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Nursing (Mental Health) BSc (Hons)

What is Nursing (Mental Health) BSc (Hons)?

Develop the skills and knowledge to become a registered mental health nurse. We will support you to care for yourself while caring for others.

Designed in collaboration with the Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, this course will provide you with experience and confidence, with an emphasis on leadership and shaping a ‘culture of care’.

A £1,000 subject award bursary is available for this course for 2023 entry UK UCAS applicants.

Study style

In your first year you’ll learn the fundamental skills for mental healthcare, while also learning to lead and manage yourself. In your second year you’ll consider leading and managing care.

In the third year you’ll consider leading and managing service – learning how to develop your abilities to lead a team and drive service innovation.

A brand-new campus

It’s planned that on-campus teaching for this course will start at Oxstalls in September 2023, then transfer to the new City Campus in Gloucester from September 2024. This provides time to ensure a smooth transition and familiarisation with the new facilities for all.

The vibrant new City Campus will be at the heart of the regeneration of Gloucester city centre. It will bring an iconic building back to life as a modern centre for teaching, learning and community partnerships and provide an excellent student experience.

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Entry requirements

    • 112 UCAS tariff points, BBC at A levels with one subject preferably in a science. DMM at BTEC to include 6 units in a Science or Health Science subject. 2:2 or above in a previous degree, or a Merit in T-Level in a science or health-related subject.

      Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in a health or science based subject. Applicants required to meet 112 tariff points (example of achieving this would be 24 distinctions and 15 merits and 6 passes or 21D, 18M and 6P).

    • You must have a minimum of five subjects at GCSE grade 4/C or above, to include English and Mathematics, or equivalent.

    • Selection for this course is by interview. Please refer to our interview guide for further information.

    • In order to study this course, offer holders will need to complete a satisfactory DBS and Health Clearance check.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

    • If English is not your first language, you are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of proficiency. This needs to be at Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) level 7.0 or above with a minimum of 7.0 in all sections of the test.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire. Students applying for this course may be eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund, which provides a non-repayable training grant of £5,000 per academic year, plus an additional £2,000 for students who have parental responsibility. An additional £1,000 allowance is available for students studying a specialist subject. Contact our Money Advice Team for further information.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2023 Oxstalls, Gloucester B760 £9,250 £15,450
Sep 2024 City Campus, Gloucester B760 TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • mental health nursing and care
  • healthcare leadership and management
  • education.

Industry links

You’ll be taught by experienced nurses and healthcare professionals. You’ll gain experience and confidence through our connection with the Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust – an organisation committed to providing a specialist mental health service to the local community.

Learn from research and practice

We embed evidence-based practice into all modules. You’ll work with your Personal Tutor, mentors and coaches in practice to develop and maintain links between research, theory and practice.

Learn for the future

Develop technological skills through online communication and accessing course materials and resources in the virtual learning environment. Emphasis on self-care within the programme is designed to support life-long learning and personal development – enabling you to become resilient practitioners for the future.

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Ranked in the top 20 in the UK for student to staff ratio (nursing)

Our Nursing and Midwifery courses are ranked in the top 20 in the UK for student to staff ratio by the Guardian University Guide 2022.


Placements and practice-based learning are an integral part of the course. From community-based recovery teams to acute mental health hospitals, you’ll get the opportunity to put your learning into practice while you study, all while being supported by our dedicated staff.

"We are excited about the collaboration with the university"

“We believe this innovative degree will equip future Registered Mental Health Nurses with the skills and compassion they require to meet the mental and physical health care needs of the nation.”

Chris Betteridge, Lead Nurse for Pre Reg Nurse Ed, Preceptorship and Widening Access, Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust

"I have presented at international mental health conferences"

“I have extensive clinical and academic experience in working with acute and forensic mental health services in the UK and in Australia. My area of expertise is the use of postmodern nursing strategies to reduce the use of coercive measures in mental health services. I have a portfolio of publications and have presented at a number of national and international nursing and mental health conferences.”

Stuart Guy, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing

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