Coventry University - BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

Coventry University

BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

The BSc Mental Health Nursing course is intended specifically to prepare you for a rewarding career where you can support people with their mental health.

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Mental health nursing is a values-based profession working with children, young people and adults of all ages with a variety of mental health problems and from numerous cultures and backgrounds. These specialist nurses are usually based in hospitals or work in the community, for example, in community services, in-patient facilities, specialist forensic mental health services, residential care and patients’ own homes.

This course is designed to help equip you with the hands-on clinical and care skills to prepare you to practise autonomously and compassionately, providing person-centred and compassionate care and support for service users to be physically safe and emotionally secure.  A key element of this course is that all your placements will be relevant to mental health, we do not use ‘generic’ placements.

Ranked 4th for Nursing and Midwifery in The Guardian University Guide 2020, Coventry offers a Clinical Skills Centre with up-to-date equipment and simulators. This course benefits from the high levels of student satisfaction – 97% overall in the National Student Survey (NSS 2019).

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Entry Requirements

A Level :

BCC, academic subjects (excludes General 




DMM in a Health or Applied Science subject, will accept sport courses.

IB Diploma :

27 points with 14 at Higher

GCSE requirement : 

Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-

4 / A*- C including English Language, Mathematics and Science, or specified equivalents. Must have certificates at point of interview. Evidence of recent study is desirable.

This course requires an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5.

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a


pre-sessional English programme


before you start your course. 

Career Prospects

During your three years on the programme you will undertake six mandatory placements (two in each year) in a range of service settings, working with and alongside qualified mental health nurses, and therefore potential local and regional employers, which are sourced by the University.

After successfully graduating from this course, you can apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which enables you to practise immediately if successful.
As well as helping you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them, the university can support you when you are ready to begin your professional career for the time you are registered as a Coventry University student.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market.

Course Details

This course aims to develop your knowledge of mental health, various disorders and innovative nursing care approaches. It is designed to equip you with the knowledge and competence to understand the experiences of people with mental health problems and to assist and facilitate their journey to recovery.

You will gain hands-on experience with real service users under supervision from qualified practitioners, spending 50% of your time on clinical practice placements in a range of healthcare environments within the NHS in hospitals and community placements, at private hospitals and independent care providers.

As nursing students are increasingly required to work towards becoming autonomous practitioners, you will be supported in taking a leadership role in decisions regarding patient care within multi-professional settings. You will routinely have frequent and intense contact with patients and will be trained to be competent in recognising changes in patient condition so that appropriate action can be taken.

This curriculum has been developed as a spiral curriculum with assessment at its core. A spiral curriculum is when the same topics are studied throughout the duration of study but each time they are encountered they increase in complexity and reinforce previous learning. Placing equal value on practice and theory, undertaking 800 hours of both per year, you should study a wide range of subjects, including anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, psychology, sociology and research methods. You’ll become immersed in learning about the needs of populations, individuals, related health and nursing services with an emphasis on using research to enhance and improve services.

The collaborative curriculum, which you’ll study alongside students from our other health-related courses, has been developed in response to the need to produce professionals who are effective communicators, caring and compassionate, with good relationship building skills. It recognises the importance of inter-professional working within the health and social care workforce and comprises five core modules in the areas of: the foundations of communication and professionalism; the social determinants of health and wellbeing; evidence informed practice and decision making; working together to lead service improvement; and enhancing practice through evaluation and research.

Year 1

The scientific foundations of nursing practice
Fundamental skills for person and family-centred care
Study skills for evidence based practice
Foundations of evidence informed practice
Practice placement 1
Practice placement 2
Health and well-being in the community

Year 2

Ethical and legal decision making in the context of nursing
Practice placement 3
Assessing needs and planning care across the lifespan
Therapeutic interventions in mental health care
Practice placement 4
Facilitation of teaching and learning in practice
Developing evidence informed decision making in nursing

Year 3

Leadership & management for health and care professionals
Co-ordinating, leading and managing complex mental health care
Practice placement 5
Specialist care in mental health nursing
Practice placement 6
Evidence based project
Transition to the accountable practitioner

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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