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Mental Health Nursing PgDip: Entry requirements

What you need to apply for this course

  • A health or science-related degree at 2.2 or above. Health and science-related degrees could include health studies, psychology, physiology, biology, social sciences, or related studies to the above.
  • Normally a minimum of 500 hours health or social care related experience.
  • You must have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English language, maths and a science subject, or equivalent qualifications, together with evidence of academic study, ideally within the last five years.
  • Non-native speakers who do not have the equivalent of GCSE English at grade C (eg key skills level 2 literacy) require an IELTS score of 7.0, or equivalent.
  • Experience of education or study within the last five years is preferred.

Admission is subject to occupational health screening and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. All suitable applicants are required to attend an interview and selection day. 

The UCAS personal statement must include:

  • how you have researched the profession of nursing;
  • examples of how you have worked with vulnerable people or worked in teams where you have developed skills which may be relevant to nursing;
  • how you have gained insight into the course eg open days, speaking to other people; and
  • your personal qualities which you feel are related to nursing.

Candidates called for interview will be required to sit both numeracy and literacy tests.

The numeracy test focuses on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, fractions, percentages, ratios, 24-hour clock and conversions of weights/measures eg grams to milligrams. The literacy test is an essay and a comprehension test based on a case study.

Interviews will be undertaken by academic members of staff, service users and service-side colleagues using the multi-mini interview technique (MMIs). MMIs are competency-based short structured interviews; similar in format to the OSCEs used to assess practice elements of the programme. Kingston and St George's were the first university to introduce MMIs for nursing, which have now been adopted widely across the country. Research has shown that the MMIs have a higher level of validity in the offer making process than traditional interview techniques.

Find out more

Admissions team, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5735
Email us

Find out more

Admissions team, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5735
Email us

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