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Course summary

The Foundation Degree in Mental Health and Resilience is a unique qualification which is aimed specifically at individuals who wish to work in non-medical mental health settings. The Foundation Degree develops your knowledge of the theoretical principles which underpin mental health and resilience across the lifespan and in a variety of contexts. You will examine a range of subjects which relate to working with individuals in the mental health and resilience sectors. This includes topics such as counselling skills, safeguarding, wellbeing, and psychological theories. Such knowledge will provide you with the opportunity to develop holistically as a practitioner and to explore the range of settings and services which benefit from understanding such a highly contemporary subject. The skills and knowledge that is obtained within the first year of the Foundation Degree and further developed in the second year is utilised and applied to practice through sector relevant placements sourced by Blackpool and the Fylde College. Foundation Degree placements within the sector will only occur during the second year and will be an opportunity to expand your current experience and gain vital employability skills. Practical experience of working in various settings is a highly sought after attribute by many employers. On completion of this programme of study it is envisaged that you will have the skills, knowledge, confidence and creativity required to be successful in this highly challenging and rewarding field of work. The programme incorporates themes of communication and interpersonal skills, mental health, resilience, and safeguarding along with the development of key academic and digital skills. This degree intends to support your development of key skills and attributes that will enhance your professional practice in non-medical mental health roles such as community mental health services, emotional wellbeing and pastoral roles in schools, and dual support services. Completion of the Foundation Degree provides the opportunity to progress onto the BA (Hons) in Mental Health and Resilience, validated by Lancaster University. The diverse nature of mental health has created a wide range of career progression opportunities in a variety of sectors such as mental health settings, pastoral education roles, community support and therapeutic practices. The Foundation Degree intends to provide you with the necessary skill sets to support your entry into these sectors or further progression within your chosen career.


Level 4 Introduction to Academic Study SM4MD155 20 No Underpinning Principles of Mental Health SM4MD156 20 No Developing Resilience SM4MD157 20 No Professional Behaviours and Skills SM4MD158 20 No Safeguarding and Mental Health SM4MD159 20 No Mental Health and Resilience Frameworks SM4MD160 20 No Level 5 Work Based Learning SM5MD213 20 No Professional Portfolio Development SM5MD214 20 No Wellbeing and Interventions SM5MD215 20 No Coaching and Mentoring SM5MD216 20 No Comorbidity of Mental Health SM5MD217 20 No Psychological Theories SM5MD218 20 No

Assessment method

Assessment Method Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Coursework 77% 64% 0% Exam 0% 8% 0% Practical 23% 28% 0%

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Additional entry requirements


You will be required to have a professional discussion with one of the delivery team prior to an offer, this is assessed against prescribed criteria available on request, and secure an enhanced DBS (this will be the responsibility of the student to pay for). Prospective students who are already employed within the sector may be considered for this course providing you can obtain written confirmation of employer support for the duration of the course and particularly in relation to supporting you during the placement element at level 5. If you are a non-standard student, who has not followed the traditional routes to higher education, we can consider your application on a case by case basis. Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements

You will need GCSE English at grade 4 or C or functional skills at level 2, it is also desirable that students have achieved a grade C or 4 in GCSE Maths or functional skills level 2.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8750 Year 1
Scotland £8750 Year 1
Wales £8750 Year 1

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Mental Health and Resilience at Blackpool and the Fylde College - UCAS