Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Mental Health Nursing) BSc (Hons) - 2023/4
University of Surrey
University of Surrey
FHEQ Level 6
Final award and programme/pathway title
BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Mental Health Nursing)
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (mental health).
Modes of study
|Route code||Credits and ECTS Credits|
|Full-time||UTA10002||360 credits and 180 ECTS credits|
QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)
Other internal and / or external reference points
Nursing and Midwifery Council (2010) Standards for pre-registration nursing education. London: Nursing and Midwifery Council Local NHS Trusts Service User and Carers Group
Faculty and Department / School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences - School of Health Sciences
DREW Laurence (Health Sci.)
Date of production/revision of spec
Educational aims of the programme
- Develop confident, competent and responsive practitioners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to deliver and lead high quality evidence-based nursing care across a range of healthcare environments. Enable students to act with professional integrity and demonstrate achievement of the professional standards as defined by the Future nurse: Standards of proficiency registered nurses for NMC (2018)
- Prepare students to deliver safe and compassionate evidence-based, person centred care; whilst demonstrating the values and attitudes in keeping with non-discriminatory practice and an orientation towards holistic care. To facilitate partnership working with health and social care professionals, service users, carers and families, acknowledging the contribution of a collaborative approach to care and the importance of education for health.
- Enable students to contribute to the planning, design and delivery of care by leading, delegating, supervising and challenging other nurses and health care professionals. To develop the capacity to adapt to change and identify and initiate innovations in practice.
- Facilitate the development of clinical, analytical and reflective thinking skills with the ability to distil research impacts, integrate and combine sources of knowledge.
- Develop a commitment to life wide and independent learning through self-awareness, emotional literacy and reflective practice.
Programme learning outcomes
|Explore the importance of holistic care and assessment promoting individuals' rights, dignity, interests, preferences, beliefs and cultures; to develop an understanding of human identity using a person-centred approach.||KCPT||CertHE|
|Develop an understanding of personal and professional values and behaviour in accordance with relevant professional codes.||KCPT||CertHE|
|Demonstrate an understanding of effective communication skills including overcoming barriers and the use of strategies to support the practitioner¿s approach in practice.||KCPT||CertHE|
|Develop an awareness of how an individual's health is affected by their psychological wellbeing, economic and social/ cultural circumstances.||KCPT||CertHE|
|Identify principles and concepts of legal and ethical frameworks and policy to inform professional care delivery, research and evidence-based practice, including moral and ethical dilemmas.||KCPT||CertHE|
|Apply an understanding of normal physiology and body functioning to inform assessment, decision making and interventions (including pharmacology and medications management).||KCPT||CertHE|
|Effectively retrieve information and discuss the importance of evidence to inform practice, identify the differing values of evidence and the importance of recognising ¿uncertainty' in evidence||KCPT||CertHE|
|Consider the purpose of research and how it contributes to improving health and wellbeing; by developing an understanding of the different types of research and the terminology used within qualitative and quantitative approaches.||KCPT||CertHE|
|Demonstrate ability in a range of clinical skills in simulated and clinical environments utilising health care technology.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE|
|Develop effective team working incorporating safe and professional communication; acknowledging the challenges and importance of inter professional and interagency working when delivering care across the lifespan||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE|
|Develop an understanding of the need rationale for, an evidence bases to underpin decision-making and problem-solving in practice.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE|
|Identify the principles of risk assessment in maintaining and promoting patient safety.||KCP||CertHE, DipHE|
|Demonstrate an understanding of public health and wellbeing, and public health priorities for different individuals, groups and communities and develop communication and strategies to promote health.||KCPT||CertHE|
|Understand and evaluate the principles of holistic care and assessment promoting individuals' rights, dignity, interests, preferences, beliefs and cultures, developing an understanding of human identity using a person-centred approach||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE|
|Demonstrate personal and professional values and behaviour in accordance with relevant professional codes including taking responsibility for seeking and responding to feedback to develop professional knowledge and skills.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE|
|Demonstrate the knowledge and ability to effectively communicate and contribute to healthcare practice utilising a range of strategies with colleagues and people across the lifespan.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)|
|Applies knowledge to identify solutions for ongoing care and co-existing health needs, that considers psychological wellbeing, economic and social/cultural circumstances.||KCP||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)|
|Act with an understanding of legal and ethical frameworks and policy to inform professional care delivery and evidence-based practice, recognising and reporting any situations, behaviours or errors that could lead to poor care.||KCP||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)|
|Identify and analyse knowledge of anatomy and physiology of body systems across the lifespan when assessing, planning and delivery care interventions.||KCP||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)|
|Apply knowledge of altered physiology and body functioning to commonly encountered mental, physical, behavioural and cognitive health conditions to inform clinical assessment, decision making and interventions (including pharmacology and medications management).||KCP||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)|
|Evaluate and apply evidence to inform practice, utilising different types of evidence including research, policy and governance frameworks.||KCP||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)|
|Apply evidence to health care interventions and the evaluation of health care provision to ensure the use of evidence to improve person-centred care.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)|
