Nursing - Mental Health with Foundation Year - BSc (Hons) *

Attendance:
Full Time (4 years)
Starting:
September 2018
Fees:
£9,250 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2018 entry (view all fees)

This course is now full for 2018/19. You can apply for 2019/20 via UCAS from September 2018.

If you'd still like to apply for September 2018, take a look at some of our other available courses.

Mental ill health affects 1 in 4 people in the UK and is being recognised in society now more than ever before. Our BSc (Hons) Nursing - Mental Health with a Foundation Year course will expertly develop you in becoming a professional practitioner, able to confidently care for people with all different types of mental health issues.

Tailor your Health and Life Sciences Degree

When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto a range of Undergraduate courses at the Birmingham City School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing and Midwifery. These include:

  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
  • BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Public Health)
  • BSc (Hons) Medical Ultrasound
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Child
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Learning Disability
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Mental Health
  • BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
  • BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Social Work
  • BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy

Why choose a foundation year course?

By studying a foundation year in Health and Life Sciences, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year –  which would be the first year of a full degree programme. 

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc degree. 

So although you are studying a BSc in a specific course – BSc Nursing - Mental Health– the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category - Health and Life Sciences, allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.

Please note: entry requirements for degree course

Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the National College for Teaching and Leadership, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment. 

What's covered in the course?

Our mental health nursing course will provide you with all the clinical skills, experience and knowledge needed to successfully support those with mental health problems.

As a mental health nurse you will be required to work with people in a range of settings and complex situations. You must display excellent communication and observational skills whilst assisting service users through their problems, to help them lead a positive and healthy life.

You will learn core nursing skills to prepare you to focus on field-specific nursing and specialise in mental health nursing. Work placements are built into every year of this course, providing you with excellent experience and practical skills for when you graduate. 

In addition to your practical experience, you will explore important aspects of values, ethics, research, physiology and social policy to ensure that you are a professional mental health nurse when graduating.

Towards the end of the course, you’ll focus on making the transition from nursing student to registered nurse and will be supported by our expert teams every step of the way. Successful completion of the course will make you eligible to apply for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Where will I study?

You will study in our brand new £41 million City South Campus, and learn from state-of-the-art facilities which include a simulation facility and skills suite, so that you can continue developing practical skills in real life environments right here on campus.  

See what our students say...

"The teaching here is really hands-on; I find the scenarios we do very helpful, it helps you to consolidate what you have learned, prepares you a lot more for when you go out in practice." Jemima Beider

Why Choose Us?

  • Students are satisfied with this course! We scored 94 per cent for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017.
  • Benefit from living and studying in the UK’s second largest city. Birmingham is one of the UK’s most diverse cities and as a Nursing student you’ll gain experience in a wide range of cultural and social contexts, with people from many different backgrounds and cultures
  • Excellent employability rate - 98% of our graduates are in work within 6 months (Unistats 2016*)
  • Study in our brand new £41 million City South Campus with access to cutting edge facilities, to maximise your learning potential
  • Learn from experienced mental health practitioners, who will be there to support and guide you every step of the way
  • Experience quality work placements. Gain valuable experience that will benefit you wherever in the world you choose to make your career, through our built-in placement opportunities
  • Strong links with some of the largest NHS Trusts in the country, including Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust and Forward Thinking Birmingham. These partnerships provide unique experiences that students at other universities don’t get access to and the opportunity to build a network of invaluable contacts
  • Commended for achieving ‘good practice’ in a recent BSc course review for placement support, through our close links with NHS trusts
  • We have an international reputation for pioneering approaches to teaching, through the creation of cutting-edge simulated learning experiences
  • You’ll study in a friendly, co-operative environment where you’ll be supported to achieve your goals – you can take advantage of our well-established range of pastoral and study support teams to deliver this. Many of our students develop strong bonds with staff and other students during their time here
  • We provide outstanding support to our students and have received a Quality Mark from the British Dyslexia Association for our successful efforts

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation and Trust

And in jobs such as:

  • Community Psychiatric Nurse

National Student Survey 2017

This course is accredited by:

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Subject to approval

This course is in the final stages of design and is due to be reviewed and approved to meet our quality standards.

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Entry Requirements
Essential

A minimum of 3 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (formerly Grade C), at the point of enrolment. These must include mathematics, English language and one of health and social care, biology, chemistry, physics or science double/triple award.  (or equivalent).

If you do not already have the required GCSEs, (or their equivalent) for entry onto this course, and are not registered to take them, visit Equivalency Testing for further information.

88 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2018/19
GCE A Level/ AS Level 88 UCAS tariff points = CCD. Must include either Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Science or Applied Science.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 60 credits overall in a health related pathway, also including GCSE English Language and Maths equivalence if not hold separately.
BTEC Diploma (12-units) DD in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development or Science equivalent.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units) MMM in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development or Science equivalent.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate 88 UCAS tariff points from 5 Highers.
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 88 UCAS tariff points from 5 Advanced Highers.
Other qualifications

If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Applications Closed

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

This course is now full for 2018/19. You can apply for 2019/20 via UCAS from September 2018.

If you'd still like to apply for September 2018, take a look at some of our other available courses in Clearing.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Learning Support Fund

From 1 November 2017 you may be able to apply for elements of the learning support fund if:

  • you are studying a pre-registration healthcare course
  • are studying in England and
  • your course started on or after 1 August 2017

Visit NHS student services for more information

Year One

Academic Skills for Success
Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity
Negotiated Study
Interpersonal Skills and Professional Behaviours
Introduction to Human Biology
Health and Well-being in Society

Year Two

During the first year you will study specific subject areas such as how the body functions in health and ill-health, communication skills and how to give care compassionately and begin to relate this to the clinical skills that you will practice both in University and on placement.

