Taught course

Mental Health & Wellbeing Practitioner: Specialist Adult Mental Health

Edge Hill University · Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine
University Advanced Certificate

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Entry requirements

Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, as well as at least five GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent), including GCSE English Language. We will also consider equivalent professional experience, or recognition of prior learning, and assess this on an individual basis. You will also need to demonstrate the intrapersonal skills and values consistent with providing hopeful, person-centred care and show a commitment to working with people with complex mental health needs. An interview forms part of the selection process. If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. This will be requested and checked by your NHS trust employer rather than the University.

Months of entry

January, March, September

Course content

This course has been designed to prepare you for the new and innovative mental health and wellbeing practitioner (MHWP) role, which will form a core part of existing community health teams. You will become employed by a local participating mental health service, working alongside other mental health practitioners, therapists and practitioners, and spend a training year undertaking this University Advanced Certificate. During the 12-month course, you will be trained in the engagement and assessment of adults with severe mental health problems. You’ll also learn how to develop care plans and deliver low intensity psychologically informed interventions in collaboration with service users, their carers, and families. Whether you are already employed, or aspire to work, in the adult mental health sector, you will benefit from a high-quality academic experience, which combines online study, in-person clinical skills training and practice-based learning. The course also aligns with the work-based component of the mental health and wellbeing training programme designated by Health Education England. Please note, this course is also available as a Postgraduate Certificate for which different entry criteria apply.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees will be paid by Health Education England.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • University Advanced Certificate
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


You will be assessed through a combination of assignments, report writing and simulated assessments. This will include video recordings, a reflective portfolio, and more traditional written assignments. We will test your ability to organise, structure and manage information and develop concepts and arguments.

Course contact details

+44(0)1695 575171