Child and Adolescent Mental Wellbeing (Top-up) BSc (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (2 years)


January, September

Intermediate award: BSc (Hons)


Our BSc (Hons) Child and Adolescent Mental Wellbeing aims to meet the personal, professional and educational requirements of mental health professionals, staff and any other interested parties in this area of care need.

Full description


BSc graduates are in high demand and will find that their employment opportunities in Health and Social care and education related industries is strengthened following successful completion of this course. There exists specific identification of a range of skills and knowledge inherent in this BSc which enhances the student’s employability within a range of mental health industries including the public, private health and social care services.

Modules & assessment

  • Children’s typical psychological development: infancy to adolescent
    This module aims to develop your specialist knowledge on child and adolescent mental health focusing on an understanding of how significant the psyche development is on mental health. You’ll be able to understand and comprehend various theoretical perspectives relating to psyche development and how healthy development can have an effect on mental well-being. You’ll explore more specific aspects of human development (including language and cognitive development) and it will give you the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of more complex circumstances which affect the mental health of children. Finally, you’ll reflect on how the very early years can have an effect on child and adolescence mental wellbeing, it will help you understand possible concepts and issues including moral issues, risk and resilience.
  • Children’s Mental Health conditions
    The module focuses on the different mental health conditions and disorders of emotional wellbeing that children and young people may present with or be diagnosed with. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of these conditions and of how the statutory and non-statutory organisations can support the child/adolescent and their family to aid recovery. You’ll also explore coping mechanisms and how these influence the child’s mental wellbeing, social communication, behavior regulation and learning disabilities. The teaching and learning will also focus on the family and how its dynamics, culture and systems can affect the child’s mental health. You’ll explore interventions and treatment in relation to mental health issues in children.
  • Research Methodology
    You will learn to be analytical and insightful regarding research reports. You will gain an invaluable skill for anyone who wishes to provide effective and appropriate care in their individual sphere of practice. In addition, today's practitioner is required to work in a multi professional, multi-agency world which requires skills and insight into the efficacy of research. This module will revisit existing knowledge of the research process and assist you in further developing skills of critical analysis and ethical appraisal of published work.
  • Undergraduate Major Project
    The undergraduate major project enables you to raise and address significant questions relating to your chosen topic/issue. You will be supported by a tutor with similar interests and research profile. This module requires autonomous study and it is your chance to demonstrate that you have met our University’s expectations and are ready to graduate.


Essays, research report, artefact and reflective summary, UGMP a literature review.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students starting 2019/20 or 2020/21 (per year)*


International students starting 2019/20 (per year)*


International students starting 2020/21 (part-time, per year)*


*Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity, or 60 credits per year). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period, or for more credits. All fees are for guidance purposes only. Your offer letter will contain full details of credits and fees, or you can contact us if you'd like more information.

Fee information

For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

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