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BA(Hons) Child and Family: Mental Health

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Find out more about our BA(Hons) Child and Family: Mental Health

Whether you work within or with the Education, Health, Social Care, or Voluntary sector, our innovative, flexible, and applied degree is ideal for you if you are passionate about actively supporting the mental health and well-being of children, families, and communities. Informed by dimensions of happiness and well-being and associated concerns regarding societal progress in these areas, the degree empowers you in examining child and family mental health by taking a holistic approach, which also encompasses physical and social well-being and is viewed across the lifespan.

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Key Features

  • Options to study alternative Health and Well-being pathway, ensuring that the Award directly suits your aspirations
  • Evening and Saturday teaching to fit into your work and family commitments
  • Flexibility to study fully online or a blended approach to suit your location and learning preferences
  • Opportunities to apply your learning directly to community practice throughout the degree

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements are flexible
  • Whilst prior academic experience is an advantage, this course has been designed to equally value the life experience of our students
  • NVQ Level 3 or prior academic/vocational study and experience is an advantage
  • GCSE grade C or level 4 in English and maths is an advantage

Free Thrive+ to help you enter the course

If you are offered a place on the course, you will automatically be welcomed onto the Thrive+ Programme and it is free to attend. Thrive+ is an interactive, online personal development programme, designed to help build your confidence, resilience and agency ahead of you starting your academic studies on this Degree. An experienced team of facilitators will support you throughout the programme.

It will help you:

  • Increase your self-awareness through understanding your own strengths and values
  • Grow your confidence through exploring boundary setting and building assertiveness
  • Feel empowered, overcome self-doubt and increase resilience
  • Push beyond your comfort zone
  • Make connections with like-minded students and start to build a community of support

Thrive+ will run online on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 18:00-21:00 for two weeks prior to the course start date. In 2024, the dates are: 17, 19, 24 and 26 September 2024.

Course Overview

    This degree aims to support you, as life-long learners and reflective practitioners in:

    • Striving to achieve the sustainable promotion and improvement of mental health and wellbeing for children and families that are at the heart of our practice;
    • Championing the voices of families so that they are positioned at the forefront of the policies created to support them;
    • Advocating for compassionate, ethical, and inclusive practices to support child and family mental health;
    • Practicing self-and collaborative leadership for the purposes of lifelong personal and professional development and the committed pursuit of best practice;
    • Embracing an eco-systems and relational approach to working with children and families;
    • Prioritising an evidence-based, research-informed approach to ensure that the highest quality and standards are maintained for children and families.

    Two Pathways

    This course provides you with the opportunity to either take the specialist award in BA(Hons) Child and Family: Mental Health (this pathway), or BA(Hons) Child and Family: Health and Wellbeing.

    • Within this Mental Health Pathway, you can expect to examine areas relating to:
      • Integrated Positive Practice in Mental Health and Wellbeing,
      • Trauma-Informed Practice with Families, and
      • Global Perspectives of Mental Health.
      • You will also design and conduct a piece of research focusing on an aspect of child and family mental health.
    • You may consider the alternative pathway and study towards BA(Hons) Child and Family: Health and Wellbeing.

    Further Information

    The university has developed Exit Awards in order to recognise the achievement of undergraduate students where it was not possible to award the highest qualification for which they were registered, these include CertHE and DipHE.

    Course IMHCF Compentency

    The Association for Infant Mental Health UK confirms that the University of Warwick utilised the IMHCF(The Infant Mental Health Competency Framework) in the development of its BA (Hons) Child & Family: Health & Wellbeing course for students following the mental health pathway and addresses key domains at Level 1 which includes:

    • Infant neurodevelopment and the primary attachment relationship
    • Relationship-based practice
    • Safeguarding, supervision and support
    • Working with safeguarding and data protection guidelines

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    Who is the Programme for?

