Already a qualified mental health or learning disabilities nurse with a diploma? Further your understanding of contemporary mental health issues and top-up your qualification to a full BSc (Hons) on our distance learning course - all while you continue to work.
Our course is a great way to increase your skills and knowledge in your area of clinical practice. You'll be able to study mental health issues relevant to your area of work. Using a range of online activities, you’ll consider evidence that relates to the health and social care needs of your clients and their carers - both now and in the future.
We'll encourage you to apply what you learn in your everyday work; for example, we'll focus on developing your decision-making skills so that you can put them to use. Our aim is to establish you as an active participant in service development who's engaged with the dynamic nature of mental health practice. The skills and knowledge you gain will benefit both you, as a provider of mental health services, and those who access them.
By studying online, you can fit the course around your working life. It can be completed over a period of two or three years.
Our course is regularly reviewed by experts to make sure it's current and relevant to professionals working in a range of mental health and learning disability settings.
As a qualified professional, our course will prepare you to take the next step in your career. Not only will you further your experience and expertise, you'll develop the confidence to mentor pre-registration students and gain a degree - often a prerequisite for managerial positions.
Assessments are your chance to show that you've developed the skills and knowledge we set out to teach on each of our course modules.
While studying the modules, you'll work on assignments. There'll be regular, constructive feedback from your course tutors to let you know how you're doing. We also offer tutorials throughout the course so that when it comes to doing your summative assessments, you're ready for them.
We offer six modules on this course: you'll take the two core modules, as well as two of the optional modules.
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
Part-time undergraduate (Up to 3 years)
Full-time undergraduate (1 year)
Distance learning undergraduate (2 years)
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