Nursing (Mental Health) (Shortened Graduate Programme)

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Course Overview

UCAS code: 3110
Duration: 2 years 4 months
Study type: Full-Time
Napier code: 72122BD

This 28-month course offers a shortened route to nursing registration for appropriately qualified graduates. It accesses modules from the three-year degree with advanced standing offered for a number of modules and  has been developed to give you both an academic qualification and the vocational training to become a registered nurse.

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Please note it is not possible to apply for deferred entry for any of the nursing courses.

All of the Nursing Shortened Programme for Graduates (SPG) and Conversion courses are at undergraduate level.  Applications must be made through UCAS:

In accordance with SAAS guidelines (as all Nursing courses are funded by the government) Nursing applicants must be ‘Ordinarily Resident’ in the United Kingdom (UK), the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years immediately before the relevant date (the first day of the first academic year of the course). You must also be ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands on the relevant date. This means that Nursing courses are only open to UK and EU applicants.

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Forming part of our Bachelor of Nursing suite of courses, this 28 month shortened programme for graduates gives you the opportunity to specialise in Mental Health Nursing.

This course has been developed to give you both an academic qualification and the vocational training to become a registered nurse. You will first learn the theory of nursing through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, group work and online support.

There are organised sessions for you to learn in a simulated environment before going on to your placement in hospital or community settings within the Lothian and Borders area. Your placements (which are 50% of your course content) will help you relate the theory learnt in the classroom to real life practice. On placement you will be supported by a mentor who will supervise you and assess your achievement.

We aim to provide you with the learning, teaching and assessment experiences that will allow you to become a reflective graduate with the necessary knowledge and skills to contribute positively to nursing practice. We support you to become competent, knowledgeable, and skilled in mental health nursing care. You will graduate ready to work in hospitals and in the community.

You'll be able to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This qualification means that you have been assessed to be a safe and competent nurse, at the point of registration, with the necessary knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities in nursing.

This course attracts a substantial, non-means tested, bursary.

You will develop your professional knowledge and understanding in the field of nursing. Cognitive skills will be taught, and you will learn how to apply your knowledge to practical situations. You'll gain communication, team working and problem solving and decision making skills. Overall, you will acquire the skills needed to demonstrate your eligibility for registration with the NMC as a nurse, including:

  • care, compassion and communication
  • organisational aspects of care
  • infection prevention and control
  • nutrition and fluid maintenance
  • medicines management across all fields of practice.

What's it like?

Includes a one year job guarantee, within Scotland, from the Scottish Government.

Career prospects

We offer industry informed courses which combine the optimum balance of theory and practice to equip graduates for success. 95.4% of our undergraduates are in work or further study within six months of leaving (HESA, 2013). We also offer a unique personal development programme called Stand Out.

This qualification will give you excellent career prospects, in hospitals, voluntary organisations and the community. It includes a one year job guarantee, within Scotland, from the Scottish Government on successful completion of this course.

Almost 100% of our graduates have gone on to gain employment, particularly within NHS Lothian and NHS Borders. However, you will also be able to work anywhere within the UK and EU, and in some cases even further afield.

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Full-time study (per year)

The fees listed are stated per annum.

Part-time study (per year)

The fees listed are stated per annum.

Part-time study

The number of modules studied is dependant on the exit that you wish to achieve, for example:

  • A Grad Cert is 60 Credits (3 modules)
  • A Cert HE/Grad Dip/ HND is 120 credits (6 modules)
  • A Dip HE credit is 240 credits (12 modules)
  • A Degree is 360 credits (18 modules)
  • An Honours Degree is 480 credits

Please note that some part-time courses give modular exemptions for previous study and vocational experience. Advice is available during application.

Part-time study (per module)

  • A Postgraduate Certificate is 60 credits (3 modules)
  • A Postgraduate Diploma is 120 credits (6 modules)
  • MBA is 180 credits

Fees Table

Fees quoted are per academic year (for a full time programme studied in consecutive years) and reviewed annually unless otherwise noted.

Changes to RUK (England, Wales and N Ireland) student fees in 2015/6

RUK students commencing a four year honours degree in September 2015 will incur maximum tuition fees of £27,000 - £9,000 per year for three of the four years of their programme*.

RUK students commencing a five year MEng programme in September 2015 will incur maximum tuition fees of £36,000 - £9,000 per year for four of the five years of their programme*.
*A student’s last year of study will normally be the year exempt from incurring a fee.

RUK students who began their studies prior to September 2015 will continue to incur a fee for each year of their course at the RUK fee rate applicable to their cohort.

Other expenses

Working out how much you’ll need to live in Edinburgh while studying will vary depending on your priorities, but there are some things everyone will need to budget for. Check out our guide to living costs.
Funding your study

We have lots of funding options available such as the postgraduate tuition fee loan for Scottish & EU students, specific scholarships for students from India and Africa, as well as bursaries & grants for those closer to home in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Visit our funding pages to find out what you could be eligible for.

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