BSc (Hons) Contemporary Mental Health Practice

Discover the contemporary approaches, challenges and opportunities to enable, protect and promote mental health and wellbeing as you gain the skills required to work in a variety of emerging and innovative roles.

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    UCAS Code: B765
    Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time, 5 Years Part-Time
    Start Dates: September 2021
    Subjects: Health and Social Care
    Mental Health and Counselling
    Location: Edge Hill University
    Example Offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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    Please note, the first intake to this programme is for September 2021 entry.

    • Discover the contemporary approaches, challenges and opportunities to enable, protect and promote mental health and wellbeing;
    • Undertake placements in each year of study and develop the expertise required to work in a variety of emerging and innovative roles;
    • Gain the skills and confidence to conduct compassionate-centred conversations and engage with individuals, families and communities.

    Our mental health affects how we think, feel and act so working in mental health practice can be demanding, but extremely rewarding. With a radical shift in the responses to people who experience mental health problems, this degree will enable you to investigate contemporary approaches to mental health while being informed by a variety of perspectives and with the themes of communication and compassion at its core. You will learn from individuals who will share their own experiences of mental health as you discover how to engage with people in a respectful, effective and ethical manner. A key element of the programme is the protection, promotion and enablement of mental health and wellbeing in individuals, families and communities. Whether starting your career, or already working in the sector, this programme provides a gateway to a variety of roles in contemporary mental health practice, with your employability enhanced through placements in a range of traditional and innovative settings.

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    In Depth

    What will I study?

    In Year 1 you will explore the influences on health and wellbeing, including what supports and impacts on this at different life stages and transitions. A range of perspectives on health and quality of life will be presented as you start to develop an understanding of mental ill-health, its experiences and settings, including a focus on formal diagnosis. Learning from experts with lived experience, you will discuss the concept of compassionate-centred conversations and develop your skills in respectful engagement.

    Year 2 involves investigating mental health law and ethical practice, including how to respect and support equality and diversity in your practice. Contemporary approaches to protecting and promoting mental health and wellbeing will be examined as you discover how to be an agent for change and engage with groups and communities. Research methodology and statistics will also be introduced, enabling you to consider how to investigate the questions you have in relation to mental health and wellbeing.

    In Year 3 you will critically explore and evaluate what constitutes healthy ageing and what strategies can be applied to support this. You will investigate the links between physical and mental health, including the role of physical activity in mental health and wellbeing. Coaching and mentoring roles, as well as leadership and project management skills, will also be critically evaluated and your knowledge applied to contemporary practice. The programme culminates in a research project in which you will undertake an in-depth exploration of the evidence base in a subject of interest.

    How will I study?

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

    You will typically be expected to attend for two days per week for full-time study and one day per week for part-time study.

    Practice-based experience and learning is embedded in each year of the programme and will equate to a minimum of 40 hours in Year 1 and 120 hours in both Year 2 and Year 3.

    How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed through a combination of essays, report-writing, practice-related reflections and learning, individual and group presentations.

    Who will be teaching me?

    The programme team have experience of working with individuals, families, groups and communities to support mental health and wellbeing, as well as direct experience of employment in mental health services and the broader mental health and wellbeing arena.

    Research interests within the programme team include community psychology, occupational interventions, coaching for health, peer mentoring, public mental health, positive aging, counselling approaches, the use of sport for health and wellbeing, appreciative and compassionate leadership, and mental health law and ethics.

    Guest lecturers will be invited to contribute to specialist talks on subjects in which they have expertise, including from those working in new and innovative employment roles in mental health and wellbeing.

    A Great Study Environment

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    Offering some of the best facilities for health, social care and medicine students in the country, the outstanding 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.

    The faculty is home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.

    Entry Criteria

    Entry Requirements

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

    An interview forms part of the selection process.

    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

    Some examples of how you can achieve 104-112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

    • A Level: BCC-BBC;
    • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
    • 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.

    As long as 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 the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

    For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

    EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

    International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

    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 lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

    Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

    Career Prospects

    What are my career prospects?

    On successful completion of this degree you may choose to develop a career in areas such as health, social care, education, community organisations, charities or the independent sector.

    You will be well placed to pursue a range of career options, including working as a primary care mental health worker, employment specialist, peer mentor, recovery college worker, social care worker, recovery coordinator, community development worker, support time and recovery worker, health and wellbeing coach, or in health promotion and social prescribing.

    The programme will also provide graduates with the underpinning knowledge and experience appropriate for entry into postgraduate study, which could lead into careers in research, nursing, social work or occupational therapy, or as a psychological wellbeing practitioner or educational mental health practitioner.

    How can I enhance my employability?

    It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

    Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

    • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
    • Learning a Language – you may be able to participate in Language Steps classes, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as additional study.

    Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


    Tuition Fees

    If you are a prospective student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2021/22, tuition fees are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

    The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

    Financial Support

    Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2021/22 are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

    Financial support information for international students can be found at


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    Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

    To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


    How to Apply

    If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at Visit to find out more about the application process.

    If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at

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