BSc (Honours) Mental Health Nursing
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The BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing degree is a unique practice-based learning route for employers to grow staff into registered nurses. The degree programme is only available in partnership with employers who will pay the fees and will support the students in the workplace, and it addresses the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements for entry to the nursing professional register. Students accepted onto the programme will study the essential concepts underpinning healthcare practice and will demonstrate achievement of the required competencies in practice-based contexts.
This qualification is only offered by the University in association with partnering employers. You cannot fund this study yourself. If your sponsorship is confirmed and you are able to register on this degree programme, you’ll gain wide-ranging transferable skills, including the ability to use information effectively. For example, you’ll develop the critical skills you need to evaluate and apply evidence-based practice, and to analyse and understand healthcare practice from both person-centred and multidisciplinary perspectives. With the focus on person and family-centred care, you’ll develop and demonstrate effective interpersonal skills that meet service users’ rights to dignity and privacy in a compassionate and caring manner. You’ll also explore the professional context of mental health nursing and healthcare practice; promotion of healthy lifestyles; applied physiology across the life course; evidence-based practice; management and leadership; and service improvement.
Undergraduate or bachelors degrees are nationally recognised qualifications consisting of academic study designed to help you gain a thorough understanding of a subject.
For a degree in a named subject, such as business studies or humanities, you'll study mainly in your chosen subject, although you may be able to include some modules from other subjects.
With The Open University you could also study an Open degree where you can combine a range of modules from similar or different subjects to suit either your particular career or personal interests.
You can use a degree to:
- change careers or progress your current career
- gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a subject you are interested in
- gain professional recognition
- go onto postgraduate study, such as a diploma or masters degree.
You can only be registered for this degree, if your employer has ensured that you meet the entry requirements specified by the NMC for entry to pre-registration nurse education. You must be working in healthcare practice in a caring role where mentors are available and your study can only be paid for by your employer. Places on the programme are offered following a selection process. (Please note that this degree is not available in Wales.) All shortlisted applicants will be invited to a face-to-face interview as required by the NMC.
The current NMC entry requirements include:
- literacy (Key skills level 2 or equivalent e.g. GCSE Grade C or above in English)
- numeracy (Key skills level 2 or equivalent e.g. GCSE Grade C or above in Maths)
- good character evidenced through self-declaration, an enhanced criminal disclosure and two references, one of which must be from your current employer
- good health evidenced through self-declaration of health status, occupational health screening, review of previous sickness and absence record and two references, one of which must be from your current employer.
This qualification is only offered by the university in association with partnering employers.
- If you are interested in this qualification and you meet the entry requirements above, we recommend that you speak to your practice education manager in your own organisation.
- If you are an employer interested in working in partnership with the OU please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.
Career relevance and employability
The learning outcomes for this degree course have been mapped to (and fully comply with) the NMC standards for pre-registration nursing programmes and to subject benchmarking statements for Nursing.
In addition to meeting the NMC competencies, the practice learning part of this degree develops skills that are highly valued in the labour market – including critical analysis, numeracy, literacy, communication, team working, problem solving/solution finding, ICT proficiency, leadership, management and innovation.
Choose a pathway and register
It is not possible to apply online to study for this qualification. For more information, read
our entry requirements for this qualification.
Credit for previous study elsewhere
If you have already completed some successful study at higher education level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible, and before you register for this qualification.
If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer OU modules to complete this qualification. This may also mean that the next start date and the maximum time limit for this qualification are different to those shown above.
Visit our Credit Transfer site for more information and details of how to apply for credit transfer.
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
- Key skills
Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.
Classification of your degree
On successful completion of the required number and type of modules you’ll be awarded a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Mental Health Nursing. Your honours degree will be classified as first-class honours, upper second-class honours, lower second-class honours or third-class honours.
The class of degree is determined by the best grades you achieve in 240 credits from modules above Level 1. These 240 credits must include at least 120 credits from the compulsory modules at Level 2 and 120 credits from the compulsory modules at Level 3.
You will have the opportunity to attend a degree ceremony.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:
These regulations are also available on our Essential Documents website.
If you have a disability
Choosing the qualification that’s right for you is very important. Depending on your disability, long-term health condition, mental health disability or specific learning difficulty, you may need to consider any challenges posed by:
- the learning objectives: for example, to gain an honours degree in a language you must be physically able to speak the language
- how the modules are taught: for example, some of our science qualifications require that you complete laboratory work
- any work-based competency requirements.
Choosing the right qualification can be a complex mix of the subject requirements and the support you may need. To help you assess whether the qualification you are interested in will work for you, further advice is available from:
You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007),
Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you
will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you
register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.
The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities
we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move.
As an OU student you’ll be supported throughout your studies – your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed
feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online
tutorials, or by phone.
For more information read Distance learning explained.