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Nursing (Mental Health)

Course overview

(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Nursing (Mental Health)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus & Apprenticeship Location
Honours Degree

External Examiners

Mrs Julia Mary Terry
Swansea University
Associate Professor

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 HS502-4-AT Personal Development (0 credit version) Core 0
02 HS505-4-SP Delivering Compassionate Care as a Mental Health Nurse Core 20
03 HS503-4-SP How People Function Core 20
04 HS508-4-SL Nursing Practice Assessment 1 Core 0

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 HS502-4-AP Personal Development Core 40
02 HS507-4-SU Ongoing Recovery Journeys in Mental Health Nursing Core 20
03 HS508-4-SL Nursing Practice Assessment 1 Core 20

Year 3 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 HS512-5-AP Critical Recovery Journeys Core 30
02 HS510-5-SP Critical Appraisal and Research Skills Core 20
03 HS513-5-SU Service Improvement Core 15
04 HS509-5-FY Community Engagement Core 15
05 HS514-5-AS Nursing Practice Assessment 2 Core 40

Year 4 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 HS516-6-SU Leadership and Preparation Core 15
02 HS515-6-AP To Do No Harm Core 15
03 HS517-6-FY Research Activity Core 30
04 HS518-6-FY Nursing Practice Assessment 3 Core 60

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

1. Deliver excellent person-centred care to individuals with health-related needs drawing on an appreciation of current knowledge for nursing

2. Work productively across health and social care boundaries with an awareness of the individual within their community

3. Systematically collate and competently deliver relevant health information to individual and communities

4. Work in a collaborative person-centred manner with other health & social care professions

5. Show leadership in decision making within complex and unpredictable situations

6. Take personal responsibility for competence and continuing learning

7. To exhibit competence and compassion in the professional nursing role

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

Learning Methods:
Assessment Methods:

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

Learning Methods:
Assessment Methods:

C: Practical skills

Learning Methods:
Assessment Methods:

D: Key skills

D101 i) Communicate effectively using a variety of media. ii) Use a range of advanced communication skills when engaging with patients in the delivery of nursing interventions. iii) Use communcation skills to support and develop multidisciplinary team working. iv) be effective and confident in communication with a large audiences.
D102 i) Use the Internet to support self-directed learning. ii) access data via library, professional bodies, Trusts, etc. iii) use appropriate data analysis packages. iv) use audiovisual presentation tools and techniques.
D103 i) demonstrate competent and accurate numeracy skills in undertaking drug calculations . ii) Interpret basic statistical information accurately
D104 Identify and analyse problems emerging from theory and practice.
D105 i) Motivate and engender partnership working. ii) demonstrate a strong awareness of personal limitations and scope of practice. iii) take responsibility for one own work and significant responsibility for the work of others.
D106 i) Demonstrate an aptitude for continuing to advance knowledge, understanding and skills in line with identified learning needs. ii) work with new and abstract ideas within professional practice/education/management.
Learning Methods: D1-D6 are achieved through clinical placement practice, assessment via OSCE and presentation, personal and group reflection, tutorial, elearning discussions and IT based drug calculations. As this is an apprenticeship route, learning and teaching will occur through blended learning methods utilising campus based delivery, distance, on-line, and self directed learning, as well as learning delievered in the student’s workplace.
Assessment Methods: D1 and D5 are assessed through the direct observation of practice by clinical placement mentors in the practice setting. Learners are also assessed through OSCEs and by making presentations

D4 & D6 are assesed in all assessment methods

D2-3 are assessed through completion of course work, drug calculations and through the research module


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