Taught course

Mental Health and Well-Being in Education

Bucks New University · Faculty of Society and Health

Entry requirements

Applicants will usually be already working in, or in support of, the education system, including early years environments, schools, further education or higher education. Applicants would normally be expected to have achieved a 2.1 in a social sciences undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and may have professional qualifications related to their existing work experience and role. We are open to discussion with applicants with non-standard qualifications and / or work experience. We may also consider whether an applicant's existing qualifications may be recognised as 'advanced standing' in this course content.

Months of entry


Course content

The course is suitable for a range of professions engaged in mental health and well-being in education, such as head teachers, teachers, social workers, school nurses, educational psychologists, and police and youth justice.

The course is designed for professionals and graduates wishing to understand and optimise the role of mental health and well-being within the education system. It offers detailed exploration of mental health and well-being across the lifespan within this setting, and unprecedented understanding of factors by which it may be influenced, in learners or students of any age. This is a training in awareness and practices that may be adopted in an applicant's existing profession rather than training as a psychology professional.

The first year explores in depth, the psychology of development across the lifespan. In parallel, the course will also examine how often individual action in the educational environment can be an act of influence and leadership towards change. In addition, students will explore research-based interventions in education.

The second year looks in more depth at ways of achieving change. This will include an introduction to basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles, and the application of positive psychology research-based processes. In parallel, students will learn research methods skills oriented to the workplace and application, and student choices for a dissertation project.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months

Course contact details

Recruitment & Admissions
0330 123 2023