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FdA Health Care Practice (Mental Health)

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
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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.  

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).
  • International Tuition fee: £10,080 p.a.

Further Information

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At the 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 you 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.


Sarah joined the Department of Nursing Studies in August 2015 as a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing. Sarah has been a registered Mental Health nurse for over 16 years, working in a variety of settings including substance misuse, crisis mental health, community mental health, reha...

Career Overview Eva qualified as an Adult Nurse in 2006 having completed her training at the University of East Anglia. Following this, Eva worked on short-stay surgical wards at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and at the James Paget University Hospital. ...

Career Overview Hannah qualified with a BSc Adult Nursing in 2002, and her first job was a Community Nurse where she was the first newly qualified nurse to be accepted in the community in the Ipswich area; Hannah also undertook modules at the University of Suffolk in mentorship a...

Career Overview Abril joined the University as a Lecturer in Adult Nursing in 2015, having previously been a Lecturer at UEA in Norwich and at the University of Huelva in Spain. ...

Natasha qualified as a Registered Nurse (Adult) from Canterbury Christchurch University in 2008. On qualifying Natasha worked within an ENT and Plastic Surgery ward, specialising in Hand Trauma. This involved caring for both surgical and medical patients, day surgery as well as in...