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What makes Child and 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.

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 The Learning Institute (various locations in the South West) or Iron Mill College (Poole, Dorset)
Child Mental Health Foundation Degree at the University of Worcester.

“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?


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.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate evidence of current practice and experience of working with children and young people.  We will consider applications that do not fit the above criteria if you can demonstrate significant practice experience of working with children and young people.

Other information

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

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in children and young people's mental health and wellbeing and by feedback from students, external examiners and employers.

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?

Teaching and Learning

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.


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. 


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. 


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.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes:


Maddie Burton, Senior Lecturer Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Denisse Levermore, Senior Lecturer Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Erica Pavord, Lecturer Practitioner Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Dr Josephine-Joy Wright, Senior Lecturer Practitioner Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Dr Clare Smith, CAMH practice (Associate Lecturer)
Dr Jason Vickers, University Tutor (Reg. OT)


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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    Denisse Levermore

    Senior lecturer in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, with particular academic interests in young parents, infant mental health, cognitive behavioural therapy and systemic family work.

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    Maddie Burton

    Senior lecturer in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.  Maddie is a Registered Mental Health Nurse.  Her research interests include infant mental health and improving children and young people's well-being in universal settings such as schools.  She also has research published in the areas of self harm and eating disorders in children and young people.

  • Dr Clare Smith

    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.

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    Dr Josephine-Joy Wright

    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.



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    Erica Pavord

    Erica Pavord is the Course Lead for the Foundation Degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health - Level 4. She worked as an English teacher in secondary education for 15 years and then as a school counsellor for six years. As well as lecturing at the University of Worcester she is a systemic counsellor working with families in Monmouthshire, both in the community and with a CAMHS Family Therapy Team.

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    Dr Jay Vickers

    Jay is an occupational therapist teaching practice and research skills at the University of Worcester. He previously worked as an occupational therapy service manager in a specialist faith charity for young people with learning disabilities. Jay has taught undergraduate occupational therapy students on a range of modules and facilitated Problem Based Learning sessions. Jay has presented in related areas at the College of Occupational Therapists, the Royal College of Nursing and The British Sociological Association.   His research interests relate to young people and healthcare engagement.


Where could it take you?


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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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 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for part-time UK and EU students registering on this foundation degree in the academic year 2019/20 is £1,156 per 15 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.


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 do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Child & Adolescent Mental Health FdSc L514 FdSc/CAMH

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) 
The Learning Institute, various locations in the South West



Apply now via UCAS

Get in touch

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

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Admissions tutor

Erica Pavord
(Lecturer Practitioner, Level 4 progression lead)
01905 542949