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PGCert Advanced Social Work Studies (Mental Health Officer Award)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Online

 Duration
0 Months
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
15000 GBP
National
10100 GBP
EU
10100 GBP

Application fee

International 50 GBP
National 50 GBP
EU 50 GBP
Department
Social and Political Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
GMAT (avg)600
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About this course

This programme is the postgraduate qualification for qualified social workers wishing to practise as mental health officers (MHOs). It has been designed by, and is delivered in partnership with, 12 local authorities in the East of Scotland.

This programme focuses upon the role of the MHO in relation to relevant Scottish legislation. In addition to the taught elements, students undertake two periods of assessed MHO practice.

Under Section 32(2) of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 local authorities have a statutory duty to appoint and provide training for MHOs to undertake mandatory MHO responsibilities, enshrined in legislation: mainly the 2003 Act, but also the Adults with Incapacity Act 2000 and the Criminal Proceedings Act 1995.

This programme’s primary aim is to provide the required MHO qualification in partnership with the East of Scotland MHO Award Partnership.

Career opportunities
This qualification is for qualified social workers wishing to practise as mental health officers (MHOs).

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants should hold a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a recognised qualification in social work and have at least two years' relevant experience in social work practice.
  • Applicants who are qualified social workers but who do not hold a degree-level qualification may ask for special consideration when applying.
  • You must be employed, supported, and seconded by one of the 12 employing local authorities within the East of Scotland MHO Partnership catchment area.

English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
  • If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

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Course Modules

The programme comprises 12 taught days and eight days of online learning over two semesters.

You will also undertake two periods of assessed MHO practice (thirty two days each), which are organised and supported by your employing local authority.

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How to Apply

You must submit a reference with your application.

Interested applicants should make initial enquiry to their own employing local authority, who, in turn, will undertake its own selection procedure and make nomination to the MHO Award admissions group. Applicants nominated to the programme by their employing local authority will meet the requirements of the SSSC Standards Framework for the MHO Award.

Once the local authority's nomination has been verified, the applicant will be advised to apply through the University's online application system.

Before you apply, you should make sure you meet the entrance requirements of your chosen degree, and contact us to discuss your proposed programme of study.

 Entry requirements

  • To study at postgraduate level, you will need to meet our academic and English language entry requirements.

 Supporting documents

When you apply, you will need to upload:

  • A transcript with all of your results achieved to date
  • Copies of your degree/diploma certificate, if you have already completed your qualification
  • References, if these are required for the application to your chosen programme
  • Evidence of your competence in written and spoken English, if English is not your first language
  • Certified translations, if your original documents are not in English
  • A research proposal, if this is required for the application to your chosen programme
  • To make sure your application is processed in the fastest possible time, you should upload your supporting documents along with your application. We can't make a decision on your application until we have received all your relevant documents.

Academic qualifications

  • To study at postgraduate level, you must normally hold a degree in an appropriate subject, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK).
  • We may also accept equivalent qualifications or work experience.
  • Specific entry requirements vary between degree programmes and you should confirm you have the necessary qualifications before applying.
  • You will find the minimum academic entry requirements and more details on your chosen programme in our degree finder.

Applying online

  • Once you've found your programme, look for the “Apply” button in the “Applying” section.
  • Choose the option with your preferred award, study mode and start date, then choose "Apply" to begin your application.
  • The application form contains guidance on how to complete each section.
  • The first step in the online application asks for your basic details. This includes your email address.
  • You do not need to complete the application in full; you can save a partially completed application. If you do this, an email will be sent to you that provide a link to allow you to return to the application to complete it.

After you apply

  • After you've applied you will be able to track the progress of your application using our Applicant Hub. You can also accept or decline any offers through the Hub.

Decisions on your application

  • You will be notified by email when a decision has been made on your application.
  • If you have applied for more than one degree programme you will receive a separate decision for each.
  • If you have any questions about the decision, you can contact us using the contact details included with your decision communication.

Accepting the offer

  • Make sure you read your offer carefully and follow the instructions on how to accept using the Applicant Hub.
  • At the time of accepting an offer you are not committing yourself financially or academically to the University, but an early indication of your response does help us to manage the admissions process.
  • We will send you confirmation when we receive your acceptance.

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