Child and Adolescent Mental Health Practice GradDip

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Practice GradDip
The Graduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Practice has been developed 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.

This Child and Adolescent Mental Health course has worked in close partnership with colleagues from clinical practice to ensure 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 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

The range of subject material, innovative teaching, learning and assessment strategies and the personal development planning opportunities embodied within this programme will furnish the practitioner with skills to react to these demands and also foster lifelong learning opportunities.  




Entry and Admissions

Award Type:


Ancillary Award:




Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Part-time: One study day a week for 18 months


School of Nursing

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:


Entry Requirements:

Potential students will need to have completed a core professional qualification or be working as a practitioner in a relevant field. They will also 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 ongoing supervision.

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2019/20.

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Course Content

Course Outline:
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 is a range of compulsory and optional modules and attendance is required one day per week. Two compulsory modules are undertaken in semester one. These focus on processes of childhood and family life and developing reflective skills and evidence based practice. The second semester 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

Course at a Glance

Semester 1

  • Processes of Childhood and Family Life (20 credits) (core)
  • Evidence Based Practice and Reflection (20 credits) (core)

Semester 2

  • NU3024 Enhancing Practice: Child and Adolescent Mental Health (40 credits) (core)
  • NU3035 Facilitating Cognitive Behavioural Interventions with Children, Adolescents and Parents (40 credits) (optional)

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 include role play and experiential learning, problem based learning, structured reflection, seminar presentations, small group teaching and video assisted learning. ELearn will also assist with student support throughout the course.

Assessment includes: essays, presentations, case formulation reports, case study, reflective workbooks and reflective portfolios. Self development planning will operate as a foundation to guide practitioners' 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

The standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course will be: Please contact the School of Health, details above.

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 Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Well-being
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

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