Level 6

Mental Health and Well-Being FdSc / BSc (Hons)

Duration Age Group Study Year Cost
2 YEARS ADULT FULL TIME 2021
£8,000 per year *
Duration Age Group Study Year Cost
2 YEARS ADULT FULL TIME 2021
£8,000 per year *

Overview

The FdSc and BSc (Hons) Mental Health and Well-Being awards provide you with the opportunity to develop the theoretical knowledge, application and skills required to work effectively with individuals with mental health conditions and disorders. The qualification will enable you to work in the NHS, private, voluntary or independent sectors, and/or within roles that promote well-being and positive behaviour change.


Important: Applications for this course are for September 2022 entry.
For more information please email: HEAdmissions@southessex.ac.uk


Each programme will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical skills workshops, group activities and independent research activities, enriched by a programme of guest speakers from different areas of mental health and well-being who will support students to recognize industry standards, and to apply theory to practice.

The FdSc and BSc (Hons) Mental Health and Well-Being will each contain a practice learning element as an integral and core part of each award. Within the programmes the practice learning element will take place in Year two as a central part of the module Practice Learning 1, which is designed to enable and support students to apply the theoretical and conceptual components of the programme to practice within an appropriate workplace setting (e.g. MIND the Mental Health Charity, community mental health services, e.g. the Samaritans, as well as broader health and care settings). Students will be required to reflect upon their professional practice, and identify how they can develop and enhance this within their individual workplace. Within the BSc (Hons) ‘top-up’ year, the practice learning element will take place as a central part of the module Practice Learning 2.

  • Students will also have the opportunity to undertake an independent workplace-based research project through which to demonstrate a sustained and critical engagement with a selected topic area.

Entry Requirements

  • A Minimum of 64 UCAS Points from one or more of the following:
  • At least two A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma/Subsidiary Diploma/Certificate
  • BTEC National Award/Certificate/Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (minimum 15 credits at Merit or above)

For any qualification not identified above the HE Admission Team will determine equivalences through UKNARIC.

You will also need GCSE English and Maths at grade C (old specification) or Grade 4 (new specification) or above OR a Level 2 equivalent such as functional skills.

Exceptional Entry

Applicants wishing to be considered for entry to the second or third year of study, or wishing to import credits or evidence of prior learning into the course for which they are applying, will be considered in accordance with the awarding bodies policy on Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning.

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)

All successful applicants for this course must undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before enrolling on the course. DBS identification documents are verified by trained staff in line with DBS guidelines as part of the admissions process. If applicants decide to choose us as their place of study our DBS team will be in contact to arrange this check usually around May/June, prior to enrolment to ensure this is in place for the start of term. There will be an administration charge for this service and you will be advised of this once you apply (for 2016/17 entry this was £50). Students will not be enrolled until their DBS Disclosure Certificate has been completed and issued.

Disclosure and Barring checks cannot be carried out for applicants who are not, or have never been resident in the UK. Applicants who reside, or previously have resided overseas will be required to provide a criminal record check or certificate of good conduct from their country or countries of residence prior to entry on to the course.

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Course Structure

Modules: 

FdSc Mental Health and Well-Being (Two Years) 

Year 1: 

  • Introduction to mental health and well-being  
  • Perspectives in mental health and well-being (biomedical, psychological and sociological)  
  • Mental health and well-being in children and adolescents 
  • Mental health and well-being in adults and older people  
  • Introduction to mental health law and policy  
  • Developing effective working practices  
  • The social determinants of health and well-being  
  • Introduction to mental health: conditions and interventions 
  • Human growth and development: mental health across the lifespan  
  • Mental Health and well-being in children and adolescents  
  • Introduction to mental health law and policy 
  • Effective working practices  

Year 2: 

  • Difference and diversity in mental health and well-being  
  • Mental health and well-being in adults and older People  
  • Mental health policy, promotion, provision and practice  
  • Qualitative and quantitative research for mental health and well-being 
  • Psychology of mental health and mental disorders  
  • Behaviour change for health  
  • Mental health policy, promotion, provision and practice  
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods (mental health and well-being) ( 
  • Live community project  
  • Practice learning 1  

Year 3:

BSc (Hons) Mental Health and Well--Being ‘Top-up’ (One Year)

Upon completion of the FdSc Mental Health and Wellbeing students will progress in the ‘top up’ year to study the following modules

  • Leadership in health and well-being
  • Protection and vulnerability in the context of mental health
  • Dissertation/work-based project
  • Live community project
  • Practice learning 2
  • Psychology of mental health and mental disorders
  • Protection and vulnerability in the context of mental health
  • Leadership and enterprise in health and well-being

Assessment & Feedback

The underpinning framework for the FdSc and BSc (Hons) Mental Health and Well-Being programme is designed to provide students with experience of a variety of assessment methods which relate specifically to module learning outcomes and the acquisition of appropriate skills for working effectively with mental health and well-being. The framework will ensure that assessment modes are spread across the programme and, where able, are innovative. Across all levels, students will be assessed on their developing knowledge and understanding of key concepts, theories and skills central to mental health and well-being, whilst also being assessed in a formative and summative way in relation to the demonstration of appropriate professional skills and practice through role-play. 

There will be no examinations on the programme. Rather, students will demonstrate their knowledge through a range of coursework activities, including, but not limited to, essays, case studies, reports, presentations, research projects, a live community project and a dissertation or work-based project. 

Students will also undertake and be assessed on a practice learning element as an integral and core part of each award. Within the FdSc, the practice learning element will take place in Year 2 as a central part of the module Practice Learning 1, which is designed to enable and support students to apply the theoretical and conceptual components of the programme to practice within an appropriate workplace setting (e.g. MIND the Mental Health Charity, community mental health services, e.g. the Samaritans, as well as broader health and care settings). Students will be required to reflect upon their professional practice, and identify how they can develop and enhance this within their individual workplace. Within the BSc (Hons) ‘top-up’ year, the practice learning element will take place as a central part of the module Practice Learning 2.

Students will also have the opportunity to undertake an independent workplace-based research project through which to demonstrate a sustained and critical engagement with a selected topic area.

Course Cost

Adult, full_time: £8,000 per year

Fees are per academic year for Home/UK students.

Additional course costs:

  • Students will be required to complete an enhanced DBS check for the purposes of their practice learning activities in Years 2 and 3 of the programme.
  • The costs of travel to and from placement settings will not be included in the cost of the course fees.

What Next...

It is anticipated that graduates of the FdSc and subsequent BSc (Hons) ‘top up’ Mental Health and Well-Being will progress to a range of careers in the mental health and well-being sectors such as health and social care settings, NHS services, well-being organisations, local council public health departments, teaching and pastoral services within education settings, residential and care homes, social services for children, families or adults, HR departments.

Graduates may move to further specialist study in mental health, well-being, psychology or counselling where they can gain HCPC Recognition or BPS Chartership Status and find careers as a mental health support worker, rehabilitation support worker, health and well-being officer, mental health counsellor; suicide bereavement support, mental health advocacy, high intensity therapist, creative therapy support worker, substance misuse or elderly care worker.