Taught course

Mental Health Officer Award

Robert Gordon University · School of Applied Social Studies

Entry requirements

The course is specifically designed for social work practitioners with at least 2 years post-qualifying experience who are nominated by their local authority employers to train as Mental Health Officers. You will remain in employment throughout the course.

Months of entry


Course content

The significance and complexity of the role of a Mental Health Officer is such that the course must ensure MHOs are trained and assessed to the highest of standards, and this is best achieved through strong partnerships with a range of key stakeholders.

It is the responsibility of the local authority to secure the training for Mental Health Officers and therefore local authorities are centrally involved in the course design, delivery and management in order to ensure that their responsibilities under legislation are addressed and the training course remains fit for purpose.
In the North of Scotland the local authority partners are Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Highland Council, Moray Council, Orkney Islands Council, Shetland Islands Council and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
This course is delivered on a distance learning basis and you will remain in employment throughout.

Information for international students

Postgraduate courses normally require an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components. Some of our courses require a different level of English. Please check our course pages for specific details. Test reports are valid for a period of 2 years and can be used as proof of English for admission if valid on the start date of your course.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0) 1224 262728