    • This programme offers students the chance to combine Degree-level study with work and family commitments.
    • This course will appeal to staff and volunteers working with (or aspiring to work with) children, families and communities. This includes, but is not limited to:
      • social work assistants
      • nursery nurses
      • parents
      • health care assistants
      • students in/aspiring to work in pastoral roles within a range of settings
      • play workers
      • portage workers
      • parenting workers and
      • family hub staff


    • This degree programme is run by a dedicated team of experts in the field who have a wealth of experience in supporting students to flourish.
    • Our module sessions are based upon fun, interactive and critical discussions and activities that ensure that you are supported in understanding and applying your learning to your own professional and personal contexts.
    • Our teaching is based upon building trusting, authentic relationships with our students, that provide the foundations for you to confidently progress.
    • We ensure that you can focus carefully on one module per term – ensuring that you have the time and space to build your understanding and draw meaningful connections to practice.
    • You will engage in ongoing reflection for the purposes of lifelong personal and professional development and the committed pursuit of best practice.
    • By its interdisciplinary nature, the course equips you to engage, through relational, integrated practices, with multi-agency teams and therefore with a variety of professionals, as well as with children and families within varying contexts.
    • University of Warwick was recently awarded Gold in all categories of the government's latest Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rankings.

    Warwick has achieved a triple Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2023


    Our Assessment Strategy prioritises inclusivity, authenticity and personalisation – meaning that we assess you in a variety of ways (no exams!) and that you have the flexibility to tailor the assessments to suit your own related passions and interests. You’ll see that we also foster your digital capabilities throughout the Degree, for instance through the creation of your own Podcasts and E-Portfolios.

    • Assessment modes include: portfolios, podcasts, training package design and delivery, essays, posters, proposals and a research project.

    Delivery Modes

    Our flexible degree allows you to tailor your studies around your commitments. Choose between fully online or blended learning, combining distance education with some face-to-face sessions. Our experienced tutors and support team are here to ensure your success.

    For each module, attend live sessions once a week (for 2024 cohort every Tuesday), with one to two Saturday sessions per term. You will be introduced the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle for resources and revisit content at your convenience. You will receive a comprehensive resource and support pack including core information, such as tutor podcasts, activities, readings and so on for an enriched learning experience.

    You will get personalised assistance for assessments, including submission dates and guidance. You will also engage in discussion forums and collaborative activities to build relationships with peers in your group and your tutors. Building trusting professional relationships are integral to your success and progression in this degree.

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    BA(Hons) Child and Family: Mental Health modules

    Each module has been crafted to ensure a careful balance between vocational and theoretical, conceptual components and you are encouraged throughout your journey with us, to apply your learning to your own workplace or voluntary context.

    Year One

    Foundations of Wellbeing

    This module recognises the significance of wellbeing - both our own and that of the families we work with. We will begin by focusing on individual, academic and professional wellbeing and then we will expand outward to consider wellbeing in families, communities, as well as workplaces.

    Individual and Community Lifespan Development

    This module supports students to explore the lifespan development of individuals and families within a community context. Topics include pre-natal development and parental wellbeing. This module supports students to become adaptable and flexible in their response to persistent inequalities that impact upon human development across the lifespan.

    Health and Welfare Policy Making and Service Delivery

    A key feature of this module is the opportunity to utilise a rights-based approach to consider child and family policy initiatives. This module focuses on topics such as the voices of children and families in policy-making and the broader national and global policy context and influences surrounding local policies. This module directly connects to workplace practice by supporting students to consider their own place and that of families, within the policy eco-system.

    Year Two

    Early Intervention and Holistic Care

    This module focuses on topics such as intervention, holistic family support, parental and infant mental health, as well as crime and violence. This module directly connects to workplace practice by supporting students appreciate the value of a holistic, ecologically-minded approach to working with children and families, as well as the confidence and skills necessary to engage with them to determine the effectiveness of the services they receive.

    Evidence-Based Practice for Child and Family Support

    Within this module, we champion the achievement of best practice by taking an evidence-based approach. This includes emphasising the value of practitioner expertise and knowledge of the best external research, and evaluation-based evidence in order to support decision-making in effective, whole-family support. A key feature of this module is the opportunity to examine the role of community partnerships and collaborative working in the development of high-quality practice, as well as to design your own research proposal.

