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What makes Mental Health at Worcester special?

There are few challenges in society today as significant as the need to tackle the complex question of mental health.

This foundation degree is ideal for anyone working or wanting to work to improve the psychological wellbeing of individuals, families and their support networks. Whether you are looking to develop new skills or enhance your existing expertise and further your career, this course provides an excellent platform for your next steps.

At Worcester you will be working with a team of academics, clinicians and researchers with a range of expertise and experience from across the broad spectrum of mental health services. High quality teaching, mixed with a strong work-based learning element within the course, will equip you with everything you need to develop new insights whilst linking them to practice through your placements.

Key features

  • Flexible locations: study at the University of Worcester and Herefordshire and Ludlow College
  • Foundation degree students who have completed 400 hours in a suitable placement with a registered mentor can apply for entry on to Year 2 of the Nursing BSc
  • This course is a professionally recognised qualification in its own right, that will contribute to your personal and professional development, as well as a route in to further study
  • Progression routes exist on to the BA Applied Health & Social Science and BSc Health Sciences top-up degree programmes
  • 200 hours a year of work-based learning develop your experience and enhance your employability
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

32

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

32 UCAS Tariff points

An Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure is required for this course, plus an Occupational Health check

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

Book your place at an Open Day

Want to know why so many students love living and studying in Worcester?

Our open days are the perfect way to find out.

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Visit Herefordshire and Ludlow College at their Higher Education Open Day

Saturday 4th March, 10am - 12 noon

The Foundation degree in mental health is a relevant and practical course for those who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of mental health issues.

Briony Williams, Course leader

Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

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

Optional

Applied Human Biology and Managing Health Conditions OR

Reviewing Academic Literature in Mental Health 

  • 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 
  • Applied Research and Evidence Based Practice 
  • Team Working and Empowerment 
  • Conditions and Interventions: Mental Distress 
  • Mental Health: Individual Project in the Work Place

Option Modules

  • Applied Human Biology and Managing Health Conditions 
  • Reviewing Academic Literature in Mental Health

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

The Foundation degree develops knowledge and skills that employers are looking for across the spectrum of mental health services. It is a recognised qualification in its own right, contributing to personal and career development and has been developed with local and regional employers.

Teaching for this course is based at the University of Worcester and Hereford and Ludlow College. The taught component of the course will normally be delivered one day a week across two semesters per year. A significant component of the course must be made up of work-based learning. Students who are not in suitable employment will need to seek a placement in a mental health setting one day a week for the duration of the course.

Assessment

Wide variety of assessment types, including:

  • Coursework assignments
  • Reflective practice and portfolio work
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Case studies
  • Leaflets
  • Posters
  • Reports
  • Practical assessment

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

  • Jo-Augustus

    Joanne Augustus

    Joanne commenced her position with the University of Worcester in April 2015, after 10 years working in the NHS and the independent sector. As a Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapist she has worked in Primary Care mental health and more recently in an independent hospital, specialising in the management and treatment of acute and complex mental health problems. She has special interests in chronic physical conditions, learning disabilities, organic degenerative disorders, such as early on-set dementia and Huntington's disease, as well as other types of brain injury.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

There should be opportunities in the health and caring professions and in statutory, voluntary and private organisations.

On completion, you are eligible to apply for direct entry to the third year of the Undergraduate Modular Scheme at the University of Worcester on Social Welfare BA (Hons) and Health related Top-up degrees.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 is £6,890 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for part-time UK and EU students registering on this foundation degree in 2017 is £903 per 15 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Mental Health FdSc L515 FdSc/MH

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

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

L515

Apply now via UCAS

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions Office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk