BSc (Hons) Mental Health & Wellbeing (with foundation year)

Course details

  • UCAS Code6YA2
  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 4 YRS (FT) 8 YRS (PT)
  • UCAS Tariff 80-112
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
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Course Highlights

2nd in the UK

for satisfaction with teaching (The Guardian University Guide 2022)*

explores

the link between mental, social and physical health

6th in the UK

for teaching quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)*

 

Why choose this course?

This course is ideal for those wishing to work in the field of mental health and wellbeing, or who already work in the area but want to develop their knowledge and understanding to ensure that their practice is current and evidence based.

This course explores the social determinants of mental health and wellbeing, the roots of inequality, the need for social justice for those experiencing mental ill-health and how contemporary mental health practice can channel the positive benefits of social connection to help individuals build happy, healthy lives. 

This course is ideal for those wishing to work in the field of mental health and wellbeing, or who already work in the area but want to develop their knowledge and understanding to ensure that their practice is current and evidence based.  

This course: 

  • Develops a rounded understanding of the health, mental health and wellbeing of individuals and communities 
  • Involves 180 hours of work-based learning which you can tailor to your own area(s) of interest 
  • Has strong links with local employers 
  • Includes personal and professional development modules which help you develop a full CV and key skills for employability 
  • Offers a peer mentor scheme, providing support from and to other students 

 

 

Key course features

  • Opportunity to expand your knowledge and understanding according to your particular area of interest. 
  • Delivered by academics from a range of backgrounds, which means that you will be part of a diverse community of practice. 
  • Consideration of the links between physical, mental and social health. 
  • A balance of theory and practice-orientated modules allow you to develop a rounded skills base. 
  • Work-based experience, which you can tailor to your own area/s of interest, in years two and three of the programme. 
  • Opportunities to take part in additional relevant events and volunteering within the wider University, giving you a full portfolio of experience on graduation. 
  • *This course is part of a subject area rated 2nd in the UK and 1st in Wales for satisfaction with teaching and satisfaction with the course in the Health Professions subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.
  • *This course is part of a subject area rated 6th in UK for teaching quality and 8th in the UK for student experience in the Subjects Allied to Medicine subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

What you will study

YEAR 0 (LEVEL 3) 

MODULES 

  • The Skills You Need (Core): This module will support students to develop key academic, personal and professional skills required for successful study at Higher Education level. 
  • Contextual Studies (Core): This module will introduce students to a broad variety of contemporary issues to stimulate discussion, debate, and engagement.  
  • Fundamentals of Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing (Core): This module will explore with students the different dimensions of health, including key definitions of these and what factors influence and impact on them over the life-course.  
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology (Core): This module will introduce students to the major body systems and how they work, providing important foundational knowledge that will be built upon in future modules.  
  • Professional Communication in a Health Context (Core): This module will explore with students theories and concepts of communication and professional language required by people wishing to enter a career in the health and wellbeing sector. 
  • Fundamental Capabilities for Working in Health and Wellbeing (Core): This module will provide students with an overview of the 10 essential capabilities that underpin effective practice in the field of health and wellbeing.  

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4) 

MODULES 

  • Study Skills and Personal Development (Core): This module will enable students to develop key knowledge and skills for learning in Higher Education and working in health, mental health and wellbeing settings, as well as support them to set goals for personal, academic and professional development. 
  • Health of the Nation: State of Play (Core): This module will introduce students to the ‘state’ of people’s health in local and national contexts, identifying common physical and mental health problems and their and risk factors, as well as the sectors in which they are usually treated.  
  • Health, Wellbeing and the Body (Core): This module will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the functioning of the body, including key health behaviours that help to maintain normal physiology, and the signs and symptoms of common physical and mental health problems. 
  • Health Inequalities and Social Justice (Core): This module will enable students to recognise inequalities in health, mental health and wellbeing and understand their personal role in contributing to the social justice agenda.  
  • Key Concepts in Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing (Core): This module will provide students with a grounding in key theoretical concepts needed to study public health, mental health and wellbeing, encouraging them to question common assumptions and develop a more reality congruent understanding of concepts and issues. 

