FdA Mental Health Work

This course is subject to final confirmation of availability
Delivered at Accrington & Rossendale College University Centre
Start Date September 2024
Duration 1 Year
Cost £9000 Year 1

* The fees charged on your course will not rise by more than inflation during your studies but the College reserves the right to increase fees annually by not more than RPIX (Retail Prices Index excluding Mortgage Interest).

If your studies are to be funded by your employer or as part of an Apprenticeship then different rates may apply, please enquire for details.

** All fees are payable to Nelson and Colne College Group University Centre

Course overview

The area of mental health work is expanding and new roles have been developing at a fast pace. This qualification aims to assist individuals working in a mental health setting to gain the skills and knowledge needed to respond to these developments. It is also aimed at volunteers with a keen interest in the area of mental health work.

The foundation degree is a two year full-time vocational degree programme where practice is assessed alongside academic ability. Employers have been supportive both in the development and delivery of the degree ensuring that students gain exactly the skills needed in the workplace.

What will I learn

Units in the programme may include:

• Professional Practice and Personal Development Planning
• Sociology of Health
• Mental Health and Illness
• Introduction to Research
• Social Policy
• Care Assessment and Planning

• Mental Health in Older Adults
• Promoting Mental Wellbeing
• Treatment and Recovery Approaches in Mental Health
• Independent Research Project
• Advanced Professional Practice and Personal
Development Planning
• Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing

How will the courses be assessed?

Assessment takes place at the end of each unit and is in the form of essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, seminar papers and seminar presentations.

Entry requirements

Candidates are selected on the basis of their ability to cope with and benefit from the programme. Their suitability can be demonstrated either through previous educational achievement or through experience and aptitude.
Admission by prior qualification will normally require a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points. Typically, points can be derived from:
• One GCE A level or Vocational A level pass or equivalent
• Two AS level passes
• BTEC National Diploma/ Certificate
• Other qualifications such as Scottish Highers, Welsh Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificates,
• International Baccalaureate, with the required UCAS points
• A pass in a recognised Access course
• Equivalent Scottish or Irish qualifications

Admission by experience and aptitude will be based on the length and type of the candidate's employment experiences and his. Her ability to demonstrate an aptitude and enthusiasm for the subject. As part of this process, candidates may be required to undertake aptitude tests and. Or to provide personal and/ or employment references.

Candidates whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate English Language competence equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or higher.


The progression route is the BA (Hons) Health and Applied Social Studies validated by Liverpool John Moores University and delivered at our Accrington campus.

Additional University Programme Information

Full Time

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Provision Register

A Graduation Ceremony is held every year and we will be in touch with you upon completion of your programme to invite you to graduate.

Upon completion of your programme, you will receive a certificate from LMJU.

This course is subject to final confirmation of availability