Taught course

Nursing with Registration (Mental Health)

University of Bedfordshire · Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS);
  • Written test (literacy), Written test (numeracy), Health screening;
  • a 2:2 honours degree in a life, health or social science-related subject;
  • GCSE grades A*-C in Maths and English, or equivalent IELTS Grade 7 overall and 7 in each area where English is a second language;
  • a minimum of 600 hours recent direct healthcare experience.

Applications may be considered from candidates with Bachelors degrees in other disciplines if they have significant direct health care experience. There may be the opportunity for candidates who have some, but not sufficient, practice experience to be offered further practice experience prior to the course start. This would be on the basis of paid employment as a health care assistant with one of our placement providers.

Submission of an extended CV which demonstrates your academic achievement and graduate transferable skills, your health care related achievement and your commitment to the profession of nursing, aligned to the course learning outcomes specified. All candidates will be required to attend a selection event. On arrival, documents including passport and education certificates will be checked. During the selection event your numeracy and literacy skills will be tested. If you pass the test you will undergo an interview and will be required to participate in a group discussion to determine if you posses personal attributes and values congruent with healthcare practice. Lecturing staff, practitioners from placement areas and service users will participate in the selection process.

Months of entry

October, March

Course content

About the course

Update: October 2016 - We are currently not recruiting for this course. Please check back for updates as the course will reopen for applications in the near future.

The demand for mental health nurses is ever increasing while the requirement for nurses with a postgraduate qualification is also growing.

If you have undergraduate degree from a health, social care or health science related area and have the dedication and commitment to study and work full time, then course will enable you become a registered nurse in two years.

You will study both in an academic setting and work in clinical practice environments enabling you to complete the necessary knowledge and skills to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a nurse.

Key features

  • Study using innovative teaching methods including our high-tech Simulation Centre.
  • Engage in a Service Improvement Project that will enable you to develop the skills to make a real change to the quality of service provision in practice.
  • Develop the practical skills, knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviours needed to nurse adults with mental health issues (with their cares) professionally and compassionately.
  • Benefit from a course that will lead you to a challenging and rewarding career as a registered mental health nurse in a range of healthcare environments, including community hospital and residential settings, and can provide a route to specialised clinical practice, management or education.

Areas of study

  • Developing Mental Health Nursing Practice (NMH011-3) Compulsory
  • Introducing Mental Health Nursing Practice (NMH010-3) Compulsory
  • Preparing For Mental Health Nursing Registration (NMH012-3) Compulsory
  • Clinical Assessment And Decision Making In Mental Health Nursing (NMH003-6) Compulsory
  • Clinical Leadership (NUR012-6) Compulsory
  • Dissertation For Mental Health Nursing Registration (NMH004-6) Compulsory
  • Fundamentals Of Mental Health Nursing (NMH001-6) Compulsory
  • Life, Health And Social Sciences For Nursing (NUR009-6) Compulsory
  • Pharmacology And Medicines Management In Mental Health Nursing (NMH002-6) Compulsory
  • Research Methods For Nursing (NUR011-6) Compulsory
  • Values, Policy And Governance In Nursing And Healthcare (NUR010-6) Compulsory

Career prospects

During the course you will acquire a range of professional and transferrable skills which are intended to prepare you for working as an mental health registered nurse. The course provides a student-focused process for integrating personal, academic and career development. You are encouraged to undertake self-assessment to identify your strengths, interests and development needs in relation to your learning needs. Through negotiation with your personal academic tutor you will be enabled to identify your areas of interest and the areas in which you feel you need to develop. Towards the end of your studies you will be actively supported and advised regarding employment application and potential career development.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1234 400 40