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3 Years School of Health and Social Care Lincoln Campus [L] Subject to Validation 280 points B760

95%of Lincoln graduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing this course. Of those who are employed 100% are in professional or managerial roles according to the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, as provided by


Mental health nurses work with patients suffering from a wide range of conditions, from psychological to personality disorders. Frequently, mental health nursing is less concerned with curing illness than it is with supporting patients and their families and helping them to cope.

This BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing degree provides a strong foundation in traditional nursing skills while incorporating relevant mental health research, ensuring graduates are well-placed to respond to contemporary nursing challenges.

A combination of lectures, seminars, practical work and placements offer a robust education in contemporary nursing practice. This course shares several core modules with the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) degree, with additional optional modules enabling you to choose areas of interest to you. You study a range of issues relevant to mental health and social inclusion, such as age, cultural perceptions and isolation. You are encouraged to embrace positive change, partnership working and the development of independent judgement and problem-solving skills.

Nursing practice in the 21st Century is becoming increasingly demanding. Nurses play a key role, through their work in primary and secondary care settings, restoring and promoting health, supporting patients and their families and profiling healthcare needs of communities.
The University of Lincoln recognises the challenges to contemporary and future healthcare and nursing practice. This degree takes its lead from the World Health Organisation’s vision of public health-focused nursing of the future.
The programme is underpinned by the six fundamental values outlined in the the Chief Nursing Officers Vision and Strategy, Compassion In Practice.
Theoretical and clinical elements of the programme build on the philosophy stated in the NHS Constitution and is centred on the NHS Values: Working Together for Patients; Respect and Dignity; Commitment to the Quality of Care; Compassion, Improving Lives; Everyone Counts.


It is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, enabling you to register as a qualified nurse upon graduation.

Is This Course Right For Me?

If a nine-to-five Monday to Friday desk-bound job fills a student with dread and they have a passion for making a difference in people's lives for the better in a career where no two days are the same, then this might be the course for them.

How You Study

The course is offered over a “long” academic year consisting of 45 weeks of study. This is organised into three periods of study called trimesters. Reflecting the public health focus of learning, almost two thirds of the placements will be in primary care (community) and just over one third in secondary care (in- patient facility) settings across the East Midlands.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of your degree. However, remember that you are engaging in a full-time degree; so, at the very least, you should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time and you may undertake assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

A clinical assessment portfolio lies at the heart of learning on this course. The students’ proficiency in practice is measured and tracked against a skills inventory. Their ability to relate theory to practice is measured by maintenance of a reflective journal central to the portfolio.

Different modes of assessment are used for different modules of study. For example submitted written work is used to assess grasp of theory and clinical exams are used to assess application of theory to practice.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – no later than 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Interviews & Applicant Days

If your application is shortlisted, we will invite you to attend a half day selection event. This comprises of a talk about our nursing programme, followed by an individual interview and a short numeracy and literacy assessment. There will also be an opportunity for you to visit our state-of-the-art-clinical teaching facilities.

We have compiled an example of a typical numeracy test (PDF), available at

We will expect you to know about the role of the nurse in the 21st century particularly in areas of public health so we recommend
you visit the Department of Health website, keep up to date with nursing in the media and read nursing professional journals.

What We Look For In Your Application

We will be looking for applicants committed to Mental Health Nursing. This must be clearly demonstrated in the personal statement section of the UCAS application form by saying why the candidate wants to study Mental Health Nursing and what they feel they can bring to the programme. All relevant work experience that they have undertaken to date should be included and importantly, how this work experience influenced their values and behaviours.

Candidates must show evidence of a good understanding of the scope of the nursing profession, preferably indicated by some form of interactive or observational work experience. Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of how nursing can bring about excellent health and wellbeing through quality of care, as well as the importance of and engagement with essential values and behaviours that bring about high quality, compassionate care.

In addition candidates should be able to articulate the realistic expectations required from the programme and the demands of clinical placements.


Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Health and Social Care Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of 280 UCAS tariff points from a minimum three A Levels or equivalent.

Applications are welcomed from students who are studying towards an Access to Higher Education programme. A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.

This programme also requires 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language, Maths and Science, or equivalent qualifications, such as Functional Skills Level 2. These GCSEs must be obtained prior to submitting a UCAS application.

We also accept a wide range of other qualifications including the BTEC Extended Diploma, the European and International Baccalaureate Diplomas. We will also accept the Advanced Diploma, in addition to another level 3 qualification i.e. an A Level. You can find tariff values on the UCAS website

Certificates of all previous qualifications will need to be provided before any offers are confirmed.

