Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Nursing (Mental Health) with Health Care Foundation Year

School of Health and Society




Four year

Next enrolment

September 2021


In a nutshell

The Health Care Foundation Year aims to provide you with an understanding of the basic concepts of health care. The course also develops your skills and knowledge to prepare you for successful progression onto a degree course.

Please note that the programme is now full for the 2020/21 academic year. The next available start date will be September 2021. 

You will:
  • Develop the skills and knowledge to successfully study at Level 4
  • Learn about the basic theories and concepts relating to nursing
  • Be taught by a multi-disciplinary programme team with experience in a range of professional health care settings
Course details

All about the course

The Health Care Foundation Year, will provide a solid foundation and poetntial pathway into one of our degree programmes such as BSc Nursing (Mental Health). The key areas of study will be effective communication and study skills and you will be introduced to basic theories and concepts within disciplines. 

On this course, you will develop: 

  • An understanding of fundamental theories that will be developed further within the associated degree programme
  • The necessary skills and knowledge to study successfully at level 4
  • An awareness of the importance of communication and collaboration within health care professions, and develop these skills over the duration of the programme 
  • Numeracy skills and competencies required for your subject area

There are six modules of 20 credits each on this course, as detailed below.

If you wish to progress on to BSc Nursing (Mental Health), there is a requirement to achieve 60% in the following modules as relevant to your pathway, in addition to the 40% pass mark in all other modules: 

Communication in Healthcare Settings, Working in Healthcare Settings, Foundation of Physical Health, Foundation of Mental Health

If you do not achieve the required marks, you will be offered the opportunity to progress on to a course with lower entry requirements. 

Details of modules on the BSc Nursing (Mental Health) programme are detailed below so you can see the potential progression through years two to four. 

Foundation year

Communication in Healthcare Settings (20 credits)

This module introduces skills and knowledge around communicating with service users and colleagues in a health care setting. You will explore different methods of communication and be given opportunities to practice newly acquired skills and knowledge. The module assessment is in the form of a 20 minute observed scenario with an actor playing a service user.

Working in Healthcare Settings (20 credits)

This module introduces you to the world of health care and its policies and guidelines necessary for people wanting to work in any health care setting. You will have the opportunity to work and learn with health care staff in class and be invited to visit a local hospital. The module assessment is a 1,500-word reflective essay, looking at your own experience of health services. This allows you to reflect on one of the important themes in health care today; the subject of user empowerment and choice.

Study Skills (20 credits)

Studying health care at university necessitates the development and completion of essays and presentations, measured against the academic rigours of degree level studies. This module helps you to develop skills in writing, referencing, and presenting information, all of which will be assessed via an essay at the end of the module.

Foundation of Physical Health (20 credits)

In this module, you will be introduced to how we function, physically. You will look at what happens when our bodies' systems breakdown and how we try to influence people’s lifestyle choices to give them the best chance of a long and healthy life. The assessment is looking at providing a session (usually PowerPoint presentation) which will aim to look at one lifestyle issue, how it contributes to poor health, and provision of a health promotion strategy which can be used with service users.

Foundation of Mental Health (20 credits)

This module concentrates on what mental health is, and how we maintain mental health in our own lives. You will be looking at different models of mental health, and ways to avoid problems in life. Your assessment will be a 1,500 essay, looking at the skills needed for health care workers to promote healthy living.

Numeracy (20 credits)

This module will help you become aware of the need to consider numeracy as an important skill in many professions pertinent to health care. You will get many opportunities to hone your numeracy skills, using evidence-based strategies, recognised in health care education as providing the best resources for the job. Your assessment is a one-hour numeracy assessment; where you are given 20 calculations to work out in class.

Year one

Transdisciplinary Science

The ability to understand anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology, and the ways in which our biological systems interact with our environment, our behaviour and the social systems we live in are integral to your interprofessional work as a student nurse.  You will begin in year one with a dedicated module to develop foundational knowledge in transdisciplinary science and evidence based practice.

