BSc (Hons) Nursing - Mental Health

  • Available in Clearing 2024
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Studying Mental Health Nursing at ARU

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

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Study at an award-winning university

We're the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year. We've also been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a reflection of the outstanding education we offer our students.

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.

Course options

Course options

This course is now closed for September 2024 entry in Chelmsford. You can still apply to study with us in Cambridge.

Key facts

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Facilities and accreditation

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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.

Take a guided tour and meet our students.

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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.

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Nurse Education Provider of the Year

We’re proud to have been shortlisted for the Nurse Education Provider of the Year award in 2023.


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.

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"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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Do you have a question that we haven't answered so far? Talk to our application experts. You can also ask our Student Ambassadors about life at ARU.

We're here Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm (please note we close at 3.30pm on the first and third Thursday of the month for staff training), and Friday 9am-4.30pm.

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Taster Days

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
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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.

You’ll be required to have all your vaccinations before you can go on placement.

Failure to complete this might result in your offer being withdrawn or your studies discontinued once enrolled on the programme in line with our student suspension policy.

Your guide to placements
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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