Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health (Professional Practice)

Attendance:
Part Time
Starting:
September 2017, January 2018, April 2018
Campus:
Fees:
£656 per module for UK/EU Part Time 2017 entry (view all fees)

The childhood, adolescent and young adult mental health pathway will enable you to be responsive to statutory and policy developments in 0 to 25 year services and interventions offered to children and families.

A dedicated team of academic lecturers and clinicians with extensive experience and expertise will facilitate your teaching and learning. Studying this pathway will enable you to identify the incidence and nature of mental health issues, and a multiplicity of interventions and caring approaches offered in these age groups.

What's covered in the course?

The pathway is divided into three separate single modules:

  1. Childhood and Mental Health:

Completing this module will enable you to develop your understanding of perinatal mental health, neonatal and early year’s development, and attachment factors impacting on the emotional health and wellbeing of the child. This module will also examine developments in service provision, safeguarding principles, and role of statutory agencies.

  1. Adolescence and Mental Health

Completing this module will enable you to examine the incidence and nature of trauma, loss, and abuse. You will also explore risk and resilience factors which influence mental health and wellbeing, community and inpatient services, interventions, and approaches to child and family centred care.

  1. Adulthood and Mental Health:

Completing this module will enable you to examine the developmental needs of young adults accessing mental health services.  This will include; the role of specialist community, inpatient and forensic resources; substance use and abuse provision; and the factors influencing transition to adult care.

This pathway will be taught one day per week between 9am and 5pm and located at our City South Campus. 

University based teaching and learning activities will be facilitated by academic and clinical colleagues with extensive experiences.

A range of classroom-based lectures, seminars, group work activities, formative presentations, Moodle based, and self-directed work will be adopted to facilitate your learning.

Personal tutor support will be provided by a member of the module team. Additionally academic support can be accessed from our Personal Development Department on a self-referral basis, and from our experienced library colleagues.

Why Choose Us?

  • We have extensive academic and clinical experience of offering a programme of child and adolescent mental health modules.
  • We have extensive links with local mental health services whose staff have successfully completed the child and adolescent mental health pathway award.
  • We have developed a comprehensive child, adolescent, and young adult mental health pathway which is responsive to the need of these age groups.
  • You will have access to an extensive library of books, journals and support staff who will assist you in developing your knowledge and skills.
  • You will be offered personal tutor support and additional personal development services from a professional and committed team of staff.
  • You will have the opportunity to become a member of a community of practice with other students completing the pathway.  This will enable you to share your experiences, share good practice, and reflexively examine your learning.

New £10,280 postgraduate loans

If you are completing the MSc Professional Practice, you may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,280 available for postgraduate study.

More about postgraduate loans

This course is not open to International students
Midwifery and social work

Discover the School of Nursing and Midwifery

Visit our School site for more student work and extra information.

Visit the School website

Post Registration Education Provider of the Year Winner

SNTA winner

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Sep 2017 PT TBC £656 per module
Jan 2018 PT TBC £656 per module
Apr 2018 PT TBC £656 per module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
TBC PT TBC See below

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Course structure 

You can choose to study this programme as a complete pathway award (full or part-time) or as a standalone module, dependent on your individual need and the needs of your organisation. All programmes offer a convenient part-time format to fit around home and work commitments

Pathway awards in Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health can lead to:

  • Module only Professional Practice Level 6
  • Module only Professional Practice Level 7
  • BSc Professional Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Practice 
  • Grad Cert Professional Practice 
  • PG Cert Professional Practice
  • PG Dip Professional Practice
  • MSc Professional Practice

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the pathway or module you are enrolling onto. 

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Degree (Level 6)

How it works

You can choose to study this programme as a complete pathway award or as a standalone module. 

