Mental Health Nursing BN (Hons)

UCAS CodeB762
QualificationBN (Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer120 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

Please note: the UCAS course code for this course was previously B760.

Mental health nursing is a rewarding though demanding career and this course offers the opportunity to gain a degree and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Mental Health Nurses work with people experiencing a range of mental health issues in a variety of settings addressing not only their mental health but also their physical, social and spiritual needs. Each year of the programme has both generic and mental health field specific modules equating to 120 credits per year. We have a range of placements available for students which include child and adolescent services, inpatient units, community mental health teams, older person’s services, medium secure units and substance misuse services.

The course is appropriate for careers working with people of all ages facing physical and mental health challenges or living with learning disabilities who need professional nursing care. Nursing offers a range of interesting and rewarding careers in healthcare. Advice on entry requirements and careers can be found here. 

The taught elements of this course can be delivered at both the Bangor & Wrexham Archimedes Centre campuses so students can choose which location they wish to apply for.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

The taught elements of this course are held at both the Bangor & Wrexham Archimedes Centre campuses. Students can choose which location they wish to apply for.

  • NHS Bursary funded providing payment of all tuition fees and grant support towards living costs available to students from across the UK & EU.
  • 1st for Nursing Graduate Prospects (Times Good University Guide 2018 and Complete University Guide 2018).
  • Nursing at Bangor University is placed in the Top 10 for Research Quality (Times Good University Guide 2018).
  • Bangor University is rated Gold for "outstanding teaching" (2017 Teaching Excellence Framework).
  • Our staff have a wide range of clinical experience at the forefront of their professional fields. They work in partnership with local health providers, including Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, to ensure our students’ learning is of the highest quality.
  • We are leading Healthcare and Medically-related research programmes which are transforming the quality and delivery of healthcare in Wales and internationally.
  • Roughly half of your learning will be in a clinical environment – all placements are in modern well-equipped settings. No other university offers more clinical weeks throughout the course.
  • We provide a high level of support and guidance and use small group teaching whenever possible.
  • Our staff have a wide range of clinical experience at the forefront of their professional fields, and work in partnership with local health providers, including Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, to ensure our students’ learning is of the highest quality.


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Course Content

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

You will have compulsory theoretical study and clinical placements in hospitals, community and/or residential settings in north Wales. Closely-supervised placements enable observation of professionals at work and participation in delivery of nursing care starting early in the course. Support is available from a personal tutor who is a registered nurse and an academic member of staff and mentorship supervision from a practicing registered nurse on placement. Theoretical and practical work is assessed through assignments, examinations, presentations and the All-Wales Assessment of Clinical Practice portfolio.

What will you study on this course?

You can study one of four fields of practice; adult nursing, mental health nursing, learning disabilities nursing or children’s nursing. The course is based equally on theory and practice – 50% is on theoretical study and 50% is spent in clinical practice developing competence needed for entry to the NMC’s register. You will develop skills and professional behaviours, values and attitudes expected of a nurse to ensure the safety and protection of people of all ages and their carers and families. There are opportunities to study alongside other student healthcare professionals and the School has a strategy for interprofessional learning. Within the individual degree programmes there are shared learning opportunities for all fields to learn together about common or generic elements such as anatomy and physiology, psychology, sociology, communication, reflection, law and ethics.

For further information on what you will study on this course, please visit the School's website.

Where will I study?

The taught elements of this course can be delivered at both the Bangor & Wrexham Archimedes Centre campuses so students can choose which location they wish to apply for. Placements for student nurses take place within the BCUHB area.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Mental Health Nursing Modules page.

Programme Specification

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

Qualifying as a Registered Nurse in Wales enables registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Careers may be with large employers e.g. NHS Health Boards or smaller independent sector organisations and can lead to opportunities in clinical specialisms, management, research, or education.

Employability and the School of Healthcare Sciences

Graduates in nursing, midwifery and radiography from the School of Healthcare Sciences gain both an academic and professional qualification that is well-regarded by Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board, Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, the Countess of Chester Hospital and other educational partner placement providers in Wales and England.

Our employability record is excellent and you can view current statistics as well as other essential information about our programmes at Unistats:

Careers advice

Careers advice is gained from healthcare professionals both in practice and in dedicated careers sessions and NHS Careers has more details of the career opportunities that are available to Midwifery graduates. You are also eligible to register for the Bangor Employability Award to further enhance career prospects and advice is also available form the Bangor University Careers & Employability Service.

The School offers a wide range of post-graduate and post-registration opportunities to further enhance career prospects such as Masters degree programmes and courses leading to qualifications for specialisms including intensive care nursing or specialist practice awards. The post-graduate award programmes involve research leading to Masters and Doctoral qualifications, which includes our Professional Doctorate aimed at individuals in advanced clinical or organisational roles which combine elements of practice, research and service improvement in healthcare.

All students are well-supported in practice placements and the Nursing and Midwifery Council have favourably assessed the quality of mentorship provision and student support in clinical placements concluding 'the university and its partners are commended for their excellent partnership relationships at strategic and operational levels' (NMC UK Wide Quality Assurance Framework Programme Monitoring Report 2011).

