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Mental Health Practice (PG Cert)

Course Description

Working in mental health can be demanding but rewarding. Gain the skills to become an approved mental health professional (AMHP) who practises safely and effectively.

As an AMHP, you will need to act independently and assertively, taking accountability for the decisions you make. Approved by the Health & Care Professions Council, your course will give you the skills to be an effective practitioner with a comprehensive understanding of current legislation. By looking at issues such as asylum, substance misuse and how adult mental health relates to child protection, you will be well prepared for the responsibilities of the role.

Studying alongside peers from areas such as social work, nursing and psychology, you will share and learn from different viewpoints, broadening your perspective of mental health issues. Teaching is delivered by professionals who have extensive expertise in mental health provision, many of whom are already AMHPs.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/mentalhealth_pgcert

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


We're committed to helping you realise your career ambitions, which is why we place employability at the centre of your learning. Our fantastic links with industry enable us to design courses knowing exactly what employers are looking for, so you'll be well prepared for the world of work.

- Approved Mental Health Practitioner

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You'll be taught by professionals who have extensive expertise in mental health provision - many of whom are already AMHPs or experts within mental health services - and by a practicing solicitor who specialises in mental health law. You'll also hear from service users who are experiencing mental distress, giving you a first-hand insight into the topic.


Perspectives on Mental Distress
Study the numerous approaches to understanding mental disorder and how they are utilised in practice. You will also look at how approaches to mental health (disorder) have developed from large institutional approaches to the present-day community care.

Approved Mental Health Professional Practice
Increase your skills and knowledge regarding the roles and responsibilities of an AMHP.

Mental Health Law and Policy
You will gain in-depth understanding of mental health legislation and its application in practice, including up to date and practical applications of The Mental Health Act and related legislation.

Professor Ieuan Ellis

Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

"We have a long history of providing education across a wide range of professional and academic disciplines in health, applied global ethics, social sciences and related subject areas... The Faculty has a number of areas of research excellence."

Ieuan is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Faculty of Health and Social sciences. He is also a member of Academic Board, and an elected staff representative on the Board of Governors. He is also Chair of the UK Council of Deans of Health and Co-chair of the National Allied Health Professions Advisory Board. After practicing as a chartered physiotherapist in the NHS and private sector, Ieuan entered higher education working initially at Northumbria University prior to joining our University. Ieuan has held a number of leadership and management roles across health and social care education and was awarded a personal chair as Professor in Healthcare Education.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Clinical Skills Suite
The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Mental Health Practice (PG Cert) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Sally McManus

I did my Certificate in Mental Health at Leeds Beckett and it whet my appetite to discover more, so I studied for a PG Certificate and masters degree here too. My course gave me a confidence I didn't have before, while the knowledge I've gained has enabled me to understand people's individual circumstances more deeply and how I support and work with them.

Sally McManus
Early Intervention in Psychosis Practitioner, Community Links Aspire


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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