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FdA Health Care Practice (Mental Health)

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Two years full-time.

Five years part-time.

This course begins in January and September.

Typical Offer: 

2017 entry: 80 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BB (A-Level), DM (BTEC).

2018 entry: 80 UCAS tariff points (or above)
CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.


A key aspect of these courses is the partnership between University of Suffolk and local health and social care providers within the NHS. The partnership enables students to combine classroom-based theory and practical experience from work-based learning.  Specialist pathways are currently available in Acute Care, Dementia Care, End of Life, Long Term Care, and Mental Health. Interactive teaching is engaged in along with the use of virtual learning. The staff who teach on the degree are well qualified and have excellent links with practice across a wide range of specialities, with some staff having dual lecturer and practitioner roles.  

The opportunities for interprofessional learning throughout the degree provide the valuable skills sought by employers. These degrees provide opportunities for employment as an Assistant Practitioner in chosen pathways within the health care sector. The degree also provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to progress to a professional degree such as BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing, or an academic degree such as BSc (Hons) Public Health at University of Suffolk. The Department of Nursing Studies is committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values into everything we do; they define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students underpinning the work we do in the university and in the practice setting. You can view the full NHS England Constitution and Values on the Gov.UK website:

Students will be assessed using a range of strategies including essays, practice portfolios, oral presentations and examinations.

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Course modules

The degree is offered over three semesters each academic year. Learning takes place primarily in the practice setting with academic delivery in the classroom. The degree consists of core, work-based and profession specific modules. 

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Personal and Professional Development (Mandatory)
Communication and Teamwork (Mandatory)
Health Care in Society (Mandatory)
Human Anatomy and Physiology (Mandatory)
Practice Learning 1 (Mandatory)
Introduction to Research (Mandatory)
Personal Development and Leadership skills (Mandatory)
Practice Learning 2 (Mandatory)
Appearance of Mental Health and Illness (Mandatory)
Recovery in Mental Health (Mandatory)

Fees and finance


  • Full-time Tuition fee: £8,220 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,370 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information).


Subject to approval of maximum fee by parliament  

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £8,220 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,370 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £11,500 p.a.

Further Information

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2017 entry: 80 UCAS tariff points (or above), BB (A-Level), DM (BTEC).
2018 entry: 80 UCAS tariff points (or above), CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC).

Also see How to Apply.

Non-Academic Requirements

Any offer of a place will be subject to: 

  • Successful interview
  • Must have an appropriate clinical placement and be employed in the health care sector
  • Satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

As part of the selection process, you will be expected to demonstrate good knowledge and a clear understanding of the scope of work that a Health Care Practitioner is required to undertake as well as the significance of the NHS Constitution and its core values.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.


Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing

Lecturer in Adult Nursing (working from Great Yarmouth)

Lecturer in Adult Nursing