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Mental Health Practice (Approved Mental Health Professional AMHP) (PGCert)

Course Description

Gain significant recognition in your field whilst continuing to work in your own team, with our course for health and social care staff aiming to become Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs).

Our course combines practice and theory to offer you the most effective learning experience. With the support from your employer, you'll shadow your local AMHP duty team to gain a valuable insight into the role. You’ll also study in university over a six-month period, while working two days a week in your own team.

You’ll learn beside a variety of professionals, from expert practitioners and service users to law professional trainers and psychiatric staff. We’ll also encourage you to visit services, such as older people wards or Child and Adolescent Mental Health, to gain further experience in clinical practice.

Before starting the course, we’ll visit you to put together a learning programme that best suits you and your teams. To prepare you for your first day, you’ll be expected to attend a five day pre-AMHP course in either August or September.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/part-time/mental-health-practice-pgcert


Successfully completing this course, you'll be eligible to apply for AMHP registration through your Mental Health Trust, having met the Health & Care Professions Council's (HCPC) requirements for the role. You'll enhance your employment opportunities with sought-after skills which meet the regulations of the Mental Health Act 2008.

Supported by local employers, our professional vocational course is designed to promote professionals’ qualifications in mental health practice and to fill the shortage of AMHPs nationally.

Modules & Assessment

Core modules:
‌• Mental Health Law
‌• Statutory Mental Health Practice

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.


We'll assess the skills and knowledge you'll develop in a variety of ways. For example, a written assignment examining themes in mental health legislation or a multiple choice questionnaire exploring law. As part of your placement we'll provide you with a practice document outlining key competencies, which you'll evidence with a portfolio. Your Practice Educator will also produce a report on how you've applied what you've learnt.

Where you'll study

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly and experienced staff.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Visit your faculty - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/health-social-care-and-education

Where can I study?

Fulbourn - You'll study at Ida Darwin, a 32-acre hospital in Fulbourn, home to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT).

Additional study information -

Practice placements are a significant part of the course, running for 45 days, spread across seven months. You’ll shadow practitioners and lead mental health assessments, supported by a Practice Educator, who'll manage and oversee your practice experience.

Placements are arranged through Local Authorities and Mental Health Trusts in conjunction with our university.

Visit the Mental Health Practice (Approved Mental Health Professional AMHP) (PGCert) page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Alumni Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

We’re pleased to offer all our former UK/EU students the opportunity to save £1,000 on Masters or Research Degree fees. The Alumni Postgraduate Scholarship of £1,000 is available for all full and part-time Masters or Research Degrees starting in 2016/7*.Your postgraduate application will be automatically assessed for eligibility for the Alumni Scholarship. To apply, download the application form (below). When applying online for your course, upload your form with your other relevant documentation.If you're a former international student of Anglia Ruskin University, you’ll automatically receive this discount of £1,000 as part of your application.*The scholarship isn’t applicable to most distance learning courses or courses delivered in conjunction with collaborative partners. All applicants must have successfully completed their award with Anglia Ruskin University to be eligible for the Alumni Scholarship.The scholarship can only be granted for full Masters/Research courses (interim awards such as Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas are excluded).

Value of Scholarship(s)



All our former UK/EU students.
The scholarship can only be granted for full Masters/Research courses (interim awards such as Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas are excluded).

Application Procedure

If you're a former international student of Anglia Ruskin University, you’ll automatically receive this discount of £1,000 as part of your application.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Degree classification required for entry: Professional qualification in Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Social Work or Nursing (with disability or mental health), and respective NMC or HCPC registration. Candidates must have two years post qualifying experience and be sponsored by their organisation.

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