BN (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

Course details

  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 3 YRS (FT)
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location St Asaph, Wrexham
*Subject to validation and accreditation
Health & Wellbeing students sit on opposite sides of a desk and discuss their work

Course Highlights


by the Nursing and Midwifery Council*


Mental Health Nursing specific modules from day 1

1st in Wales

for overall satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2022)*

Why choose this course?

Mental Health nursing is a rewarding profession caring for people of all ages, their family and carers. At Wrexham Glyndwr University we will prepare you with the knowledge and skills to become a graduate and NMC registered Mental Health nurse. We pride ourselves on the support and guidance offered to students with an open-door approach.

Students will:

  • Have a personal tutor who will support and guide you in your personal and professional development.
  • Study a programme developed to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2018) Future Nurse standards.
  • Split their studies 50/50 between clinical practice and theory. Practice placements in a variety of hospital and community settings enable you to experience a range of learning opportunities. Support in placement is by practice supervisors and assessors along with an academic assessor and practice education facilitators.
  • Study Mental Health field specific learning from the beginning, giving you the opportunity to learn about the potential challenges to health and wellbeing throughout the lifespan, along with shared learning between mental health, child and adult fields of nursing.
  • Have opportunities for interprofessional learning enable collaborative working with a range of different health care professionals.
  • *Study a course in subject area rated 1st in Wales and 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction in the Nursing subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022.
Physio & OT students outside

Nursing and Allied Health

Key course features

  • Mental Health field specific learning from the beginning of the course.
  • 50% of the course is spent in clinical practice in a variety of clinical placements in hospital and community settings.
  • Evidence based, person-centred care philosophy.
  • Participation in interprofessional learning.
  • Develops independence in learning with a strong commitment to personal and professional development of students.
  • This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (subject to accreditation).
  • *This subject area is rated 1st in Wales and 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction in the Nursing subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022.

What you will study

Your theory sessions will be delivered using a variety of learning and teaching methods utilising a blended approach, considering Wrexham Glyndwr University Active Learning Framework, including lectures, problem-based learning, asynchronous discussions, seminars and skills acquisition sessions.

Access to virtual learning environments such as Moodle and Safemedicate - a learning package to assist in the development of numeracy skills and medicines management, are integral features of your learning.

The programme builds in terms of academic level and professional responsibility as it progresses throughout the three years enabling you to become more self-directed in your learning with an emphasis towards the end of your programme on leadership and development as a registered nurse.


In year one you will focus on the fundamental care skills required to practice as a caring, kind, compassionate professional who values and respects the individual needs of the patient, family and carers.


  • Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing Practice (40 credits)
  • Managing Vulnerability in Society (40 credits)
  • Foundations of Health and Wellbeing (40 credits)


In year two you will focus on law and ethics, emphasis on the holistic components of acute diverse and long-term mental health conditions, research and evidence-based care.


  • Developing the evidence based practitioner (40 credits)
  • Meeting the needs of Patients and families in acute and chronic illness (40 credits)
  • Promoting Healthy Behaviours (40 credits)


In year three you will focus on managing change, empowering service users and family/carers, applied bioscience for complex care and personal and professional development to prepare you for becoming a registered nurse.


  • Innovations in Practice (40 credits)
  • Holistic Co-ordination of Complex Mental Health Nursing Care (40 credits)
  • Leading & Managing Nursing Care (40 credits)


The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

Nursing values are integral to our recruitment process. This is reflected in our interview criteria and will need to be reflected in your application to the programme.

Typical UCAS Offer: 80-112 points

Equivalent to A levels BBC or equivalent, BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma DMM, Access to HE Diploma, along with GCSE grade C/4 or above in English and Maths (or equivalent)

Wrexham Glyndwr University takes into account a variety of qualifications and experience when considering applications to our programmes. If you are unsure if the qualifications you currently hold will be accepted for entry, or if you're not sure you'll achieve the required UCAS Tariff points, please contact us at for further advice and guidance.

An offer of a place is subject to satisfactory interview criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland) and health check.

Teaching & Assessment

You need to achieve a minimum of 2300 hours theoretical and 2300 clinical practice to enable registration as a Mental Health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • Practice Assessment and clinical portfolio
  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Examinations

Teaching and learning

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our Student Support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers and employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

A Mental Health nursing qualification opens many doors and enables you to develop your career in a variety of organisational settings. These could be in psychiatric intensive care units, psychiatric wards, independent sector settings, community settings, Prisons or General Practice settings. 


Fees & funding

This is a Welsh Government Bursary-commissioned programme.

A full NHS bursary, including tuition fees and a non-repayable bursary for living costs, is available for this programme providing you agree to work in Wales for two years after registration (subject to change).

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here. 



If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our Accommodation to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

Subject to validation and accreditation

Courses shown as “subject to validation and accreditation” are new courses which are in development and the details of these courses are in the process of being finalised through the approval cycle, known as the ‘validation’ process. These courses are also in the process of applying for accreditation/recognition by external bodies, known as PSRBs – Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies, which is a separate external approval process with the relevant PSRBs.  

As soon as the programmes are validated and accredited the details of the course will be confirmed. The majority of new courses that are still ‘subject to validation and accreditation’ are approved as expected however, this is not guaranteed and should the course not go ahead as planned, or be significantly amended, you will be informed by the university and assistance will be provided to those who have been offered a place to find a suitable alternative course either at Wrexham Glyndwr University or at another provider.