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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

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  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for the Approved Mental Health Professional course fee information.

  • Last Updated

    03 June 2019

This unique postgraduate certificate in Approved Mental Health Professional will give you the professional knowledge and skills required by the Welsh Government and Social Care Wales to become an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP).

An AMHP is responsible for assessing a person with a mental disorder when considering the need for an application for formal admission to a psychiatric hospital.

The Approved Mental Health Professional course is ideal for social workers, nurses, psychologists, or occupational therapists looking to develop their professional expertise in this area. 

Why PGCert Approved Mental Health Professional at Swansea?

We are the only university in Wales to offer this course on Approved Mental Health Professional, which is designed to meet the new roles and responsibilities expected for professionals working in the Welsh health and social care system to support people experiencing serious mental ill-health.

Successful completion of the certificate means you could be warranted as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) at the discretion of your employer.

Based in our College of Human and Health Sciences, you will benefit from a diverse teaching and research environment, with many opportunities to make connections across disciplines.

According to the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014-2021, over 75% of research carried out at the college was of international or world-leading quality.

Your PGCert Approved Mental Health Professional experience

You will carry out a work placement as part of the course, enabling you to gain valuable practical experience. 

Our academic team have a wealth of experience in mental health service practice and management, providing an unrivalled combination of academic excellence and policy and practical expertise.

You will be joining a university that is ranked first in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (What Uni 2017).

Approved Mental Health Professional careers

Our PGCert in Approved Mental Health Professional opens up career development opportunities for professionals working in health and social care, including social workers, nurses, psychologists, and occupational therapists.

Who should apply for the Approved Mental Health Professional?

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

You must demonstrate you have the support of an employer who will ensure you are provided with the necessary context within which to develop Approved Mental Health Professional (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).

Approved Mental Health Professional modules

Modules on the Approved Mental Health Professional course typically include:

  • Values Based Practice and Ethical Decision Making in Mental Health Services
  • Policy and Law in Mental Health Services
  • Understanding Mental Health and Mental Distress
  • Professional Decision Making and Partnership in Mental Health

How you're taught on the Approved Mental Health Professional course

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

During the Approved Mental Health Professional course you will study over one academic year with an arranged placement to gain practical experience. 


Learning is assessed throughout coursework including written assignments and a practice portfolio. The course has a 50% pass mark for all modules.


Your employer will be responsible for arranging your work placement.

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Visit the Approved Mental Health Professional PGCert page on the Swansea University website for more details!





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