FdA Social Care (Mental Health)

UCAS Code: G80 L5G3 Credit Level: 5 Credit Value: 240 Course Start Date: September Course Duration: 2 years full time

Develop the key requirements you will need to become a competent practitioner in the broad and valuable mental health sector.

FdA Social Care (Mental Health) Awarding body

Your Programme

About the FdA Social Care (Mental Health) programme

The FdA Social Care Mental Health Programme provides opportunity for students wanting to pursue a career or knowledge within the mental health sector. The current pandemic has had a detrimental impact upon society and as a consequence, ill mental health/poor mental health status has significantly increased. In North East Lincolnshire there has been an increase in accessing mental health services and referrals. The FdA Social Care Mental Health programme aims to equip students with knowledge surrounding contemporary mental health illnesses, interventions and care delivery. It will provide opportunities for applicants to upskill within sector during the work-based learning element, and develop key skills and knowledge that are essential for competent practice within the mental health sector.

Entry Requirements

Standard offer

Applicants will require 80 UCAS points in a related subject, or 60 Access-to-HE Credits (of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3). Applicants are required to hold English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent) at Grade C/4.

Non-standard offer

Non-standard entry is intended to support students who may not meet the standard academic entry requirements of a HE programme, normally level 3 qualifications which attract UCAS points (for instance A-levels or BTEC level 3 courses). An applicant must be able to demonstrate recent work/experience in the relevant sector which would give them skills and knowledge comparable to applicants with Level 3 qualifications.

All such non-standard applicants will be interviewed, set an appropriate piece of work and a judgement made considering their academic potential and relevant work/experience. All applicants must provide evidence of GCSE Maths or English at Grade C/4 or equivalent.

Additional requirements – Health Checks 

As this course includes mandatory patient-facing placements in health or social care settings, you will need to comply with the placement policy or Government COVID-19 vaccination rules for those settings. This includes any changes to these rules announced at a future date. Failure to comply with any vaccination requirements could see the placement withdrawn, and this may result in your withdrawal from the course. You should be aware that future employment in this sector may also be subject to COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

What you will learn

Level 4 (Certificate Stage)

  • Developing Professional Skills
  • Study Skills and Research in Social Care
  • Understanding Society
  • Conceptions of Mental Health
  • Theories and Models of Social Care
  • Developmental Psychology – The Early Years

Level 5 (Foundation Degree Stage)

  • Professional Practice
  • Interventions in Mental Health
  • Contemporary Issues in Social Care
  • Substance Misuse and Addiction
  • Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan
  • Research Methods

Learning & Teaching Methods

This course is primarily designed for face-to-face learning, with attendance during lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses, or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the campus is closed, TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted, with some lessons taking place in small groups and others using online sessions and support.

At level 4, students are supported to develop their academic skills through a research and study skills module, which will enable them to complete their assessments to the correct level of academic requirement. Essay and Report writing, presentations using ICT, reflective writing, undertaking secondary research and presenting structured arguments and Harvard referencing will be introduced and assessed. At this level, basic principles of all the concepts within these modules are taught so these can be built upon as they progress to higher levels.

At level 5, students are supported to build upon the academic skills gained at level 4 with a stronger focus on independent research, developing skills further in critical thinking and writing, constructing critical arguments, and using wider source material to support their work. Module assessment will be varied to develop and test the students’ academic, problem solving and practice skills at the required level.

Placement opportunities will provide students opportunities to link theory to practice, promoting both personal and professional growth

Programme Benefits

On completing the foundation degree, students are qualified to level 5 and are ready to enter the workforce in a variety of mental health/social care settings within the private, public or third sector in roles such as; support workers, mentors, children’s residential worker, family support worker or community/mental health outreach workers.

What next?

TEC Partnership is committed to offering a related top-up bachelor’s degree in this subject area which will allow graduates to top up to a full bachelor’s degree. It is likely that the top up programme will be validated under new TEC Partnership degree awarding powers.

Students studying on the programme can progress onto further study to complete a top up in Health & Social Care or Childhood and Youth Studies at University Centre Grimsby. Upon completion of the programme students could also apply to other HE providers to undertake a Social Work or Social Science degree.