Swansea University

Swansea University

Approved Mental Health Professional

The programme has been introduced to meet the new roles and responsibilities for professionals working with individuals who are considered for, and who become subject to compulsory hospital admission and/or treatment and aftercare introduced in the Mental Health Act 2007. One of these changes included the introduction of AMHPs who will take on the functions that hitherto have been those of the Approved Social Worker (Mental Health Act 1983).

Entry requirements

All candidates (who may be social workers, nurses, psychologists or occupational therapists) should be registered with their professional body, have at least 2 years post qualifying experience, together with relevant experience of working with people with mental disorder. They should have the support of their employer and access to appropriate learning opportunities. Interested health and social service staff should make initial contact with the agency liaison person from their local authority to seek agreement for nominations. Candidates should also have either a Bachelor�s or Master�s degree or in exceptional circumstances, where this academic requirement is not met, applicants must satisfy the director of the programme that their experience and qualifications equip them to undertake postgraduate study. This can be evidenced by, for example, a relevant post qualifying award. Candidates who do not hold a degree may be required to attend for interview. Please note this programme is not open to international applicants.

Course modules

Modules 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 the mental health services.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Full-time £ 4,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Singleton Park, Swansea Swansea SA2 8PP Wales

Key information

College of Human and Health Science Admissions Office
Telephone number: 
01792 606677