BSc (Hons) Mental Health & Wellbeing (with foundation year)
Year of entry
4 YRS (FT)
48 - 72
learning with a mix of theory and practical modules.
teaching provided by academics with range of backgrounds.
to build on your experience with events and volunteering.
Why choose? this course?
This degree is ideal for anyone who is interested in the area of mental health and wellbeing. You will study the social factors of mental health and wellbeing, the roots of inequality, the need for social justice for those experiencing mental ill-health and how the practice can channel the positive benefits of social connection to help individuals.
- Study a course which is ideal for those wishing to work in the field of mental health and wellbeing, or who already work in the area but want to develop their knowledge and understanding to ensure that their practice is current and evidence based.
- Develop a rounded understanding of the health, mental health and wellbeing of individuals and communities
- Participate in 180 hours of work-based learning which you can tailor to your own area(s) of interest
- Have the Opportunity to expand your knowledge and understanding according to your particular area of interest.
- Be part of a degree that has strong links with local employers
- Experience personal and professional development modules which help you develop a full CV and key skills for employability
- Be offered a peer mentor scheme, providing support from and to other students
The BSc (Hons) Mental Health & Wellbeing degree is available for students who already meet the criteria for entry to the 3-year route.
This foundation year route introduces to the student key study skills and foundational knowledge essential to successful completion of a degree
Please note, the foundation year can only be studied as a full time option.
Key course features
- A unique, integrated approach to the subject area that draws from different disciplines to equip you with a broad range of knowledge and skills applicable to a dynamic employment landscape.
- Opportunities to expand and tailor your knowledge and understanding according to your particular area of interest, and apply this during your work-based learning.
- Creative, supportive and interactive approaches to learning.
- Delivered by academics from a range of backgrounds, which means that you will be part of a diverse community of practice.
- Opportunities to take part in additional relevant events and volunteering within the wider University, giving you a full portfolio of experience on graduation.
What you will study
YEAR 0 (LEVEL 3)
The Foundation Year is an integrated year where you will study core modules with a broad range of students from across the Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, giving you access to different perspectives and networking opportunities.
The modules will equip you with key skills needed for Higher Education and beyond. They will give you the chance to explore your subject area and available careers, allowing you to adapt your reading and assessments to be relevant to your degree pathway.
Alongside teaching from the broader faculty staff, you will be able to meet with staff and other students from your main degree pathway and get involved with events and opportunities that they are running.
- Study Skills for Success (core) will give you a solid foundation in academic conventions and time management skills to help you to progress through your degree.
- Resilience in Higher Education and Beyond (Core) Personal development and resilience are as important as academic skills in the accomplishment on your journey towards graduation, and this exciting new module will equip you with the attributes needed for this.
- A Day in the Life (core) This module allows you to explore the potential career options open to you on completion of you chosen degree. You will be exploring the professions linked to your degree and start preparing your graduate portfolio for employers.
- Life and Work in the Welsh Context (core) will give you the opportunity to explore your subject area and/or desired career in relation to living and working in today’s Wales.
The suite of optional modules are designed to enhance your skills base in relation to your career development. Your personal tutor from your degree will meet with you to help you decide which one of the available optional modules would be most suitable for you. The optional modules are:
- Welsh for First Time Learners provides an introduction to the Welsh language for those taking their first steps Numeracy where your degree requires a competent level of numeracy, you may be advised to choose this option.
- Professional Communication in the Workplace in this module, you will begin to develop the skills and aptitude necessary to communicate effectively in a professional context.
- Maths and Experimental Design if your degree pathway requires an understanding of numeracy and sciences, then this module is designed to provide the opportunity to achieve that.
There are a variety of assessments across the foundation year – presentations, portfolios, electronic scrapbooking, and learning logs are just some.
YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)
- Study Skills and Personal Development (Core): This module will enable students to develop key knowledge and skills for learning in Higher Education and working in health, mental health and wellbeing settings, as well as support them to set goals for personal, academic and professional development.
- Health of the Nation: State of Play (Core): This module will introduce students to the ‘state’ of people’s health in local and national contexts, identifying common physical and mental health problems and their and risk factors, as well as the sectors in which they are usually treated.
- Health, Wellbeing and the Body (Core): This module will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the functioning of the body, including key health behaviours that help to maintain normal physiology, and the signs and symptoms of common physical and mental health problems.
- Health Inequalities and Social Justice (Core): This module will enable students to recognise inequalities in health, mental health and wellbeing and understand their personal role in contributing to the social justice agenda.
- Key Concepts in Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing (Core): This module will provide students with a grounding in key theoretical concepts needed to study public health, mental health and wellbeing, encouraging them to question common assumptions and develop a more reality congruent understanding of concepts and issues.
YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)
- Mental Health Law and Policy (Core): This module aims to facilitate a critical appreciation of social policy and mental health law as it applies to practice, taking into account the potential for power imbalances and ethical/ legal dilemmas.
