Mental health nursing is a specialist professional course that enables you to make a unique contribution to the health and wellbeing of people of all ages who experience, or may be at risk of developing, mental health problems.
Mental health nursing focuses on promoting recovery and improving outcomes for people experiencing mental health problems, based on the philosophy of holistic person-centred care, as well as challenging the stigma, discrimination and inequality often associated with mental illness problems.
Why Study Mental Health Nursing with us?
This is a dynamic, interactive professional course which places the needs of service users and carers, students and Mental Health Nursing practice at its centre. The programme team are committed to supporting students to realise their potential to become compassionate, competent and autonomous Mental Health Nurses, able to meet current and future healthcare demands.
The course is delivered by experienced Mental Health Nurses with teaching and research expertise as well as experience in a wide range of clinical areas and services, including child and adolescent mental health, forensic and secure, acute and crisis care, substance misuse, personality disorder and community care. The team work closely with local health and social care providers to ensure that the course remains contemporary.
|GCE A Level||
112 points from GCE A Levels. Typical offer BCC-BBC.
BTEC Extended Diploma - DMM; BTEC Diploma - D*D*
Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at Level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit or Distinction
OCR National Extended Diploma: Merit 2; OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - DMM; OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma - D*D*
Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and General Studies A Level will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A levels and BTECs/OCRs. FETAC Level 5 (Major Award) with all 8 subjects at Merit. Applicants must have GCSE Grade C/Grade 4 or above in English and Maths or equivalent. Please note that applicants must also have evidence of recent study within the last 5 years.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is carried out on all students.
For details about the cost of the DBS and for further information please visit: www.chester.ac.uk/dbs
Students from countries outside the UK are expected to have entry qualifications roughly equivalent to UK A Level for undergraduate study and British Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) for postgraduate study. To help you to interpret these equivalents, please click on your country of residence to see the corresponding entry qualifications, along with information about your local representatives, events, information and contacts.
We accept a wide range of qualifications and consider all applications individually on merit. We may also take into account appropriate work experience.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS Academic: Undergraduate: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
- Postgraduate: 6.5 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
For those who do not have IELTS or an acceptable in-country English language qualification, the University of Chester has developed its own online English language test which applicants can take for free as part of their application.
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
How will I be taught?
You will be taught using lectures, tutorials, e-learning, practice-based workshops, practice in skills labs, practice simulation, learning-through-practice placements, and self- and guided study. We will support you to take responsibility for your own learning, and to become a more independent and autonomous learner as you progress.
You will also gain a wide variety of learning experiences in a range of practice learning environments and clinical and healthcare settings. Importantly, as a student you will be required to work a full range of shifts while in practice.
Service users are an important part of the learning and assessment processes.
The total hours for the course is 4,600. This is broken down into 2,300 theory and 2,300 practice. This equates to 20 weeks practice and 20 weeks theory per year.
When you are in class for teaching, this will be from Monday to Friday.
When you are in practice, you will work a variety of shifts (including nights and weekends) in order to achieve Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies.
You will also be expected to dedicate a number of directed/online reading and private study hours.
How will I be assessed?
Theory is assessed via essays, presentation, multiple-choice questionnaire, unseen written examination, and projects.
Practice is assessed in the clinical environment by experienced, qualified practitioners using a Practice Assessment Record, which sets out the skills, attitudes and knowledge of practice to be measured.
Work Based Learning
The University of Chester has excellent links with practice learning providers, such as local NHS Trusts, the independent sector and primary care. This ensures that you will gain a wide variety of learning experiences in a range of practice learning environments and clinical and healthcare settings. Furthermore, this relationship ensures that you will be fully supported by mentors, academic links to practice, lecturers, practice education facilitators and practice leads during placement learning experiences.
One exciting aspect of the curriculum is that the University of Chester has a well-established Erasmus scheme currently facilitated by the European Office. Therefore, you may have an opportunity to experience learning outside of the United Kingdom.
