Taught course

Mental Health Social Work

University of Strathclyde · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Be nominated by their employing local authority, be supported by their employing local authority and be provided with appropriate learning opportunities. Hold a professional social work qualification recognised by SSSC. These include: BA (Hons) Social Work Diploma in Social Work (DipSW) Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW) together with its predecessor qualifications Certificate in Social Service (CSS) If you trained abroad, a letter of comparability with the CQSW or a letter of verification issued by SSSC (or another registering Council in the UK) will be required. Normally have a minimum of two years post-qualifying experience. You should be able to demonstrate that you've improved and extended the level of competence acquired when you qualified. Satisfy the programme provider that you have the capacity to achieve the Mental Health Officer standards, that you can be competently demonstrated as eligible to be appointed as a Mental Health Officer, and can achieve the award at SCQF Level 11

Months of entry


Course content

The PGCert is only available to qualified social workers currently employed by local authorities.

It prepares experienced and qualified social workers, registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to undertake the statutory role of Mental Health Officer (MHO).

In undertaking the role of MHO, candidates are able to contribute positively to care and treatment of those experiencing mental disorder by ensuring an approach that recognises the impact of social as well as medical circumstances on their lives.

The purpose is to train social workers for the role of MHO.

This is as defined in Section 32 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, and as qualified by the direction of the Scottish Ministers (Requirements for appointment as Mental Health Officers) Direction (January 2009).

In 2007, the SSSC published a new set of standards and practice competencies for MHO training. This stated that the certificate must be:

  • provided by a university, within a programme provider partnership
  • delivered at SCQF Level 11, which equates with Masters level
  • be approved by the SSSC as a specialist course

Information for international students

The programme is not open to international students

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

All candidates on the course are directly funded by their local authority

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Social Work and Social Policy
0141 444 8700