Child and Adolescent Mental Health (SCQF level 10) CPD Award

What is special about this course?

This Child and Adolescent Mental Health (SCQF level 10) module is aimed at those working with children in education, health, social care and the voluntary sectors. 

You will examine the concept of health and wellbeing in relation to mental health in children and adolescents and explore key policy documents like Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC).

You will gain an awareness of child and adolescent mental health services, their differences across the UK, the importance of progress, participation and partnerships, and an overview of specific mental health disorders.

Special features

  • Fully online
  • Variety of student disciplines brought together to discuss child and adolescent mental health
  • Study flexibly in and around work and family commitments
  • Module leader experienced in working with child and adolescents professionally
  • All resources and textbooks available online (e-books etc)

Entry requirements

  • Evidence of being able to study at SCQF level 9 is required.

CPD Award

You will explore topics such as: 

  • Stigma and labelling
  • Child development
  • Risk factors for mental health issues for children themselves, within families and within environments
  • Resilience, in particular the promotion of resilience in the school years

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

As your course was designed to be fully online and has run successfully for the last few years in this way, we can confirm that there will be no change to how the course will be delivered next year. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. For those who live near a campus, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video-conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (unstructured): one semester (approximately 14 weeks)

Where can I study my course?

  • Lews Castle College UHI - you can study this fully online module from any location. You will be enrolled and receive support from Lews Castle College UHI.

Start date

  • September


Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Additional costs

You may wish to purchase the core textbook for use at work too.

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress from Child and Adolescent Mental Health (SCQF level 10) CPD Award to MA Health and Wellbeing.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

The structure of the course and the collaboration with others has been really enjoyable, I now have a wide range of new books and articles to explore! This is by far the best online learning environment I’ve been involved in, I’m so grateful that it’s available to those of us looking to increase our knowledge and understanding of this topic.

Neil McElroy completed our online CPD Award Child and Adolescent Mental Health (SCQF level 10) with the support of staff at Lews Castle College UHI.

Apply for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (SCQF level 10) CPD Award

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2022

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