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Mental Health Social Work

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Study mode

Part time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Social Work Mental Health Nursing (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Study with us: gain a qualification to contribute positively to the care and treatment of those experiencing mental disorder; undertake practice experience with your employing local authority; benefit from the specialist input from guest lecturers; prepares experienced and qualified social workers, registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to undertake the statutory role of Mental Health Officer (MHO); only available to qualified social workers currently employed by local authorities. Each module has three written assessment elements: practice assessment, assessment of knowledge and understanding, critical analysis of practice.


Successful graduates from this programme will immediately be appointed as Mental Health Officers (MHOs) by their local authority, avoiding the requirement to seek employment as an MHO.

This appointment can lead candidates into promoted posts, eg senior practitioner and management roles. As the role of the MHO is a statutory requirement for local authorities, graduates become members of a small but essential workforce that aims to promote the rights of people with mental disorders as well as ensuring appropriate access to treatment when required.

The MHO workforce is currently under resourced and qualified MHOs are in high demand across Scotland. Obtaining the award, therefore, enhances the employability of all graduates.


In this semester 2 module, candidates will apply critical knowledge and understanding of mental wellbeing and mental disorders to the potential outcomes for vulnerable people at risk of being subject to the powers of the relevant legislation. You will apply lawful interpretations of capacity and incapacity evidence knowledge and understanding of mental disorder in relation to offending behaviour, in work with mentally disordered people in the criminal justice system and address the rights of that individual and others involved in complex statutory processes within a multi-disciplinary framework.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK students

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Course fees for non-UK/ international students

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Entry requirements

Hold a professional social work qualification recognised by SSSC. These include: BA (Hons) Social Work; Diploma in Social Work (DipSW); Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW) together with its predecessor qualifications; Certificate in Social Service (CSS). If you trained abroad, a letter of comparability with the CQSW or a letter of verification issued by SSSC (or another registering Council in the UK) will be required. Normally have a minimum of two years post-qualifying experience. You should be able to demonstrate that you've improved and extended the level of competence acquired when you qualified.

University information

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