Foundation Degree Mental Health

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Health, Care and Early Years

Mode of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time
Location

Location
Crosskeys Campus

Start Date

Start Date
20 September 2021

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

To enrol on the course, you’ll need:

  • A minimum of 32 UCAS tariff points
  • A minimum 4 GCSEs (Grade C/4 or above) or their equivalent, and 1 A Level (or equivalent L3 qualification)
  • An Enhanced DBS
  • An occupational health check.

We also welcome applications from mature students and/or individuals working in a Mental Health setting who are considering returning to education to upskill. These learners will require an interview.
Candidates with non-standard entry applications will also be considered on the basis of relevant work experience and attainment of skills. Consideration is given to individual circumstances.

In a nutshell

If you're looking for a rewarding career in the field of Mental Health, this Foundation Degree programme is an exciting opportunity to gain a recognised qualification in Mental Health. It has been developed to provide you with the underpinning knowledge and practice relevant to the industry and to prepare you for a potential career in statutory, voluntary and private Mental Health Services.

This course is for you if...

... You're keen to be involved in and work towards improving the psychological wellbeing of individuals

... You want to learn new skills and enhance your existing knowledge and expertise around mental health

... You want a blend of academic study, work-based learning and skills development.

What will I be doing?

The course is a two-year, full-time programme including a work placement. You'll be expected to attend all sessions and complete at least 20 hours per week of independent study and research. During this course, you'll develop independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as furthering your academic achievement.

Modules and topics

The list below includes the proposed subject areas that will be covered in the two-year programme.

In your first year of study you'll cover:

  • Ethics, Values and Use of Self in Practice
  • Communication Skills for Practice
  • Preparing for Practice in Mental Health
  • Contemporary Issues in Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Human Development Across the Life Course
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

In your second year of study you'll cover:

  • Research and Evidence-based Practice
  • Understanding Teamwork in Professional Practice
  • Innovative Working in Mental Health
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • Equality, Diversity and Anti-oppressive Practice
  • Understanding Mental Health Conditions in Person-centred Practice

Teaching and learning

Through a mixture of independent study, teaching and academic study support, you'll develop your ability to reflect on your own progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful in your future progression. You'll also be required to undertake at least 200 hours each academic year in a relevant placement setting, where you'll be supported to arrange and complete your agreed project work.

Typically, you'll learn using a variety of forms:

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Workshops
  • Group work

Where online contact hours are involved, these will be structured around:

  • Tutorials
  • Assessment workshops
  • Problem based learning
  • Skills development workshops

Assessment

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the module. However, you'll be assessed via a range of methods including; formal written assessments, portfolio work, presentations, case studies, leaflets, posters, reports and practical assessments.

Upon completion of the course, you'll achieve a Foundation Degree in Mental Health which is equivalent to the first two years of study (Level 4 and Level 5) on a degree programme. This is awarded by University of Worcester, the accrediting university.

Please note: This course is currently being revalidated to ensure it offers you the best possible course content. Updated information about the course that you will study in September 2021 will be available on this page soon.

What is expected of me?

As a college, we're looking for learners who will be focused on their studies. You'll be expected to give your studies the time required to fully immerse yourself and enable you to succeed.

To enrol on the course, you must have a minimum of 32 UCAS tariff points. Therefore, you’ll need a minimum 4 GCSEs (Grade C/4 or above) or their equivalent, and 1 A Level (or equivalent L3 qualification).

We also welcome applications from mature students and/or individuals working in a Mental Health setting who are considering returning to education to upskill. These learners will require an interview.
Candidates with non-standard entry applications will also be considered on the basis of relevant work experience and attainment of skills. Consideration is given to individual circumstances.

An Enhanced DBS is also required, plus an occupational health check prior to starting the programme.

What comes next?

This course is a recognised route into Mental Health careers. On successful completion of the two-year Foundation Degree in Mental Health (Level 5), you're eligible to apply for direct entry to the third year of the Undergraduate Modular Scheme at the University of Worcester on health-related top-up degrees. A variety of options are available which can be accessed via the University of Worcester website.

Alternatively, if you're interested in Mental Health Nursing, you may wish to consider the two-plus-two option. After completing Year 2 (Level 5) of the Foundation Degree in Mental Health, you can then apply for the two-year top-up degree in Mental Health Nursing.

Additional information

This course is franchised by the University of Worcester and the course code is L515.

Please note that all applications must be made via UCAS: https://www.ucas.com. UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry on to full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

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Crosskeys Campus
(Full Time)
Start Date: 20 September 2021

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