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Mental Health Nursing BSc(Hons): Teaching, learning and assessment

Support for your learning

  • You can access learning resources centres at both Kingston University and St George's, University of London, including St George's large multidisciplinary health sciences library with a wide range of journals, e-resources and health sciences databases.
  • We have a dedicated clinical skills website with videos and support for your learning.
  • Live video and audio classrooms, a mobile interface, podcasting, and a range of audio tools and systems allow you to share learning and teaching resources.
  • Our simulation suite is a purpose-built facility where you have the opportunity to develop specialist skills.

Teaching and assessment for this course

Teaching methods include lectures, clinical skills sessions, seminars, tutorials, workshops, guided study and independent project work. Kingston University has well-equipped simulation suites where you can use clinical equipment and practise on mannequins and teaching models. In addition, simulated events in mental health nursing use experienced role-players working with lecturers and teachers – the mental health nursing team won the Student Nursing Times Teaching Innovation of the Year award 2012 for their work in simulated learning.

Assessment methods include academic and clinical skills assessed by clinical placements, essays, exams, posters and reports and clinical skills assessed in our simulation suites and by mentors in practice placements.

All our students have their own identified personal tutor who provides personal, professional and academic support.

Contact hours for this course

The number of learning hours for each module is determined by its credit weighting. For example, for a 30 credit module there would be 300 learning hours. This would be divided into contact hours (e.g. time spent with your core course team), placement hours and independent learning hours (including study, tutorials, clinical visits, skills practice, etc.)

Full details of modules and credit weighting can be found in the programme specification

Workload for this course

Approximately 50% theoretical content and 50% practice learning opportunities (2300 hours as required by the NMC, of which a maximum of 300 hours can be of skills and simulation). You must complete a final placement of at least 12 weeks in length at the end of the programme.

Teaching, learning and assessment at Kingston University


Our courses are carefully constructed to allow you to build knowledge and skills progressively during your degree programme.

We constantly update our curriculum to ensure that it covers the latest developments in your subject area, including the research and professional experience that your tutors bring to the course.

Our course teams also draw on the wealth of experience provided by our professional contacts and highly successful alumni who feed into the design of our courses and provide masterclasses and workshops to enrich your learning.

Academic skills support

Our courses take a progressive approach to help develop your academic skills through the modules you study.

Our Academic Skills Centres also provide one-to-one support and advice on the techniques you need to be a successful student including:

  • essay writing;
  • exam techniques;
  • presentation skills;
  • editing and web skills; and
  • research skills.

During your degree you will develop the independence, creativity and excellent communication skills that we know employers look for in successful graduates.


Assignments are designed not just to test what you know, but to help you develop your knowledge, skills and confidence. 

Because we want you to reach your full potential in every assignment, we build in opportunities for practice and 'feed forward' on assessment tasks so that you will know what you need to do to perform at your best when you submit your work.

When we return your work, we give you clear feedback that will show you what you need to work on next time. You'll have the opportunity to discuss the comments on your work one-to-one with your lecturers and your personal tutor.

Personal tutors

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor – the member of academic staff who will keep a particular eye on your progress throughout your time at Kingston University (and after you graduate) and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your tutor will give you academic guidance and will make sure that you know how to access our other support services if you need them.

Programme specification

A programme specification is a summary of the main features of a programme and provides details of the intended learning outcomes for students. It details the teaching, learning and assessment methods, including the structure of the programme.

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Admissions team, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
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