2021/22 entry

BSc (Hons) with Registered Nurse Status Mental Health Nursing with Registered Nurse Status Top Up

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full-time home tuition fee: Level 5 - £4,625 Level 6 - £9,250
Part-time tuition fee: Not applicable

Course type

BSc (Hons) with Registered Nurse Status

BSc Hons with Registered Nurse Status

UCAS info

Points required:

UCAS code:

Institute code: L51

Study mode

18 months full-time

About your course

Designed specifically for qualified Nursing Associates, our BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing top-up degree will lead you to qualify as a Registered Nurse in 18 months.

  • Best Student Experience' Winner, Student Nursing Times Awards 2020 & ‘Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration)’, Student Nursing Times Awards 2018
  • Clinical work experience with four placements guaranteed per year in a wide variety of healthcare settings 
  • £4m invested in the Faculty's teaching and learning environment, including £1.6m developing professional-standard clinical practice suites 
  • While on placement, you will have a dedicated study day each week giving you the opportunity for contact and support at all times 
  • £6,000 NHS grant as standard for Mental Health Nursing students living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland plus another £2,000 for students with dependent children (eligibility criteria apply. Please note: you will only receive a grant for the first 12 months of your course, not per year) 
  • Start months: Two intakes per year - September 2021, February 2022, June 2022 
  • Campus location: C ity Campus 

Please Note: This course is advertised subject to both the LJMU validation process and NMC approval and accreditation, which will take place prior to the start of the course.

You will join the course at Level 5, and study alongside second year (Level 5) students on the standard three-year BSc (Hons) Nursing programmes.

Additional 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.

""LJMU has provided me with outstanding support and a variety of learning opportunities. This has allowed me to fulfil my dream of becoming a children's nurse and not let my disability hold me back.""

Stephanie Slater MBE, 1st year, BSc (Hons) Child Nursing

Work-related learning

​This includes work-based learning in primary care, nursing homes and acute settings, and gives you an invaluable opportunity to learn from experienced 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. In addition there is work related learning once per year in our simulated practice experience. 
All students will undertake one simulated formative placement per year, which is a key feature of the programme. This placement occurs within the LJMU purpose build clinical skills suites and allows for interprofessional learning to take place, in addition to specific simulated learning.

Support and guidance

There are lots of different types of support available during your time at LJMU

As soon as you enrol at LJMU, you will be assigned your own personal tutor, and will meet with them regularly throughout each year. Your personal 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 registered healthcare professionals and be supervised by practice assessors and supervisors, as well as having the support of academic link lecturers. 
Additional support is always available within the Faculty or from student support workers if you need it. All new students coming in to the faculty will have a student mentor allocated to them. Student Mentors are second and third year students who have been selected and trained to mentor new students in all aspects of university life. The student mentor service offers an exciting opportunity for personal and professional development. 

Course details

Mental Health nurses work in a variety of setting and support people with a range of health problems.

Registered mental health nurses 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  £1.6m 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.

What you will study on this degree

All of your modules are Core. This means all students on the programme will study them.

Level 5

  • Behaviour Change to Prevent Ill Health
  • Developing Practice for Mental health Nursing 2 
  • Partnership Working and Care Co-ordination in Mental health Nursing 

Level 6

  • The Proficient Mental health Nurse 1
  • Globalisation, Health & 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 

Teaching and work-related learning

Your academic study and research will inform your clinical practice.

​50% of your programme is theory and 50% is clinical practice. Both are equally important elements. 
Blocks of academic study can be up to six weeks depending on what point in the programme you are at. You will work 30 hours a week in clinical practice and will have a weekly study day of 7.5 hours.  
Underpinning all aspects of the training is a commitment to ethical and anti-oppressive values, values and principles of the NHS Constitution and Professional Body requirements.
In a full year, you will have seven weeks holiday, and may be required to attend sessions outside the normal university hours of 9am to 5pm.

Your lecturers

Our highly expereinced lecturing team will help you to achieve your nursing goals.

