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 2014 99% of our nursing students were in work or further study within six months of graduating.
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. Within Health Sciences at Southampton 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. For all of our Nursing courses, the integration of theory and practice are at the heart of the programme. 99 per cent of our Mental Health Nursing degree students were in work or further study six months after graduation (DLHE, 2014).
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.
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.
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.
Life as a Nursing Student
Follow Nursing student Becca on her degree with Health Sciences at the University of Southampton.
GCSE Maths and English Language (A*-C or 4-9) or IELTS 7.0 (with no component below 7). GCSE Science (A*-C or 4-9) also required if not offered as a level 3 qualification.
Certain GCSE equivalent qualifications will be considered.
BBB, preferably including a science or social science subject
30 points (16 at higher level)
Access to HE Diploma:
Science based Access to HE course (118 UCAS Tariff points including 27 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 relevant 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 enrol on this course, you must meet our entry critieria. You must also have undertaken some relevant formal academic study within the past five years.
Applications should be submitted through UCAS (www.ucas.com). 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 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 degree. Discuss any particularly relevant projects/coursework 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.
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”.
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 or website).
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 course.
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 University:
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).
Disclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance: Students will be required to provide evidence of DBS clearance.
Translation documents: Students will be required to provide evidence of DBS clearance.
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.
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.