Skip to content ↓
The Learning Institute

The Learning Institute

Foundation Degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (2018-19 entry)

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 the South West and 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. 

Entry requirements 

If you are aged 21 or over you do not need any qualifications to undertake the Foundation Degree. However, if you do not hold a relevant level 3 qualification (in any subject) you will be invited to produce a short essay as part of the application process.

If you are under the age of 21 you will need four GCSE’s at grades A-C and one A Level or equivalent qualifications. It is a requirement that all students undertake 200 hours or work-based learning, either voluntary or employed, in a work place setting supporting children or young people throughout their degree. A valid Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required. 

About the course 

The Foundation Degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health is ideal for anyone who is working or wanting to work with children, young people, and their families and carers, to promote psychological wellbeing and improve mental health. Undertaking this degree will give you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge, skills and core competencies, with colleagues from other professional contexts (such as child and adolescent mental health in education, health, social care and welfare), promoting an interactive and meaningful approach to children and young people’s health and wellbeing. The Programme is accredited by the University of Worcester and delivered by The Learning Institute at venues across the Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.  You will therefore enjoy the benefits and support of being a University of Worcester student, whilst at the same time being able to live, work and study locally.

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.

 What you can expect to study? 

An overview of current modules available on this course is set out below. Reviews may mean that these modules may alter.

Level 4 (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 and Young People
  • Introducing Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Integrating Theory and Practice (200 hours work placement)

Level 5 (Year 2)

  • Mental Health and Interventions with Children, Young People and Families
  • Applied Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • Working with Vulnerable Groups
  • Group work with Children, Young People and Families
  • Individual Project (200 hours work placement)

Career progression 

The Foundation Degree is a recognised qualification in its own right, contributing to personal and career development, having been developed with the support of local employers.  Once you have completed the Foundation Degree you have the option to progress to a full honours degree through The Learning Institute and the University of Worcester, to a BA (Hons) Professional Practice or a BSc (Hons) in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.  Graduates also have the opportunity to progress into a variety of alternative courses elsewhere.  This is subject to selection and recruitment processes, availability of places and completion of Recognition of Prior Learning.       

You will be prepared for work with children and young people, as the course develops knowledge and skills that employers are looking for across the spectrum of child and adolescent mental health.

The Foundation Degree has a strong vocational focus and prepares you for work to support and promote child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing in the health, social care and education sectors.

How much will it cost and how do I apply? 

Course fees for academic year 2018-19: £9,250 per year

Applicants need to apply through UCAS, the central organisation through which all full-time Higher Education applications are processed in the UK. 

Apply here UCAS with the following codes:

University Code: W80

Course Code: L514

Campus Code: I

 For further information please email the recruitment team: 

Alternatively you can call one of our offices:

Callington 01579 386123 or Roche 01726 891807