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BSc (Hons)Registered Nurse (NMC 2018) Degree Apprenticeship - Mental Health

Course overview

The Registered Nurse - Mental Health apprenticeship can help you gain the knowledge, expertise and the clinical experience to become a skilled, thoughtful and authentic mental health nurse who is confident you are making a positive difference to people lives and the wider communities you work within.

This apprenticeship is underpinned by Solent's BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing, which has been designed to meet the future nursing proficiencies set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2018). Successful completion of this apprenticeship will allow you to register and work as a graduate mental health nurse.

The apprenticeship will consider what it means and how to provide mental health care in a contemporary, culturally diverse context, and what is needed for the profession to continuously improve and add value to the lived experiences of the populations we serve.

You will complete a series of modules that analyse and critique modern mental health approaches and treatment modalities, including the medical model, psychotherapeutic approaches, anthropological understanding of health beliefs, public health approaches, and the social determinants of health.

You will also undertake clinical placements in all years of study during the apprenticeship. These can take place in a variety of primary and secondary mental healthcare services.

Throughout this apprenticeship, you also will undergo a quarterly review with your employer and with the University to chart your progress.

For successful completion of this apprenticeship, you are required to undertake an end point assessment (EPA). This is organised once your employer is satisfied that you are working consistently at, or above, the level set out in the occupational standards for a registered mental health nurse. The assessment is woven into your final summative placement.

During your course you will complete a practice assessment document that will demonstrate you have completed the required skills for registration as a nurse. The EPA is designed to show your understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that you will have gained in the seven platforms of the assessment document.

Accredited by:

Nursing and Midwifery Council logo

Funded by:

Education and Skills Funding Agency logo

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For employers

Apprenticeships can add value at all levels of your business:

  • Upskill your staff with industry relevant qualifications.
  • Drive an increase in productivity.
  • Promote long-term loyalty and reduce staff turnover.
  • Reduce the cost of qualifications and training.
  • Develop staff with a minimum of interruption to day-to-day operations.
  • Offer genuine opportunities for personal development to both full-and part-time staff.
  • Offer genuine opportunities for personal development to both full-and part-time staff.

For apprentices

Here's what a higher or degree apprenticeship can offer you:

  • A combination of on-the-job and academic study which is relevant and applied.
  • A continued wage and contract of employment which includes all the same benefits as any employee.
  • A higher or degree qualification which is recognised, transferrable and the same level as if achieved through traditional study routes.
  • A debt free future with zero tuition fees. (Please note, as apprenticeships are funded by employers, apprentices are not eligible to apply for Student Loans Company loans)
  • An opportunity to develop new skills and progress within your industry.

What does this course lead to?

Registered mental health nurses can work within the National Health Service, private, voluntary and independent sector healthcare providers, education, policy, and government sectors. UK educated and NMC registered nurses also can work globally but may be required to take registration tests for other national nursing bodies.

Who is this course is for?

Mental health nursing is suitable for people who want a career that has social value and who have a keen interest in caring for others and enabling people to achieve the best outcomes they can.

Mental health nursing students often have, or want to develop, an open mind and be curious about the nature of the human condition and society and to be able to do something real that benefits both.

We welcome applications from people with all kinds of life experiences and at all stages of life.


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