Mental Health Nursing - Liverpool John Moores University

2020/21 entry

BSc (Hons) with Registered Nurse Status Mental Health Nursing

Course fees

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

All figures are subject to yearly increases.


*The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year.

Course type

BSc (Hons) with Registered Nurse Status

BSc Hons with Registered Nurse Status

UCAS info

UCAS code: B760

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

 Clearing
Minimum UCAS points required: 96

This course is available in Clearing, apply now using our online Clearing tool.

If you don't have your results: register your interest for Clearing courses.

International students: call/email our International Admissions Counsellor IAC@ljmu.ac.uk.

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.

  • £6,000 per year bursary as standard for Mental Health Nursing students living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland attending LJMU plus another £1,000 for students with children to help cover child care
  • 100% of our mental health nursing graduates go on employment or further study within six months of graduating (Source: discoveruni.gov.uk)
  • Start months: We have two intakes each year - January and September
  • Clinical work experience with 4-5 placements in your first year, with 2-3 in your second and third years, in a wide variety of healthcare settings 
  • Over £4million invested in the Faculty's teaching and learning environment, including £1.6million developing professional-standard clinical practice suites​
  • While on placement, you have a dedicated study day each week giving you the opportunity for contact and support
  • LJMU was named Winner of Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration), Student Nursing Times Awards 2018
  • Campus location: City Campus

What it means to study Nursing at LJMU -

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New Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the professional body that evaluates and monitors all Nursing and Midwifery courses in the UK. Only education and training providers accredited by the NMC can deliver courses that lead to Qualified Nurse or Midwife status and registration with the NMC.

In 2018, the NMC released plans to update the standards for pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes, starting after 28th January 2019. The new standards set out the entry requirements, length of programme, methods of assessment and the level of award.

To ensure that our programmes are at the forefront of nursing and midwifery education and meet the new standards, we've worked closely with our practice partners updating our course content and student assessment methods. This means you'll benefit from the most up to date, practice-informed learning.

Additional course costs

Travel costs to placements and parking if using a car whilst on placement. However, you may be able to claim reimbursement of travel costs through The Learner Support Fund provided by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA).

Students who would like to buy extra uniform items, further to their standard uniform which is included in the course fees, have the option to do so. International experience may incur costs.

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)

I have worked in care since I was 18 and had previously worked my way up to be a house manager for an organisation providing specialist care to adults with additional support needs. I see myself progressing up as a nurse and going into management eventually. LJMU is giving me the confidence that I need to excel.

Josh Gilroy, 3rd year, BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

Work-related learning

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.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make an international opportunity available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree, either in Europe or the US. You could take part in a work placement in Europe under the ERASMUS+ scheme or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. There are also opportunities to attend a two-week summer school with one of our worldwide partners.

Our Go Global Fund can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about studying or working abroad or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

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 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

All of your modules are mandatory Core modules. You will study six modules at each level, each worth 20 credits.

Level 4  

  • Introduction to Practice 1
  • Inequalities and Public Health
  • Biosciences in Nursing Practice
  • Introduction to Practice 2
  • Introduction to Evidence Based Nursing Practice
  • Partnership and Policy for Person Centred Care in Mental Health Nursing  

Level 5

  • Developing Practice for Mental Health Nursing 1
  • Behaviour Change to Prevent Ill Health
  • Pathophysiology, Pharmacology in Nursing Care
  • Developing Practice for Mental Health Nursing 2
  • Evidence and Evaluation in the Development of Nursing Practice
  • Partnership Working and Care Co-ordination in Mental Health Nursing

Level 6

  • The Proficient Mental Health Nurse 1
  • Globalisation, Health and Healthcare for Mental Health Nursing
  • Co-ordinating Safe, Quality Mental Health Care
  • The Proficient Mental Health Nurse 2
  • Leadership, Management and Supervision
  • Professional Practice and Coordinating Complex Care in Mental Health Nursing

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.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course. Please note: the programme specification documents are updated annually on 1st August, therefore this version may not reflect the most current course content. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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 both your academic knowledge and professional skills during clinical practice.

Our lecturers are research active and highly regarded; so you can be sure you're learning from excellent role models and educators.

You can learn more about the School of Nursing and Allied Health team by visiting the staff profile section of the website.

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.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

The information below relates to the 2019/20 academic year as the Government has not yet released information for 2020/21. As soon as this is available, we will update these web pages and associate information.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. In 2019/20 scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. In 2019/20 the annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2019/20 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home and EU students is £9,250. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £25,716**.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

Part time students starting in 2018 or later can also apply for a maintenance loan.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £25,716* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £25,716).*

* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

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.

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 study

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 904 6499.

The university reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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