Approved Mental Health Professional (PG Cert)

Swansea University the United Kingdom

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The award
PG Cert

How long you will study
1 year

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About Approved Mental Health Professional at Swansea University


  • The only course of its kind in Wales

Teaching and Employability:

  • a 60 credit postgraduate certificate at Master's level (Level 7)
  • students study over one academic year with an arranged placement to gain practical experience
  • successful completion of the programme may lead to warranting as an AMHP.  However this is at the prerogative of employers. 

Course Overview

This course aims to meet the key competencies required by the Welsh Government and the Key Skills considered by Social Care Wales to be appropriate for the role of Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs)

AMHPs take on the functions that prior to The Mental Health Act 2007 have been those of the Approved Social Worker (Mental Health Act 1983). An AMHP is a professional role with the responsibility to undertake an assessment of a person with a mental disorder, taking into account social circumstances, and to consider the need for an application for formal admission to a psychiatric hospital. This is a Welsh qualification which reflects the requirements to practice in a devolved Wales.

The course has been introduced to meet the new roles and responsibilities for professionals working with individuals who are considered for, and who become subject to compulsory hospital admission and/ or treatment and aftercare introduced in the Mental Health Act 2007. 

Course structure

There are four core modules taught between October and April, following two induction days in September. 

Students study over one academic year with an arranged placement to gain practical experience. 


Students are assessed throughout their coursework (written assignments and a practice portfolio). The programme has a 50% pass mark for all modules.


All students are sponsored by their employers who have responsibility for arranging placements.

Who should apply to this course

This course would be suitable for; 

  • social workers
  • registered mental health nurses
  • occupational therapists
  • psychologists

Candidates must demonstrate that they have the support of an employer who will ensure they are provided with the necessary context within which to develop AMHP  skills and meet the requirements of programme's approach to assessment; written assignments and a practice portfolio, observation of AMHP practice and opportunity to carry out supported AMHP assessments.

For practical purposes this will almost invariably be within Local Social Service Authorities (LSSAs).

Study options for this course

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  • The awardPG CertHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
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Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International PGCert Full-time £5,050 N/A

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Entry requirements

Candidates (who may be social workers, nurses, psychologists or occupational therapists) should:

  • be registered with a professional body
  • have at least two years' post qualifying experience
  • have relevant experience of working with people with mental disorders
  • have the support of their employer and access to appropriate learning opportunities
  • have either a Bachelor or Master's Degree or, in exceptional circumstances, where this academic requirement is not met, applicants must satisfy the Director of the Programme that their experience and qualifications equip them to undertake postgraduate study. This can be evidenced by, for example, a relevant Post Qualifying Award.
  • candidates who do not hold a degree may be required to attend an interview

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