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Nursing with Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

Registered Nurse (NMC 2018) (Mental Health) – Degree Apprenticeship
2 - 4 years
September 2024

One in four people will experience mental health issues during their lives. As a mental health nurse you’ll help people to work towards recovery with the aim of living fulfilling lives in society.

Why study with us

  • Our nursing courses are taught by practising healthcare professionals, in state-of-the-art facilities, along with real-world work experience.
  • The University has been awarded the highest independent quality assessment by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education for the design, content and management of our curricula, student achievement and standards of teaching.
  • Learn how to safely and effectively deliver quality nursing care with one of the UK's leading providers of health and social care education.

Why choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

Degree Apprenticeships offer you the opportunity to gain a degree qualification whilst you work and earn money. Degree Apprenticeships offer you the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge through work-based learning allowing you to work and earn at the same time.

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Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at individual learners who have an interest and passion in becoming a Registered Nurse (Mental Health). The Registered Nurse is highly trained to deliver and lead effective, safe and responsive nursing care in and across a wide range of health and care settings.

You will work independently, and with others, under the leadership and direction of a Registered Nurse within defined parameters, to deliver care in line with an agreed plan.

You will develop a wide breadth of knowledge and a flexible, portable skill set to serve the local health population.

Working within the sphere of nursing the Registered Nurse delivers high quality person-centred care across health and social care settings. The Registered Nurse works within all aspects of the nursing process, taking account of the perspectives and pathways of individuals, their families and/or carers providing holistic and person-centred care to individuals, in the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care.

What you'll do

  • Academic staff work in close contact with the NHS trust Practice Education Facilitators and the development of these close links with practice partners will enable you to feel confident that your practice experiences are supported throughout your course.
  • Clinical placement experiences will be managed by your employer and you will be exposed to a range of different practice areas to develop your knowledge, skills and attributes.
  • The student experience on the Mental Health nursing course will be managed and supported by academic staff from a range of speciality nursing backgrounds and with a vast wealth of clinical experience.


For most start dates, you can complete this course in two to four years depending on your prior qualifications. The modules you'll study will depend on the route you take. Level 4 is equivalent to the standard in Year 1 of an undergraduate degree. Level 5 is equivalent to Year 2 and Level 6 is equivalent to Year 3.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Professional qualifications

Leads to professional qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health).

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Nursing degrees are really hands on and mix academic work with real life, hands on experience. I enjoy the clinical sessions being taught in the University and doing placements in different areas of the field.
Sumayya Alam
BSc (Hons) Pre-Registration Nursing (Adult)
United Kingdom

Future careers and job role

Upon completion of the course you will be a Registered Nurse (RN) (Mental Health). You will be able to progress onto your career pathway within the healthcare sector, or continue to postgraduate level study.


You can register with the government Find Apprenticeship Service to receive updates on all Degree Apprenticeships. Or visit our vacancies page to view our latest job listings.

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.

  • Degree Apprentice Care Leaver Bursary

    We offer a range of support and services to help all apprentices, but you may need a little extra assistance if you have been in Local Authority care and don’t have support from your parents. Find out more about our Care Leaver Bursary for our Degree Apprentice students.

    Find out more about Degree Apprentice Care Leaver Bursary

Information for employers

Apprenticeships allow the learner to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. An apprentice will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our University campuses or training centres. By the end of their apprenticeship, they will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in their chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level. The development of clinical nursing skills takes place alongside skills such as communication, problem solving and reflection. These are key elements of the nursing programme which will aid the development of a critical, analytical and reflective practitioner.

Benefits to the employer

  • If you wish to upskill managers and senior leaders in project management, business development, intercultural communication or change management, chartered and senior degree apprenticeships are a cost-effective way to transform your organisation.
  • If your payroll is under £3m, you don’t need to pay the Apprenticeship Levy. However, you can get funding towards the cost of training and assessment of apprentices. You only pay 5% - the government will co-fund the other 95% (up to the funding band maximum).
  • Recruit from our pool of bright students with the core skills, knowledge and work readiness to help contribute to your business.

This course is based in the School of Nursing and Midwifery

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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