FdSc Mental Health Studies (Clinical)

UCAS Code: GRIMC G80 L5G2 Credit Level: 5 Credit Value: 240 Course Start Date: September Course Duration: Two years full time
FdSc Mental Health Studies (Clinical) Awarding body

Your Programme

About the FdSc Mental Health Studies (Clinical) programme

This programme will develop practitioners who are highly skilled in partnership working, integrating care with those who access mental health services and their carers.

Students will become adept in clinical skills and the use of technology required within a clinical and mental health nursing environment. Students will be values-driven and able to provide physical as well as mental health care. Students will understand the need to innovate and to work to their full scope of practice set out by NMC code of practice (2018), as well as developing their skills, knowledge and competence to reflect the changing mental and physical care outcomes required by people with a mental health need, learning disability and/or autism.

Entry Requirements

For 2017 entry onwards: applicants will require 80 UCAS points from a relevant Level 3 qualification including A levels, NVQ Level 3, or an Access to HE Diploma. Those wishing to undertake the Nursing pathway will also need grade C or above at GCSE (or recognised equivalent) in Maths and English. Students with no traditional entry qualifications or those with appropriate vocational experience will be considered on an individual basis.

What you will learn

Level 4

  • Essential & Clinical Skills
  • Study Skills & Research
  • Conceptions of Mental Health
  • Lifespan Development
  • Practice with Service Users (WBL)
  • Sociology & Contemporary Issues

There is also a mandatory work placement where students are required to undertake 225 hours in placement.

Level 5

  • Professional Ethical Issues (WBL)
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Mental Health Service & Legislation
  • Intervention & Promotion in Mental Health
  • Inclusive Practice
  • Communication in Mental Health & Illness

There is also a mandatory work placement where students are required to undertake a further 225 hours in placement.

Learning & Teaching Methods

Methods of learning and teaching are designed to support students in becoming active members of a learning community. Students will be expected to work together in an informal environment as well as in formal classes where a culture of dignity, courtesy and mutual respect with staff and their peers is essential. A variety of methods will be used such as lectures, seminars, workshops, student led seminars and discussions, practicals, portfolio building exercises and practice based learning. Integrating a work-based or placement opportunity, students will be visited in the workplace by a member of Institute staff to ensure a positive partnership between the employer mentor and to monitor that learning in the workplace is effective. Workplace learning is designed to support the development of an employable graduate equipped with the attributes, skills and knowledge to progress within a global market.

Programme Benefits

Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career, or advance an existing one in many organisations that deliver mental health care. These organisations include GP surgeries and clinics, hospitals, community, day care and specialist units, residential and nursing homes, secure units and prisons, child and adolescent mental health services and charitable organisations. Graduate mental health workers work with adults, older people, within family therapy or with children and young people with mental health issues. Graduates of this programme are strongly placed to apply for training in mental health nursing, social work, occupational therapy and much more.

What next?

Possible progression to BA Health and Social Care (Top up), Mental Health care in the primary, secondary and tertiary health and social care sector.