    Integrated Positive Practice in Mental Health and Wellbeing

    This module supports students to explore multi-dimensional approaches to mental health and wellbeing and contemporary debates towards integrated positive practices. Within this module we explore the promotion of positive approaches towards a life well lived, and students will be able to appreciate the multidimensional nature of mental health and well-being across the lifespan.

    Year Three

    Developing Trauma-Informed Practice with Families

    This module supports students to develop an understanding of trauma and how it manifests across the lifespan, as well as the potential impact of trauma on engagement between the child or family and the practitioner. Students will explore the principles of trauma-informed approaches to working with children and families across the life course. The module will encourage students to analyse the prevalence of trauma and its influence on emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing of children and families.

    Applied Community Practice - optional module

    This module enables students who work or volunteer in an educational, health or social care setting the opportunity to integrate their theoretical learning with professional practice in their community. Students can either undertake their work-based learning within their current workplace or in an alternative setting. For students on the mental health pathway, the setting should relate to work in broad contexts of mental health and/or wellbeing.

    Global Perspectives of Mental Health - optional module

    This module supports students to examine how mental health is understood and how mental distress is treated globally. We will be reflective of the determinants of mental health. This includes individual attributes, but also cultural, economic and environmental factors, whilst paying attention to the values of children and families, theories and professional perspectives that inform global, national and local actions.

    Leadership in Strengths-Based, Family-Focused Practice

    Within this module, we will examine strengths-based approaches to leadership, in which the signature strengths of the families and colleagues we work with are embraced in order to ensure conditions that enable them to flourish. This module also promotes the critical role of equality, diversity and inclusion within leadership teams from a global and local level in community-based projects. Upon completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the importance of advocating for children, families and adults through effective and sustainable leadership.

    Year Four

    Research Design, Practice and Ethics

    This module encourages students to identify their role as a researcher - which forms an integral part of their professional identity. In addition, this module supports students to examine ethical principles for research and the centrality of the voice of children and families in matters concerning them.

    Investigating Child and Family Health and Wellbeing

    Within this module, you will utilise your insight gained from across the course, and you will design and conduct a study relating to child and family mental health that provides a vision for the future. Upon completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate, through their study, the significance of championing children and families in all aspects of mental health which will be showcased in a Course Celebration Ceremony and Conference.


    New roles are emerging in education, health, social care, community and voluntary settings. You’ll be ideally prepared for careers in:

    • Family Support
    • Advocacy work
    • Health Promotion
    • Health Work in Schools
    • Pastoral care
    • Community Work
    • Family Centres
    • Parenting Support
    • Childcare Teams
    • Targeted work with vulnerable families

    You will develop skills and knowledge to help you progress your career into leadership and management roles.

    Fees and Funding

    Tuition fees per year for Home Students in 2024/25 are as follows:

    • £6,935 (90 credits)

    You have the choice to either pay all of tuition fees for the whole academic year at the start of their course, or pay in instalments. Students on modular-based courses are required to pay for each module within 21 days of the invoice being applied to their account. See more on Student Finance - when to pay.

    Currently, the University of Warwick is not sponsoring students on part-time or distance learning courses with a Student Visa (formerly known as Tier 4 visa). Therefore, if you require a visa to study a part-time or distance learning course in the UK which is longer than six months' duration, you may wish to consult the 'right to study' page on our Student Immigration & Compliance website before you make an application.

    Funding your studies

    See our Child and Family course finance information page for more information regarding financing your studies.

    Student Support

    "Warwick has an amazing body of staff who are always ready and willing to answer any questions you might have. From day one of the induction evening, expectations were clearly set out and we were signposted to any resources we might need and although the campus was a little intimidating at first, I think we all soon began to feel confident in our surroundings."

    Faye, Early Childhood 2020 graduate

    The CLL Student Support TeamLink opens in a new window supports the pastoral and academic needs of our diverse student body, including:

    • Supporting the academic development of undergraduate and postgraduate students
    • Ensuring a learning experience of the highest quality, both at the University and in partner colleges.
    • Communicating with students in order to ensure a positive learning experience at CLL

    To do this, we support you in many areas, including:

    • Study skills
    • Student welfare
    • Technology and e-learning
    • Careers and development

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    Applications for 2024 entry are now open, which will close on 9 September 2024.

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