2022/23 entry

BSc (Hons) with Registered Nurse Status Mental Health Nursing

Start date:

September 2022, January 2023

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

B760

Points required:

112

Campus:

City

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Health:

0151 231 5829

health@ljmu.ac.uk

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Why study Mental Health Nursing at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • LJMU's School of Nursing and Allied Health is award winning - 'Best Student Experience' Winner, Student Nursing Times Awards 2020 & 'Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration)' Winner, Student Nursing Times Awards 2018 
  • 100% of our mental health nursing graduates are in employment or further study 15 months after completing the course (Source: discoveruni.gov.uk)
  • £6,000 per year NHS grant as standard for Mental Health Nursing students living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland attending LJMU plus another £2,000 for students with dependent children to help cover child care
  • 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 
  • Dedicated study day each week while you are on placement giving you the opportunity for contact and support
  • Start months: We have two intakes each year - January and September. You do not need to apply separately for each intake.

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.

Student Nursing Times Awards 2020 Winner

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 professional-standard clinical practice suites enable you to train on-campus using replica hospital 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 January intake.

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"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, BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

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.

Fees and funding

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 Learning 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.

Employability

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 (source: discoveruni.gov.uk).

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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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.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

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

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Introduction to Practice 1
20 credits

This module introduces you to a range of values, attitudes and skills that underpin safe and effective clinical practice. You will develop your knowledge through lectures, practice focussed tutorials and skills simulations. Interactive web-based learning, scenario, work-based learning, and practice based reflective activities will be used to further develop your clinical skills.

Introduction to Practice 2
20 credits

This module helps you to build upon practice experiences from Introduction to Practice 1. It will further introduce you to a range of values, attitudes and skills that underpin safe and effective clinical practice. You will participate in guided care, conduct nursing care, and enhance your knowledge and skills relevant to medicines management, all to the required NMC standards. 

Inequalities and Public Health
20 credits

This module aims to support your understanding of the impact of social determinants of health across the life span. Through lectures, tutorials, web-based activities, reflective practice, guided reading, and independent study, you will develop your understanding of the importance of public policy in determining population health. You will also be able to identify principal sources of public health knowledge, and explore the relationship between social circumstances, health and an individual’s capacity for self-determination.

Biosciences in Nursing Practice
20 credits

This module provides you with an overview of human body systems that inform skills for nursing practice. You will develop an overview of psychosocial concepts in relation to well-being, disease, and illness. Though primarily lecture-based, you will engage in a range of other activities including small group classes, clinical skills sessions, simulated practice sessions, online learning, and presentations. 

Introduction to Evidence Based Nursing Practice
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the concept of nursing as an evidence based profession.

Partnership and Policy for Person Centred Care in Mental Health Nursing
20 credits

Within this module, you will understand how the policy environment shapes the care that healthcare professionals deliver.

Level 5

Core modules

Developing Practice For Mental Health Nursing 1
20 credits

Within this module, you will understand how the policy environment shapes the care that healthcare professionals deliver.

Developing Practice in Mental Health Nursing 2
20 credits

The aim of this module is to build upon 'Developing Practice in Mental Health Nursing 1' to further reinforce your engagement with knowledge, attitudes, values and skills associated with safe and effective care.

Behaviour Change to Prevent Ill Health
20 credits

The aim of this module is to understand the nurse's role in raising awareness of risk factors and supporting behaviour change.

Pathophysiology, Pharmacology in Nursing Care
20 credits

The aim of this module is to reinforce the benefits of individualised, holistic care to understand advanced pharmacology and human body systems.

Evidence and Evaluation in the Development of Nursing Practice
20 credits

This module aims to support your development of evidence-based thinking with regards to decision-making for effective nursing. You will: 

  • Apply methods of inquiry to nursing related issues.
  • Be able to examine the link between evidence, leadership, and decision-making in nursing.
  • Be able to review processes for the safe and ethical construction and use of evidence in nursing.

Partnership Working and Care Co-Ordination in Mental Health Nursing
20 credits

In this module you will examine strategies and approaches for service improvement in mental health nursing.

Level 6

Core modules

The Proficient Mental Health Nurse 1
20 credits

In this module you will learn a range of values, attitudes and skills that underpin safe and effective clinical practice to support your development as an independent practitioner.

The Proficient Mental Health Nurse 2
20 credits

In this module you will build upon experiences from 'The Proficient Mental Health Nurse 1' to consolidate engagement with a range of values, attitudes and skills that underpin safe and effective clinical practice to support your development as an independent practitioner.

Globalisation, Health and Healthcare for Mental Health Nursing
20 credits

This module enables you to support patients from different cultural backgrounds in a holistic approach to care.

Co-Ordinating Safe, Quality Mental Health Care
20 credits

This module establishes how complex care can be delivered safely in mental health nursing.

Leadership, Management and Supervision
20 credits

This module supports your journey towards leadership roles in nursing. Through interactive lectures, discussions, group tutorials, action learning workshops, private study, and practice, you will foster practical skills of reflection, personal development planning, empowerment, teamwork and leadership.

Professional Practice and Coordinating Complex Care in Mental Health Nursing
20 credits

This module will prepare you for the management of the care of mental health patients with complex needs. 

Teaching and work-related learning

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

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.

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.

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Assessment

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.

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Facilities

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Part of the City Campus, the School of Nursing and Allied Health works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design and deliver a dynamic suite of courses. In addition to specialist clinical practice suite facilities, you will find high quality seminar rooms, IT suites and lecture theatres, plus a café and social spaces. The School’s flagship Tithebarn Building adjoins the Avril Robarts Library, which is open 24/7 during semesters.

Entry requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 112


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • 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
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

T Levels

Merit grade in a health/health science/science based subject

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Maximum of 20 points
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National 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: 112 UCAS points required

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: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
  • FETAC acceptability: The following modules must be achieved at Distinction:
  • Anatomy and Physiology, Human Growth and Development, Introduction to Nursing

OCR National acceptability

  • National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

NVQ

  • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Accepted in a relevant subject for Mature Applicants who meet other specified criteria (see notes)

Alternative qualifications considered

​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.             

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

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

OCR Cambridge Technicals

  • Technical Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Technical Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Technical Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own in a relevant subject area
  • Technical Foundation Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Technical Introductory Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Technical Subsidiary Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
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

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

International entry requirements

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

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

Yes

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: satisfactory medical clearance and DBS clearance.
We will contact you directly to undertake this and further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-checkIn addition, applicants will have to follow Faculty procedures for declaring any convictions after interview.

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.