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Approved Mental Health Practice Pg Cert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Health Care Management / Health Studies People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

This flexible course equips mental health practitioners with the knowledge and skills to become a qualified AMHP. Delivered by academics, practicing AMHP leads, service users and carers, you will learn through a blend of academic theory and practice. Working alongside diverse stakeholders, you will learn how to lead effective mental health act assessments and, where necessary, present evidence at legal hearings. You will also develop vital confidence and skills practising in simulated environments including our hospital ward, simulation community house and mooting courtrooms.

After successfully completing the course, you will become a qualified AMHP. You will be ready to apply for a warrant to practice with your employing local authority, and can then conduct assessments on their behalf. 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 can also progress your studies on an MSc in Professional Development at UWE Bristol.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


6 months

Start date



Assessment and Planning under the Mental Health Act
The AMHP Role and Complex Decision Making
Comtemporary Themes in Mental Health
Mental Health Policy, Law and Ethic

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students will need to be fully qualified and registered in one of the following professions: a social worker registered with the Health Care Professions Council; a first level nurse, registered in Sub-Part 1 of the Nurses' Part of the Register maintainedunder 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.

University information

UWE Bristol (University of the West of England) is a leading public university based in the centre of Bristol. The university offers a wide range of postgraduate study options, including taught and research courses, and online programmes. Students also have plenty of opportunities to gain work experience as well as connecting with employers. The university's postgraduate courses open up student’s career options and fast track them into new...more