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Child & Adolescent Mental Health & Wellbeing BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: BB76

Explore why children and young people experience mental ill health. From pre-conception to adulthood, investigate the influences on wellbeing, barriers to treatment and how mental health develops as they grow.


Course length: 3 years full-time
5 years part-time
Start dates: September 2024
September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Mental Health
Faculty: Health, Social Care and Medicine
Department: Allied Health, Social Work and Wellbeing
A MSc Child & Adolescent Mental Health & Wellbeing Student

One in eight children are now diagnosed with a mental illness, while many more experience signs and symptoms of mental ill health. If you want to work in children’s services offering support to children, young people and their families experiencing mental health problems, this progressive degree is for you.

Professionals in this sector are finding increasing numbers of children accessing services because of their mental health needs. Our child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing degree asks ‘why’? It delves into how we should address this crucial issue and how we can make treatment accessible.

Examine key Government policies and explore interventions to understand what methods work. Weigh up the strengths and weaknesses of cross-discipline approaches to treatment and support.

You’ll boost your employability with practical work experience during this evidence-based programme of study. Or perhaps you’ll use your degree as a foundation for further study.

Course features

  • International students can apply

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Work placement opportunity

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I have learnt so much about the biological, social, and psychological influences on mental health and wellbeing as well as developing a strong knowledge of the services, legislation, and therapies surrounding this field."

Lowri Thomas

BSc (Hons) Child & Adolescent Mental Health & Wellbeing

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Mental Health student Emily

As talking about mental health becomes more and more accepted, the skills you learn on this course are going to be in demand for a whole range of jobs in the future.

Emily Taggart

BSc (Hons) Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing

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What you'll study

Mental health is put under the microscope, and we’ll introduce the biological, psychological and sociological causes of mental health up to adulthood. There will also be an opportunity to examine the impact of these areas on child development and attachment. You’ll also improve your listening skills, academic writing and referencing skills which will be invaluable throughout the course and your career.

Compulsory modules:

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Child Development, Attachment and Family Functioning
Developing Empathic Listening Skills in a Helping Relationship
Foundations in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing
Introduction to Empathic and Emotional Responsiveness in a Helping Relationship
Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills

You’ll critically explore and evaluate the approaches to early intervention in child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing. The focus is integrated practices in the promotion and management of child and adolescent mental health, and their vulnerability. Get a holistic view of different teachings by exploring contemporary approaches to complementary therapies and mindfulness. To prepare for the final year and your career, we’ll introduce research methodology and statistics too.

Compulsory modules:

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Contemporary Approaches and Mindfulness for Mental Health
Integrated Working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Mental Health, Wellbeing and Early Interventions
Understanding Research
The Vulnerable Child

During your final year of child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing, we’ll explore therapeutic interventions in a range of services. You’ll investigate the implications of risk, and legal and ethical influences on working with this vulnerable group. Use your research skills for a primary research or literary-based dissertation on your topic of choice. Prepare for your career with reflection on practice experiences, completion of a personal development portfolio and a dedicated employability module.

Compulsory modules:

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Employability, Transitions and Professionalism
Law and Ethics in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Therapeutic Interventions for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing

One of:

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Primary Research Dissertation

One of:

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Children, Young People, Crime and Deviance
Eating Disorders
Risk, Resilience and Wellbeing in Childhood and Adolescence
Supporting the Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People with Special Needs and Disabilities
Trauma In Childhood

Where your course includes optional modules, these are to provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and online resources.

Approximately 100 hours per year will also be spent undertaking work-based placements in Year 2 and Year 3 of the degree.

There may also be opportunities to take part in additional activities while on this degree. These could include participating in Mental Health First Aid training, as well as training in parenting, in order to further enhance your employability.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of essays, report-writing, individual and group presentations, and the submission of simulated counselling skills videos.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching you

The programme team have first-hand experience of working with children, young people, families and communities, as well as direct experience of employment in the mental health sector and in child and adolescent mental health services.

Research interests within the programme team include the use of early interventions and parenting on the resilience of children and the use of sports in the development and enhancement of resilience in childhood. There is also expertise in areas such as service quality provision and multi-agency service provision.

Guest lecturers will be invited to contribute to specialist lectures on subjects in which they have particular expertise, covering issues including eating disorders and therapeutic interventions.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements (2024 / 2025)

Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BCC-BBC.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Entry requirements (2025 / 2026)

Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

Students will also be required to have attained at least five GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

An interview will form part of the selection process.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.


Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Part-time applications require a direct application to Edge Hill. Please select the year of entry that you wish to apply for.

Apply for September 2024 part-time.

Apply for September 2025 part-time.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine offers outstanding facilities for the education and training of health and social care professionals.

The contemporary teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

Where you'll study

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine


Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits



a year

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

This course prepares graduates for a wide range of enriching roles in health, education and social care. Opportunities from this degree are wide and varied, with multiple potential career pathways. Past students have found themselves making a difference to the lives of children and adolescents and their families as:

  • Pastoral support worker
  • Special educational needs coordinator
  • Children’s centre worker
  • Social care worker
  • Teaching assistant
  • Learning mentor
  • Family support worker
  • Parental liaison officer
  • Student engagement officer
  • CAMH (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) practitioner
  • Perinatal nursery nurse

This degree also gives graduates the knowledge and experience required for continuing their studies in a postgraduate course or Masters. Typically, these further studies will lead into careers in child psychology, social work, research, nursing or teaching.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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