Applicants should normally have at least a second class Honours degree, hold a recognised professional qualification in Social Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy or Psychology and be a registered Social Worker, First Level Mental Health or Learning Disability Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Chartered Psychologist. All applicants should be supported by their employer (normally a local authority) with agreed access to an appropriate practice learning placement. This should be submitted as an attachment to your application. In the event that other placement arrangements are necessary, a DBS check will need to be completed. Applicants should demonstrate in their personal statement that they have the appropriate level of professional competence, capacity and ability to undertake and complete an AMHP training programme as recognised by the requirements set out in the HCPC AMHP criteria requirements, including a sound mental health knowledge, values of the 10 essential shared capabilities. They are also required to submit a 1500 word written piece based on a recent piece of mental health practice, including a critical and reflective account of the practice, referencing relevant theory, policy and legislation. This should be submitted as an attachment to your application. All suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.
If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.
Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
Months of entry
Working in mental health can be demanding but rewarding. Gain the skills to become an approved mental health professional (AMHP) who practises safely and effectively.
As an AMHP, you will need to act independently and assertively, taking accountability for the decisions you make. Approved by the Health & Care Professions Council, your course will give you the skills to be an effective practitioner with a comprehensive understanding of current legislation. By looking at issues such as asylum, substance misuse and how adult mental health relates to child protection, you will be well prepared for the responsibilities of the role.
This course is aimed at qualified social workers, mental health nurses, learning disabilities nurses, occupational therapists and psychologists, and provides an inter-professional as well as specialist understanding of mental health. Teaching is delivered by professionals who have extensive expertise in mental health provision, many of whom are already AMHPs.
Information for international students
This course requires an IELTS score of 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Fees and funding
Please see the funding page for more details.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Student Admissions
- 0113 812 3113