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Adolescence and Mental Health - 20 credits - Module

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The adolescence and mental health module will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the factors influencing the health and well being of older children who are presenting a range of complex mental health needs....

  • Level CPD
  • Study mode Short Course
  • Location City South
  • School School of Health Sciences
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences


The adolescence and mental health module will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the factors influencing the health and well being of older children who are presenting a range of complex mental health needs.  This module will also improve your awareness and application of the statutory and policy developments in 0 to 25 year services and interventions offered to children and families.

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

Completing this module will enable you to examine: the immediate and longer term effects of trauma, loss and abuse for young people & their families, family dynamics and domestic violence, complex mental health presentations (e.g. childhood depression, eating disorders, early onset psychosis, post-traumatic stress disorder), self-harm behaviours, substance abuse, and safeguarding.

This pathway will be taught one day per week and located at our City South Campus.  This will enable you to engage in the taught content of the module & access individual/ group tutorial support.

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

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

Fees & How to Apply

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  • UK Student
  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: Module

Starting: Dec 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 6 weeks
  • £756 per 20-credit module

International students

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. 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 up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

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

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for people working in a mental health or social care environment with young adults with mental health problems.

Course in Depth

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Course structure

This module aligns with the Professional Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. A blended learning approach is taken (incorporating both classroom and online activities via Moodle) in line with the university’s learning and teaching strategy. You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive regular feedback and feedforward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team.

This module is predominantly aimed at graduate healthcare practitioners currently engaging in child, adolescent, and young adult mental health settings. 

Facilities & Staff

The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to jiu jitsu.

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

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.

Simulation Mannequins

SPACE skills practice model


SPACE is an innovative practice area all students can access to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. It provides students with a creative learning environment to get the best educational experience before becoming a health care professional.


Learning Facilities

We offer 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.

Learning Facilities

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Virtual Tour

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Virtual Tour

Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

Doug Ellis Sports Centre website

Our staff

Dr Paul Millwood

Senior Lecturer and admissions tutor for Mental Health Nursing

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...

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Module Leader

If you have any queries about this course please contact the Module Leader, Paul Millwood on:

Professional Navigators

Our Professional Navigator, Nicola Clarke, is also on hand to offer guidance and will help you to choose which modules are best for you, taking into account your aims, professional or clinical experience, KSF requirements and your academic achievements.

Call Nicola on +44 (0)121 331 6162.