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.
Introducing your degree
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.
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.
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 Extended Diploma Health & Social Care (D*DD-DDD)
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-DDD)
CTEC Diploma and CTEC Introductory Diploma will be considered when offered in combination with other relevant qualifications.
Irish Leaving Certificate
5 Higher Level subjects at C2 or higher, including Science or Social science at A or B.
Mathematics and English must be completed to at least Ordinary Level grade C3.
Nursing Studies, Level 5, 120 credits. Distinction essential in Human Growth and Development, Anatomy and Physiology, Nursing Theory and Practice and one other 15 credit module.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Costs associated with this course
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.
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