Taught course

Nursing (Mental Health)

University of West London · College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare

Entry requirements

  • You must have an undergraduate degree 2:2 or above (in any subject)
  • GCSE in English Language and mathematics grade 9-4 / A*-C or Level 2 Functional Skills equivalents
  • Applicants must be classified as a Home/EU student prior to starting the course and show evidence of study in the past five years
  • One satisfactory reference
  • All offers are subject to satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health clearance
  • Experience of working in a health/ social care setting (paid/voluntary) is recommended
  • Shortlisted candidates will undertake a Mathematics and English assessment on-line and on successful completion attend an individual values based interview. Candidates successful at interview will be required to complete a 6,000 word portfolio (RPL module) – pass mark of 40% at academic level 6 to be offered a place on this course. Guidance will be provided.

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Months of entry


Course content

Are you ready to make a difference and embark on a rewarding career in nursing? This course has been designed for graduates (in any subject) who would like to become a Mental Health Nurse. This new course will prepare you to support people with a wide range of mental health conditions. You will learn how to assess, plan, promote and support a person’s recovery, facilitating their involvement and enhancing their level of control.

Career options

On completion of the course you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Mental Health Nurse.

Course overview

This exciting course is approved against the Nursing and Midwifery Council Future Nurse: Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses (May 2018). These standards set out the knowledge and skills you as the next generation of nurses will learn, to enable you to deliver world class personcentred, evidence-based care to people with a mental health need. You will spend time learning in both theory and practice (includes in-hospital and out of hospital). Our simulation centres will help you practice your clinical skills in a safe environment. You will reflect the values expected in contemporary nursing practise (The Code, NMC 2015) and the NHS Constitution.


Year one

  • Sciences Underpinning Evidence-based Nursing Practice
  • Promoting Health and Preventing lll Health
  • Leading and Managing the Delivery of Person-Centred Care
  • Part 1 Nursing Practice
  • Part 2 Nursing Practice.

Year two

  • Sciences Applied to and Decision Making in Nursing Practice
  • Leading, Innovating, and Improving Nursing
  • Preparing for Registration with the NMC
  • Part 3 Nursing Practice.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Two years (full-time) following Recognition of Prior Learning

Course contact details

Course information
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