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What makes Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Worcester special?

This foundation degree 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.

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 child and adolescent 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 work or placement setting. 

This course also provides progression to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health BSc (Hons) course, a unique opportunity that is currently only offered here at Worcester.

Please note the course will not be running at Iron Mill College in September 2017, but will run in other locations.

Key features

  • This course is a recognised qualification that will contribute to your personal and professional development, as well as a route into further study and careers
  • Opportunities to progress via a third year of top-up study to a BSc (Hons) in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, a BA (Hons) in Applied Health & Social Science, or a BSc (Hons) in Health Sciences
  • 200 hours a year of work-based learning ensures your skills and knowledge are relevant to your work
  • You can study this course at Worcester or at one our partner colleges, Iron Mill College (Exeter) or The Learning Institute (various locations in the South West)

“Having no prior experience in this field, placements were vital in helping me gain relevant experience, develop excellent communication and people skills, and boosting my confidence overall. Completing the FD CAMH enabled me to successfully apply for BSc Nursing Mental Health here at Worcester. I am now qualified and enjoying my new job as a Staff Nurse in CAMH inpatient services”

Neil Donnell, Child & Adolescent Mental Health FdSc

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

Passes at A-C in 4 GCSE subjects plus:

UCAS Tariff: A minimum of 32 points at A level which must include at least one 6-unit award.

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 acceptable qualifications include:

  • AVCE
  • BTEC
  • Pre-2002 qualifications (e.g. GNVQ, BTEC ND etc.)
  • NVQ Level 3
  • European Baccalaureate (65%)
  • Foundation Year/Access course pass

A Disclosure & Barring Service check is required for this course, plus an occupational health check.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate evidence of current practice and experience of working with children and young people.  We will consider applications that do not fit the above criteria if you can demonstrate significant practice 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   

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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

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

Year 2

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


Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

The course develops knowledge and skills that employers are looking for across the spectrum of child and adolescent mental health. The course has a strong vocational focus and prepares you for work to support and promote child and adolescent mental health and well-being in the health, social care and education sectors, both statutory and non-statutory.

The set text is 'An Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health'.


A wide variety of assessment types are used, including:

  • coursework assignments
  • reflective practice and portfolio work
  • role plays
  • case studies
  • reports
  • practical assessment
  • viva voce

Meet the team

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

  • Denisse_Levermore

    Senior lecturer in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, with particular academic interests in young parents, infant mental health, cognitive behavioural therapy and systemic family work.

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    Maddie Burton

    Senior lecturer in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.  Maddie is a Registered Mental Health Nurse.  Her research interests include infant mental health and improving children and young people's well-being in universal settings such as schools.  She also has research published in the areas of self harm and eating disorders in children and young people.

  • Dr Clare Smith

    Dr Clare Smith

    Clare is a sessional lecturer and a retired Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with particular interest in children and young people who have additional difficulties or disabilities.

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    Dr Josephine-Joy Wright

    Dr. Josephine-Joy Wright currently works as a lecturer at University of Worcester and is the Director of Well-Connected psychological services, providing training, assessments, consultation and supervision.

    A clinical psychologist with over 30 years’ experience within 4 health authorities in England and Wales, over 20 of which were at consultant level, leading and developing services into the community, specialising in Children and Family work and complex adult neuro-developmental disorders, attachment, abuse and trauma.




Where could it take you?


Graduates can expect greater employability and enhanced promotion prospects. There should be opportunities open to you in the health and caring professions and in statutory, voluntary and private organisations.

There are also opportunities to progress via a third year of top-up study to a BSc (Hons) in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, a BA (Hons) in Applied Health & Social Science, or a BSc (Hons) in Health Sciences

Skills gained:

  • Practical skills developed through work-based learning
  • Values, knowledge and skills relevant to working in child and adolescent mental health services
  • Assess, plan, implement and make sound judgements in care delivery
  • Develop skills and strategies necessary for working in partnership with a range of service users and their families, services, professionals and groups across the education, health & social care settings
  • Evaluation and application of research
  • Wide variety of personal and transferable skills including assessing and planning, problem solving and decision making, mental health promotion, interdisciplinary working and interpersonal skills
  • Reflective practice

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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.


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.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Child & Adolescent Mental Health FdSc L514 FdSc/CAMH

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.


Partner colleges

You can also study this course at one of our partner colleges:
Iron Mill College, Exeter
The Learning Institute, various locations in the South West



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 tutor

Maddie Burton
(Course Lead)
01905 542044

Denisse Levermore
(Senior Lecturer)
01905 542668