Postgraduate Certificate CAMH (Child and Adolescent Mental Health)

The Postgraduate Certificate CAMH (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) is distinctive in that it provides a non-clinical route for generalist and more specialist practitioners, managers and researchers to develop their knowledge of CAMH in a broad context. It is the only course of its kind in Wales and one of very few courses available in England.

The CAMH course will develop knowledgeable and reflective professionals who are able to draw on evidence-based practice in ways that will impact on the workplace and on outcomes for the children and young people in those services. It has been designed to provide opportunities for students to develop their professional knowledge, skills and understanding and most importantly their capacity for critical thinking.

The course aims to produce professionals who are able to engage with the complexities of this area of work, often managing demanding workloads in multi-agency setting whilst still prioritising the interests of the children and families they work with.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September Newport City C
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September Newport City C

Students will take two 30-credit modules, which will include at least one of the following specialist modules:

CAMH: Contexts and Concepts
This has a theoretical focus and introduces students to key concepts within CAMH, and develops their ability to look critically at CAMH issues in context, looking for example at the concepts of risk and protective factors in relation to good outcomes for children and young people.

Managing and Supporting CAMH and SEBD
This looks more at theory of practice and develops students’ ability to look critically at the range of approaches to prevention and interventions through an exploration of a range of approaches and evidence-based interventions.

Other optional modules:

  • Promoting Excellence in Learning and Teaching 
  • Working with Diversity 
  • Leading and Managing SEN / ALN 
  • Dissertation 
  • Research Methodology 
  • TESOL: Designing Language Learning and Teaching 
  • TESOL Language Use and Acquisition 
  • TESOL: Materials for Language Professionals 
  • Developing Professional Practices: Literacy and Communication 
  • Developing Professional Practices: Numeracy and Mathematics 
  • Investigating Literacy, Numeracy and Language Learning across the Curriculum 
  • Innovation in Curriculum Design 
  • CAMH: Contexts and Concepts 
  • Learning Through Mentoring 
  • Managing and Supporting CAMH and SEBD 
  • Working with More Able and Talented Learners 
  • Working with Vulnerable Groups 
  • Autism: Contexts and Concepts 
  • Developing Digital Competence 
  • Developing Learning in Organisations 
  • Developing People in Organisations 
  • Dyslexia: Theory and Assessment (AMBDA) 
  • Dyslexia: Theory and Assessment (ATS) 
  • International Perspectives on Early Childhood 
  • Managing and Supporting Autism 
  • Professional Learning 
  • Professional Learning through Action Research 
  • SEN/ALN: Contexts and Concepts 
  • Working with Dyslexia: Linking Theory, Assessment and Practice (AMBDA) 
  • Working with Dyslexia: Linking Theory, Assessment and Practice (ATS) 
  • Working with Dyslexia 


The CAMH course provides students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to develop as reflective practitioners. This is reflected in both the content and the process of the course. Both specialist modules (CAMH: Contexts and Concepts Managing and Supporting CAMH and SEBD) draw on problem-based learning, case study, role-play and practical sessions which all contribute to a rich learning experience.

The course is delivered on Monday and Tuesday evenings and each module is broken down into 10 sessions of three hours each. Taught sessions are supported by independent study and individual tutorials. Resources are provided electronically wherever possible and so most of the independent study can be undertaken off campus.


The CAMH course will be assessed through two 5,000-word assignments on negotiated topics.

Formative assessments include the requirement for students to disseminate their learning through presentations, which supports the role that many graduates of the course will have in leading the implementation of new approaches and new interventions and supporting colleagues.



The Newport City Campus offers an attractive and modern learning environment with access to specialist learning resources, study skills support and a range of student services.


Rebecca Haycock, course leader

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

  • A good first degree is preferred but experience is greatly valued.

  • For students choosing modules which have a placement component as part of the assessment process, you will need to provide evidence of a current enhanced DBS check (or its equivalent if you are an EU or international student)#


The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

An informal discussion with the course tutor will be arranged after application.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees

  • Part-time UK:  £1140 per 20 credits

August 2025 - July 2026 Fees

  • Part-time UK:  £1140 per 20 credits

Student Perks

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Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

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Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.


Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

Please apply directly to the University.

The majority of applicants will be professionals working in Children’s Services (education, health and social care) who would like to develop their expertise in relation to CAMH issues as they find themselves working with children and young people with a greater range of more complex difficulties. As professional development it is intended that undertaking the CAMH course will support promotion within a service and/or a move into a more specialist role.