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PgDip Nursing (Mental Health)

Course Description

This course has been designed for graduates from any degree background who want to become a nurse. The course will prepare you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an adult or mental health nurse.

This course will prepare you to become a caring, compassionate, safe and autonomous practitioner, who can deliver high quality nursing care in a variety of settings and situations, while promoting the wellbeing of the communities you will work in. The course reflects the changing national, local and social agendas which underpin healthcare provision in Britain today.

On successful completion, you will become a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a registered Mental Health Nurse.

You will learn to become a professional nurse, able to work with and lead teams within agreed professional, ethical and legal frameworks and processes, and be able to maintain and improve standards of care. Your care will reflect contemporary knowledge, practice, research and technology.

Course detail

The aim of this course is to prepare a registered nurse who is able to offer a high level of care, enhanced leadership, management, and inter-professional and research skills to influence practice and initiate change. The course recognises that as a graduate you will bring with you a range of attributes, these include not only expertise in your subject, but also the ability to manage your own learning, including making use of sources of evidence to make judgements, which is essential to 21st Century nursing.

Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma there will be an option available to 'top-up' to a Masters Degree post-qualification.


• Developing Foundations of Nursing Care
• Promoting Health and Wellness
• Developing Foundations of Nursing Practice
• Biomedical Science Applied to Nursing
• Enhancing Nursing Practice through Effective Decision Making
• Enhancing Innovation in Nursing
• Meeting Complex Health and Social Care Needs.


We use two approaches in our learning and teaching strategy:

1. Blended learning

There will be a range of learning opportunities during the course, including classroom learning, workplace learning, and online learning, as well as other learning environments identified by you. Learning online is achieved through West London Online via Blackboard, our online learning platform.

2. Learning in Practice

Learning in practice is primarily gained through delivering care to patients under the supervision of a mentor.

Jobs and placements

During the course students will undertake clinical placements in West London or Berkshire.

Learning in practice is primarily gained through delivering care to patients under the supervision of a mentor.

Career and study progression

You will have acquired the Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies to practice as a registered Mental Health Nurse.

On completion of this course graduates will be skilled, autonomous practitioners able to:
• use initiative and take responsibility
• solve problems in creative and innovative ways
• make decisions in challenging situations
• deliver compassionate, person centred and evidenced-based care using a recovery-focused approach.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries

Visit the PgDip Nursing (Mental Health) page on the University of West London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must have a first degree 2:2 or above (in any subject), plus three GCSEs including English and Mathematics at grade C or above; or equivalent, evidence of literacy and numeracy at Level 2. You need to show evidence of recent study in the last five years as well as completion of an extended CV which will be assessed by the course team against specified learning outcomes.

Last Updated

02 November 2016

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