Mental health and emotional wellbeing are increasingly recognised as being of vital importance to overall patient health, so this Foundation Degree has been designed in partnership with key organisations, including the NHS, to provide those who aspire to be Assistant Practitioners with the skills and knowledge required to help those in need of specialist support. This course is mapped to a Higher Apprenticeship standard and is one of the first in the region to address the shortage of mental health skills in health and social care. The classroom elements of the course include studies in anatomy and physiology, risk management and studies in transferable academic areas such as sociology and psychology as well as the importance of communication. Teaching on this programme is designed to be diverse to meet the range of differing working environments and taught by a professional experienced team. Course Content The FdSc Assistant Practitioner (Mental Health) aims to develop your skills, knowledge and behaviours which are needed to undertake working within a mental health environment at band four. You will study one day a week in the classroom, as well as developing your skills and behaviours within the workplace. The subjects that you will cover include anatomy and physiology, psychology and sociology, leadership and management, risk management as well as undertaking professional practice modules based over a two year period. You will be assessed via a variety of techniques including presentations, essays and professional discussions. Course Structure All of the modules on this course are compulsory. Successful completion of all of the modules in the first year is worth 120 credits at Level 4 and equivalent to a Certificate of Higher Education. Successful completion of the second year is also worth 120 credits and will lead to the award of the Level 5 Foundation Degree Year 1 Module Title Anatomy and Physiology Clinical Practice in Mental Health 1 Communication for Practice Psychology and Sociology of Health Risk Management for Mental Health Year 2 Module Title Clinical Practice in Mental Health 2 Methods of Enquiry Occupational Case Study Principles of Leadership and Management Professional Assessment for Mental Health Professional Development Teaching and Learning This course is taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, skills practice, presentations, case studies, group workshops and work-based practice. UCW’s Higher Education academic development team also deliver a series of sessions on degree-level research and academic writing to all first-year students. When not in scheduled lecturers and seminars, students are expected to continue learning through independent self-study. This involves reading relevant literature, working on individual and group projects, and undertaking research in preparation for coursework and exams.
Assessment is via a combination of written exams, practical exams and coursework.
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
There are no qualification requirements for this course.
A related Level 3 qualification, or a related Advanced Apprenticeship, or equivalent. Applicants will also need Level 2 qualifications in English and Mathematics.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
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