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FdSc Mental Health Studies

This Foundation degree is awarded by Hull University

The mental health sector is an area within which developments are increasingly continuous as Government interest and legislation is particularly focused on people with mental health issues, and those working within the mental health sector. Thus, the importance of training, education and workforce reform is a key focus for all practitioners and services. The Foundation Degree is designed to enhance practical skills, so as to ensure that professionals not only have the academic and theoretical knowledge about their job, but also have the ability to carry out professional practice to Assistant Practitioner status.

No Awarding body

Duration of Course:

2 Years

Entry requirements:

You will need a minimum of 120 UCAS points or hold a relevant Access Certificate / Diploma with appropriate units. In line with the widening participation brief, however, the Institute will also encourage applications from students who lack formal qualifications

International Students also require an IELTS score of 5.5 in all areas or a B2 equivalent English Language qualification

What you will learn:

Level 4
Research and Study Skills
Sociology of Mental Health
Conceptions of Mental Health
Practice Learning 1 (nursing pathway only)
Lifespan Development
Essential and Clinical Skills (nursing pathway only)
Personal and Professional Development 1 (community pathway only)
Psychological Approaches (community pathway only)

Level 5
Interventions in Mental Health
Practice Learning 2 (nursing pathway only)
Anatomy and Physiology (nursing pathway only)
Principles of Person-Centred Planning
Mental Health Services & Legislation
Partnership, Inclusion & Recovery
Personal and Professional Development 2 (community pathway only)
Communication in Mental Health and Illness (community pathway only)

Mandatory work placements.
We require that all students undertake 360 hours placement contact for the non-nursing pathway and 450 hours placement for the nursing pathway.

How is the course assessed:

Whilst on this programme students will be assessed using a variety of methods: examinations (pre release and closed book examinations), essays/reports, case studies, learning portfolios, individual and group presentations, and practical based assignments. All assessment methods are designed to incorporate key skills which are transferable to the workplace.

Employment information:

Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career, or advance an existing one in many organisations that deliver mental health care. These organisations include GP surgeries and clinics, hospitals, community, day care and specialist units, residential and nursing homes, secure units and prisons, child and adolescent mental health services and charitable organisations. Graduate mental health workers work with adults, older people, within family therapy or with children and young people with mental health issues. Graduates of this programme are strongly placed to apply for training in mental health nursing, social work, occupational therapy and much more.


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Equal Opportunities

The Grimsby Instutute Group guarantees that it will deal fairly and effectively with all students, staff and visitors and offer equality of opportunity on the basis of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

Students have the right to expect that this will apply to them without prejudice or discrimination and that they also have the obligation to deal fairly and effectively with other students and staff regardless of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

The Grimsby Institute Group will endeavour to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and additional duties, which requires public bodies to make every effort to support persons with disability.

Course was last updated on 6/11/2013