As a team, we are really keen to help people develop into professional, committed and caring mental health and/or learning disability nurses at an undergraduate level. We want to encourage people from diverse backgrounds with a genuine interest in learning about these areas and caring for people with these difficulties.
For health professionals already working in these areas, we are committed to helping you develop your expertise and rejuvenate your interest in your field of practice.
We currently offer a three-year Diploma in Higher Education leading to a nursing qualification. For more details, see the UCAS website.
We are one of the early implementers of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's new all-graduate nurse education programmes.
BSc (Hons) Mental Health Studies
This programme sits within the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) (formerly Learning Beyond Registration) framework. It has been successfully running since 1996 because of its flexible approach and ability to be responsive to change in accordance with appropriate need.
The programme has been shaped and developed by the many transformations that have occurred in mental health since this time. The team have worked in partnership with local Trusts, past and present students, service users and carers both in curriculum development and change and also in delivery of module content.
About the course
The course has attracted clinicians such as nurses from various branches, social workers, workers in the voluntary sector, schools health nurses, health visitors, midwives, psychologists and GPs.
It has been accessed from the West Midlands region but also from areas such as Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Northampton, Yorkshire and London.
The CPD framework identifies modules that are seen as generic, having elements that could be viewed as core subjects across all types of programmes. These modules are divided into two strands that sit within the Dimensions in Health Care Programme.
Second year students choose one module as their core from each strand - they are requested to choose Diversity and Equality, and Evidence-based Practice. It is felt that these two modules are the most appropriate to undertake for study in today's Mental Health climate.
In the first year of their course, students can choose from three specific pathways that will provide them with a named award either at the end of one or two years. These pathways are Adult Mental Health, Eating Disorders, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Pathways to the course
Students can also take a more generic approach to the BSc (Hons) Mental Health Studies. Instead of choosing a particular pathway, they can take a blended approach and structure their programme from modules across all pathways offered on this programme.
For their final second year module(s) students can then choose from any modules that are offered and running from any of the strands, or pathways running on the Dimensions or Mental Health programme.
Awards to be approved under the BSc (Hons) Mental Health Studies programme:
- Advanced Diploma Mental Health Studies
- BSc Mental Health Studies
- BSc (Hons) Mental Health Studies
- Graduate Certificate Mental Health Studies
- Graduate Diploma Mental Health Studies
For the specific pathways:
Adult Mental Health
- Advanced Diploma Mental Health Studies (Adult Mental Health)
- BSc Mental Health Studies (Adult Mental health)
- BSc (Hons) Mental Health Studies (Adult Mental Health)
- Graduate Certificate Mental Health Studies (Adult Mental Health)
- Graduate Diploma Mental Health Studies (adult Mental Health)
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Advanced Diploma Mental Health Studies (Child and Adolescent Mental Health)
- BSc Mental Health Studies (Child and Adolescent Mental Health)
- BSc (Hons) Mental Health Studies (Child and Adolescent Mental Health)
- Graduate Certificate Mental Health Studies (Child and Adolescent Mental Health)
- Graduate Diploma Mental Health Studies (Child and Adolescent Mental Health)