Gain the clinical knowledge, skills, confidence and accreditation you need to succeed as a Child and Mental Health Nurse, with our four-year degree course in Cambridge and Chelmsford.
Our purpose-built nursing labs simulate many aspects of a working hospital ward. You’ll use sophisticated healthcare equipment in safe and supportive small group sessions led by highly experienced staff.
You’ll also undertake placements in child and mental health settings. You could find yourself caring for patients in their home, in GP surgeries, on a general children’s ward, paediatric A&E, and more.
Student nurses can take advantage of nursing training grants worth at least £5,000 per year.
Here at ARU, we’re dedicated to the continual improvement of healthcare and stand by the values of the NHS Constitution.
Our four-year dual registered degree in Child and Mental Health Nursing will prepare you to become a highly skilled and sought-after health professional who’ll be welcomed in hospital and community settings.
As a student at ARU, you’ll undertake both child and mental health placements and modules, learning to support patients both mentally and physically. We’ll help you grow into a competent nurse and concentrate on developing your leadership skills.
We’re proud to have been shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year in 2023 by the Student Nursing Times. It speaks volumes about the quality of our teaching.
You’ll soon discover that ARU is a stimulating place to study Child and Mental Health Nursing, with excellent facilities and registered, practising tutors who’ll make sure you’re being taught the latest techniques and give you the support you need to succeed. We make use of technology to support your learning too, with virtual reality scenarios or real time assessment.
Our Nursing and Midwifery Council validated course places equal value on clinical practice and theory. It’ll take you from university lectures and skills sessions to clinical placements. You may well find yourself at a GP surgery, attending home health visits or in hospital settings from a general children's ward to paediatric A&E.
Placements last around seven to 12 weeks, with opportunities including health visiting, general children’s ward, neonatal unit, paediatric assessment unit, and child and adolescent community settings (including mental health). There’s also the option of a self-funded overseas placement at the end of Year 2.
You’ll be linked to one of our NHS healthcare trust partners for your placements.
We want to make sure you experience a variety of placements and that you graduate as an effective practitioner. Our placement maps will help you plan your travel before you start on the course.
On placement, you’ll be working shifts. This can mean early, late and night shifts, as well as working weekends and bank holidays. You’ll be supported by practice supervisors and assessors as well as staff from ARU.
Meanwhile, teaching usually takes place between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday, and on campus time is supplemented by online learning and virtual lectures.
Each year, you’ll get allocated annual leave at set points to support you in balancing your course and relaxation time.
While studying Child and Mental Health Nursing at ARU, you’ll have the chance to share experiences with students from other courses, and to see how the professions work together to provide effective and seamless care.
Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery Louise Jenkins and nursing student Hannah share their advice for getting the most from your nursing interview at ARU.
From Year 1 you'll be out on placement, getting hands-on experience in hospitals and community healthcare teams.
As a nursing student at ARU, you'll use purpose-built skills labs and sophisticated healthcare equipment.
Nursing is far more than a career. As a nurse you'll make a difference to many people’s lives - including your own.
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As part of your nursing studies with ARU, you’ll be able to take advantage of:
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.
We’re proud to have been shortlisted for the Nurse Education Provider of the Year award in 2023.
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Nursing really is a job for life. As a child and mental health nurse, you’ll make a difference to many people’s lives, including your own. Specialist children’s nurses can build careers in a variety of fields. You may choose to become a specialist nurse practitioner, a consultant nurse or a modern matron. Or you could take your education further still, conduct research or go into healthcare management.
All our nursing courses are required to be approved by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), meaning you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with them when you graduate. We work with employers to make sure you gain the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through your placements.
Many of our graduates were employed six months after completing their degrees, including students who received job offers from their placement areas.
I had always wanted a career that was rewarding and enabled me to make a difference to other people’s lives. At ARU I immediately felt so welcomed.Abbi
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If you want to know more about Nursing at ARU, we're offering virtual Taster Days. Meet our lecturers and current students, explore the role of the nurse, find out more about our nursing courses and placements, and pick up tips for your application and interview.Find out more about our Taster Days
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
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