BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)

At York St John University we take a whole person approach to nursing, seeing human beings as whole systems inseparable from their environment. We consider the biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual aspects of individuals and their capacity for health and healing. Our approach is also inclusive and community focused, encouraging partnership and collaboration to challenge inequality and promote social justice.

This course combines theoretical study with extensive practice placements to fully prepare you for your career in adult nursing. Work-based placements will make up half of your time on this course, and you will have the chance to work with people of varied ages and backgrounds in urban, rural and coastal communities across the region. Our wide range of community placements include GP practices, residential care homes and hospitals.

In your university-based learning, small class sizes mean you will benefit from individual support from our highly experienced team. You will also benefit from learning alongside students from related disciplines such as Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Biomedical Science, offering opportunities to expand your understanding further.

We will support you to:

  • Make a positive contribution towards the health and wellbeing of people across their lifespan
  • Become self aware and reflective in your practice
  • Develop coaching and leadership skills alongside your technical and clinical skills
  • Actively engage in research throughout your degree, understanding the importance of evidence-based nursing
  • Learn practical self care techniques which allow you to flourish in the face of challenges

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade A*- C, including English Language, Mathematics and either a Science subject or Dual Science.

Your 104 UCAS points must come from one of:

  • CCC at A Level (excluding General Studies)
  • Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject
  • MMM in a BTEC National Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.

Additional Requirements

For entry onto this course you will also need to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (2018) requirements for selection. This includes completion of a declaration of Good Health and Good Character, Occupational Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

It is desirable for applicants to have health care experience in a practice or clinical setting. Applicants may also evidence their insight into the nursing role through preparation, study and research into the role.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.5 (with no skill below 6.0) or equivalent.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You may also be able to access the course through Recognition of Prior Learning.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council can allow entry through recognition of prior learning. You will need to be able to map this to the Standards of Proficiency for registered nurses and programme outcomes, up to a maximum of 50% of the course. If you are a registered nurse, this may be mapped to more than 50%.

Any modules you wish to be considered during this process must come from another Nursing and Midwifery Council approved nursing programme. You must complete the relevant mapping documents to apply via the Recognition of Prior Learning route.

Career Prospects

This course will prepare you for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and moving into a rewarding career in mental health nursing. Your learning will be centred around the standards and benchmarks required of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. In your final year we will support you as you move towards registration with sessions designed to prepare you for this transition. You will leave with specialised skills in mental health nursing, but could also go on to work in other areas of the profession.

Course Details

Year 1

Nursing Practice 1
Human Science for Integrative Nursing
The Professional Nurse in Contemporary Health Care
Assessing Whole Person Health

Year 2

Nursing Practice 2
Integrative Nursing for the Person with Health Challenges
Researching Whole Person Nursing
Optimising Wellbeing Through Integrative Nursing

Year 3

Nursing Practice 3
Contributing to Knowledge for Whole Person Nursing
Integrative Nursing for Global Health
Leading Care for the Person with Complex Needs

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