BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing September 2018


Why choose this degree?

  • This degree provides you with theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to register as a Mental Health Nurse with the Gibraltar Nursing, Midwives, Health Visitors Registration Board.
  • This degree is fully delivered locally in Gibraltar by the School of Health Studies (SHS).
  • This degree is delivered and awarded in partnership with Kingston University London and St George's University London.
  • Tax free bursary of £650 per month.
  • Our academic team members come from diverse backgrounds specific to nursing.
  • Members of our teaching team have contributed to journals and book publications.
  • You will gain practice experience throughout Gibraltar's health care system.
  • You will have the opportunity to take a national or international elective placement at the end of your second year.

Why choose this course?

Mental health nursing is a highly rewarding career where you can make a real difference. One in four people experience mental health problems in any given year, and this course prepares you to work in collaboration with service users, their relatives and carers towards recovery.

Half of your time on the course will be on placements

What you will study

You will study a mix of generic modules sharing learning with students from all fields of nursing and field-specific modules, focusing on mental health nursing. Topics include: psychosocial interventions; psychological therapies including cognitive approaches; family working; dialectical behaviour therapy; group psychotherapy; physical health care for mental health; service user perspectives on mental health; Black, Asian and minority ethnic group issues in mental health; and dementia.

Practice learning opportunities

At the end of Year 2, you will be offered an opportunity to undertake an elective placement (self funded). Our main  placement providers are Ocean Views, Elderly Residential Services (ERS), St Bernadette's Occupational therapy centre and the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT).

Module listing                 

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Year 1

Science for Nursing

Nursing in Context

Foundations of Mental Health Nursing

Nursing Practice Part 1

Year 2

Person-centred Care

The Care Process in Mental Health Nursing

Collaborative Working in Mental Health

Nursing Practice Part 2

Year 3

Transition to Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing

Complexities of Mental Health Nursing

Developing Evidence-based Practice

Nursing Practice Part 3     

Themes throughout the programme                   

Modules may not contain all of these themes but they will be represented across the whole programme:

Professional values

  • The '6Cs'

  • Quality of life

  • Safeguarding and risk

  • Working with diversity and anti-discriminatory practice

Communication and interpersonal skills

  • Study skills

  • Managing and maintaining relationships

  • Ethics and law

  • Self-awareness and reflection

  • Psychology/behavioural sciences

Nursing practice and decision-making

  • Numeracy

  • Pharmacology and medicines management

  • Care needs across the life span

  • Life sciences

  • Nursing skills

  • Creativity and problem solving skills

  • Research and evidence-based practice

Leadership, management and team working

  • Interprofessional working

  • Clinical governance

  • Employability

Minimum entry requirements are:

  • 3 A-levels (112 points): science or health-related subject preferred (minimum grades BBC)
  • Candidates may be considered with 2 A-levels (minimum grades BB)
  • QCF L3 Health and Social Care 
  • BTEC National Diploma: Science or Health Studies – minimum  Distinction Merit Merit
  • Science or health-based access to HE course: Access Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3 (21 credits at Distinction, 18 at merit).
  • All candidates require GCSE grade A–C (or equivalent) in five subjects including English, Mathematics and a Science (preferably) or GCSE L2 equivalent.

Selection Process

All applicants will be expected to complete a numeracy and literacy exam on the day of their interview. If successful, candidates will proceed to part 2 of the interview. This will include a group interview, followed by a scenario based interview and finally an individual interview. Applicants need to meet the selection process to meet the entry requirements set by the School of Health Studies and Kingston University London and St George's University of London.   

Example of Entry Exam Literacy and Numeracy paper  

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