Fees and Funding
It is not currently possible to state what our exact fees will be for students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018.
The level of fees that students starting their studies in 2018 will pay is expected to be determined by outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF has been introduced by the Government to encourage universities to focus on the quality of the teaching that they offer and to help prospective students find clear information about where teaching quality is high, and where students have achieved the best outcomes.
The Government announced at the July 2015 Budget that maximum fees would be maintained in line with inflation from 2017-18 onwards for those institutions taking part in the Teaching Excellence Framework, but has not yet announced the student finance package for 2018-19.
Details of fees for 2018-19 will be available on the Student Finance website in due course and we will be updating our information here as soon as possible.
Your course will involve additional costs not covered by your tuition fees. This may include books, printing, photocopying, educational stationery and related materials, specialist clothing, travel to placements, optional field trips and software. Compulsory field trips are covered by your tuition fees.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is carried out on all students, the cost of which is currently met by the Health Education England North. However please note: with recent changes to the NHS Bursary, this is currently under review, and may mean that for September 2017 start, you will need to pay for a DBS check through the University.
For details about the cost of the DBS and for further information please visit: www.chester.ac.uk/dbs
If you are living away from home during your time at University, you will need to cover costs such as accommodation, food, travel and bills.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions.
Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact the Bursary Team at University.Bursary@chester.ac.uk for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at email@example.com for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
Riverside Campus, Chester
The University took ownership of the former County Hall in Chester in 2010 and transformed it into the Riverside Campus building, which provides exceptionally high quality and state-of-the-art facilities for its two resident faculties. This iconic building in the centre of Chester is just a 20-minute walk from the main Chester Campus.
Riverside Campus houses the Library collections for Education and Children’s Services and Health and Social Care students along with several IT laboratories for 'open access' and teaching use. All of the teaching spaces are equipped with high-grade audiovisual technology and provide an excellent learning experience.
In addition, Riverside Campus provides a 192-seat lecture theatre, containing raked seating and a widescreen capable of showing Blu-ray and HD films.
Dining@Dee, Riverside’s own café and coffee shop, serves hot and cold drinks, snacks and delicious meals. Meanwhile, the Student Space provides social, group work and discussion space for students, with hot and cold drinks vending machines and snack machines available, and students are able to eat their own food here.
The Warrington Campus provides a close-knit community, innovative courses, and a strong focus on employability and transferable skills.
The campus has a range of specialist training, academic and leisure facilities across its 30-acre site. It is home to the North West Media Centre, the Warrington School of Management, dedicated police training facilities and practical nursing workspace.
With the Department of Sport and Community Engagement on site you can enjoy superb sports facilities for academic, recreational and competitive use such as an astro-turf pitch, fitness suite, running track and sports hall which hosts a variety of fitness classes. We’re also the training base for local Rugby League team Warrington Wolves.
Outside of the classroom, open-access computer labs and the £2.3million learning resource centre and library are available for all students.
Following £12million of investment the Warrington Campus combines the best of long-established university traditions with modern developments.
Visit our News page to get the latest updates from Warrington Campus.
Our Careers and Employability Service
The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.
Careers and Employability aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.
We are here to help you plan your future and to enhance your employability. We provide access to part-time jobs and work shadowing. We offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews. We deliver group sessions on career planning within each taught programme. We have extensive information on graduate jobs and postgraduate study.
Students and graduates of the University of Chester can use our services free of charge for up to three years after graduating. Graduates of other UK universities within three years of graduation are also welcome to use our services during vacations. A charging policy applies to other clients - please contact us for more details.
Should you decide to further your journey in Higher Education, we offer a broad choice of professional, internationally recognised qualifications. This can be a popular option for students interested in developing their knowledge within a specialist area, or gaining the necessary qualification to further their career.
Here are just some of the areas our students have gone on to:
We offer different opportunities for you to visit us throughout the year
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
- Saturday 28th October (MA Art Therapy only)