Foundation Degree in Mental Health
University of Worcester and Herefordshire & Ludlow College.
Level: 4 & 5
Attendance: Full-time (one day per week)
Start Date: September
Duration: Two years
Location: HLC Hereford Campus
Application: UCAS course code L515 campus code C
This course is primarily aimed at those working within the mental health sector and is suitable for students from a variety of organisations and settings, including the statutory and voluntary services. It is an exciting vocationally-focused higher education qualification, designed to integrate academic and work-based learning. The Foundation Degree in Mental Health totals 240 credits: 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5. Students who do not complete the programme, but obtain 120 credits at level 4 may be awarded a Certificate in Higher Education.
The following modules are proposed over years one and two:
Year 1 - Mandatory
- Effective Communication and Ethical Practice
- Understanding Experiences of and Practices in Mental Health
- Mental Health: Legislation, Policy and Best Practice
- Mental Health: Personal and Professional Development in the Work Place
Year 2 - Mandatory
- Team Working and Empowerment
- Conditions and Interventions: Mental Distress
- Mental Health: Individual Project in the Work Place
- Applied Research and Evidence Based Practice
- Applied Human Biology and Managing Health Conditions OR
- Reviewing Academic Literature in Mental Health
Assessment is modular based with students being required to complete a variety of written tasks, case studies and presentations. At level 5 (year two), there is a greater emphasis on students being independent and completing module assignments relating to their own chosen study area, interests and career progression.
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 written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, case studies, reflective portfolios and presentations.
- All applicants will attend an admissions interview and will be considered on the basis of experience and/or previously certified learning e.g. BTEC National Diploma, NVQ, A Levels and other relevant awards with a minimum UCAS entry of 32 UCAS points.
- Candidates with non-standard entry applications (less than 32 UCAS points) will be considered on the basis of significant experience in the health and social care sector and attainment of skills to this level and will be required to complete a piece of written work in support of their application.
- Given the wide experience of potential applicants, applications for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Experiential Learning (APEL) are welcomed in accordance with the University of Worcester Admissions policy.
- Candidates will also need to complete a health questionnaire.
Successful candidates may top-up to a range of honours degrees at the University of Worcester or seek related employment.
£9,250.00 per year - University of Worcester fee policy applies. All fees are subject to change; please check with the relevant provider.
A Disclosure and Barring Service check is required for this course and will incur an additional cost (£44 plus a yearly update service of £13 per year).
Any transport costs for work placements would need to be met by students.
Telephone: 0800 032 1986