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What makes Child & Adolescent Mental Health at Worcester special?

Our Child & Adolescent Mental Health Foundation Degree blends high quality teaching with practical work-based learning. Foundation degrees are a recognised qualification that will contribute to your professional development and provide a route into employment or further study. You'll work with academics, clinicians and researchers with a broad range of expertise and experience.



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We're in the top 20 for student experience in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

“Having no prior experience in this field, placements were vital in helping me gain relevant experience, develop excellent communication and people skills, and boosting my confidence overall. Completing the FD CAMH enabled me to successfully apply for BSc Nursing Mental Health here at Worcester. I am now qualified and enjoying my new job as a Staff Nurse in CAMH inpatient services.”

Neil Donnell, Child & Adolescent Mental Health FdSc

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

Passes at C/4 and above in 4 GCSE subjects plus:

UCAS Tariff: A minimum of 32 points at A level which must include at least one 6-unit award.

Other acceptable qualifications include:

  • AVCE
  • BTEC
  • Pre-2002 qualifications (e.g. GNVQ, BTEC ND etc.)
  • NVQ Level 3
  • European Baccalaureate (65%)
  • Foundation Year/Access course pass

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check is required for this course

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from

Why study FdSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Worcester?

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

  • Therapeutic Communication and Counselling Skills with Children, Young People and Families
  • Values and Ethics for Practice; Children and Young People
  • An Integrated Approach to Safeguarding Children & Young People
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Introducing Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Work Based Learning Theory into Practice

Year 2

  • Applied Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • Mental Health and Interventions with Children, Young People and Families
  • Working with Vulnerable Groups
  • Mental Health Promotion Strategies with Children, Young People and Families
  • Individual Project - Work Based Learning 
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress. You will develop a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish, be successful and plan for your future career and studies.


You are taught through a combination of interactive and experiential workshops, seminars and lectures. Application of learning takes place through your experiences, discussion and both individual and group activities.

In addition, meetings with your personal academic tutor will be scheduled regularly throughout your course of study. This will provide you with opportunities to think with your tutor about both your academic and personal development in relation to the course, your placement experience and your future career plans.

Contact time

In a typical week, you will have around 7 contact hours of direct teaching. The course is structured so that all direct teaching takes place on one day per week during semesters. This is to allow time for your course placement activity, which equates to 25% of the course (a minimum of 200 hours per academic year). You could be in an agreed placement setting or using your employment, if appropriate, for the purposes of the course. During your placement practice, an identified mentor in the setting will supervise you and further guide and support your learning. This opportunity will also enable you to link theory to practice.

Typically, class contact time will be structured around a combination of large group lectures and seminars/workshops for the taught modules, together with a 'writing retreat' at The Hive once per semester. Your module leads, personal academic tutors and The Hive staff will support your learning.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, as well as preparing for examinations.

A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, supports independent learning.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include:

  • Presentations both individually and in groups
  • Written essays
  • Role plays
  • Poster presentations
  • Accomplishment of core practice outcomes within the work-based learning modules

All of the modules on the FdSc CAMH are mandatory and a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is as follows:

Year 1: Role-play, group presentation, essays both observational and reflective. Accomplishment of core practice outcomes within the work-based learning module.

Year 2: Presentations, production of a media item in a group, essays and a report. Oral presentation and poster presentation. Accomplishment of core practice outcomes within the work-based learning module.


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and formal assessments undertaken. Feedback supports learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

Teaching is based on research and consultancy. The course team lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


Maddie Burton

Maddie is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and for several years worked in both inpatient and community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Maddie is Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the University of Worcester. Maddie led the FdSc in CAMH between 2009-2017 and introduced a BSc CAMH top-up commencing in 2015. Maddie continues to maintain close links with CAMH prac­tice and works with both schools, student teachers and other student groups at the University of Worcester from a children and young peoples mental health perspective.

She is keen to develop networks with other like-minded students, practitioners, professionals and academics.


Denisse Levermore

Denisse is the Course Lead for FdSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) and BSc (Hons) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Top-up. She blends her experience in practice with theory to enhance students CAMH knowledge and expertise. Denisse is a dual qualified Registered General Nurse (Adults and Children), Social worker (child protection) and a Systemic Practitioner at Intermediate level. 

Prior to joining the University of Worcester in 2014, she was an NHS Family nurse working with young parents and prior to that within NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services as a CAMHS Nurse. She maintains her clinical practice under an honorary contract with NHS Specialist Community CAMHS, working within a Family Work Clinic. 


Dr Josephine-Joy Wright

Dr. Josephine-Joy Wright currently works as a lecturer at University of Worcester and is the Director of Well-Connected psychological services, providing training, assessments, consultation and supervision.

A clinical psychologist with over 30 years experience within 4 health authorities in England and Wales, over 20 of which were at consultant level, leading and developing services into the community, specialising in Children and Family work and complex adult neuro-developmental disorders, attachment, abuse and trauma. She has significant expertise in developing, training and evaluating Tier 2 and other community-based services to promote Best Practice.

Her passion is developing people and services to their fullest potential with minimum financial resources. She holds professional psychology and teaching qualifications and has pioneered training initiatives locally and internationally to equip professional and voluntary practitioners in the field at Universities, colleges and community-settings.


Dr Clare Smith

Clare is a sessional lecturer and a retired Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with particular interest in children and young people who have additional difficulties or disabilities.


MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)
JCPTGP (Certificate of Prescribed Experience of the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice)
DFFP (Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare)


Where could it take you?


Graduates of our Child Mental Health Foundation Degree can expect greater employability and enhanced promotion prospects.

The Foundation Degree Child and Adolescent Mental Health is excellent preparation for future employment opportunities in education, social care and health settings. You'll be ideally suited to work in support roles in statutory, voluntary and private organisations.

There are also opportunities to progress via a third year of top-up study to:

Skills gained:

  • Practical skills developed through work-based learning
  • Values, knowledge and skills relevant to working in child and adolescent settings
  • Assess and make sound judgements in planning and implementing support for children, young people and their families
  • Develop skills and strategies necessary for working in partnership with a range of service users and their families, services, professionals and groups across the education, health & social care settings
  • Evaluation and application of research
  • Wide variety of personal and transferable skills including assessing and planning, problem solving and decision making, mental health promotion, interdisciplinary working and interpersonal skills
  • Reflective practice
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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

Find out how we can support you to achieve your potential.

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £13,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2022/23 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £111 per week to 'En-suite Premium' at £189 per week (2022/23 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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