A 2010 amendment by the Nursing and Midwifery Council now requires pre-registration nurses to have a minimum of degree level study. This means employers increasingly require mental health nurses from band five upwards to hold at least a degree qualification. Our course will help you top-up your knowledge and pursue a career in the mental health nursing field.
This one-year top-up course has been designed specifically for qualified and registered mental health nurses with a DipAdvanced, CertHE or DipHE qualification (who have engaged in credited CPD studies following qualification) to gain an undergraduate degree.
You’ll study many broad topics and practice approaches to build on your existing knowledge and to expand your skills. You’ll also get the opportunity to study clinical and professional practice-related inquiry methods that’ll help you engage in clinical and healthcare practice alongside organisational development.
This course will expand your skills, develop your clinical practice and boost your career opportunities in the field. After graduation, you can look forward to expanding your career into specialist and leadership roles or even undertake postgraduate studies. Your career options will include clinical manager, research nurse, clinical positions, and many more.
You’ll undertake study projects where you’ll explore many different themes. Past projects have looked at service needs of patients with dual diagnoses in a community mental health forensic setting. Studying with other practising nurses will also go further in enhancing your learning.
We ensure you’ll receive career counselling guidance before, during and after your course, as well as support from senior staff.
We ensure every student has adequate support throughout their time with us. That’s why you’ll get matched with a Personal Tutor as well as a Student Learning Assistant and a Graduate Academic Assistant. They’ll have experience in your subject area and will be able to help whenever you need.
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This programme offers qualified practising mental health nurses the opportunity to study modules which will enable them to gain an honours degree. You will study two 30 credit modules as part of your degree: a professionally relevant work based/practice based enquiry module and a work based/practice based project module with a focus on personal and/or organisational professional practice development and change.
As well as developing your critical thinking and decision making, you will also gain the ability to reflect and analyse your own performance. You will have research analysis and evaluating skills and will focus on the facilitation of learning and communication to a range of audiences including students, peers and clients.
This module is designed to develop your practitioner skills in inquiry methodologies in order to design a work based project that has the potential to improve your own practice. It will explore approaches to practitioner inquiry methods appropriate for your area of practice and enable reflection upon your position as a practitioner inquirer and the potential ethical implications that could arise during the project.
This module aims to provide the opportunity to develop projects that are designed to improve or inform areas of your own or others’ clinical or professional practice in nursing and healthcare. You will explore and critically discuss your work/practice and demonstrate the learning gained, as well as the development of your professional/clinical knowledge and skills. The learning will be located within your own localised and specialised work/practice area.
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Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
As you will be a professional practitioner with significant prior learning, you will be taught via an adult learning approach. The modules use a variety of approaches that will encourage you to be responsible for your own learning and progress. It is recognised that individuals learn in different ways therefore a range of teaching and learning strategies are used. Scenario work, and pre and post sessional work are also important components of the modules that you will be required to engage in.
Assessment aims to encourage reflection and autonomous but supported learning. You will receive ongoing support from the programme leader, who will also act as project supervisor.
If you’re a new student for January 2021, your teaching will start online due to national lockdown restrictions. We plan to start in person teaching on campus sometime after mid-February when the lockdown ends. When restrictions are lifted, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need through our globally available student portal.
We’re planning different scenarios for teaching so we can be flexible. While we’re social distancing, we currently plan to teach your course fully online through a mixture of live interactive sessions and independent learning. This will ensure you’re equipped with the same skills as on campus study, and offer you an engaging learning experience where you can meet and network with your lecturers and fellow students through online platforms. We are also exploring opportunities for face-to-face interactive sessions with smaller groups of students and staff where possible and we can make the appropriate arrangements. You will still be able to access bookable study spaces on campus, and any of the facilities and support services which are open, as well as our extensive online support.
The table below shows current plans for your learning across a typical week, including scheduled live online teaching and an indication of what we hope to teach face to face, where you can make it to campus. While some weeks might look different to this, due to how we schedule classes, the table gives you an idea of what to expect based on the overall number of teaching hours on your course.
You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.
Course delivered fully online while current social distancing measures are in place
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Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.
Future plans for teaching
We’re developing our timetable for face to face teaching with current government advice on social distancing to keep you safe. If social distancing requirements are lifted, we’ll start to safely move back towards our usual teaching arrangements with more opportunities for face to face learning. Some learning and support might stay online in this scenario. If more restrictions are put in place, or there is another lockdown, we’ll be prepared to deliver your learning and support fully online, with alternative arrangements made for any required placements. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.
You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.
Our support services will mainly be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.
You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.
Read our guide to what’s been happening in your subject area recently and more about what to expect this autumn.
This programme will enhance your opportunities for career progression or further study, allowing you to pursue careers within healthcare education or research.
Although you will be in current employment, successful completion of the programme may rapidly expand your career opportunities into specialist and leadership roles, and allow you the opportunity to undertake postgraduate studies. Career opportunities may include senior clinical positions, research nurse, or clinical manager.
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.