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Approved Mental Health Professional Practice (PGCert)

Our postgraduate course will see you train for Approved Mental Health Professional status.

Postgraduate Certificate Approved Mental Health Professional Practice Overview

Year of entry: 2015

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Course overview

This PGCert in Approved Mental Health Professional Practice looks at the integration of mental health issues, psychiatry and mental health law in multidisciplinary teams from a social perspective.

You will attend lectures held by psychiatrists, lawyers, psychologists, nurses and social workers, as well as service users and carers.

Completing five mandatory course units and a competent Practice Portfolio will result in Approved Mental Health Professional status.

You may also go on to study for a postgraduate diploma before completing an MSc in Applied Mental Health.

This course requires support from your employer and a secondment to the training.

Degree awarded
Approved Mental Health Professional PracticePGCert
PT 12 or 24 months
Entry requirements
An undergraduate degree (minimum 2:2) or equivalent alternative qualifications or experience.

Full entry requirements

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+44 (0) 161 275 5221
How to apply
To apply for a course you will need to complete and submit our online application form. For information and guidance, see: Apply online

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

The Programme combines Academic Study with practice in mental health. The focus of the Programme is on Approved Mental Health Professional (AMPH) training.

The emphasis of AMHP training is on the integration of mental health issues, psychiatry and mental health law in multi-disciplinary teams, but from a social perspective. The lecturers will reflect this multi-disciplinary approach and will include Psychiatrists, Lawyers, Psychologists, Nurses and Social Workers, as well as Service Users and Carers.

Students undertaking AMHP training must be supported by their Employers and seconded to the training. The Employers must agree to provide a Practice Educator and an appropriate Practice Learning Placement.

To meet the requirements for AMHP, students must successfully complete the five mandatory course units and a competent Practice Portfolio.

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Approved Mental Health Professional Practice will be able to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Mental Health and, if they successfully complete the Diploma (which includes a literature review), progress to the MSc in Applied Mental Health.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,400 (5 units at £680 each)

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.