University of East London

Course Introduction

This advanced mental health policy and practice short course with credits is designed as preparation for professionals who are considering undertaking the UEL-validated Postgraduate Diploma Approved Mental Health Practice. This course is intended for qualified and experienced social workers, mental health nurses, occupational therapists or psychologists. As a participant, you will be sponsored by your employer.

The course begins with an induction, followed by four one-day workshops between February and April. As a student on the course, you will arrange five hour-long observations on separate occasions in a psychiatric ward. You will later explore these observations in reflective practice seminars - the core of your learning. The structured learning series also involves a reading/theory seminar, and an input session on key themes in mental health.

This course is an accredited MA-level short course worth 15 credits. You can study it flexibly as a standalone short course or combine it with specialised pathways to achieve named awards. It is linked to your professional requirement as a social worker to provide evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), as part of your continued registration with the Health and Care Professions Council, and within the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) of the College of Social Work. Studying these courses offers you the opportunity to update your skills in practice interventions and deepen your knowledge base about current research and policy in contemporary practice. You can also apply for accredited prior learning through UEL?s ACL system to progress towards achieving postgraduate awards.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Part Time
Short Course Certificate Home Fees
1 year
Part Time
Short Course Certificate Overseas Fees
1 year
Part Time
Short Course Certificate European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students must have a valid registration with a relevant professional body, such as the HCPC, and be employed in an appropriate professional setting, in addition to the overall programme requirements.
  • International entry requirements: To be confirmed