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Pg Cert Applied Mental Health Practice | HSMHPPGC | Level 7 | Credits 60 | 2021/22
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Pg Cert Applied Mental Health Practice | HSMHPPGC | Level 7 | Credits 60 | 2021/22
Semester A or B
** Applications will ordinarily close 14 days before start date of a course.

  • 7HSK2006 - Managing Mental Health Act Assessments
  • 7HSK2005 - Applied Mental Health Law

On application you must complete the form Preparation AMHP Training This can be found to the right of this page under "Downloads". Any applications without this included will not be considered. 


About this programme of study:

The PgCert Applied Mental Health Practice programme is designed to enable suitable qualified and experienced practitioners, to demonstrate that they are competent to undertake the stautory role of the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) under the Mental Health Act 1983. 

This course ensures that that you are trained and assessed to the highest of standards, through strong partnerships with a range of key stakeholders including AMHP trainees/students and people with lived experience. Local authorities are centrally involved in the course design, delivery and management in order to ensure that their responsibilities under legislation are addressed and the training course remains fit-for-purpose. 

There are two intakes a year: Semester A (September) and Semester B (January) 

Semester A:

6th September 2021 - 22nd December 2021 - this will include taught sessions (usually at the University), placements and study days.  A full timetable will be given to you at the mandatory Introduction days on 12th & 13th July 2021.

Semester B:

21st February 2022 - 15th June 2022 - this will include taught sessions (usually at the University), placements and study days.  A full timetable will be given to you at the mandatory Introduction days on 24th and 25th January 2022. 




Entry requirements


A professional qualification and full registration (with the respective regulatory body) as a social worker, mental health or learning disability nurse, occupational therapist or psychologist. 

Evidence of completing a relevant post-qualifying course at Masters (level 7): completion of the university's Pre-AMHP course is normally required.

Post-qualifying practical experience working in either a full or part-time capacity in a statutory mental health setting for two years or more. Candidates in connected areas such as Adult Social Care with relevant mental health experience can alo be considered for the course. 

Employment in either a full or part-time basis is normally required, together with financial and personal support from the employing authority.

Support from a Local Authority/Trust who will offer a statutory placement in a mental health setting which will provide the relevant experience to achieve the module learning outcomes and who will also provide a practice learning educator (Practice Assessor) - a document signed by the AMHP lead/managaer advising as such will need to be included with the application. 

Experience of shadowing at least 5 Mental Health Act Assessments (3 if you are based within a mental health team) prior to the start of the programme - a brief 500-1000 word reflective summary of which will also need to be included with the application. 

By applying, candidates confirm they are in agreement for information about their grades, attendance and performance to be shared by the University with the employing authority and Practice Assessor. 

A successful University interview is also necessary. 

On placement, trainee AMHPs will necessarily undertake work with vulnerable adults and children. Where students are employed by a Local Authority or Trust, given their own processes, the University is satisfied that an up-to-date enhaced DBS check will be in place. For applicants who are self-employed (or not employed by a Local Authority/Trust) DBS and University Occupational Health clearances will be required if you are offered a place on the course/programme.

The programme is subject to the University's Principles, Policies and Regulations for the Admission of Students to Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes (in UPR SA03) along with associated procedures. These will take account of University policy and guidelines for assessing accredited prior certificated learning (APCL) and accredited prior experiential learning (APEL)

Trainee AMHPs will need to be aware that the training is very intensve and demanding. They will need to focus exclusively on the training and not do other work, training or take annual leave, for example, during the AMHP programme, including the mandatory introductory days, unless there are extenuating circumstances. 



A range of assessments are used, including coursework assignments/assessments, open book testing as well as a portfolio of practice evidence and the sufficient demonstration of competencies as required by the regulatory body. 

College Lane campus. It may sometimes be necessary to teach all or part of it online.
Learning Outcomes

The course aims to enable suitably qualified and experienced pracitioners to demonstrate that they are competent to undertake the statutory role of the AMHP under the Mental Health Act 1983, and to do so in a safe and effective way.

To ensure that practitioners meet the regulatory criteria set out in Section 2 of the Social Work England's (SWE's) Education and Training - Approved Mental Health Professionals Guidance, which sets out the approval criteria for AMHP courses, ensuring that professionals meet the key areas of competence within Schedule 2 of the MHA Regulations 2008.

It is noted that successful completion of this approved course does not make someone an AMHP as such. However it makes an individual eligible to be approved to act as an AMHP by a Local Authority in England and to perform the functions of an AMHP. Achievement of required competencies is a key focus of the programme.  

Course Notes

Course design

Taught sessions employ a combination of lectures/seminars, individual and group work, formative tests and assignments. Practice examples and case examples will be used to help make the necessary links between the academic and practice elements and to support the learning process. It is noted that trainees will already bring significant experience, knowledge and skills to the programme and support peer learning within the taught sessions. 

The practice placement is a central part of the programme. It provides the opportunity to put theory into pratice and for trainees to develop and demonstrate in practice the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required to be an AMHP. It includes formal supervision sessions to contribute to the learning and development of the trainee. Supervision will facilitate reflection and discussion of practice, including decision-making, as well as evidencing of competencies. 

The design of the programme with integration of taught sessions amongst practice placement supports trainees to bring practice experiences back into the classroom environment for discussion and critical reflection. It also supports trainees being able to put what they learned in the classroom into practice and to consider its application in the placement setting. 

Private study time is built into the programme and throughout the training, the trainees will need to undertake independent study both to supplement and consolidate what is being taught/learnt and to broaden their individual knowledge and understanding of the subject. 

Self-employed candidates

If you are interested in applying for this course and are self employed or not employed by a Trust or Local Authority, you are encouraged to get in touch with the Course Leader in the first instance.


“Thank you so much for the support you gave throughout the course… The whole course has changed my perspective on Mental Health as well as on my own profession. It marked a turning point in my practice and outlook in life.” Trainee AMHP 2021

 “The AMHP course was intense and crammed full of learning. It pushed me to consider life, legislation, and professional analysis in entirely new ways” Trainee AMHP 2021

 “This has been the best course I’ve ever done” Trainee AMHP 2021

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Course Leader
Name: John Paul Anastasiadis
Tel: 1345
Name: Laura Golden
Tel: 01707-284956


The price above is for the 60 credit programme and relates to self-funding students assessed as UK students for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students who are assessed as Overseas, or for returning students who are on a course leading to an award. Click here for Fees and Funding information or email us.

Mode of Delivery
Full time normally over 4 months. Part time normally over 6 months. Semester A or B entry points.
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