Other requirements include:

  • IELTS 7.0
  • Successful performance at an interview
  • Knowledge of contemporary health and social care issues, and the nature of nursing in a public health context
  • Understanding of written material and can communicate clearly and accurately in written and spoken English
  • “Settled residential status” in the United Kingdom in line with the requirements of the 1977 Immigration Act
  • Resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years
  • Satisfactory completion of Occupational Health Check
  • Satisfactory completion of an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

When you choose Nursing in your UCAS application, you will be asked an additional question regarding criminal convictions. Here you must declare all spent and unspent criminal convictions including (but not limited to) cautions, reprimands, final warnings, bind over orders or similar and details of any minor offences, fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder, ASBOs or VOOs.

A registration charge is payable, which covers both the cost of registration and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Further information can be found at
We cannot accept deferred applications for Nursing or Social Work. You must apply in the year you wish to start the programme.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Level 1

Applied Biological Sciences

This module will take a homeostatic approach to the study of applied biological sciences for the nursing and health care professions in the 21st Century. Initially, the module will focus on normal human anatomy and physiology. Once this understanding has been acquired, students will study how health is disrupted by disease and disorder. Changes to structure and function of the human body will be explained, allowing the student to apply their physiological knowledge toward an understanding of the disease process. A small number of key disorders will be examined concentrating on whole body disruption to homeostasis. Simple pathophysiological and biochemical changes will be discussed in conjunction with the role of nutrition in health and disease. Successful completion of the module will lay the foundation of physiological function essential to underpin the delivery of quality nursing care.

Fundamental Principles of Clinical Nursing Practice

This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate a range of essential nursing skills under the supervision of a registered nurse in order to meet individuals' needs, and to contribute to the assessment, planning and evaluation of nursing care. This module will explore the proficiencies associated within the NMC domains from an evidence and practice-based perspective. The module also incorporate inter-professional learning and practice, summative assessment of Essential Skills Clusters (ESCs) and exposure to other fields of nursing, as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing (1)

Public health in the 21st Century is characterised by an increasingly older population, an increase in long-term health conditions and widening health inequalities. Nurses are required to respond to these demands in an innovative way, working collaboratively with service users, their families and carers and other professional disciplines. Mental health nursing practice takes place across the lifespan in a diverse range of settings and cultural contexts to promote health and wellbeing.

This module forms the introduction to the principles and process underpinning mental health nursing practice and the concepts of reflection and lifelong learning by which these are sustained. Students will explore a variety of perspectives on health and illness and develop the skills with which to construct the nurse-patient relationship. The module will harness the experience of service users and carers together with related theory and research providing insight into factors which promote and inhibit participation in health care. Ethical values underpinning practice and conceptual frameworks designed to facilitate care will be discussed against the backdrop of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's practice proficiencies and evolving health and social policy.

Understanding Mental Health, Wellbeing and Mental Disorder

This module will introduce the concepts of mental wellbeing and disorder, and critically evaluate the biological, psychological and socio-cultural contexts influencing mental health from birth to death. It will identify appropriate multi-professional interventions and skills to promote recovery and wellbeing. The module will also provide an introduction to legislation for the protection of vulnerable people.

Level 2

Applied Social Sciences for Mental Health Nursing

This module is designed to introduce students to a variety of major themes and concepts from the disciplines of social policy and sociology, selected with particular reference to locating and understanding contemporary mental health nursing practice in relation to social issues/problems.

Students explore the concept of welfare pluralism, or the mixed economy welfare, in order to indicate that social welfare needs are not simply met via state provision. The role welfare provision plays in contemporary Britain will be examined in policy and functional terms. Social issues pertinent to mental health nursing will be investigated, including social exclusion and poverty, power and hierarchies, stigma, self harm, immigration and asylum seekers, domestic and sexual violence, the ageing population, masculinity, the pathologising of women survivors of sexual abuse, crime and disorder, and grief and loss.

Students are encouraged to recognise that understanding both social issues and the operation and outcome of welfare activities is subject to considerable ideological debate. Accordingly, the main ideologies of welfare will be covered.

