Mental Health Nursing - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

BSc (Hons) with Registered Nurse Status Nursing with registered Nurse Status - Mental Health

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BSc (Hons) with Registered Nurse Status

UCAS info

Points required: 112

UCAS code: B760

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

 This course is no longer accepting applications for 2017 entry

About your course

As part of the professionally-accredited BSc (Hons) Nursing with Registered Nurse Status (Mental Health) at Liverpool John Moores University you will complete supervised clinical practice in a variety of settings, both within and outside hospital settings. Plus you will gain further training using our on-campus clinical practice suites.

  • 100% of our mental health nursing graduates go on to find employment or further study within six months of graduating.
  • Clinical work experience with 4-6 placements guaranteed per year in a wide variety of healthcare settings 
  • LJMU has recently invested over £4million in the Faculty's teaching and learning environment, including £1.6million in developing professional-standard clinical practice suites​
  • Finalist for Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration), Student Nursing Times Awards 2017
  • While on placement, students still have a dedicated study day each week providing our students with the opportunity of contact and support at all times
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Studying at LJMU has given me the opportunity to experience a wide range of placement settings and get involved in many extra curricular activities which have developed my confidence and knowledge.

Stephanie Daye, BSc Nursing (Mental Health)

Each placement encouraged my interests and allowed me to get involved in every aspect of providing excellent care. Balancing the commitments of an intensive course, family and work was made much simpler through the support and empathy shown by the Faculty.

Sam Pearson, current student

Work-related learning

Clinical practice is a vital element of this degree course and accounts for half of your study time at LJMU.

It will include work-based learning in primary care, nursing homes and acute settings, and give you an invaluable opportunity to learn from experienced nursing practitioners while experiencing the full 24-hour working pattern. Most of your placements will be in the local area but we cannot guarantee that they will all be close to your home.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

As soon as you enrol at LJMU, you will be assigned your own personal tutor. Your tutor will give you feedback on how well you are progressing with your studies and encourage you to plan for your educational and career development.

During your clinical placements you will work alongside experienced nurses and be supervised by practice mentors, as well as having the support of clinical liaison lecturers and academic link staff. Additional support is always available within the Faculty or from a more experienced student mentor if you need it. You could even become a mentor yourself eventually.

Course details

Mental health nurses deal with a range of mental health problems. They work in a variety of settings ranging from hospitals and high security services to Drug and Alcohol Services and Community Mental Health Services for people of all ages.

Your key role and challenge as a mental health nurse will be to engage in, develop and disengage from therapeutic relationships with service users and their families through the use of effective communication and interpersonal skills. Your aim will be to promote health and wellbeing for individuals alongside assisting them to achieve their full potential in recovery.

The Faculty has a therapeutic suite where you will perform, observe, record and play back a variety of interactive simulations based on a range of teaching methods. Work-based learning is integral to this programme so you will undertake supervised and supported clinical practice and experience the full 24-hour shift working pattern.

Your clinical and theoretical experiences will assist you in the development of a range of skills such as communication, decision-making, critical thinking, leadership, case management and team working, all of which are underpinned by the professional values of mental health nursing.

LJMU’s  £1.6 million clinical practice suites will enable you to train on-campus using hospital-standard facilities, including virtual patients. The Suites show a patient’s journey from a home environment through to rehabilitation. They cover a range of areas with the latest clinical equipment for simulations and clinical skills development in child nursing, adult and mental health nursing, paramedic practice, social work and midwifery. This environment will help prepare you for the rigours and realism of actual practice, giving you the confidence to deal with real service users in the NHS, private and voluntary settings.

