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FdSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH)

This course is relevant to you if you work, or are planning to work therapeutically, with children, young people and/or families.  You will be seeking to extend your knowledge and skills of child and adolescent mental health and be interested in improving the psychological well-being of children and young people.  Please note that this course will not qualify you as a counsellor.

With this course you can:


  • Make a difference – the FdSc enables you to do something that really matters; you can make a real difference to the lives of children, young people and their families.
  • Live, learn, love, laugh - enjoy being part of a creative, developing, supportive group, and make lifelong friendships.

  • Belong - be part of the Iron Mill learning community – a beautiful, relaxing, welcoming environment and enthusiastic, energetic and experienced teaching staff who get to know you individually and support you throughout the course.
  • Live, work and study near friends and family - This is a great opportunity to study whilst living at home in the south west.

Come and find out more! Our open evenings are small and friendly, and you are made very welcome. Call and register your attendance today.

Open Evenings 2015-16:

Wednesday 4th May 2016        6-7pm

Wenesday 29th June 2016       6-7pm

Open Day:

Saturday 11th June 2016          11am - 3pm



We welcome your contact, for informal enquiries or to arrange a visit:
Shelley Gait is the Course Leader:
01392 219200
Amanda Murrell is the University Programmes administrator:
01392 219200

Course Details

The course will equip you with specialist knowledge and practical skills needed to support children and young people with mental health problems, their families and carers.  You will also gain invaluable insights into the range of available services and interventions in this field.

This Foundation Degree will enable you to develop transferable skills, including effective communication skills, group work, individual and family interventions.

In particular you will look more deeply into issues concerning children and young people with mental health problems and reflect on your practice.

Work-based learning forms a signifcant part of the course.  Students who are not in suitable employment will need to source a suitable placement for the duration of the course, which equates to 200 hours per academic year; equivalent to one day per week.  Students are supported in this process.

Discussions with visiting lecturers, the course team, wider reading and research will enable you to link theory to your practice and the workplace.

The following document provides information on the common core of skills and knowledge for everyone working with children and young people: 

The taught component of the course will normailly be delivered on one day a week across two semester per year in Exeter, Devon (subject to course approval).


Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Child and Adolescent Mental Health - The Foundation Degree is equivalent to the first two years of study on an Honours degree programme.

Venue: Exeter

Next Start Date: September 2016

Duration: Two years, full time.

All attended days are Thursdays 9.45am -5.30pm unless otherwise stated.

Welcome Days: Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th September 2016

Coach Trip to the University of Worcester:  Friday 9th September 2016

September 2016
15 22 29

October 2016
6 13 20

November 2016
3 10 17 24

December 2016
1 8 15

January 2017
5 12 19 26

February 2017
2 9 23

March 2017
2 9 16 23 30

20 27

4 11 18 25

1 8 15 22 29

Award: Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (levels 4 and 5).
Entry Requirements
  • Passes at A-C in 4 GCSE subjects, plus
  • UCAS Tariff: A minimum of 60 points at A level which must include at least one 6-unit award. 

Other acceptable qualifications include:
  • AVCE
  • BTEC
  • Pre-2002 qualifications (e.g. GNVQ, BTEC ND etc)
  • NVQ Level 3
  • European Baccalaureate (65%)
  • Foundation Year/Access course pass

A Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check is required for this course, plus an occupational health check.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from www.ucas.com.

If you do not have any of the above qualifications your application is still welcomed.  We take into account your previous knowledge and life experiences, both inside and outside employment.

Validated by:

This programme is validated by the University of Worcester.

Apply for this course via UCAS:

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Applications for September 2016:

If you are applying after 30th June you still need to apply via UCAS, but you will use the Clearing process.  In Clearing you need to complete the application as normal, including your personal statement, but you cannot add course choices.  When you submit your application to UCAS you will receive a welcome email to access the Track service where you will find your Clearing Number.  Contact Iron Mill College and give us your Clearing Number.  We will then access your application on the UCAS website.  Please note that all your paperwork will need to be in place before we can process your application.

Applications for September 2017:

The Course Code is: L514
The Campus Code is: A

It would be helpful if you could email Iron Mill College at amanda.murrell@ironmill.co.uk to confirm that you have submitted an application via UCAS.

Apply for Student Finance for this course here:

Campus Code: Q (for applications for Student Finance England)

Please note -
there are two different Campus Codes, one for Student Finance England and one for UCAS


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