BSc Nursing Studies (Mental Health)

By promoting individual strengths, mental wellbeing and independence, Mental Health Nurses support people who are finding it difficult to cope with aspects of their life due to mental health problems.

This programme focuses on contemporary approaches in the support and treatment available for people with mental health problems. Students undertake practice learning experience for 50% of the course in a broad range of placements within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. These include NHS community and hospital placements as well as independent and voluntary sector experience.

During these practice learning experiences, students are involved in mental health nursing activities, including assessment and the provision of care for a range of patients relevant to their chosen nursing pathway. There are opportunities for international placements or experiences at various points in the programme.

Your career

On successful completion of the programme, graduates are eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The programme prepares students to become effective, recovery focused Mental Health Nurses able to work in a range of settings.

These include hospitals, day services, people's homes, addiction services, eating disorders services, forensic services, services for older adults with mental health problems, including dementia, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHs). There are also opportunities in private sector mental health services.

Year 1

Values and Rights based Nursing practice, Health Improvement, Contemporary Health Care Delivery, Introduction to Evidence Based Practice.

Year 2

Working in interprofessional teams. Understanding experiences of recovery in mental health, Human Response to Stress and Vulnerability.

Year 3

Applying evidence based practice. Psychosocial interventions in mental health, Enhancing Skills in Mental Health Nursing.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2019/20

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BSc
Full Time
3 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
B760
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc Full Time 3 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Year 1

SQA Higher
BBC including English plus Nat 5 Maths at C
A Level
BC plus GCSE English language and Maths at C/4
ILC Higher
H3 H3 H3 including English plus Ordinary Level Maths at 02
IB Diploma
24 points to include Maths and English
College
SWAP West Access to Honours Nursing at partner colleges at BBB. HNCs in a variety of subjects will be considered. Applicants must have numeracy and literacy at National 5 level.
BTEC Extended Diploma
MMP plus GCSE Maths and English at C/4
Year 2
HNC Care and Administrative Practice with B in the Graded Unit, successful completion of 600 clinical hours but advised to achieve as close to 620 clinical hours as possible (in designated clinical area).
Candidates need to obtain a minimum of 90% attendance at College and a minimum of 90% attendance at Practice Placement. Applications subject to interview and places and must be supported by the college partner.
Foundation Apprenticeship

Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.

Additional requirements

Applicants are expected to have evidence of assessed study within the last 5 years. Selected applicants will be invited to attend one of our Applicant Days as part of the admissions process.

Additional information

Other Academic and Vocational Qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold IELTS with 7.0 in each element or equivalent.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

On successful completion of the programme, graduates are eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £1820** 
RUK: £9250*
EU: £1820** 
International: £11,845 

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.

**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs for fee paying students

Self-funded students are required to cover the cost of the following:

  • Uniforms, approximately £15 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on duration of your course and can range from two to four.
  • Occupational health checks and vaccination, approximately £200.
  • Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.  New applications cost £59. Updates to existing scheme record costs £18.

Additional costs for all students

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

View our Undergraduate scholarships.

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.





The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.