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
14 September 2021

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

To enrol on the course, you’ll need a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

In addition, you must have a minimum of 32 UCAS tariff points. An Enhanced DBS is also required, plus an occupational health check.

We also welcome applications from mature students and/or individuals who work in a Mental Health setting and are considering returning to upskill or are interested in returning to education (interview required).

In a nutshell

This programme is an exciting opportunity to gain a recognised qualification in Mental Health. It has been developed to provide underpinning knowledge and practice relevant to the industry. This programme will prepare you for a potential career in statutory, voluntary and private Mental Health Services.

NB: 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.

The below is the proposed subject areas that will be covered.

In your first year of study you will 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 (possible option)
  • Developments in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities (possible option)

In your second year of study you will 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

This course is for you if...

... you are keen to be involved and work to improve the psychological wellbeing of individuals

…you want to learn new skills and enhance existing knowledge and expertise

…you want a blend of academic study, work based learning and skill development

This course is the whole package!

What will I be doing?

The course will allow you to develop independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as furthering your academic achievement.

Through a mixture of independent study, teaching and academic study support you will 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.

Typically you will 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

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

You will also be required to undertake at least 200 hours each academic year in a relevant placement setting. You will be supported to arrange and complete agreed project work.

Upon completion, you will 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.

What is expected of me?

As an institution we want you to be focused on your studies and give them the time that is needed to fully immerse yourself to enable you to suceed.

To enrol on the course, you’ll need a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

In addition, you must have a minimum of 32 UCAS tariff points. An Enhanced DBS is also required, plus an occupational health check.

We also welcome applications from mature students and/or individuals who work in a Mental Health setting and are considering returning to upskill or are interested in returning to education (interview required).

The course is a two year, full time programme including work placement. Students will be expected to attend all sessions and complete at least 20 hours per week of independent study and research.

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

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 are 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 options are available which can be accessed via the University of Worcester website.

In addition, if you are 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 2 year top up degree in Mental Health Nursing.

Additional information

This course is franchised by the University of Worcester.

Please note that all applications must be made via UCAS https://www.ucas.com/.

The course code is L515.

CFDG0055AA
Crosskeys Campus
(Full Time)
Start Date: 14 September 2021

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Contact our Student Recruitment team

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

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