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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.
Students will be expected to hold an enhanced DBS and will be required to have occupational health checks prior to starting the programme.
For 2017 entry onwards: applicants will require 80 UCAS points from a relevant Level 3 qualification including A levels, NVQ Level 3, or an Access to HE Diploma. Those wishing to undertake the Nursing pathway will also need grade C or above at GCSE (or recognised equivalent) in Maths and English. Students with no traditional entry qualifications or those with appropriate vocational experience will be considered on an individual basis.
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.
Methods of learning and teaching are designed to support students in becoming active members of a learning community. Students will be expected to work together in an informal environment as well as in formal classes where a culture of dignity, courtesy and mutual respect with staff and their peers is essential. A variety of methods will be used such as lectures, seminars, workshops, student led seminars and discussions, practicals, portfolio building exercises and practice based learning. Integrating a work-based or placement opportunity, students will be visited in the workplace by a member of Institute staff to ensure a positive partnership between the employer mentor and to monitor that learning in the workplace is effective. Workplace learning is designed to support the development of an employable graduate equipped with the attributes, skills and knowledge to progress within a global market.