Voices and Choices

You will acquire the essential knowledge, skills and professional attitudes needed to provide personalised care and support planning for service users, carers and significant others. You will develop knowledge of strength-based approaches to assessment and care planning (salutogenesis), including an awareness of political, legal and socioeconomic factors that influence the voices and choices of people you work with.

Foundations of Integrated Nursing Practice

You will demonstrate the required NMC proficiencies commensurate with your stage of learning and development in year one in relation to your chosen field of practice and interprofessional practice (NMC part 1 progression). This will include developing skills in self-awareness/assessment and personal and professional development planning, working with different professions/non-professional groups within clinical placements.

Year two

Mental Health Field Specific Care Needs

This follows on from year one and you will deepen your knowledge of the key principles which underpin healthcare and begin to apply these to your chosen field of practice.  This will be achieved through the exploration of case examples and the participation in simulated scenarios, providing you with the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge, skills and behaviours you are developing as a nurse of the future.

Evidence-based Interventional Nursing

A key component to ensuring that your future practice stays up to date is your understanding and interpretation of the best available evidence.  During this module you will develop your ability to be able to find, evaluate and apply a range of different types of evidence to support both your own practice, and that of the multi-professional teams within which you work. Further to this you will also explore strategies to ensure that the personal preferences and needs of the patients and carers you are supporting are still maintained during your interactions with them.

Fundamentals of Integrated Nursing Practice

You will demonstrate the required NMC proficiencies commensurate with your stage of learning and development in year two in relation to your chosen field of practice and interprofessional practice (NMC part 2 progression). 
This will include developing skills in looking outwards from one’s own profession to consider relationships with other professional/nonprofessional people and the impact this has on care delivery.

Year three

Being an Autonomous Mental Health Practitioner

You will develop the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes to facilitate the critical, systematic and contemporary application of the evidence base required to demonstrate autonomous nursing practice. This will be achieved through the delivery of a blended learning approach by way of seminars, masterclasses, action learning sets, simulated practice and guided independent study. A feature of this module will be that some of the master classes will be delivered by specialist clinicians focusing upon quality, safety and personalised care across health and social care.

Being an Inspiring Mental Health Practitioner

You will build upon your developing knowledge, skills and professional attitudes to facilitate the critical application of the evidence base required to demonstrate inspirational nursing practice. Aspects of leadership, management, team working and exploration of evidence based nursing practice, linked to both pathogenesis and salutogenesis will be implicit throughout.

Leading and Empowering in Integrated Nursing Practice

You will demonstrate the required NMC proficiencies commensurate with your stage of learning and development in year three in relation to your chosen  field of practice and interprofessional practice (NMC part 3 progression). This will include developing skills to enable you to practice independently and confidently, as a role model, and in so doing demonstrate systematic critical understanding of accountable, safe, compassionate, person-centred, evidence-based, nursing care which represents and maintains dignity and human rights and promotes this through reflection within recognised professional/inter professional, ethical, socio-political and legal frameworks.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.


The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.


Our Clinical Practice Wards are located in the Mary Seacole Building. There are four rooms designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment. The rooms are furnished with patient's beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.

We also have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance student learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures. Along with nursing skills rooms where you can practice in a ward situation, there are basic skills rooms for sessions such as moving and handling.

Take a 360 tour of the facilities here


What you need to know

This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.

Please note that the programme is now full for the 2020/21 academic year. The next available start date will be September 2021. 


As part of the application process, you may be invited to an interview. Have a look at our top ten tips for preparing for your interview. If you are offered an interview following your application, you will be sent further information about what to expect and what you need to bring with you on the day. 

This foundation year pathway is designed for students who do not have the standard entry requirements to enter university at degree level.

You can read about the entry requirements for individual nursing degree programmes here:

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children and Young People's)

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)


Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.


Standard entry requirements


English Language and Maths at grade C/grade 4 or above; or approved equivalency such as Key Skills / Functional Skills Level 2

UCAS tariff points

64 points 

A Level

64 UCAS points, from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2021

September 2022

UCAS information

Course ID B763

Institution S03