Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Child and Adolescent Mental Health BSc (Hons) - Post-registration

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.


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.

Enquiries and application forms are available from:

Sharon Pagett (Course Leader)
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 895530
Email: /

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons) - Post-registration

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: N/A
    Part-time: TBC

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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.

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Course Overview

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

To be confirmed

  • 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)

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

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This course is based in the School of Nursing
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.