module specification

SS5082 - Personal Wellbeing and Educational Outcomes (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Personal Wellbeing and Educational Outcomes
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 150
114 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 20%   Basic knowledge and understanding
Coursework 30%   First aid strategies
Coursework 50%   Reflection (1500 words)
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module aims to provide an overview of key perspectives on psychological and emotional wellbeing. It considers the links of physical and psychological health – and explores factors that influence emotional wellbeing, and how this in turn links to educational outcomes. It is aimed at students who are interested in promoting health and wellbeing through education in its broadest sense – be this schools, further/higher education settings or local communities – or other educational settings such as sport clubs, youth centres or libraries. The focus of the module is on older children and adults. It helps students to promote mental and emotional health – and provide help on a first aid basis.

Module aims

The module aims to
- Expand understanding of the wellbeing continuum
- Develop an awareness of the social and cultural factors that influence mental health
- Explore the links between wellbeing and educational outcomes
- Enable students to undertake basic mental health first aid


Week  1-2: Introduction to personal wellbeing and mental health
Weeks 3-4: Exploring links between mental health and educational outcomes
Weeks 5-7: Getting to know professional support systems
Weeks 8- 10: First aid
Weeks 11-13: Discussing implications for professional practice, prevention strategies
Weeks 14-15: Reflection and evaluation

Learning and teaching

Basic content is delivered via lectures, but students are expected to read relevant material before and/or after sessions, which is available via Weblearn. Seminars and workshops will be used to reflect on lecture content – and develop professional practice. These sessions are participatory and interactive.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:
- Explain some of the links between mental and physical wellbeing
- Reflect on the influence of social and cultural factors on mental health
- Analyse the links between wellbeing and educational outcomes
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of emotional distress - and know how to guide others in the right direction towards support

Assessment strategy

1. Online test: Basic knowledge and understanding of the most common mental health issues and their causes.

2. In-class test: First aid strategies.

3. Essay: 1500 word reflection on the importance of personal wellbeing and its relevance for professional practice in educational settings.


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Gutman, L. M. & Vorhaus, J. (2012). The impact of pupils’ behaviour and wellbeing and their educational outcomes. London: Department for Education. Available at:
Johnson, R. J., Turner, R. J. & Link, B. G., ed. (2014). Sociology of mental health: Selected topics from 1970s-2010s. London: Springer.
Newton, J. (2007). Mental health and mental illness, chapt. 16. In Adams, R. (ed.) Foundations of health and social care. London: Palgrave.
Oguz, S., Merad, S. & Snape, D. (2013). Measuring national well-being – What matters most to personal well-being? Office for National Statistics. Available at:
Public Health England (2015) Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing A whole school and college approach
Pilgrim, D. (2014). Key concepts in mental health. London: Sage.
Rogers, A. & Pilgrim,, D. (2014, 5th Edition). A Sociology of mental health and illness. London: Open University Press.
Scull, A. (2011). Madness: A very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Tew, J. (2011). Social approaches to mental distress. Palgrave Macmillan.
Burton, M., Pavord, E. & Williams, B., ed. (2014). An introduction to child and adolescent mental health. London: Sage.
First Aid:                         Mental Health First Aid England
                                         Mental Health First Aid USA

                                         Mental Health First Aid Australia