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International: £31,810 for the course
- Build on your undergraduate experience and become a fully-qualified nurse in two years.
- Become eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a qualified nurse.
- Gain vital real-world experience — 50% of your course is spent on placement.
- Obtain sought-after postgraduate credentials, with a NHS Band 5 prospective starting salary.
Nurses are an integral part of a multidisciplinary team. In some modules, you will learn and collaborate with students from other health and social care courses. This approach will help you to deliver person centred-care with an understanding of how other professionals contribute to the person's journey through health and social care services.
Watch student Clare Manley talk about what it’s like to study on this course.
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How you learn
This course equips you with the expertise, interpersonal skills and managerial ability needed for nursing those with mental health issues.
You'll study in our facilities, and apply your skills across 40 weeks of practice-based learning. These placements take place in hospitals and homes across the region. You'll be supported throughout your placements by practice supervisors and practice assessors. Graduation ensures your eligibility for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
You learn through
- practice-based learning
- study in our advanced clinical suites
- lectures and seminars
- case studies
Practice-based learning is central to your development, and you spend 40 weeks of your course on placement. You gain experience in a diverse range of mental health nursing settings.
Placements are across South Yorkshire and the Humber, with some of the UK's leading healthcare providers. On your placements, you are assigned suitably prepared practice supervisors and practice assessors. They support you and make sure you are comfortable in your surroundings, so you make the most of the experience.
You care for people with mental health problems, helping them to live their lives as normally as possible. Work may be based in people's homes, residential units and health centres.
This course prepares you for a career in
- acute hospitals
- secure hospitals
- community work
- acute inpatients services
- elderly services
- emergency department
This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You must be registered with the NMC in order to practise as a nurse in the UK.
Where will I study?
You study at Collegiate Campus
Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.Collegiate Campus map
Collegiate Library can be found just off Ecclesall Road. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
On this course you work with
- advanced clinical facilities
- mock wards and operating facilities
You need a first degree recognised in the UK at 2:2 or above and
GCSE's (single or double) in
- English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
- Maths at grade D or 4 or equivalents*
- Science at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
*GCSE Maths equivalents
• Level 2 Key Skills/Application of Number/Grade D at GCSE Maths/ Level 2 Maths credits from an Access course
• maths equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
*GCSE English equivalents
• Level 2 Literacy
• Level 2 Key Skills
*GCSE Science equivalents
• OCR Science Level 2
• science units gained on a Level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma Qualification
• science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits gained at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3)
• science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and 6.5 in writing, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.
Helping your application succeed
Experience of interacting with members of the public from a range of backgrounds in different settings is essential when applying to a health or social care course. It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required of nurses caring for individuals living with a mental health issue. The NHS values are key to all our health courses. For further information on the standards required of students in nursing and midwifery professions please take a look at the Nursing and Midwifery Council's code of conduct
There are many ways you can gain experience - this might be as part of a programme of study or in a paid or voluntary capacity, and doesn't always need to be within a care setting. Interacting with people with different life experiences will help you develop a deeper level of understanding of the diversity of the population who access health and social care. In your personal statement please reflect upon your learning from any of these experiences demonstrating an understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a mental health nursing course.
You will be invited to attend an interview if these key elements are included in your personal statement.
You must provide a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution with your UCAS application.
The selection event
If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event. To confirm your identity on the day please bring a valid form of photo ID with you, preferably a passport or photo driving licence.
View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process and how you can prepare.
Recognition of your prior learning (RPL)
Usually nurse education lasts three years. However, completion of your first degree and relevant care experience within the last five years allows you to 'credit against' the first year of nurse education. A condition of starting a place on the MSc Nursing programme is a submission of evidence of how your first degree and prior experience relates to nursing, applicants are able to accrue further evidence in the time between application and enrolment with the support of a dedicated supervisor where needed. The evidence will demonstrate that you meet the same standard of a student nurse completing their first year of the nursing programme. Your RPL will include a number of clinical proficiencies that need to be assessed in a care situation and the completion of a total of 760 hours worked in a relevant setting.
Guidance and support will be offered on how to complete your RPL following a successful interview. Visit our FAQ page for further information on preparing your evidence for the RPL.
Course enrolment - professional requirements
Before enrolling you must fully declare on the forms provided during the admissions process:
• unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
• involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
• enrolment on a health or social work professional course at another University
Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check
- you will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
- you will need to present valid identity documents (PDF) as part of the application process
- if you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining an overseas criminal record check.
- where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Professional Issues Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.
Occupational Health Screening
• You must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
• You must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health and meet the immunisation and immunity requirements of placement providers. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
After completing the above professional checks, if you reside in the UK you are expected to make every reasonable attempt to attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the professional requirements of your course. This is also an opportunity to meet fellow applicants to the health & social care courses who will be starting their studies at the same time as you, some current students and teaching staff.
Other professional suitability information
Your full enrolment on your course will be confirmed when the Professional Issues Team have verified that your Enhanced DBS Disclosure (and overseas criminal record check where relevant) indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable groups including children and clearance from your health screening has been received.
If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, you must tell the Professional Issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637 or emailing HWB-Professional-Issues@shu.ac.uk
We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions, learning difficulty or disability you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for education and training and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement.
You can contact our nursing and midwifery disability co-ordinator on 0114 225 2470 to explore any issues you may have, or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom).
The Disability Disclosure booklet provides information for students on health and social care courses and will help you understand the importance of disclosing your disability at the earliest possible stage. This is so you can be assessed for the support you may require to succeed on the course.
Our open days give you an opportunity to come and talk to our teaching staff and current students on the course you are considering. You can explore the campus, view our facilities and ask any questions you may have in a relaxed environment.To book visit University open day
Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
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Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £31,810 for the course which includes a placement supplement.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £10,906 available for UK and EU students on most masters courses.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Nursing and midwifery courses (PDF)
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