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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Nursing (Mental Health) (with registration)

Programme code:BS-NUR-MH12UCAS code:B760
Duration:36 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Gary Morris Contact address:g.k.morris@leeds.ac.uk

The three year full-time curriculum has been adapted to be able to offer a five year part-time route to gain registration on part 1 of the NMC register in Mental Health nursing. This part-time route allows the School of Healthcare to respond to the stakeholders' request and national recognition that routes into nursing need to be flexible.

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

Five GCSEs (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths at Grade C or above, normally in addition, they will have Science Double award grade C or above or equivalent.

They will also normally have one of the following:

- Three A Levels grade B (or above) or its equivalent with preference being given to those with science subjects such as biology, chemistry, sociology, psychology
- BTEC National Diploma in Science, Health Studies or Social Care with at least Distinction, Distinction, Merit
- Access to Higher Education course including a science module ( a minimum of 45 level 3 credits) 45 Level 3 credits must be passed at distinction
- Other qualifications commensurate with A Level examinations. Mature students will be considered on an individual basis.

For applicants where English is not their first language, who have not achieved a GCSE in English Language at grade C or above the School in line with the NMC will accept IELTS examination results (academic or general) where the scores are at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections, and where the overall average score is at least 7.0.


- In addition all applicants must have enhanced CRB disclosure and Occupational Health clearance. Good health and good character: Guidance for educational institutions (NMC 2008).

- Two satisfactory references, one of which must be an academic reference

Candidate needs to fulfil the following:
The candidate must show either on application (personal statement) or during other selection processes, the following:

- Evidence of recent study (normally within the last 5 years)
- Demonstrate skills transferable to the role of the nurse
- Experience of health or social care provision

Candidates may seek entry to the programme via the Individualised Programmes Panel process. Process is led by the Programme Manager on request. Entry to the programme via this process is subject to availability of places and funding and approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Applications must comply with the University's AP(E)L policy and will not exceed NMC maximum limits for accreditation of prior learning for theory and practice (as laid down in R3.5.1 NMC standards for pre registration nursing 2010) in relation to transfers from other institutes, fields of nursing/midwifery practice or second registration. All elements within the accreditation of prior learning application must be mapped against this programme's learning outcomes and academic and practice content to ensure all essential academic and theory components for registration are met.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Healthcare

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Healthcare

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

QAA Nursing Benchmark Statement 2001

Programme specification:

This undergraduate programme will provide the student with a BSc (Hons) in Mental Health nursing leading to Registration on Part 1 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register.

The BSc (Hons) in Nursing (Mental Health) will have the following credit rating:

Year 1: 120 credits at level 1
Year 2: 120 credits at level 2
Year 3: 120 Credits at level 3 and Registration with the NMC

Throughout the three-years students will achieve practice based competencies using the Yorkshire and Humber Practice Assessment Document, on-going record of achievement and skill-log for pre-registration nurses.
There are three exit awards:
- Certificate of Higher Education in Health Studies
- Diploma of Higher Education in Health Studies
- BSc (Hons) in Nursing (Mental Health) leading to Registration on Part 1 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register

New challenges in the care of services users demand a highly knowledgeable and skilled nursing workforce capable of critical thinking and reflection; a commitment to life-long learning is also imperative if care practices are to remain responsive to the changing needs of service users and carers. Pre-registration education has the responsibility to ensure that qualifying mental health nurses are 'fit for practice', 'fit for purpose' and 'fit for award' by providing the opportunities for both traditional and non-traditional learners to learn and develop such skills. As such this demands a progressive, stimulating and responsive curriculum that is flexible at the point of delivery; a curriculum that continually engages the learner, promotes independent and critical thinking whilst instilling the value of life-long learning by supporting personal development. Critical curriculum theory that views the learner as active participant in the learning process will underpin the delivery of programme. As part of the programme there is an increase in the departure from the predominance of didactic teaching methods to ensure a greater adherence to blended learning that promotes deep rather than surface level thinking. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will be used to support the delivery of the programme with a range of E-learning strategies being facilitated through the use of the interactive virtual learning environment. Throughout the programme, students will be actively supported to make use of electronic journals and databases in their pursuit of a critical knowledge base. Assessment strategies will similarly reflect a move towards greater active student participation in the learning process. Poster and oral presentations, portfolio composition and written work will further ensure diversity of methods with ICT being actively used to support their composition, delivery and/or submission. The modules clearly address the values base for mental health nursing and the theory practice modules will enable learners to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to face the changing demands of complex mental health care.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HECS1090Biological Knowledge for Practice30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HECS1098Theory and Practice Module 140 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HECS1099Theory and Practice Module 220 credits1 Jun to 30 Sep
HECS1100Learning Together; Working Together30 creditsSemester 1


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HECS2008Healthcare Ethics and Law10 creditsSemester 1
HECS2183Theory and Practice Module 340 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HECS2184Theory and Practice Module 420 credits1 Apr to 30 Sep
HECS2192The Lived Experience of Mental Health Problems20 creditsSemester 1
HECS2193Promoting Mental Well-being Across the Lifespan20 creditsSemester 2
HECS2201Research for Healthcare and Social Work Professionals10 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1


Year 3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

DAPP3001Pharmacology - Applied to Practice10 creditsSemester 1
HECS3248Theory and Practice Module 540 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HECS3249Theory and Practice Module 620 credits1 Jan to 31 Aug
HECS3254Research Dissertation30 credits1 Sept to 30 Jun
HECS3261Working with People with Complex Mental Health Needs10 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 10 credits from the following optional modules:

DONE3007European Nursing10 credits1 Jan to 30 Jun, Semester 2
DONE3029New Perspectives on Child Protection10 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
HECS3126Fundamentals of Diabetes Care10 creditsSemester 2
HECS3169International Healthcare10 creditsSemester 2
HECS3189Media Depictions of Mental Health (Online)10 creditsSemester 2
HECS3241International Study - Healthcare Provision Outside the UK10 creditsSemester 2
HECS3242International Study - Healthcare Provision Outside the UK (26 weeks)10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HECS3244Autistic Spectrum Disorder10 creditsSemester 2
HECS3255Independent Study10 creditsNot running in 201718
HECS3280Global Maternal Health10 creditsSemester 2
HECS3281Dementia: the Personal Journey10 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1

Last updated: 24/03/2017

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