Ethical, Professional and Legal Frameworks of Nursing

It is an essential requirement of professional practice that work is carried out within an ethical and legal framework. This module will introduce students to ethics and the legal system in relation to healthcare. Studying ethical, professional and legal issues in healthcare will give students an insight into the theories, principles and rules that govern nursing and healthcare practice. The module will provide students with opportunities to discuss ethical, professional and legal conflicts which occur in the changing face of the modern NHS, develop the skills of rational argument in ethical debate, and to consider their own personal position in relation to contentious issues such as self-harm, suicidality, autonomy and mental capacity.

Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing (2)

This module builds on previous modules within the programme and seeks to develop knowledge and skills in a range of key therapeutic approaches for working with people with serious mental health problems or complex needs, and appropriate service approaches.

Level 3

Independent Study: Dissertation (Nursing)

This module provides the principal vehicle by which students can clearly illustrate their ability to synthesise the differing disciplinary approaches and theoretical perspectives they have studied. The aim of the module is to design and conduct a research study, related to nursing practice, presented in the form of a dissertation that critically examines the relationship between theory and practice.

It provides students with the opportunity to illustrate their potential as independent, reflective graduates. This includes aspects of the research undertaken, such as clarity of objectives, report/dissertation plan and the submission of a draft of work undertaken so far, wherever appropriate. Supervision is ongoing over the period of the dissertation and will accommodate methods such as guided study in cognate areas or otherwise related themes. The module co-ordinator will organise any tutor direction where groups of students are felt likely to benefit. This might include for example sessions on critical analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of previously submitted dissertations.

Management of Mental Health Nursing in Practice

This module will facilitate the consolidation of practice and management of care skills. It will provide support for the practice learning placements in the third year, together with support for the final management placement. The module will facilitate achievement of the standards of competency required for entry onto the NMC register.

Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing (3)

This module builds on previous modules within the programme and seeks to develop knowledge and skills in a range of key therapeutic approaches for working with people with serious mental health problems or complex needs, and appropriate service approaches.

Public Health and Inequalities for Mental Health Nursing

Mental well-being is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is a state in which a person is able to fulfil an active functioning role in society, interact with others or overcome difficulties without suffering major distress, or abnormal or disturbed behaviour. There is a clear association between wellbeing, good mental health and improved outcomes for people of all ages and social classes, including longevity, physical health and social connectedness. The term 'mental health' itself usually implies problems, rather than health, and needs for treatment and care. It is important that our public health perspectives, which will inform and guide action, should be balanced, and include concepts of positive health as well as illness. It implies a wider public health perspective than we have previously been accustomed to. It directs our attention towards action which aims to develop a mentally healthy society, as well as to action which aims to address mental ill health.


You spend a significant portion of your degree on practice placements in a range of mental health settings, including in hospitals, GP surgeries or community healthcare settings across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

Practice placements enable you to apply the theory you have learnt and gain clinical experience in a supportive environment. A mentor works with you throughout each placement, assessing and facilitating your learning to ensure that you achieve specific competencies, while helping you to work effectively and compassionately. You complete placements alongside colleagues from other health and social care disciplines, such as medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social work.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.


A fully equipped, state-of-the-art clinical suite is used to simulate treatment in a wide range of settings, from general practice to hospitals. The award-winning Great Central Warehouse Library stocks specialist nursing books, journals and industry magazines.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever your area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which you may need in your future career.

View our campus pages [] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

As a qualified mental health nurse, you are prepared for a range of roles, including in community and in-patient nursing and education, research and management within a healthcare environment.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. []

Programme Specific Funding & Bursaries

NHS Funded

Eligible students on pre-registration nursing courses have their tuition fees met by the NHS and receive a £1,000 grant per year of study. Some students may also be eligible for an additional means-tested bursary.

Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Related Courses

Health and social care professionals make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people. This degree at Lincoln is founded on an integrated approach and provides an understanding of policy and practice across the landscape of the sector.
Nursing practice in the 21st Century is becoming increasingly demanding. Nurses play a key role, through their work in primary and secondary care settings, restoring and promoting health, supporting patients and their families and profiling healthcare needs of communities.
This degree responds to the rise of sedentary lifestyles and ill-health of the population by exploring how individuals and communities need distinct approaches to health and physical activity. This includes children, older adults, people with disabilities and those with long-term health conditions.
The BSC (Hons) Psychology degree provides students with a strong foundation of knowledge and expertise within the subject.
The Social Work degree at Lincoln combines rigorous academic study with extensive practice-based experience to equip you with the personal and professional attributes required for a career in social work.

Tuition Fees

If you qualify for an NHS student bursary, the NHS will pay your course tuition fees. This will be paid directly to your Local Education Training Board (LETB).

For further information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.