You will also begin to learn about aspects of caring for patients/service users from all four fields of nursing.

Modules include:
Professional Values and Academic Skills
30 credits
Introduction to Nursing Practice and Decision Making
30 credits
Health in Society
30 credits
Mental Health Nursing Practice 1
30 credits

Year Three

In year two you will be taught how to assess, implement, plan and evaluate care for patients in a variety of settings and you will undertake two practice placements where you will have to pass the Standards of Proficiency as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

There is also a specific placement learning experience where you will scope the services available within the community. A range of subjects such as ethics, research, physiology, social policy will be integrated into your studies to inform your practice. The acquisition of skills is given a high priority throughout the course, aided by our excellent state-of- the-art simulation facilities and skills suite.

Modules include:
Professional Values and Evidence Based Practice
30 credits
Mental Health Nursing Practice 2
30 credits
Nursing in Society
30 credits
Mental Health Nursing Practice 3
30 credits

Year Four

Modules include:
 
Policy, Politics and Nursing
30 credits
 
Mental Health Nursing Practice 4
30 credits
 
Mental Health Academic and Practice Enquiry
30 credits
Mental Health Transition to Qualified Practitioner
30 credits

This module is designed to facilitate the transition of nursing student to Registered Nurse.

You have the flexibility to transfer to any standard undergraduate programme from the School of Health Sciences or the School of Nursing and Midwifery upon successfully completing your Foundation Year including:

  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
  • BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Public Health)
  • BSc (Hons) Medical Ultrasound
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Child
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Learning Disability
  • BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
  • BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Social Work
  • BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy

Course structure

The course is delivered using a modular approach which divides the course into manageable elements of study and practice learning opportunities.

The first year prepares you for further study and facilitates the understanding of the principles which underpin nursing. This is supported by two placement learning experiences of about 10 weeks' duration each.

In year two there is an increasing field specific focus and comprises Core and Field Specific modules. Core modules help to contextualise nursing whilst Field Specific modules prepare you for the two placement experiences which follow each period of study.

In year three all the modules are Field Specific but there are opportunities for shared learning with the other fields of nursing and you will again complete two placement experiences.

You'll experience a mixture of teaching, self-directed study and practice-based clinical placements, spending half of your time each year on placement.

Upon successful completion you will graduate with a BSc (Hons) Nursing degree worth 360 credits and be eligible to apply for Registered Nurse status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Additional support

If you're dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you. 

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We offer extra technical and learning support.

Teaching breakdown

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22 Time in lectures, seminars and similar MidnightBlue
38 Time in independent study RoyalBlue
40 Time on placement LightSkyBlue

Assessment breakdown

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Student story - Daniel Seed

Star Alumni Daniel Seed graduated in 2009 and is now a Senior Mental Health Nurse.

This course is accredited by the following organisation:

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
The Nursing and Midwifery Council

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK.

This course has been approved and monitored by the NMC to make sure that the education and training on offer meets their standards.

To work as a nurse or midwife, you must pass an NMC approved course at a higher education institution (HEI) in pre-registration nursing and midwifery, leading to registration with the NMC.

Further study

Nursing provides the opportunity for lifelong learning and the BSc (Hons) Nursing award forms the basis for progression onto further study.

Many opportunities exist for post-registration and postgraduate study. As a graduate, you may progress to a masters degree, eg Masters in Advanced Nursing Practice, PhD.

A comprehensive portfolio of post-registration courses called Continuing Professional Development is available. These courses allow for academic and/or clinical development.

Many of the courses are taught as part-time flexible modules to fit around your work and domestic commitments.

Trips and visits

You'll have the opportunity to take part in overseas trips and visits. For example, nursing students travelled to Pittsburgh University as part of an exchange programme, opening up opportunities to share academic, clinical and cultural experiences.

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Award winning students

Our outstanding Mental Health Nursing student, Jodie Kirby, was awarded the Student of the Year prize by the Nursing Times in 2013.

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

Placements take place across a range of settings. You may experience care in acute, critical care, 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.

Placements help you with your confidence, by putting theory from the classroom into practice. We make sure you get a quality experience and that you are fully supported by a workplace mentor on hand throughout your placement.

More about our placement opportunities...

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Other student opportunities

To enhance your CV, we offer extra-curricular student opportunities, such as a major incident simulation, that you can get involved in.

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Our facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge learning facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Home Environment Room

The Home Environment room is the perfect setting for teaching communications skills and allows us to simulate a community setting for our students. It is particularly useful for paramedics, mental health and learning disability nurses and also midwives.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Skills Practice and Care Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Care Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs use the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD and CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Jim Chapman

Head of Department of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

A mental health nurse by background, Jim helps to co-ordinate nursing students’ first clinical module at Birmingham City University, with responsibility for developing the teaching and learning experience around therapeutic communication skills.

He also co-ordinates the teaching and learning of recovery approaches to working with voice hearers at Birmingham City University, for pre-and post-qualifying nurses and other mental health workers.

He is particularly interested in how people acquire skills to work within a recovery framework and embed these into routine practice. He also supports and provides supervision to people locally who are involved in running hearing voices groups, and has a research interest in this area.