|Analyse a range of research methodologies to inform the development of professional knowledge and skills.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)|
|Demonstrate ability in a range of relevant clinical skills in simulated and clinical environments utilising health care technology.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE|
|Demonstrate the ability to interact effectively and reflect upon your role within a team, understanding the principles of leadership, human factors and strength-based approaches when working in teams to safely and effectively deliver person centred care.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE|
|Build partnerships and therapeutic relationships with service users, carers, families and other professionals to ensure safe, effective and non-discriminatory care.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE|
|Apply the knowledge from an evidence base to underpin a person-centred approach to shared assessment, planning and decision making when working with service users, carers, families and other professionals.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE|
|Understand the need to evaluate the effectiveness of care using an evidence base, by self or others, and understand appropriate quality improvement strategies and methodologies to enhance person centred care across the lifespan.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE|
|Demonstrate the importance of safe practice and an understanding of risk management strategies, local and national guidelines across a range of clinical environments||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE|
|Apply an understanding of public health within practice to support and enable people to make informed choices about their care to manage health, life choices, illness and care.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE||SoP 1.6|
|Practice as autonomous and accountable practitioners be responsible for the delivery of holistic care and assessment promoting individuals' rights, dignity, interests, preferences, beliefs and cultures, developing an understanding of human identity using a person-centred approach.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)||SoP 1.1,1.4 1.19|
|Act in accordance with relevant professional codes, legal and ethical frameworks and policy to deliver care in an evidence-based approach, recognising and reporting any situations, behaviours or errors that could lead to poor care outcomes.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)||SoP 1.1, 1.3, 1.17 1.19|
|Critically evaluate own practice and identify areas of personal and professional development demonstrating learning from experience, feedback and reflection.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)||SoP: 1.10|
|Communicate safely and effectively when working across health and social care environments, to build relationships and in partnership with service users, carers and families and other professionals and agencies to promote person centred-care.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)||SoP 1.14, 1.13|
|Applies knowledge, synthesises ideas and evidence to generate solutions in planned and uncertain situations across a range of health care environments.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)||SoP 1.7|
|Applies knowledge to identify solutions for ongoing care and co-existing health needs, that considers psychological wellbeing, economic and social/cultural circumstances.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)||SoP 1.14, 1.20|
|Work innovatively and act as change agents using leadership skills to challenge practice to enhance people¿s wellbeing and experience of health care.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)||SoP 1.18, 1.19|
|Practice autonomously and be responsible for the delivery of care utilising an evidence-based approach to assess, plan and deliver care interventions across a range of clinical environments for both planned and emergency care.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)||SoP 1.12, 1.20|
|Critically appraise and apply evidence to deliver health care interventions and develop practice to improve person centred-care, peoples¿ experiences of care and shape future care provision.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)||So 1.7, 1.8, 1.20|
|Interact effectively within a team and demonstrate the ability to take the lead in coordinating, delegating and supervising care whilst remaining accountable for care given.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)||SoP 5.1-5.12|
|Demonstrate the importance of safe practice and an understanding of risk management strategies, local and national guidelines across a range of clinical environments.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)||SoP 1.20|
|Utilise effective communication strategies to promote health and enable people to make informed choices about their care to manage health, life choices, illness and prevent ill health.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)||SoP 1.13|
|Demonstrate a deep understanding and knowledge of applied pharmacology and effective medicines management.||KCPT||CertHE, DipHE, BSc (Hons)||SoP 1.20|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over three academic years, consisting of 360 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6).
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)
Parts of this programme may be studied outside of the standard University structure and may be subject to professional body requirements.
Each of the programmes have 3-year long modules, incorporating both theory and practice, Year one will provide the basis for understanding professional practice with shared learning with the opportunity to contextualise learning within fields. Year two and three will focused on field specific content with some additional shared content.
- Year one is shared across all fields of Nursing
- Year Two is field specific - Mental Health
- Year Three is field specific - Mental Health
In order for students to progress they must achieve a minimum average of 40% and have completed all 120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6.
On successful completion of the programme students may apply for registration with The Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse within their chosen field.
Programme Adjustments (if applicable)
Year 1 - FHEQ Level 4
Module Selection for Year 1 - FHEQ Level 4
Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5
Module Selection for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5
Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity
|Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics||Y|
|Professional Training Year (PTY)||N|
|Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY)||Y||Yes|
|Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme)||Y||Yes|
|ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P)||N|
|Study exchange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme)||N|
This programme is studied full-time over three academic years providing a minimum of 2300 hours of theory learning and 2300 hours of practice learning.
The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.