 
Childhood and Mental Health (Core)
20 credits
 
Adolescence and Mental Health (Core)
20 credits
 
Adulthood and Mental Health (Core)
20 credits
Using Research Evidence in Practice
20 credits

This module gives you the opportunity to:

  • Examine the process of devising an answerable question arising from clinical practice. 
  • Implement strategies for accessing and retrieving sources of relevant evidence.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate sources of evidence using appropriate frameworks.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the knowledge and skills required to successfully implement evidence into practice.
Negotiated Study
20 credits

This module allows you the opportunity to:

  • Critically analyse the contemporary literature relating to your chosen topic.
  • Formulate arguments to demonstrate in depth knowledge relating to your chosen topic.
  • Analyse how this learning has supported or developed knowledge and practice.
Optional Module
20 credits

Choose from a range of modules available:

  • Analysing the High Dependency Care of Children and Young People
  • Care of Patients Receiving a Stem Cell Transplant
  • Development of Multiple Sclerosis Care and Management for Specialist Nurses and Therapists
  • Developing Specialist Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Developing Surgical First Assistance
  • Essential Academic Skills for Study
  • Health Assessment
  • Introduction to Epilepsy Care and Management
  • Introduction to palliative Care and End of Life Care
  • Leading the Implementation of Excellence in Care and Patient Safety
  • Management and Care of the Patient in the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit
  • Managing Intraoperative Surgical Care
  • Minor Injury
  • Profiling Experiential Learning
  • Rediscovering Essentials of Psychological and Emotional Care
  • Systemic Anti-Cancer Drug Therapy (Chemotherapy): Principles, Practice and Care
  • The Impact of Living With and Beyond Cancer
  • The Individualised Care of Multiple Birth Families from Conception to Year 1
  • Therapeutic Approaches to Working with People Whose Behaviour is Challenging

Postgraduate (Level 7)

 
Childhood and Mental Health (Core)
20 credits
 
Adolescence and Mental Health (Core)
20 credits
 
Adulthood and Mental Health (Core)
20 credits
Research: Methods of Enquiry
20 credits

You will be provided with quantitative and qualitative research methods that will satisfy your learning needs. You will identify a population and sample, consider methods of data collection and analysis, strengthen credibility and apply ethical principles, providing a sound foundation for your final Masters project.

Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health
20 credits

Through a flexible provision, on this module students are inspired to reflect critically upon their individual learning needs as well as their organisations’ practices, to appraise and apply concepts from the literature on leadership, to issues of relevance for their role, organisation and overall programme of study.

This module also focuses on pursuing excellence in leadership and project management principles and encouraging practice-led, applied knowledge for students to lead service improvement and/or policy change effectively and efficiently.

Optional Module
20 credits

Choose from a range of modules available:

  • Analysing the High Dependency Care of Children and Young People
  • Care of Patients Receiving a Stem Cell Transplant
  • Development of Multiple Sclerosis Care and Management for Specialist Nurses and Therapists
  • Developing Specialist Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Developing Surgical First Assistance
  • Essential Academic Development Skills for MSc Level Practice
  • Introduction to Epilepsy Care and Management
  • Introduction to palliative Care and End of Life Care
  • Leading the Implementation of Excellence in Care and Patient Safety
  • Management and Care of the Patient in the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit
  • Managing Intraoperative Surgical Care
  • Minor Injury
  • Profiling Experiential Learning
  • Rediscovering Essentials of Psychological and Emotional Care
  • Systemic Anti-Cancer Drug Therapy (Chemotherapy): Principles, Practice and Care
  • The Impact of Living With and Beyond Cancer
  • The Individualised Care of Multiple Birth Families from Conception to Year 1
  • Therapeutic Approaches to Working with People Whose Behaviour is Challenging
Research Dissertation
60 credits

For those undertaking MSc only. The dissertation module gives you the opportunity to:

  • Initiate, plan and design an investigation into an academic area of professional practice 
  • Conduct an academic study considering its theoretical underpinning and offer insight into an area of professional practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate findings appropriate to the study undertaken
  • Critically reflect on the processes undertaken as part of the study and offer creative solutions for future studies.

