Taught course

Acute Mental Health Care

University of the West of Scotland · School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

A first degree or qualifications at Level 9 or above; or qualifications or experience deemed to be equivalent to SCQF level of a 1st degree; and experience of working in a care environment that enables the student to have access to a clinical supervisor.

Months of entry


Course content

The aspiration of this challenging and rewarding programme is to influence how practitioners work in acute mental health care in order to deliver and enhance care.

About the programme This programme has a strong focus on learning by action. You will investigate evidence-based subjectsthat will enhance the delivery of care to people experiencing an acute episode of care requiring intensive inpatient or community-based care. There is a commitment through the programme to ensure the person experiencing acute mental health issues is firmly at the heart of the programme.

Your learning This programme consists of three 20 credit modules:

  • Acute Mental Health Care (Trimester 1)
  • Medication and Mental Health (Trimester 2)
  • Modernising Acute Mental Health (Trimester 1 & 2)

The programme will be delivered in a blended learning format; each module will have a maximum of four on-campus days, which will be enhanced by module content delivered through the University’s virtual learning environment, Moodle. The programme recognises the importance of ensuring part-time students are supported effectively in university and in practice settings. Supervision is a key aspect of the programme and it is essential students engage with a clinical supervisor. The programme is set up to develop confidence in graduate skills and to enhance care delivery. The content of the programme reflect the breadth and depth of knowledge, skill and understanding needed to effectively work with people requiring acute mental health care.

Our Careers Adviser says Graduates are equipped with the practice skills necessary to make a major contribution to this challenging area within mental health care. They will also display enhanced interpersonal attributes that are essential for those wishing to develop their careers in roles such as Mental Health Staff Nurse, Mental Health Charge Nurse, Chaplain, Occupational Therapist and Social Worker.

Qualification and course duration


part time
9 months

Course contact details

Alison Toner
0800 027 1000