BSc in Nursing - Mental Health

University of Stirling

Program Description

BSc in Nursing - Mental Health

University of Stirling

BSc in Nursing - Mental Health

Mental health nursing is a challenging yet rewarding profession which allows its practitioners to establish strong therapeutic relationships with their clients.

Our mental health nursing students are provided with every opportunity to achieve the competencies required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. They are offered a vibrant, thought-provoking and challenging academic course coupled with a wide range of practice learning experiences.

The mental health degree course is derived from the firm belief that mental health and well-being services must provide excellent services which respect the intrinsic value of people and their individuality (Repper and Perkins, 2004). This philosophy is firmly held by all members of the programme team and underpins the whole mental health programme.

Mental health nursing is fundamentally about working alongside people to promote their mental health and well being and recovery. Developing and sustaining helping, supportive and therapeutic relationships with service users, their families and carers is the core of mental health nursing and the foundation for the delivery of person-centred, safe and effective care, support and interventions.

NHS Education for Scotland: National Framework for Pre Registration Mental Health Nursing Field Programmes

You can achieve your Mental Health Nursing degree at the following campuses:

  • Stirling Campus in Central Scotland;
  • Highland Campus at Inverness.

Clinical placements take place with our three partner trusts: NHS Forth Valley, NHS Highland and NHS Western Isles, and other NHS Boards as appropriate.

Degree course

In our Undergraduate Mental Health Nursing programme there are currently 9 modules.

Students are encouraged to demonstrate a growing appreciation of life sciences, health and wellbeing , social and behavioural sciences, values , law , ethics nursing care and compassion , communication and quality improvement. These themes are coupled with evidence-informed clinical skills as the basis of our programme.

All the material shared with students and during the practice learning experiences is built around health, well-being and a shared values base for mental health nursing. Students are encouraged to embrace the mental health continuum, across the lifespan, to acknowledge the centrality of positive relationships, rights, respect, reaching out and recovery and responsibility in their chosen profession.

Students taking the course are introduced to the mental health and well-being continuum. This embraces a values base and utilises the NHS Education for Scotland learning materials Ten Essential Shared Capabilities, 2012.

These materials highlight the inherent importance of:

  • Relationships;
  • Rights;
  • Respect;
  • Recovery;
  • Reaching out;
  • Responsibility.

The focus of the course is on developing skills which facilitate our students’ capacity to work alongside service users in their life journey. This work can take place in a wide range of locations (occurs irrespective of the location of engagement).

This philosophy underpins:

  • NHS Education for Scotland Realising Recovery learning materials (2008)
  • Scottish Recovery Network

The programme develops students’ critical and reflective thinking and in doing so improves their self-awareness, self-confidence and personal resilience.

Our course combines generic and mental health field specific learning throughout the three years with the field specific learning increasing over the three years of the course.

Advances in knowledge require that Mental Health Nurses continually incorporate new research findings into their practice; this awareness is embedded in our programme. The need for our students to acknowledge and incorporate evidence-based, outcomes-orientated practice is also acknowledged within the course philosophy.

Teaching and assessment

A wide range of approaches to teaching and learning is adopted by the School. Central to this is a student-centred approach which uses small group teaching (enquiry-based learning or EBL) in combination with lectures, seminars, group work and clinical skills teaching. You will be assessed by a range of methods including examinations, essays, reports, clinical skills assessments, presentations and assessments of practice.

Career opportunities

The majority entering employment find roles within the NHS, while others have found employment in other areas of the public sector, as well as with private healthcare providers and the voluntary sector.

Fees 2015/6

  • Overseas students (non-EU) - £ 13,425.00
  • Scottish and EU students - n/a
  • Students from the rest of the UK - n/a

Entrance requirements

SQA Higher:

  • BBC

GCE A-level:

  • CC

IB Diploma:

  • 28 points.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have evidence of your English language skills:

International (non-EU) students must have:

  • IELTS with overall score of 7.0 with at least 7.0 in each skill; this is the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) English language requirement for all non EU applicants.

EU Students must have one of the following:

  • IELTS score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade B
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade A
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 67 with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 100 with no subtest less than 20
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 16, 2016
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3 years
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United Kingdom Stirling, Scotland
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