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.


Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

  • All applicants to the BN Degree must satisfy a range of entry criteria – consult the NMC’s Standards for Preregistration Nursing Education or contact for further advice/information. NMC entry requirements include demonstrating good health and good character. The School requires all candidates to undertake a criminal record check and other requirements for demonstrating good character; the local Health Board will be responsible for setting the requirement for good health. All applicants must meet the NMC entry requirements for literacy and numeracy. This would normally be demonstrated through having achieved GCSE Mathematics and Welsh or English (minimum grades A to C) or the equivalent in numeracy and communication Key Skills, level 3.
  • Unfortunately as this course is funded by the NHS and students have to have placements in the local NHS Health Board we are unable to accept applications from overseas (Non EU) students

The entry requirements below outline the minimum educational requirements. Applicants will be expected to attend for an interview if selected, and undergo further screening for entry into nursing. See below for details.

Typical Academic Requirements for March 2018 and for September 2018 / March 2019:

  • 120 tariff points required from a level 3 qualification*(these include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the UCAS tariff at
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).
  • Candidates with entry qualifications older than 5 years must demonstrate evidence of recent study at an appropriate level.

Good Health and Good Character

All students applying for the Bachelor of Nursing programme must meet the following criteria for good health and good character  during the admission process (see NMC guidance here):

  • Good health will be assessed through health screening including, for example, your immunisation history, as a condition of acceptance onto the course.
  • You will be asked to provide a reference included in your UCAS application and we also ask for a Caring Reference in accordance with the Welsh Chief Nursing Officer initiative. This should be from an employer or manager form any caring experience you have gained in either a voluntary or paid capacity. If in employment, we will need a reference from your current employer with a full employment history.
  • Criminal record check - you must indicate correctly on your UCAS form any cautions, convictions, reprimands or warnings as these are not regarded as spent when applying for a health related course. Information about cautions, convictions, reprimands or warnings will be requested with your application which will include a self- declaration form. A condition of any offer of a place on the programme will be provision by the candidate and clearance of a full enhanced criminal record check (or EU or international equivalent).

General University entry requirements

We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see

We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU and International students' entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.

More information

Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants

E-mail for General Admissions: or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 

International students (non-UCAS applicants)

Email to International Admissions: or write to

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

Course Costs

When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.

There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:

Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:

  1. Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
  2. Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
  3. Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.

Mandatory Costs:

DBS check.

Registration on completion of study with NMC/HCPC.

Necessarily Incurred Costs:

Subscription to union eg RCN or Unison to provided insurance indemnity and support.

Students are expected to fund their own travel to clinical placements with funding available to cover travel costs to placement which exceed the cost/mileage of travel to theoretical base (means-tested/bursary).

Students will need to purchase printing credits for their personal use.

Students will be expected to pay for any additional uniforms if they require them.

Optional Costs:

Graduation gown.

Cost to conferences is covered if study leave is authorised.

Costs to celebration events is covered if student is asked to attend.


All assignments are submitted electronically. The printing and binding of dissertations and thesis applies only to Post Graduate students.

How to Apply

Interview and selection for BN Nursing

All applicants will be required to attend a group interview, after which candidates will be notified if they have been shortlisted and further information will be required before final acceptance onto the course can be granted. Please visit the interview and selection for BN Nursing page to find out more.

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

For more specific information, contact the School of Healthcare Sciences on 01248 383123 or e-mail us specifying which campus you wish to study at.

Why study with the School of Healthcare Sciences?

  • 1st in the UK for Radiography and Nursing 'Graduate Prospects' (THE TIMES Good University Guide 2018).
  • 1st in the UK for Radiography and Top 10 for Nursing (THE TIMES Good University Guide 2018).
  • 1st in the UK for Nursing and Radiography 'Graduate Prospects' (The Complete University Guide 2018).
  • Bangor University is rated Gold for "outstanding teaching" (2017 Teaching Excellence Framework).
  • Our Pre- Registration Midwifery and Nursing degree courses lead to both an academic award and registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • Our Radiography degree course leads to both an academic award and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HPC).
  • Our Midwifery course is accredited by UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative.
  • We have positive links with the local University Health Board (BCUHB) and other care providers in North Wales, and North West England.
  • Health and Well-being offers a work placement in your second year to help improve your workplace skills and give your CV a healthy boost. Depending on your interests this might involve you working with a school or community group, or even as part of Public Health Wales.
  • Radiography, Midwifery and Nursing are still NHS Bursary funded, providing payment of all tuition fees and grant support towards living costs available to students from across the UK & EU.
  • There will be opportunities to experience bilingual practice in some parts of your placements.
  • We have Experienced Researchers and Lecturers in Health/Social Care and Well Being.
  • We offer conferences, seminars and workshops on key health and social care issues.
  • An accreditation of Prior Learning Scheme, so that previous academic experiences may be accredited.
  • We have one of the largest Peer Guiding schemes.
  • We have commissioned places for some modules and courses particularly for BCUHB and WAST employee.



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The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

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