​​The lecturing staff at Liverpool John Moores University are highly regarded. You will be taught by clinically credible staff and those who are research active, along with experienced nurses and health care professionals, who will help you to develop both clinically and intellectually during the programme. 

Assessment and feedback

We will assess your academic and clinical practice progress in a variety of different ways.

You will be assessed through a combination of practice placements, exams, essays and assignments and presentations.
There will also be clinical assessment, which will be undertaken whilst in clinical practice where you will be assessed by practice supervisors and assessors.  

​You will be offered feedback at various points during the course and support will always 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 where you may need to put in more work. 

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Application and selection

​The Nursing Associate to BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing top up programme recognises that prior learning and experience is integral to your learning.  

  • Applicant must hold the Nursing Associate qualification
  • Any overseas qualifications should be equivalent to UK qualifications which meet our entry requirements. If you have completed your degree outside the UK, we will require a clear copy of your degree documentation to ensure NARIC comparability.  Please note that all applicants who are invited to interview will be required to present their original documentation.  
  • English and Maths GCSE at grade A* - C / 4-9
    (discuss with admissions team if you have equivalent qualifications)
  • If English is not your first language, IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0, including least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7.0 in the reading, listening and speaking sections. The University may be able to accept alternative English Language qualifications from applicants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) on a case by case basis in line with the appropriate Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidelines.

GCSE and equivalents

English and Maths GCSE at grade A* - C / 4-9 (discuss with admissions team if you have equivalent qualifications)

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: N/A

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): N/A

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: N/A

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: N/A

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: N/A

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: N/A

Scottish awards

  • Scottish Higher: N/A

Key skills

  • Will Key Skills tariff points be counted towards an offer? N/A
  • What minimum Key Skill level is appropriate?

OCR National acceptability

  • National Certificate: N/A


  • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Not Acceptable

Alternative qualifications considered

Other Information:

Satisfactory Medical Clearance/Examination. We will contact you directly to undertake this. Satisfactory Enhanced DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly CRB). We will contact you directly to undertake this and further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check

In addition, applicants will have to follow Faculty procedures for declaring any convictions after interview.

Accepted as an alternative to IELTS is Occupational English Test (OET):

We'll accept an OET examination certificate that confirms you achieved:

  • at least a grade C+ in the writing section 
  • at least a grade B in the reading, listening and speaking sections

Will I be interviewed?

Interview required


IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0, including least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7.0 in the reading, listening and speaking sections.

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.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for if you study this course at LJMU.

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 2021/22 academic year unless otherwise specified.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. In 2021/22 the annual bursary is £500.

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.

You will only be considered for a bursary in any year your fees are £9,250.

See here for more information about LJMU Bursaries.

Tuition fees

The information below relates to both UK students studying in 2021/22.

If you are interested in studying with us in 2021/22, please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.

In 2021/22 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home 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.

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

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.

For more information on student finance, eligibility and loan repayments go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance if you normally live in England
www.studentfinancewales.co.uk if you normally live in Wales
www.studentfinanceni.co.uk if you normally live in Northern Ireland
www.SAAS.gov.uk if you normally live in Scotland

You can read more information about fees and funding on our web pages. Alternatively you can contact a money adviser by emailing Moneyadvice@ljmu.ac.uk

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Career prospects

Qaulify as a registered nurse in 18 months!

Successful completion of the course allows you to apply for registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register. This can lead to careers in the health sector at home or abroad and in the private and voluntary sectors. 
With the BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing top up degree, you will enjoy exciting career opportunities both in the UK and have the opportunity to participate in overseas placement. 

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 LJMU's child nursing graduates go on to find employment or further study within six months of graduating (Source: discoveruni.gov.uk).​

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. Successfully completing an NMC accredited Registered Nurse degree allows you to apply to the official register.
This new BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing top-up programme for Nursing Associates will be submitted for LJMU validation and NMC accreditation in spring 2021.

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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