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Keele University

Mental Health Nursing with Health Foundation Year

UCAS Code: B763
Bachelor of Nursing (with Honours) - BN (Hons) years full-time, foundation 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers

Not Available

  • Nursing
Student score
84% HIGH
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£22k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

CDD is required from 3 A-levels and BC is required from 2 A-levels.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 72-80 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

Not Available

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We proudly rank 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last three years. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too. The Health Foundation Year offers an opportunity for students to enter a degree course in the Faculty of Health who do not meet the necessary criteria for direct entry. This is often because they have not studied the subjects required or because they have gained non-traditional qualifications. The course will provide you with the requisite science knowledge, enhance your study skills and give you an introduction to the employability skills required by health professionals. A Health Foundation Year allows progression to study for a degree in Mental Health Nursing. This programme focuses on mental health and wellness. We prepare students to work with individuals of all ages, with a range of mental health experiences, in diverse settings. This challenging role demands good communication skills which will be fostered throughout the programme by skills rehearsal in the classroom and feedback from mentors in placement. Our programme adopts an approach to learning and teaching which focuses on service users using a recovery approach, and encourages you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the safe delivery of effective mental health care. All modules integrated theory and practice elements which contribute to admission to the Professional Register. The development of clinical skills to support physical health is an integral part of the programme and is supported in practice by mentors and in the excellent Clinical Skills Laboratories by experienced lecturers. Student support is a priority, and you will be allocated a personal tutor and have access to campus-based academic advice services. Learning and teaching are delivered through a variety of strategies including lectures, seminars, and tutorials, often facilitated by service users and carers. IT based exercises and presentations are also used to encourage work relevant skills. Assessment is undertaken through using a variety of strategies including essay and examination and in practical laboratory and clinical situations. Placements are undertaken in a variety of settings, working with a mentor alongside social workers, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists and other members of the multi-disciplinary team. This will help you experience and prepare for a number of careers within this field. In 2016, Keele University were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey.


Keele University

Student concourse

Known as 'the Bubble', Keele University offers a special student experience as it's uniquely friendly and close-knit. Renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, our graduates obtain some of the best academic and employment success rates in the UK. The campus is made up of 600 acres of landscaped parkland, fields, woodlands and lakes and has a large resident squirrel population!

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 89%
Student score 84% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
2% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
90% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
49% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
353 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
60% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £22k HIGH
Graduates who are nursing and midwifery professionals


Graduates who are health professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
19,890 nursing qualifications were awarded in 2015, making it much the most popular degree in the country. Despite that, we have a serious shortage of nurses - estimates suggest that we're over 20,000 nurses short - that is only set to continue. So it's no surprise to see that the very large majority of nursing graduates go on to become nurses, and that starting salaries are pretty competitive. There are lots of different specialties to choose from (including midwifery), and the most common by far is adult nursing, but the typical end result for graduates is the same — they go on to become nurses (or midwives). That’s not to say that you can’t do anything else. Some nursing graduates get other jobs - usually, but not always, in health or caring professions, or management, and with nurses in such demand, there are always going to be options for you. Do be aware that even this doesn't necessarily guarantee you can get the exact nursing job you want exactly where you want though - some flexibility in type of job and location will still help your career.
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