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Mental Health Nursing & Social Work MNSW (Hons)

UCAS code: BL65

Ready to care for and protect people facing mental health challenges? Gain eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a qualified mental health nurse and apply to register with Social Work England to practice as a qualified social worker.


Course length: 4 years full-time
Start dates: September 2024
September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: ABB (A Level) or DDM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): NursingSocial Work
Faculty: Health, Social Care and Medicine
Department: Nursing and Midwifery
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When individuals are struggling with their mental health, they need healthcare professionals they can trust and build a relationship with – especially when they may be at risk of harming themselves or others.

You can make a difference by becoming a mental health nurse and social work practitioner. This integrated Masters course is delivered alongside our partners in the Cheshire & Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership and leads to eligibility for two professional awards.

During the course, our expert teaching team will cover topics across health, social care, and education. We’ll give you hands-on experience and show you where your future role fits into multidisciplinary teams. You’ll also become an expert in assessing risk and managing complex scenarios.

A career in this field is challenging, but rewarding. We’ll use case studies to help you navigate the ethical dilemmas integrated practitioners face. At the same time, you’ll learn how to apply theory in the real world, helping you provide the best possible care.

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Course features

  • Professional accreditation

  • Professional practice placements

What you'll study

Our teaching meets the national requirements for both nursing and social work education. You’ll start by exploring nursing and social work as two distinct professions, then examine the life sciences which underpin both. We’ll help you prepare for your first nursing placement, equipping you with the knowledge and practical skills you’ll need.

Compulsory modules:

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Contemporary Nursing
Contemporary Social Work
Foundation Science, Theory and Method in Nursing and Social Work
Foundations for Integrated Practice

How does theory relate to current practice? In Year 2, we’ll look at healthcare for adults, as well as children, young people and their families, across a diverse range of contexts and settings. Looking at law and policy will be important too, and how these impact social work practitioners. You’ll continue to get hands-on experience in both nursing and social work.

Compulsory modules:

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Adults Within an Integrated Health and Social Care Context
Children, Young People and Their Families Within an Integrated Health and Social Care Context
Developing Capability for Integrated Practice
Law and Policy in Nursing and Social Work

In Year 3, you’ll have more opportunities to put your skills to the test on nursing placements. You might even have the opportunity to complete an additional overseas placement. In the lecture theatre, we’ll explain complexity in health and social care at a local, national and international level. This will help you assess and address individuals with complex mental health needs. You’ll also look at research methods used in this field.

Compulsory modules:

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Aspects of International Health and Social Care
Enhancing Confidence and Capability for Integrated Practice
Research Methods in Health and Social Care
Working with Complexity in Health and Social Care

Your final year studying mental nursing and social work at Edge Hill will involve an extended integrated nursing and social work practice placement. This will be an opportunity to apply everything you’ve learnt while understanding what research involves and building leadership skills.

Compulsory modules:

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Achieving Competence and Proficiency for Professional Registration
Leadership in Integrated Health and Social Care
MNSW Dissertation

How you'll study

Seminars, lectures, work-based learning, tutorials, simulated practice and technology enhanced learning will be used to deliver this programme. While the majority of classes will take place at Edge Hill University, some modules may involve studying at sites other than Ormskirk in which case you will be responsible for travel and parking costs.

Time in nursing and social work practice will be undertaken in a variety of health and social care settings within the NHS, independent and voluntary organisations. Practice learning environments range throughout the North West and neighbouring geographical areas. This is an extensive area which we would encourage you to become familiar with, as your practice experiences may be allocated from across the whole geographical area, but predominantly within the Cheshire and Merseyside region. Practice placements hours will include weekends, early morning, evening and night work to ensure access to a full range of practice experiences across 24 hour care. You will be responsible for travel and parking costs while on placement.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

The programme incorporates a range of assessment opportunities. These include essays, presentations, text analysis, group work, portfolios, simulated practice, carers’ assessments, video/audio diaries, role plays and exams. Practice learning is also assessed by appropriately qualified nursing practice assessors and social work practice educators.

Who will be teaching you

The programme is delivered by research-active professionals within the fields of nursing and social work who have expert knowledge of a wide range of service settings.

A dedicated service user and carer group collaborates with the programme team to develop, strengthen and advance the quality of the learning experience.

Contributors to the programme include people who have direct experience of services, specialist practitioners, senior managers and policy makers.

Social work education at Edge Hill University is provided in collaboration with the Cheshire and Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership. The teaching partnership comprises of four universities, eight local authorities, two community NHS trusts and one voluntary sector organisation, drawn from the partnership’s geographical footprint across Greater Merseyside, Cheshire West and Chester, and West Lancashire.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 128 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required. You will also need GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Eligible candidates must provide evidence of study within the three years prior to application. An interview forms part of the selection process.

If you accept an offer from Edge Hill you will need to satisfy the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council and Social Work England in respect of physical and mental fitness and will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level ABB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM).
T Level Overall grade of Distinction.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.


EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, are eligible to apply for this course.

Please note this course is not available to other international students. Please see our A-Z of courses for alternative options.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine offers outstanding facilities for the education and training of health and social care professionals.

The contemporary teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

Where you'll study

Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre

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Learning resources

The Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre offers a variety of simulated environments from home, through primary and emergency care, to secondary care and beyond. The flexible and adaptable facilities include a ward environment, operating theatre, an anatomy and ultrasound resource centre, a ‘Better at Home’ suite, clinical skills area and consultation rooms.

You will benefit from access to a wide variety of healthcare equipment, as well as a range of full-body patient simulators that can breathe, talk, have pulses and can simulate a wide range of symptoms and clinical conditions. This will enable you to undertake practical scenarios in realistic settings, providing ideal preparation for professional practice placements and future employment.


Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


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EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Students on this course may be entitled to the NHS Learner Support Fund if eligible. Visit the NHS Business Services Authority website for further information.

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional maintenance loan funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students, together with details of how to apply for potential funding.

Your future career

By the time you finish our Mental Health Nursing & Social Work MNSW (Hons) course, you’ll be confident caring for adults and children with mental health needs from an integrated health and social care perspective.

With a Masters level academic qualification and two professional awards, you’ll stand out to employers when applying for roles and be ready to face any challenge working in this field.

We continue to work with prospective employers to identify future areas of employment for practitioners with dual nursing and social work registration.


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