Degree (Level 6)

Pathway Level
Level 6 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Childhood and Mental Health (LBR6532)
Adolescence and Mental Health (LBR6530)
Young Adulthood and Mental Health (LBR6534)
Exit Awards
Grad Cert/BSc Professional Practice (Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health)

Level 6 - Year 2 (BSc (Hons only)
Using Research Evidence in Practice (LBR6553)
Negotiated Study (LBR3547)
Optional Module
BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health)

Postgraduate (Level 7)

Pathway Level
Level 7 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Childhood and Mental Health (LBR7484)
Adolescence and Mental Health (LBR7482)
Young Adult and Mental Health (LBR7486)
Exit Awards
PG Cert Professional Practice (Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health)

Level 7 - Year 2
Research: Methods of Enquiry (LBR7339)
Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health (LBR7399)
Optional Module
PG Dip Professional Practice (Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health)

Level 7 - Year 3
Research Dissertation
MSc Professional Practice (Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health)
SNTA winner
Student Nursing Times Award Winner

Post Registration Education Provider of the Year

Course dates

Please check the course dates to see when your chosen modules are available throughout the year.

Download the course dates

Examples of classroom activities 

The pathway offers the opportunity to reflect critically on your practice, and to deepen your specialist clinical knowledge. Case studies, simulation, classroom debate, and on line forums will be used throughout the pathway. 

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Paul Millwood

Senior Lecturer

Paul has worked in mental health nursing and nurse education for 34 years, with his time in practice being spent in community and specialist forensic mental health settings for children and adolescents. Following completion of his mental health and adult nurse training in the 1980s, Paul worked in a number of senior clinical nurse specialist roles before being appointed as a Senior Lecturer in 2004 at Birmingham City University. He also completed the ENB specialist practitioner award in child and adolescent mental health nursing at Birmingham City University.

Within this period Paul has also completed an MSc in addictions counselling (Birmingham University 2000-01), an M(Ed) completed at Birmingham City University in 2003/4, and is currently in the process of submitting his PhD for external examination. Paul's thesis has examined the professional socialization experiences of a group of mental health student nurses and the factors influencing the centrality of care in this process.

As a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University Paul was appointed as the pathway leader for the child and adolescent mental health nursing program in 2008. Since this time he has developed a range of teaching and learning resources focusing on child and adolescent mental health, and developed close links with clinicians engaged in this specialism.

Paul is the lead for the Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health Pathway for post-qualifying students.  

William Murcott

Senior Lecturer

Will is a senior lecturer in the Mental Health and Learning Disability team and he is the deputy programme director for the BSc (Hons) Nursing:Mental Health programme. He teaches on the pre-registration nursing courses where he is a module coordinator and he also teaches on post-registration mental health courses.

He qualified as a mental health nurse in 2002 and has worked in a variety of settings. Will has worked with people in acute secure settings, child and adolescent hospital settings and in the community. His main focus was working with young people and families in the community. This has enabled him to become involved with CAMHS service development work overseas. Will's time with young people and families has mainly been involved with people recovering from trauma and abuse

the Deputy Programme Director for the BSc (Hons) Nursing: Mental Health programme.

 

Enquiries

For all course enquiries please contact the Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health Pathway Leader, Paul Millwood on:

International Enquiries

If you are an international student please contact the international office for more information on entry requirements:

Professional Navigator

The Professional Practice Programme consists of a selection of modules that can be studied on their own or as part of an award. For help in deciding which modules to study or your outcome award please contact our Professional Navigators on navigator@bcu.ac.uk 

All students must be engaging in an appropriate mental health context one day per week.

What award you exit the programme with is dependent upon the amount credits you enter the programme with.

To gain a BSc / BSc (Hons) you must have the equivalent of a Dip HE or 240 credits of which at least 120 are at Level 4 and a 120 are at level 5 as recognised by this university.

To gain a Graduate Certificate / Diploma you must have a relevant Bachelors degree (Ordinary or Honours) or 300/360 credits of which at least 60 are at level 6.

The Advanced Diploma Professional Studies Award will be suitable for you if you do not have the prerequisites for any of the other awards.

Professional practice routes

Have a look at all of our professional practice healthcare routes available.

Professional Practice Routes

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295