Northumbria University

Northumbria University

Professional Practice in Mental Health Law

This is a newly developed work-based learning qualification which enables groups of learners or individuals to undertake a flexible programme of study whilst continuing to work in their chosen profession, tailoring the programme to suit their own professional development needs whilst at the same time gaining accreditation for the skills and expertise acquired in the workplace and through CPD.

Entry requirements

Although no formal qualifications are required (the programme is suitable for students from a range of backgrounds and experience), some on-going practical experience within the mental health field is necessary as the course builds upon practical experience in its assessment processes.

Course modules

The Professional Practice in Law awards are flexible and can be studied over a period of 1 to 2 years. Students undertake: A Learning Contract: this helps students identify their personal development needs and plan a programme of study; Academic Recognition of CPD: enables students to reflect on their own continuing professional development in an area of law applicable to the student's area of professional practice; a work-based project: that will have a real impact on the student's professional practice or their organisation. For this module students are expected to produce as a minimum 2 case reports relating to the student's involvement in the care of a detained patient. The certificate does not include any taught modules, but enables students to identify learning needs, develop reflection and draw on work-based experience and training.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Distance learning September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Online/Distance learning

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