommodation costs.” Students are required to book and pay for their own accommodation then if they are in receipt of an NHS Bursary they claim the costs back through the NHS Bursary department. The Faculty currently pay for accommodation on the Isle of Wight with Spectrum Housing and a Room away from Home only however we are unsure how long this agreement will be place for and we understand that at some point in the future students will be required to pay the cost upfront themselves. Travel Costs: The NHS Bursary department state the following for students who commenced after 1st September 2012: “Providing the student is in receipt of an NHS Bursary or the £1,000 non means tested grant students may claim the difference between the cost of daily travel from normal term-time accommodation to practice placement site and back. The cost of the daily return journey to placement must be more than the cost of their daily return journey to university.” Those that started before 1st September 2012 then the following rules applied: “The daily cost of travelling to and from placement MUST BE in excess of students normal daily travel costs between term time address and place of study. If their practice placement travel costs are greater than normal daily travel, student may claim the gross amount of the costs incurred.” Again all travel is paid for upfront by the student then if eligible to claim they do so through the NHS Bursary department. Claims can be submitted on a regular basis such as weekly/fortnightly basis rather than waiting until the end of a practice placement but claims cannot be submitted in advance. Immunisation/Vaccination Costs: Students will receive the immunisations which prepare them for practice, as recommended by Occupational Health. Students may opt to pay for others (e.g. meningitis).
Parking Costs: Students may opt to pay for parking whilst on campus, and there may be opportunity to buy parking space whilst on placement.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.
Careers in Child and Mental Health Nursing
Modern nursing is a demanding vocation that could lead you into employment in a variety of settings in both hospitals and the wider community. As a graduate your degree qualification and practical experience will give you the ideal platform to develop your career in the direction that interests you most. Furthermore, as your knowledge and expertise increase you could move into a more senior position. For example, you could become a consultant nurse, leading a team and/or working in advanced clinical practice.
You could also opt to work in education, where you will train and inspire future generations of nurses. Fast track opportunities to enrol on doctoral programmes will exist if you prove to be a high-flying student. In addition, you may have the option to combine practice and research, or research and education. These are known in the profession as clinical academic careers.
Learning & Assessment
The BN nursing degree in child and mental health is structured to give you the optimum range of theory and practice elements. You begin with the child modules and then move on to the mental health modules.
At a later stage the knowledge and skills you have acquired in each area come together. By the time you graduate you will have many competencies, skills and experiences to empower you in the early stages of your career.
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