This course will allow you to make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and groups in our society. We look forward to welcoming you into our diverse and vibrant student group and will support you along your journey to becoming part of a workforce that helps and supports people to live and enjoy healthier lives.

Athene Lane-Martin, Co-ordinator

How do you want to study?

Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

B904

Location(s):

Canterbury
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Overview

This course gives an opportunity to study mental health and wellbeing in a non-clinical capacity. Graduates of this course will be equipped with the necessary attributes to work in a variety of roles in statutory and other heath, educational, social care or welfare settings and/or to progress to further specialist study or research. 

An interest in mental health and well-being extends far beyond local and national dimensions and now forms part of worldwide focus. The need for the development of a global, national and local workforce that addresses the many multi-factored mental health and well-being requirements of individuals and populations has been further brought to the fore by the global Covid-19 public health pandemic.

Our experienced lecturers will help you to learn through a blend of interactive activities, lectures, small group discussions, one-to-one tutorials, online resources, and peer support. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your personal strengths and values in a supportive environment that will assist you in planning your future study and preparing for a health-related career. At each level of study you will take a work-based module that focuses on mental health in the workplace.

Why Study Mental Health, Wellbeing & Society

The Mental Health, Wellbeing & Society degree aims to develop knowledge, skills and attributes that a wide variety of employers, both in the private and public sectors, are looking for.

Entry requirements

Applicants to the degree will be typically required to have 88 – 112 UCAS tariff points.

The procedures for credit exemption and transfer within the programme will be in accordance with the University practice and regulations expressed in Section 12 of the University’s Regulations for Taught Awards.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

88-112
UCAS Points

All about the course

The BSc Mental Health, Wellbeing & Society focuses on teaching and learning around the growing understanding that the prevention of mental and physical ill health and promotion of mental health and wellbeing is far better for individuals and society than a sole focus on curing illness.

You will explore areas including:

  • understanding mental health, wellbeing and illness
  • communicating health information
  • promoting and improving mental health
  • mental health research
  • mental health promotion.

Module information

Core/optional modules

*Modules subject to validation

How you’ll learn

The Mental Health, Wellbeing & Society degree includes a wide range of teaching and learning strategies. These strategies are designed to encourage you to develop both knowledge and skills, to develop as independent learners, and to continually apply your academic learning to real world experience and vice versa. They include work based-learning, group discussions, lectures, student presentations, ‘flipped learning’ (whereby students may read or watch a presentation in advance, and this is discussed in class), problem-based learning, class based discussions, problem solving group work, brainstorming, use of case studies, reflection, use of broadcast media to show health in the real world, library based exercises, role play, creative practical exercises, peer learning, peer teaching, student led seminars, engagement with the virtual learning environment (Blackboard/Library), IT skills, on-line discussions, and individual and group tutorials. Technologies such as Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate, Mentimeter, Padlet, PebblePad, ReCap and Turnitin will be used to support the learning and teaching strategy within the programme.

Modules will operate within inclusive, flexible and responsive learning environments in order to support students to develop the qualities, knowledge and skills outlined in the programme aims. Some modules will require students to visit a health setting within their local community (e.g. workplace, service or neighbourhood). These details are included in the module outlines and would not incur additional financial or time costs to the students outside of their expected attendance of the module. The programme will be supported by the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

How you’ll be assessed

The learning, teaching and assessment strategy for the BSc Mental Health, Wellbeing & Society route also supports success for all students by ensuring that the transition to Higher Education is manageable through the progressive structuring of the modules over the three levels of the course. In addition to this stage-managed approach the transition is developed with additional support through the inclusion of the ‘Personal and Academic Development’ module, a 20-credit module delivered in the first semester. This module is specifically designed to promote the inclusion and success of students from all backgrounds through the provision of tailored small group tutorials which are designed to build on student’ pre-existing skills and experience with the key study skills required to progress through university study. The core purpose of this bespoke module is to ensure that by the end of the first year, students have been provided with the support needed to become more independent, reflective and self-managed in their approach to study, learning and time management.

The assessment methods aim to provide a wide range of possible methods for students to demonstrate and enhance their abilities and Graduate Attributes. Each module generally has one or two assessments from the following range: essays (includes reflective essays, case study essays, or essays that review or critique research), individual presentations, poster presentations, research reports, literature reviews, projects, seen and unseen examinations (usually 2 hours) and portfolios.

For each 20-credit module, there will be 200 hours of learning time and the assessments are usually weighted at 4,000 words or equivalent.

Your future career

Upon successful completion, you will have the skills to pursue careers in areas such as graduate entry healthcare, mental health support, social prescribing, public health, health and mainstream education, campaigning and policy development, health-related charity work and increasingly, private sector organisations who are commissioned to improve particular aspects of health and wellbeing. Further progression into the MSc Global Public Health and PhD is available at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Typical areas of employment that you can enter after completing this degree are:

  • Commissioning public health services
  • Public health intelligence and surveillance
  • Mental health support practitioner
  • Project management: bid writing, community engagement and empowerment
  • Health policy and electoral reform
  • Health research
  • Communicating mental health information through social marketing and health-related media
  • Health services improvement and administration
  • International development and global health: education programmes, tackling poverty, human rights
  • Charity work: fundraising, improving life-chances for vulnerable people and those with disabilities Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Undertake further study to become a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Improving healthy lifestyles to impact on mental health (e.g. physical activity, sexual health, smoking cessation, drugs and alcohol, weight management)
  • Town planning, urban development and regeneration, healthy places
  • Health protection, health improvement, environmental health, risk management, emergency planning
  • Occupational health – workplace mental health and wellbeing, human resources
  • Coaching, mentoring, counselling, supporting people with mental health issues, youth support work Leisure industry

Fees

Tuition Fees for some 2022/23 have not yet been finalised. These course web pages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once they have been agreed.

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Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

B904

Location(s):

Canterbury
Apply via UCAS