The course has two intakes each year and applicants who accept an offer of a place will be allocated a place in either the September or March intake.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Level 4  

  • Introduction to nursing practice
  • Foundations of nursing practice (2)
  • Introduction to study skills
  • Introduction To Nursing Science
  • Appplication of Nursing Theory to Practice
  • Person Centred Practice in Mental Health

Level 5

  • Enhancing Mental Health Practice 1
  • Enhancing Mental Health Practice 2
  • Effective use of Research in Evidence Based Nursing Practice
  • Health and illness across the lifespan
  • Key concepts of Mental Health Nursing
  • Contemporary Challenges in Healthcare for people who use Mental Health Services

Level 6

  • Consolidating Mental Health Nursing Practice
  • Consolidating mental health practice 2
  • Nursing Management and Leadership
  • Managing Complex Care in Mental Health
  • Changing Perspectives In Healthcare Mental Health
  • Personal and Professional Development

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

You will be required to complete 4,600 hours, of which 50% will be theory and 50% clinical practice and you may have to attend sessions outside the normal university hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm. Blocks of academic study can be up to seven weeks depending on the programme plan. These are followed by periods of clinical practice where you will work 30 hours per week with 7.5 hours of theory per week either in university or via directed study.

Underpinning all aspects of the training offered is a commitment to ethical and anti-oppressive values, values and principles of the NHS Constitution and Professional Body requirements.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

You will be taught by experienced nurses and other health care professionals who will act as mentors to help you develop professional skills during clinical practice.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment is through a combination of exams, essays and assignments, workbooks, portfolios and presentations.

On top of this there will be practical work and clinical appraisal, which will be done either at the university or in practice where you will be assessed by clinical mentors. You will be offered feedback at various points during the course and support will be readily available from your individual module tutors should you need advice or guidance at any time. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas that may need further attention.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications


Application and selection

​We shortlist applicants based on current qualifications, predicted grades, references and personal statement. We are looking for evidence of voluntary, paid or life experiences of caring for people with mental health issues. Additionally, applicants should demonstrate a clear commitment to Mental Health nursing.

Above all, we want students who are committed to providing the best possible treatment and support to those in their care, with a strong desire to continually develop and improve their skills as a Mental Health nurse and nursing practice as a whole.

You will need excellent communication skills, good time management skills, a willingness to work flexible shift patterns and long hours. You will have an ability to combine academic study, clinical work and family/social life, and a strong commitment to study and work.

Please note: Due to the volume of applications, amendments will not be accepted once an application has been submitted; therefore applicants are advised to make sure each section is completed correctly prior to submission.

Other information:
If successful, in addition to any conditions, all offers will be subject to: Eligibility of NHS Bursary
Further information on NHS eligibility can be found at:  as well as satisfactory medical clearance and DBS clearance.
We will contact you directly to undertake this and further information can be found at: addition, applicants will have to follow Faculty procedures for declaring any convictions after interview.

GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to application applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: BBC

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM in a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area. Points can be achieved from a combination of passes, merits and distinctions

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: English Language and Mathematics at Ordinary Level

Additional entry requirement information

​We will accept the new Cache Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care Grade B or above, or in combination with other relevant qualifications.                                                              

Due to the volume of applications, amendments will not be accepted once an application has been submitted; therefore applicants are advised to make sure each section is completed correctly prior to submission.

NVQ Level 3 in a relevant subject is accepted for Mature Applicants only. These applicants also need to provide evidence of recent study or professional development and must currently be working within a healthcare environment for a minimum of 2 years.

No more than 50% RPL – this is an NMC requirement

Will I be interviewed?

Yes. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a selection process consisting of an individual interview. This forms an element of the overall decision in relation to suitability for the programme


7.0 (minimum of 7.0 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


Is RPL accepted on this programme?


International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Career prospects

Successful completion of the BSc degree course allows you to apply for registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Register.

This can lead to careers in the health sector at home or abroad and in the private and voluntary sectors. There are a growing number of nurse specialist posts in some clinical areas too. Some graduates prefer to pursue careers in teaching, research or management, or continue their studies with a masters programme.

100% of our mental health nursing graduates go on to find employment or further study within six months of graduating.

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals. 


Professional accreditation / links

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK. The Adult nursing/Mental Health nursing/Midwifery course at LJMU has been approved and monitored by the NMC to make sure that the education and training on offer meets the NMC standards. Successful completion of the course allows you to apply for registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Register.

International Scholarships

International and non-UK EU nationals should check the NHS bursary website for details on residency conditions:

NHSBSA website

If you have any further queries, please contact the International Office on 0151 231 6357.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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