 

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5) 

MODULES 

  • Mental Health Law and Policy (Core): This module aims to facilitate a critical appreciation of social policy and mental health law as it applies to practice, taking into account the potential for power imbalances and ethical/ legal dilemmas. 
  • Mental Health and the Body (Core): This module explores the relationship between physical health, lifestyle factors and mental health and wellbeing. Consideration is given to the inter-dependence of many physical and mental health problems and the role of the medical model in the treatment of mental illness. 
  • Personal and Professional Development (Core): Through taught sessions and a Work-Based Learning, this module will enable students to continue developing their personal, academic and professional skills and explore contemporary workplace issues such as emotional resilience, and person-centred and evidence-based practice. 
  • Health Behaviour across the Life Course (Core): This module will provide knowledge and understanding of models and theories that explain human development and behaviour across the life course, and discuss their application to health, mental health and wellbeing-related behaviour. 
  • Preparing for Real World Research in Health (Core): This module will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the nature of research, its value and place in the field of health, mental and wellbeing, and the research process. 
  • Strategies for Health Improvement and Promotion (Core): This module will provide students with knowledge and understanding of established strategies for promoting and improving health, mental health and wellbeing, such as social prescribing, health education and a ‘settings approach’, as well as their application within specific populations. 

 

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6) 

MODULES 

  • Mental Health - Cultural and Societal Perspectives (Core): In this module, students will develop a critical appreciation of how mental health and mental  illness are conceptualised within cultural and societal frameworks 
  • Approaches and Theories for Contemporary Mental Health Practice (Core): In this module,students will develop knowledge of approaches and theories that underpin contemporary mental health practice and how they are applied in real world settings to promote positive mental wellbeing. 
  • Skills and Settings for Contemporary Mental Health Practice (Core): This module will enable students to develop a critical understanding of contemporary therapeutic approaches in mental health practice. It will provide knowledge and understanding of contemporary practices, including key skills for working with individuals and groups, and new models of mental health care provision. 
  • Developing Practice and Preparing for Employment (Core): Through taught sessions and a Work-Based Learning, this module will enable students to develop a critical and applied understanding of key skills and attributes for professional practice, as well as reflect on and enhance academic skills including autonomous and independent learning. 
  • Doing Real World Research in Health (Core): This module will give students the opportunity to undertake a research project in an area of personal interest related to public health, mental health or wellbeing. 

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

 

Entry requirements & applying

The general requirement for admission to the degree is 80-112 UCAS points at A level or equivalent – this includes relevant Access to Higher Education courses. Applicants should be able to demonstrate the emotional and psychological maturity to work with vulnerable people and the resilience needed to cope with the demands in this sector. 

For students without the standard entry qualifications, it may be possible to take this course if you have additional life or work experience and can demonstrate an ability to engage with the academic challenges of the programme. Candidates without standard entry requirements may be invited to interview.  

Applicants do not require a DBS for the programme, although a DBS may be required for work-based learning according to the requirements of the provider organisation. 

Teaching & Assessment

  • You will be taught using a variety of active learning methods, including discussions, case studies, lectures, quizzes, and forums 
  • Assessments on this programme are varied, allowing you to develop and showcase a range of skills. They include portfolios, talks, essays, reflective writing, presentations, simulations and an exam. 
  • For each 20 credit module you will receive 36 active learning and teaching hours during year one (level four), and 30 hours at year two (level five) and 24 at level 6. You will also be expected to complete independent study including key reading 
  • If students complete a foundation year (Year 0/level three) they will receive 40 hours active learning and teaching hours per 20 credit module.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our Student Support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

This course is designed to equip students with a range of knowledge and skills relevant to a diverse selection of roles across the mental health sector. This might include community health development, mental health improvement, social prescribing, advocacy, policy development and campaigning, and many more. Students are supported to develop a CV and to consider how to direct their professional development in order to respond and adapt to a dynamic and evolving employment landscape. 

Our Careers and employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are £9000 per year.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages

 

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.

 

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our Accommodation to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.