Nursing – Mental Health with Foundation Year – BSc (Hons) *
Attendance Full Time (4 years)
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 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) Food and Nutrition
- 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) Speech & Language Therapy
Why choose a foundation year course?
By studying a foundation year in Health 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 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