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What makes Child & Adolescent Mental Health at Worcester special?

Our Child Mental Health Foundation Degree blends high quality teaching with a strong work-based learning element. You'll work with academics, clinicians and researchers with a broad range of expertise and experience. You'll also apply new insights to practice through work placements. The skills you develop will support your first step towards a rewarding career working with children, young people and families in a variety of settings.

The programme is ideal for anyone who is passionate about working with children, young people, and their families and carers. You'll gain knowledge, skills and experience that are invaluable for a range of careers. You'll learn how to support mental health and promote the emotional wellbeing of children and young people.

This course also allows you to progress to the BSc (Hons) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Top-Up. This is a unique opportunity that is currently only offered here at Worcester.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Foundation Degrees are a recognised qualification that will contribute to your personal and professional development and can provide you with a route into further study and a career working with children, young people and their families.
  • Opportunities to progress onto a year one (two years part time) Top-up degree. These include: BSc (Hons) in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, a BA (Hons) in Applied Health & Social Science, or a BSc (Hons) in Health Sciences
  • 200 hours a year of work-based learning ensures your skills and knowledge are relevant to your work
  • You can study this course at Worcester or at one our partner colleges such as Iron Mill College (Poole, Dorset)

“Having no prior experience in this field, placements were vital in helping me gain relevant experience, develop excellent communication and people skills, and boosting my confidence overall. Completing the FD CAMH enabled me to successfully apply for BSc Nursing Mental Health here at Worcester. I am now qualified and enjoying my new job as a Staff Nurse in CAMH inpatient services.”

Neil Donnell, Child & Adolescent Mental Health FdSc

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

32
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

Passes at C/4 and above in 4 GCSE subjects plus:

UCAS Tariff: A minimum of 32 points at A level which must include at least one 6-unit award.

Other acceptable qualifications include:

  • AVCE
  • BTEC
  • Pre-2002 qualifications (e.g. GNVQ, BTEC ND etc.)
  • NVQ Level 3
  • European Baccalaureate (65%)
  • Foundation Year/Access course pass

A Disclosure & Barring Service check is required for this course, plus an occupational health check.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

  • Therapeutic Communication and Counselling Skills with Children, Young People and Families
  • Values and Ethics for Practice; Children and Young People
  • An Integrated Approach to Safeguarding Children & Young People
  • Introducing Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Child & Adolescent Development
  • Integrating Theory & Practice (200 hours work placement)

Year 2

  • Mental Health & Interventions with Children, Young People & Families
  • Applied Research & Evidence Based Practice
  • Working with Vulnerable Groups
  • Mental Health Promotion Strategies with Children, Young People & Families
  • Individual Project (200 hours work placement)
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress. You will develop a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish, be successful and plan for your future career and studies.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive and experiential workshops, seminars and lectures. Application of learning takes place through your experiences, discussion and both individual and group activities.

In addition, meetings with your personal academic tutor will be scheduled regularly throughout your course of study. This will provide you with opportunities to think with your tutor about both your academic and personal development in relation to the course, your placement experience and your future career plans.

Contact time

In a typical week, you will have around 7 contact hours of direct teaching. The course is structured so that all direct teaching takes place on one day per week during semesters. This is to allow time for your course placement activity, which equates to 25% of the course (a minimum of 200 hours per academic year). You could be in an agreed placement setting or using your employment, if appropriate, for the purposes of the course. During your placement practice, an identified mentor in the setting will supervise you and further guide and support your learning. This opportunity will also enable you to link theory to practice.

Typically, class contact time will be structured around a combination of large group lectures and seminars/workshops for the taught modules, together with a 'writing retreat' at The Hive once per semester. Your module leads, personal academic tutors and The Hive staff will support your learning.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, as well as preparing for examinations.

A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, supports independent learning.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include:

  • Presentations both individually and in groups
  • Written essays
  • Role plays
  • Poster presentations
  • Accomplishment of core practice outcomes within the work-based learning modules

All of the modules on the FdSc CAMH are mandatory and a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is as follows:

Year 1: Role-play, group presentation, essays both observational and reflective. Accomplishment of core practice outcomes within the work-based learning module.

Year 2: Presentations, production of a media item in a group, essays and a report. Viva Voce (verbal presentation) and poster presentation. Accomplishment of core practice outcomes within the work-based learning module.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and formal assessments undertaken. Feedback supports learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Teaching is based on research and consultancy. The course team lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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Maddie Burton

Maddie is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and for several years worked in both inpatient and community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Maddie is Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the University of Worcester. Maddie led the FdSc in CAMH between 2009-2017 and introduced a BSc CAMH top-up commencing in 2015. Maddie continues to maintain close links with CAMH prac­tice and works with both schools, student teachers and other student groups at the University of Worcester from a children and young peoples mental health perspective.

