Child and Adolescent Mental Health BSc(Hons)

Child and Adolescent Mental Health  BSc(Hons)
The BSc(Hons) degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health is a post registration course for professionals who are either new to working with children, young people and families or who are seeking to build upon recent experience through the attainment of a recognised specialised qualification.

Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health is a new programme developed in response to local and national policy relating to the field of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Practice. It aims to enable different professional groups working within the field of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to enhance their existing practice and develop specialist knowledge and skills.

This course was developed in close partnership with colleagues from clinical practice to ensure relevance for students. A range of subject material, innovative teaching, learning and assessment strategies and the personal development planning opportunities embodied within this programme will furnish the practitioner student with skills to react to these demands and also foster lifelong learning opportunities.  


Entry and Admissions

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Part time

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Course Length:

Part-time: Two years. This course requires attendance at one study day per week for two years.


School of Nursing

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Entry Requirements:
Potential students will need to have successfully completed a core professional qualification e.g. nursing, social work, occupational therapy, health visiting, school nursing, teaching or counselling, or be working as a practitioner in a relevant field. They will need to provide evidence of study at academic level two. APL/APEL will be considered on an individual basis.

Interested students must be working within a relevant child and adolescent mental health context and have access to healthcare area, with children, young people, their carers and families.

Students will also need to identify a practice based clinical supervisor for completion of a learning contract and on-going supervision.

Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme or work proposed. Informal enquiries are welcomed and will normally be followed by an initial advisory interview.

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: | 2017/18.

Course Content

Course Outline:
Developed in close partnership with colleagues from clinical practice, the course outcomes reflect the developmental needs of healthcare practitioners, the service needs of the organisations and most importantly the desire to improve the quality of care delivered to children, young people and families accessing [CAMHS] and healthcare in a variety of environments. It is imperative that healthcare professionals are able to respond to the variety of service demands placed upon them within all contexts where children, young people and families access mental health services and are able to react to policy drivers which change service provision.

There are a range of compulsory and optional modules. One compulsory module examines the key aspects of child and adolescent mental health with practitioners examining assessment, therapeutic approaches and services available. One of the optional modules develops specialist skills relating to cognitive behavioural interventions. The final compulsory module to complete the degree relates to the completion of a professional practice project focusing on changing practice guided by policy guidelines and evidence based practice.

Course at a Glance

Semester 1

  • NU3035 Facilitating Cognitive Behavioural Interventions with Children, Adolescents and Parents (40 credits) (optional)

Semester 2

  • NU3024 Enhancing Practice: Child and Adolescent Mental Health (40 credits) (core)
  • NU3530 Professional Practice Project (40 credits) (core)

Semester 3

Semester TBC

  • NU3307 Solution Focused Interventions (20 credits) (optional)
  • NU3312 Mental Health Promotion and Well Being (20 credits) (optional)
  • NU3090 Dual Diagnosis (20 credits) (optional)
  • NU3609 Self Harming Behaviours (20 credits) (optional)
  • NU3611 Risk in Contemporary Mental Health Practice (20 credits) (optional)

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Teaching on this course will involve a broad range of teaching methods which includes role play and experiential learning, problem based learning, structured reflection, seminar presentations, and small group teaching and video assisted learning. ELearn will also assist with student support throughout the course.

The modules vary in their assessment and include essays, literature reviews, presentations, case formulation reports, case study, reflective portfolios and a project. Personal development planning will operate as a foundation to guide practitioners individual learning requirements.

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the College of Health and Wellbeing.

Part time fee of £760 per 20 credit module

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Enquiries and application forms are available from:

Sharon Pagett (Course Leader)
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 895530

Post-registration Recruitment
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839


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Institution Code Name: CLANC

Institution Code: C30

Campus Site: U

University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, Lancashire, United Kingdom

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

College of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839