Health Sciences

B760 BN (Hons) Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health)


The BN mental health nursing degree is a three year course that gives you the credentials you need to register to practise with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. By then you will be capable of organising and coordinating care across a range of practice settings.

Nursing at Southampton is ranked joint first in England according to the 2015 Complete University Guide. Furthermore, in 2013 100% of our nursing students were in work or further study within six months of graduating.


Programme Overview

Level: 6

Duration: 3 years 


As a BN mental health nursing degree student you will quickly learn that your objective is to help people live as independently as possible despite their difficulties. You will become knowledgeable about a whole spectrum of mental health complaints, including stress, depression and anxiety.

At Health Sciences we are proud to put special emphasis on developing attributes like empathy and compassion. It is these humanitarian instincts that are particularly relevant in the field of mental health nursing.

We are also pleased to be able to give you the most modern learning facilities, plus top academics, to ensure that you reach your potential.

As one of the UK's top rated centres for research led learning we are very pleased to be able to share with you the findings of our ground breaking research, giving you the latest scientific knowledge.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply



Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Programme Structure


This BN degree in mental health nursing has been designed to give you both practical and academic learning opportunities.

You will spend a lot of time in lectures and seminars benefitting from the knowledge of academics, many of whom are at the very forefront of their field.

You will also spend time on practice placements in both hospitals and in the community, giving you a real taste of what the job involves.


Key facts

  • Mental health nursing is for those of you who have got exceptional communication skills, absolute patience and who never judge behaviour, however unacceptable. Mental health nurses have the opportunity to improve the lives of those who are frequently excluded by others in society and who may be suspicious of support that is offered. 

Mental health nursing student

Mental health nursing student

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Entry requirement

Typical entry requirements


GCSE Maths and English Language (A*-C) or IELTS 7.0. GCSE Science (A*-C) also required if not offered as a level 3 qualification.

Certain GCSE equivalent qualifications will be considered.

A Levels:

ABB-BBB in three A levels, preferably including a science or social science subject.



32-30 points (16 at higher level).


Access to HE Diploma:

Science based access course (24-27 distinctions at level 3)



BTEC national diploma in health studies or science (D*DD-DDD)


Irish leaving certificate


Scottish highers

Other qualifications

Other qualifications may also be considered. Please contact  or 023 8059 5500 to find out more.

Selection process:

Intake: 60

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.

You should enhance your opportunities by working, volunteering or organising work experience in a relevant health or social care setting before studying on the Mental Health Nursing degree course. This will also give you the chance to see whether this is the right career for you. You will meet qualified healthcare professionals, see what their work involves and talk to them about their experiences. Suitable locations may include nursing or residential homes, local hospitals, schools, mental health units, services for adults or children with physical or learning disabilities, or work shadowing a healthcare professional

We endeavour to recruit students to our Health Science courses who have the right values base and demonstrate the appropriate behaviours. We embed the values of the NHS Constitution throughout our admissions processes.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.


Typical course content

The modules are designed to cover the many subjects needed for nursing including health sciences, psychology, sociology, leadership, politics and the fiscal aspects of nursing.

Learning and teaching

On this BN mental health degree assessments take several different forms.

Assignments and exams, along with evidence of practical experience, all form part of the assessment schedule.

Career Opportunities


Working as a nurse in the field of mental health is extremely rewarding. You will need to be a good listener to help people through their problems. By the end of your degree you will have developed a range of transferable skills that are essential to nursing.

BN mental health nursing degree graduates go on to work in a variety of settings, including shelters, addiction and self-harming services, dementia services, residential homes, prisons and acute units.

In 2013 100% of our nursing students went into employment or further study within six months of graduating. This is largely because employers know that we give our students a world class learning environment that enables them to reach their potential early.


More information about careers in nursing can be found on the NHS Careers website