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Overview

Our Acute Mental Health care course is set up to develop confidence in your skills and to enhance care delivery. The content of the course reflects the breadth and depth of knowledge, skill and understanding needed to effectively work with people requiring acute mental health care.

This programme has a strong focus on learning by action. You will investigate evidence-based subjects to enhance the delivery of care to people experiencing acute episodes of care requiring intensive inpatient or community-based care. The programme is committed to ensuring the person experiencing acute mental health issues is placed firmly at the heart of the programme.

 

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate & Post-experience Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

You require 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

You also require experience of working in a care environment that enables you to have access to a clinical supervisor.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

You will investigate evidence-based subjects that 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 to ensure the person experiencing acute mental health issues is firmly at the heart of our course.

Our Acute Mental Health Care course consists of three modules that are each worth 20 credits:

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

* typically 1 year, but flexible delivery route is available for this course. Please contact us for more information.

Teaching & Assessment

Our course has a strong focus on learning by action.

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. Our course recognises the importance of ensuring that if you are a part-time student then you are supported effectively in university and in practice settings. Supervision is a key aspect of our course and it is essential you engage with a clinical supervisor.

Career Prospects

You will be equipped with the practice skills necessary to make a major contribution to this challenging area within mental health care. You 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
  • Social Worker

HOW TO APPLY

You should apply for all UWS postgraduate courses using our online application form.

APPLY ONLINE

The first stage of the process is to create an profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving what you do each session and return to complete it at a later date.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

You can find out more here in our Postgraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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