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Foundation Degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

The Bath and Mendip Partnership Teaching School works with The Learning Institute ( to deliver a foundation degree in Child and Adolescent mental Health (CAMH).

Key Features

  • The opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and expertise in the educational, psychological and mental well-being of children and young people.
  • Achieve a University of Worcester degree at the same time as continuing to work and live locally
  • It will develop your key skills and competences that will contribute to your personal and professional development, as well as route into further studies and careers.
  • 200 hours of work-based learning ensures your skills and knowledge are relevant to your work and the wider field of child and adolescent mental health.
  • The Foundation Degree provides a step towards acquiring a full honours degree, with top-up options available in Somerset.
  • Students will engage in stimulating and specialised teaching, tutorials, workshops and research in child and adolescent mental health.
  • Studying with TLI ensures you have personalised learning experiences with the benefits of being a University of Worcester student.
  • The teaching and tutors bring extensive specialist expertise from child and adolescent mental health practice research and higher education teaching.

You will be taught by lecturers who are both experienced and knowledgeable in the theory and practice of specialist areas in the degree programme.  Additionally, you will be allocated a personal academic tutor, offering high quality support and guidance through your academic studies.  Lecturers on the FDCM provide group and individual student support via face-to-face and email tutorials.

The degree is taught in modules held weekly on the same day, school term-time only, each of which has around 25 contact hours of teaching. Typically, sessions run from 1.00pm to 8.00pm, you will be required to attend all taught sessions across the year.  In between the taught sessions you will be expected to complete learning activities, undertaking around 22 hours of personal self-study per module. It is expected that all students will undertake a minimum of 200 hours per academic year (either voluntary or employed), in a suitable setting, as part of the conditions for the degree. This ensures that your skills and knowledge are relevant to your work and the wider field of child and adolescent mental health. You will be expected to find and organise a relevant placement yourself.

Knowledge and understanding is assessed in each module through formative activities such as presentations (group and individual), written academic essays, role play, viva voce, poster presentations and accomplishments of core practice outcomes within the work-based learning modules.

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an occupational health check will be required for this course. Students may have to pay for an Enhanced DBS clearance before embarking upon the course.

The two-year course will equip you with specialist knowledge and practical skills needed to support children, young people and families. A top-up third year is also available for those wishing to turn their foundation degree into a BSC Honours degree.

More information about the Child and Adolescent Mental Health foundation degree course can be found here.

For information on the top-up options to make a foundation degree into an honours degree click here.

Information on UCAS applications and funding for the foundation degree can be accessed here.

To view the relevant pages of The Learning Institute’s website click here