Birmingham City University - NURSING-MENTAL HEALTH - BSC (HONS)

Birmingham City University


Our BSc (Hons) Nursing – Mental Health degree will provide you with the clinical skills and experience needed to be a professional practitioner. You will spend time on placement in different clinical mental health settings within the Birmingham and Solihull area, as well as learning from our experts at the University.

This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and you will be able to apply for Registered Nurse Status after completion.


The aim of this course is to develop a graduate nurse who can work flexibly across various settings and meet the health needs of the whole person throughout their lifespan. The university-based elements of the first two years of the course are integrated, with all fields of nursing working together. The final year will focus on mental health nursing theory.
You will study five modules each year, with a year-long practice module in year one to prepare and support you in developing confidence and competence in practice. In the first year, you will gain theoretical and practice knowledge to develop key skills, such as exploring evidence-based care, professional values, self-leadership, and the role of the registered nurse. In the second year, you will further enhance your learning and explore evidence-based complex care, incorporating research, skills, team leadership, and principles of co-ordinating care.
In the third year, you will continue building on your previous learning and develop proficiency in mental health nursing. The modules you study will develop you as a leader who uses research-informed critical thinking to co-ordinate care, supervise other health professionals, and gain confidence in the safe management of medication.
You will have access to personal tuition throughout the course, enriching your learning experiences and enabling reflection on your practice and individual field identity. Your practice placements will be specific to your field, mental health nursing, throughout the three years.
To help you become a more rounded nurse, you will have opportunities to learn across the four fields of nursing, including adult, child, learning disabilities, and mental health. The course is committed to providing excellent, innovative learning, teaching, and assessment experiences through technology, lectures, seminars, skills simulation, and virtual learning. Engaging with practice partners and service users is also integral to the approach.

Entry Requirements


  • Three subjects at grade C/4 or above
  • Must include Mathematics, English language and Health and Social Care or Science subject
  • Level 2 equivalent qualifications (e.g. Functional Skills) are accepted
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
  • Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application


  • Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no subtest below 6
  • If English is studied at GCSE Level but as a second language, IELTS must be completed to qualify for UK L2 requirement.

Career Prospects

Employment opportunities:

Once qualified and registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council you can practice in the UK and many countries overseas. As a qualified nurse you could find yourself working within the NHS, the private sector, in the community, at GP surgeries, at schools, plus many more - the options are endless.


Placements take place across a range of settings. You may experience care in acute, long-term care and community settings which are related to your Field. During your second year there will also be the opportunity to undertake a placement learning experience elsewhere in the UK or abroad (subject to selection criteria).

A placement is your chance to be a part of the working world of health and social care as it really is: your first taste of your career. For most of our courses, it's a compulsory part of your training; it's that important.

Course Details

Our aim is to develop you into a graduate nurse who is able to work flexibly across a range of settings and meet the health needs of the whole person throughout their lifespan. We will work with you on your development to help you become a skilled, knowledgeable, emotionally intelligent nurse, able to lead and co-ordinate compassionate, evidence-based, person- and family-centred care while working as an integral member of interdisciplinary teams. 

The university-based elements of the first two years of your course are integrated, with all fields of nursing working together. In your final year, the theory you learn will be specific to mental health nursing. You will study five modules each year. In year one, you will complete a year-long practice module which will prepare and support you to develop your confidence and competence in practice as you work towards independently leading and co-ordinating care.

Year 1

• What is Nursing?
• Assessing Needs and Planning Care
• Providing and Evaluating Care
• Introduction to Leadership and Teamwork
• Professional Practice 1

Year 2

• Complex Care 1: Assessing and Planning
• Complex Care 2: Providing and Evaluating Care
• Improving Quality and Safety in a Global Context
• Leadership and Co-ordinating Care
• Professional Practice 2

Year 3

• Nursing Care: Mental Health
• Medicines Management and Applied Physiology in Mental Health Nursing
• Leadership and Decision Making in Mental Health Nursing
• Delivering High Quality, Safe Nursing Care for People with Mental Health Nursing
• Professional Practice 3

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