Bournemouth University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Advanced Mental Health Practice (Taught)

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Course summary

This part-time course is designed to prepare practitioners who will be considered for appointment as approved mental health professionals under the Mental Health Act 2007. Why study MA Advanced Mental Health Practice at BU?

  • After completing this course, you will also be able to take on the role of Best Interest Assessor under the Mental Health Capacity Act 2005 if required by your employer (subject to amendment by the LPS framework).
  • This is a part-time course, which can be taken over a maximum of 5 years. It is arranged in blocks of taught days and placement days.
  • Learning includes a mix of interactive workshops, teaching sessions and facilitated group discussions.
  • Service user and carer input are central to the course, combined with individualised self-directed learning with flexibility in units to meet your individual needs.
  • Opportunities for experiential learning are provided in a supervised practice placement as required by the professional body.
  • As part of your Master’s you’ll deliver a Service Improvement Project, which will involve you improving an existing approach to service improvement or developing a new one.
Career opportunities The course recognises the diversity of mental health social work, providing practitioners with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and enhance their skills in dealing with complex work. Advanced Mental Health Practice graduates can undertake roles such as Approved Mental Health Professional and Best Interest Assessor, and will be able to support roles within mental health and health & social care.

Course details

Modules

Core units: Ethics, Values & Perspectives in Mental Health, Mental Health & the Law, AMHP Role in Practice, Evidencing Professional Learning (Practice Assessment), Evidencing Professional Practice & Decision-making and Service Improvement Project.

Assessment method

Evidencing Professional Learning (Practice Assessment), Evidencing Professional Practice & Decision-making and Service Improvement Project.


Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have at least one year of professional or management experience and a first degree or its equivalent. A professional qualification may be acceptable with evidence of professional experience at degree equivalent level. Applicants for the programme must also meet the professional requirements set out in Schedule 1 of the Mental Health (AMHP) Regulations 2008 and hold a professional qualification in social work, nursing, occupational therapy or psychology and be currently registered to that profession as laid out in Schedule 1. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Advanced Mental Health Practice at Bournemouth University - UCAS