BSc (Hons) Nursing - Mental Health

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Empower and support patients in their journey to recovery with our NMC-validated Mental Health Nursing BSc (Hons) degree course.

Mental Health Nursing at ARU

Meet your course leader

Senior lecturer Dr Nick Wrycraft talks about his passion for mental health nursing.

Mental health nursing is a challenging but rewarding field. As a qualified mental health nurse, you’ll identify people’s needs before planning and providing care. Working closely with clients and patients, you’ll encourage them to believe that recovery from mental health problems is possible.

Studying in Cambridge or Chelmsford, our Mental Health Nursing BSc (Hons) degree will equip you with all the practical skills you need to start your nursing career.

Student nurses can take advantage of nursing training grants worth at least £5,000 per year.

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Support and facilities

As part of your nursing studies with ARU, you’ll be able to take advantage of:

  • purpose-built simulated hospital wards offering the very best in experiential learning
  • registered, practising tutors and lecturers who’ll make sure you’re being taught the latest techniques and give you the support you need to succeed
  • a new training grant for student nurses worth at least £5,000 a year.

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Our degree course is validated by the NMC and you’ll be linked to one of our eight NHS healthcare trust partners for your placements.

Nurse Education Provider of the Year

We’re proud to have been shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year in both 2019 and 2020.


At ARU, we work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it so you’ll be ready to stand out in a competitive job market.

Once you graduate, you’ll be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and begin your journey as a mental health nurse. You might choose a role in acute in-patient care, home treatment or a community mental health team – it’s up to you where your degree takes you.


"I have been lucky enough to visit a wide variety of placements during my two years so far at ARU, including surgical, medical, intensive care and community."


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You’ll spend 50% of your learning time out on placement. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in assessing, treating and communicating with patients.

Your guide to placements


If your application to study nursing at ARU is successful, we'll invite you to an interview day in Cambridge or Chelmsford. Here’s how to get prepared.

Your nursing interview