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Child and Adolescent Mental Health BSc Hons Top-up Degree

What make Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Worcester special?

The BSc (Hons) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Top-Up is open to those who have previously completed a relevant qualification and are keen to pursue further training.  This course will build on your existing knowledge and enables you to follow your professional interests as a mental health practitioner. Our module programme will prepare you for careers in a variety of universal settings and communities with children and young people.

You can study this course at Worcester or at our partner college The Learning Institute (various locations in the South West).       

Key features

  • The course is full time with attendance over 1 day per week (normally Wednesday), although there is also a part time option studied over 2 years. 
  • Strong links to NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – guest speakers from these services contribute to the course.
  • BSc (Hons) CAMH Top-up is one of very few third year undergraduate courses specific to CAMH in the UK. There is no requirement for placement/work based learning during the course.
  • The course attracts a wide range of children and young peoples professionals from education, early years, social work, nursing, CAMH, health and social care and mental health backgrounds all with the common aim of gaining specialist child and adolescent mental health knowledge.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

A Foundation degree, DipHE, HND or equivalent qualification in health, care or welfare or related subject.  This qualification must be a full level 4 and level 5 qualification (120 credits for each year of study).

Supportive academic reference.

Non-standard entry routes will also be considered. We encourage applications from candidates who can provide evidence of their ability to work at Level 6 and substantial experience of working within health, education, care or social welfare. If your qualification is not listed, please contact Registry Admissions for advice.      

Students applying to progress to the top-up from areas of study other than the FdSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health will also have to evidence experience of working with children and young people.

Other information

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

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

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.



  • Understanding Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Core Competencies for Working with Children, Young People, and Families
  • Therapeutic Ways of Working with Children, Young People and Families
  • Independent Study


  • Promoting Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Universal Settings
  • Empowering and Involving Children and Young People; Children and Young People’s Rights
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Substance Misuse


Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars, individual supervision and assessment workshops/subject tutorials. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures. Individual supervision enables discussion and progression within your Independent Study and assessment workshops/subject tutorials enable further understanding and support with modules and in particular module assessment.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 3 occasions within your year of study.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 7 contact hours of teaching over 1 day per week, this includes 1 hour of contact time per week allocated to your Independent Study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 2 hours of interactive workshops
  • 3 hours of  (large group) lectures
  • 1 hour of seminars
  • 1 hour of Independent Study support

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 30 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments, presentations and progressing within your Independent Study.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 


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, throughout the year include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, presentations, viva voce, reports and an Independent Study.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student during the academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for the course is:

4 essays
1 report
1 viva voce
1 – 3 presentations (depending on optional modules taken)
Major Independent Study of approx 10-12,000 words.


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.


Where could it take you?

Career opportunities:

Students from the BSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health Top-up degree already demonstrate promising graduate career opportunities. Many enter universal settings including health, education and social care in both statutory and non-statutory sectors. This course will further enhance your potential employability, especially those specialising in the CAMH field of practice. 


You may choose to go onto further study at post graduate level. On completion you are eligible to apply for a variety of post-graduate courses including Dynamics of Domestic Violence PG Cert/PG Dip/MA, Postgraduate Cert in Education PGCE Primary (QTS), Social Work MA and Counseling MSc.


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 the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £12,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2018/19 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-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. In addition, you will need to cover the cost of travelling to and from approved workplaces and placements in order to meet the requirement that you spend no fewer than 600 hours in practice over the duration of the course.


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 of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

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 tutor

Denisse Levermore 
Course Leader
01905 542668