She is keen to develop networks with other like-minded students, practitioners, professionals and academics.

Qualifications:

Registered Mental Health Nurse (RNMH) University of Worcester (2003)

Masters Psychodynamic Approaches to Working with Adolescents (M33) The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust/ University of East London (2008)

PG Cert Learning and Teaching Higher Education University of Worcester (2012)

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Denisse Levermore

I joined the University in 2014 after working as a Family nurse with Family Nurse Partnership and prior to that within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services as a CAMHS Nurse. I maintain my clinical practice under an honorary contract with tier 3 CAMHS, working within a Family Work Clinic and am currently undertaking further study regarding Systemic Family Therapy. My particular academic interests lie in: young parents, infant mental health, cognitive behavioural therapy and systemic family work.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and my Nursing and Midwifery Council registration for adult and child nursing is current and effective.

Qualifications

Masters in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, BA Applied Health Sciences (Child Health and Social Care), Diploma in Social Work, Registered Sick Childrens Nurse, Registered General Nurse

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Erica Pavord

I work three days a week as a lecturer in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) at the University of Worcester and The Learning Institute. For the rest of the week I work in practice as a counsellor for children, young people and families. I was a secondary school English teacher for 15 years and retrained 10 years ago to become a counsellor. Having completed Systemic Practice training I now work with families as part of a Family Therapy team in the community and in my local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. I am also a qualified and practising counselling supervisor.

Qualifications

BA Hons Humanities
Secondary PGCE
Post Grad Diploma in Integrative Counselling
MA Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Intermediate Post Grad Diploma in Systemic Practice
Accredited Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision

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Dr Josephine-Joy Wright

On her desk she has a quotation, a gift from a service which she helped to lead for many years: Some men see things as they are and say, why; I dream things that never were and say, why not. (George Bernard Shaw)

Dr. Josephine-Joy Wright currently works as a lecturer at University of Worcester and is the Director of Well-Connected psychological services, providing training, assessments, consultation and supervision.

A clinical psychologist with over 30 years experience within 4 health authorities in England and Wales, over 20 of which were at consultant level, leading and developing services into the community, specialising in Children and Family work and complex adult neuro-developmental disorders, attachment, abuse and trauma. She has significant expertise in developing, training and evaluating Tier 2 and other community-based services to promote Best Practice.

Her passion is developing people and services to their fullest potential with minimum financial resources. She holds professional psychology and teaching qualifications and has pioneered training initiatives locally and internationally to equip professional and voluntary practitioners in the field at Universities, colleges and community-settings.

In addition Joy has worked with international disasters and with child and adult victims of paedophile rings and historic abuse since 1989 across numerous contexts, including war-zones, pioneering psycho-social interventions which are now seen as standard practice, and developing work with child soldiers.

Her passion professionally is to see centres around the whole of the UK where specialist therapeutic provision for children and adults who have been abused or trafficked is readily available long-term, enabling her motto to become a reality in peoples lives.

Her motto for her work: Your past may mould you but it does not need to define you.

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Dr Clare Smith

Clare is a sessional lecturer and a retired Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with particular interest in children and young people who have additional difficulties or disabilities.

Qualifications

MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)
JCPTGP (Certificate of Prescribed Experience of the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice)
DFFP (Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare)

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

Graduates of our Child Mental Health Foundation Degree can expect greater employability and enhanced promotion prospects.

The Foundation Degree Child and Adolescent Mental Health is excellent preparation for future employment opportunities in education, social care and health settings. You'll be ideally suited to work in support roles in statutory, voluntary and private organisations.

There are also opportunities to progress via a third year of top-up study to:

Skills gained:

  • Practical skills developed through work-based learning
  • Values, knowledge and skills relevant to working in child and adolescent settings
  • Assess and make sound judgements in planning and implementing support for children, young people and their families
  • Develop skills and strategies necessary for working in partnership with a range of service users and their families, services, professionals and groups across the education, health & social care settings
  • Evaluation and application of research
  • Wide variety of personal and transferable skills including assessing and planning, problem solving and decision making, mental health promotion, interdisciplinary working and interpersonal skills
  • Reflective practice
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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Child & Adolescent Mental Health FdSc L514

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

Partner colleges

You can also study this course at one of our partner colleges:
Iron Mill College, Poole, Dorset (as of 2019)
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UCAS Code

L514

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Erica Pavord

Admissions tutor