- Mental Health and the Body (Core): This module explores the relationship between physical health, lifestyle factors and mental health and wellbeing. Consideration is given to the inter-dependence of many physical and mental health problems and the role of the medical model in the treatment of mental illness.
- Personal and Professional Development (Core): Through taught sessions and a Work-Based Learning, this module will enable students to continue developing their personal, academic and professional skills and explore contemporary workplace issues such as emotional resilience, and person-centred and evidence-based practice.
- Health Behaviour across the Life Course (Core): This module will provide knowledge and understanding of models and theories that explain human development and behaviour across the life course, and discuss their application to health, mental health and wellbeing-related behaviour.
- Preparing for Real World Research in Health (Core): This module will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the nature of research, its value and place in the field of health, mental and wellbeing, and the research process.
- Strategies for Health Improvement and Promotion (Core): This module will provide students with knowledge and understanding of established strategies for promoting and improving health, mental health and wellbeing, such as social prescribing, health education and a ‘settings approach’, as well as their application within specific populations.
YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)
- Mental Health - Cultural and Societal Perspectives (Core): In this module, students will develop a critical appreciation of how mental health and mental illness are conceptualised within cultural and societal frameworks
- Approaches and Theories for Contemporary Mental Health Practice (Core): In this module, students will develop knowledge of approaches and theories that underpin contemporary mental health practice and how they are applied in real world settings to promote positive mental wellbeing.
- Skills and Settings for Contemporary Mental Health Practice (Core): This module will enable students to develop a critical understanding of contemporary therapeutic approaches in mental health practice. It will provide knowledge and understanding of contemporary practices, including key skills for working with individuals and groups, and new models of mental health care provision.
- Developing Practice and Preparing for Employment (Core): Through taught sessions and a Work-Based Learning, this module will enable students to develop a critical and applied understanding of key skills and attributes for professional practice, as well as reflect on and enhance academic skills including autonomous and independent learning.
- Doing Real World Research in Health (Core): This module will give students the opportunity to undertake a research project in an area of personal interest related to public health, mental health or wellbeing.
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
Entry requirements & applying
The general requirement for admission to the degree is 48 - 72 UCAS points at A level or equivalent – this includes relevant Access to Higher Education courses. Applicants should be able to demonstrate the emotional and psychological maturity to work with vulnerable people and the resilience needed to cope with the demands in this sector.
For students without the standard entry qualifications, it may be possible to take this course if you have additional life or work experience and can demonstrate an ability to engage with the academic challenges of the programme. Candidates without standard entry requirements may be invited to interview.
Applicants do not require a DBS for the programme, although a DBS may be required for work-based learning according to the requirements of the provider organisation.
Teaching & Assessment
- You will be taught using a variety of active learning methods, including discussions, case studies, lectures, quizzes, and forums
- Assessments on this programme are varied, allowing you to develop and showcase a range of skills. They include portfolios, talks, essays, reflective writing, presentations, simulations and an exam.
- For each 20 credit module you will receive 36 active learning and teaching hours during year one (level four), and 30 hours at year two (level five) and 24 at level 6. You will also be expected to complete independent study including key reading
- If students complete a foundation year (Year 0/level three) they will receive 40 hours active learning and teaching hours per 20 credit module.
Wrexham University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.
We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our Student Support section has more information on the help available.
In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.
Career prospects include:
- Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
- Mental Health Advocate
- Recovery Worker
- Wellbeing Co-ordinator
- Wellbeing Officer/Advisor
- Social Prescriber/Link Worker
- Health Improvement Practitioner
- Charity/Third Sector Project Worker
- Mental Health Co-ordinator
- Carer Wellbeing Officer
- Mental Health Educator/Facilitator
Graduates can also pursue further study, including:
- MSc Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Health related vocational pathways, e.g. Mental Health Nursing
Employability skills are core to this programme, including:
- Personal and Professional Development modules at each level of study
- Work Based Learning at Level 5 and Level 6, which students tailor to their own areas of interest
- Specific employability skills at Level 6, including cv and application writing, and a mock interview based on real-world posts
- Clear employability links to each module, including skills for contemporary practice at Level 6
- Opportunities for students to learn about setting up their own Social Enterprise
- Strong links to local employers, with regular guest speakers from the field
The mental health and wellbeing landscape is changing rapidly, and we are proud to prepare students with the dynamism and creativity needed for this. Graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of careers, including Social Prescribing, Charity/Third Sector Project Work, Recovery Work, Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner posts, Mental Health Advocacy. Several students have also established their own Social Enterprises, including Familiarisation Videos, and some have secured employment with their Work Based Learning Providers.
The BSc Mental Health and Wellbeing also has an alumni network meeting twice a year, so that students who have graduated can come together and share experiences and opportunities.
Our Careers and employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.
Fees & funding
You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.
Wrexham University’s tuition fees for 2024/25 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are £9,000 per year.
The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages.
You can see the full programme specification here.
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