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Childhood and Mental Health - 20 credits - Module

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The childhood and mental health module will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the factors influencing the health and well-being of the child.  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....

  • Level CPD
  • Study mode Short Course
  • Location City South
  • Award Module
  • Start date September 2023
  • School School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences


The childhood and mental health module will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the factors influencing the health and well-being of the child.  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.

A dedicated team of academic lecturers and clinicians with extensive experience and expertise will facilitate your teaching and learning. Studying this module as part of the 0-25 pathway will enable you to identify the incidence and nature of mental health issues, and a multiplicity of interventions and caring approaches offered to children & families.

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

Completing this module will enable you to examine the holistic bio-psychosocial developmental needs of children accessing mental health services.  This will include: the impact of perinatal mental health on the mother, child, family, theories of child development, attachment theory and family relationships, the multi-agency approach to providing mental health services to young people, approaches to assessments & intervention, legislation and safeguarding.

This pathway will be taught one day per week between 9am and 5pm 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 Academic 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: Sep 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 6 weeks
  • TBC

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

Level 6

Level 7

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


Our Facilities

Our School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at our City South campus in leafy Edgbaston.

We’ve spent £41million expanding our facilities at City South. These facilities offer hands-on practical experience, replicating the spaces you will come across in professional practice.

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that you learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. Alongside physical spaces such as a mock operating theatre and wards, we also make use of online and virtual technology, such as our virtual ward and virtual case creator.

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Centre for Skills and Simulation

The Centre for Skills and Simulation offers a range of different spaces which replicate situations that you will encounter in practice. These include hospital wards, an operating theatre and a home environment room.

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. The hospital wards can be adapted from low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

The home environment room is the perfect space for teaching communications skills and allows us to simulate a community setting for our students. It is particularly useful for mental health nurses, learning disability nurses and midwives.

Simulation Manikins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and simulation babies (SIM babies) which are anatomically correct manikins 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 manikins contain software which replicates real symptoms, and can manipulate indicators such as blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM man can even ‘talk’ to the students as they are treating him, to add another dimension to learning.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building has two open-access IT Suites which offer PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. There is also an IT Helpdesk for quick and easy help with your computing or internet issues.

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.

In addition to desktop PCs, we also offer a laptop loan facility, allowing students to borrow a laptop for up to six hours while on campus.

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.