PgCert Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP)

Study Mode Full-time
Year of Entry 2024/25
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Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP)

Full-time Social work

Successfully completing this course enables you to take on the role and responsibilities of an approved mental health professional, once warranted by a local authority.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £3,440 for the course
Not open to International/EU
How long will I study? 5 Months
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2024
April 2025

Course summary

  • Study the application of values, ethics and dilemmas. 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of mental health and wider associated law and policy.
  • Develop the ability to work with a range of professionals to promote recovery.
  • Examine current research that informs knowledge about mental health conditions and treatments.

You’ll be studying on a course that’s approved by Social Work England. It’s aimed at qualified and experienced professionals in mental health who’d like to become Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP).

Accredited by
  • Social Work England

This course was approved by the previous social work regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council. From 2 December 2019, responsibility for the approval of courses transferred to Social Work England. This course remains approved by Social Work England. This means that people qualifying from this course can apply to become a registered social worker.

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Paul Curran

'As an experienced child protection social worker the transition into mental health and return to academic study felt daunting – however the tutors made this a rewarding and enriching experience.'

Paul Curran, PgCert Approved Mental Health Professional, 2018 graduate

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How you learn

Watch course leader Alan Marshall talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

On this course you’ll complete three modules – including a placement organised by your sponsoring authority, where you put your learning into practice. You’ll work with service users and carers alongside qualified AMHPs, doctors and other professionals.

You learn through

  • workshops
  • lectures
  • group and individual tasks
  • practice
  • private study
  • online reading
  • interactive debates and discussions
  • online discussions

Course leaders and tutors

Alan Marshall
Alan Marshall
Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Alan Marshall

Applied learning

Work placements

You’ll complete placements in your own sponsoring agency – usually with an AMHP team. You’ll be supervised by an allocated practice educator while you shadow and then lead assessments with a range of AMHP colleagues.

Future careers

This course is essential if you want to practise as an AMHP for a local authority. 

It can also enhance your knowledge and understanding of the law and mental health as a

  • practice educator of others in AMHP
  • social worker
  • nurse
  • psychologist
  • occupational therapist
  • researcher or academic

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for a range of NHS and local authority employers across the region including

  • Derbyshire County Council
  • Sheffield City Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • East Riding County Council

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Entry requirements

All students

Typically you need

• a qualification in social work, occupational therapy, nursing or chartered psychology

• registration with relevant professional body

• two years post qualification experience

• sponsored by local authority or health trust

If you are wanting to self-fund this course, you will need to secure an appropriate placement from an AMHP team that will provide full student support and a Practice Assessor. Self-funders must contact the course leader before applying to make sure your placement meets our requirements.

You need to have completed shadowing of approved mental health professional assessment and submit a write up of this assessment with your application. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, email our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Amhp Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Mental Health Law And Policy Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Values, Ethics And Evidence Informed Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £3,440 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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