Mental Health (top up) BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate Degree (1 - 3 years)


January & September

Already a qualified mental health or learning disabilities nurse with a diploma? Further your understanding of contemporary mental health issues and top-up your qualification to a full BSc (Hons) on our distance learning course - all while you continue to work.

Application Deadline:
Wed, Aug 1st, 2018


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Our course is a great way to increase your skills and knowledge in your area of clinical practice. You'll be able to study mental health issues relevant to your area of work. Using a range of online activities, you’ll consider evidence that relates to the health and social care needs of your clients and their carers - both now and in the future.

Full Description

We'll encourage you to apply what you learn in your everyday work; for example, we'll focus on developing your decision-making skills so that you can put them to use. Our aim is to establish you as an active participant in service development who's engaged with the dynamic nature of mental health practice. The skills and knowledge you gain will benefit both you, as a provider of mental health services, and those who access them.

By studying online, you can fit the course around your working life. It can be completed over a period of two or three years.

Our course is regularly reviewed by experts to make sure it's current and relevant to professionals working in a range of mental health and learning disability settings.

Course Details

We offer five modules on this course: you'll take the two core modules, as well as two of the optional modules.

Core modules

Research Methodology

You will learn to be analytical and insightful regarding research reports. You will gain an invaluable skill for anyone who wishes to provide effective and appropriate care in their individual sphere of practice. In addition, today's practitioner is required to work in a multi professional, multi-agency world which requires skills and insight into the efficacy of research. This module will revisit existing knowledge of the research process and assist you in further developing skills of critical analysis and ethical appraisal of published work.

Undergraduate Major Project

The undergraduate major project enables you to raise and address significant questions relating to your chosen topic/issue. You'll be supported by a tutor with similar interests and research profile. This module requires autonomous study and it is your chance to demonstrate that you have met our University’s expectations and are ready to graduate.

Optional modules

Enhanced Assessment in Mental Health

You will explore the complexities of assessment strategies and techniques relevant to your specialism. You will also learn to critically appraise the application of theoretical principles, and enhance your clinical reasoning. You'll be able to adapt your study to suit your own practice and learning needs, incorporating local policies, guidance and directives.

Evidence-based Mental-Health Nursing

This module will help you understand how to engage more effectively with your service users and their carers. We will look at a wide range of interventions, ranging from prevention to treatment and continuing development – but always centred around care, compassion, dignity and respect. You will also analyse how socially inclusive practice influences participation and the outcomes of interventions.

Mentorship Preparation

This module develops the skills you need to support and assess learners in practice. If you're a registered healthcare professional, it will help you to meet your professional body's requirements for mentorship/practice educator, and to enter the local register of mentors. Our mentorship preparation modules have been designed to develop future mentors who will be able to offer skilled, compassionate and effective support for learners in the workplace, underpinned by the value base of their profession and those enshrined in the NHS Constitution (Department of Health, 2013).


Assessments are your chance to show that you've developed the skills and knowledge we set out to teach on each of our course modules.

While studying the modules, you'll work on assignments. There'll be regular, constructive feedback from your course tutors to let you know how you're doing. We also offer tutorials throughout the course so that when it comes to doing your summative assessments, you're ready for them.

  • Your will be supported and encouraged to enjoy the progression of your theoretical knowledge.
  • Learning partnerships with academic staff and fellow learners will enable you to build confidence in both clinical reasoning and academic skills.
  • This is an opportunity to critically consider routine working practices, identifying strengths, options and possible improvements.
  • Areas of study are directly related to your own learning needs and clinical contexts.
  • The outcome of learning is intended to make positive contributions to routine clinical practice.

As a qualified professional, our course will prepare you to take the next step in your career. Not only will you further your experience and expertise, you'll develop the confidence to mentor pre-registration students and gain a degree - often a prerequisite for managerial positions.

Career Advice

Our Employability Service is here to help give you the best chance of landing the job you want. We’ll help you improve your skills and bulk up your CV to improve your career prospects.

As a distance learning student, you’ll still benefit from help and advice on CV writing, interview techniques, job hunting, and general careers advice.

To find out more please visit our careers advice page.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 through a related diploma and professional qualification e.g. Dip HE Registered Mental Health Nurse. Be individuals working in or who have an interest in contemporary mental health practice.

As a distance learner, you’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.

If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

Fees & Funding

This course costs £4,700 in total.

Government-backed part time student loans are also available to cover the cost of studying this course. These are subject to eligibility and terms and conditions, check out our student loan information for more details.

We also offer payment by instalments, so you can spread the cost of studying with us. Please contact us to discuss your options.

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