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Postgraduate Certificate On Campus

Approved Mental Health Practice

University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)

6 months
4750 GBP/full
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Developed in collaboration with local authorities, service users and carers from across the South West, this flexible Approved Mental Health Practice from University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) equips mental health practitioners with the knowledge and skills to become a qualified AMHP. 

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In accordance with The Mental Health Act, all local authorities must have sufficient approved professionals who can undertake mental health act assessments. To do this, practitioners including social workers, mental health nurses, occupational therapists and clinical psychologists must be qualified Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP).

This Approved Mental Health Practice from University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)  is delivered by academics, practicing AMHP leads, service users and carers, you will learn through a blend of academic theory and practice.

Careers / Further study 

Once you have successfully completed the course, you will qualify as an AMHP and can lead mental health assessments on behalf of your local authority once you have been warranted.

You may also go on to further study on an MSc in Professional Development at UWE Bristol.

Programme Structure

You will study:

  • Assessment and Planning under the Mental Health Act
  • The AMHP role amd complex decision making
  • Comtemporary Themes in Mental Health
  • Mental Health Policy, Law and Ethics.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 6 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • There are no specific deadlines, but the sooner you apply, the less likely you are to miss out.


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

To be accepted onto the course you will need to be fully qualified and registered in one of the following professions:

  • a social worker registered with Social Work England
  • a first level nurse, registered in Sub-Part 1 of the Nurses' Part of the Register maintained under article 5 of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001(a), with the inclusion of an entry indicating their field of practice is mental health or learning disabilities nursing
  • an occupational therapist registered in Part 6 of the Register maintained under article 5 of the Health Professions Order 2001(a)
  • a chartered psychologist who is listed in the British Psychological Society's Register of Chartered Psychologists and who holds a relevant practising certificate issued by that Society(b).

You will need to have at least two years' experience in mental health or undertaken an evidencing work based learning module at UWE Bristol.

Tuition Fee

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  • National

    4750 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4750 GBP for the full programme during 6 months.
  • Home Award Fee 4750£

Living costs for Bristol

750 - 1260 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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