Psychosocial Mental Health Care GCert

Psychosocial Mental Health Care GCert

School of Nursing


Post- graduate





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Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, UCLan
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839

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    Part-time: One year over two semesters.

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    Campus, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

Enhance your knowledge and develop your skills on this one-year Graduate Certificate in Psychosocial Mental Health Care (Psychosocial Intervention), developed in collaboration with mental health practitioners, service users and service providers from the North West. Working in accordance with national guidance promoting the provision of evidence-based psychosocial interventions for those experiencing serious mental health problems, this programme uses a structured, recovery-orientated, formulation driven psychosocial approach in collaboration with service-users / families and carers. You’ll have active involvement and contribution from our Comensus Team members (service-user and carer representatives), and enjoy sessions by guest speakers, as they share their experiences of research and practice solutions in implementing psychosocial intervention.  


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Entry Requirements

For the Graduate Certificate Psychosocial Mental Health Care, applicants must possess:

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent

In addition, course applicants:

  • Must be currently employed within the health or social care field, working with adults with severe and enduring mental illness
  • Are required to have organisational support to attend the course
  • Are required to be able to set aside time for clinical practice, and
  • Are required to have a named suitably qualified clinical supervisor

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

  • Module 1: Working with Individuals from Assessment to Formulation
  • Module 2: Valuing Research (with a focus upon Psychosocial Intervention)

Semester 2

  • Module 3: Working with Individuals using Therapeutic Interventions
  • Module 4: Working with Families & Carers 

Course at a Glance:

The four core modules (each offering 20 credits at Level 6) run over one academic year, with students studying two modules in each semester (as shown above). Successful completion of the four core modules will complete the Grad Cert programme.

Further Information

Highlights of the Course
  • A strong focus upon developing and enhancing practice skills, enabling the practitioner to adopt a structured and highly collaborative approach with service-users and their family-members / carers.
  • Active involvement and contribution from Comensus Team members (service-user and carer representatives), involvement from a family who had just completed a course of family interventions, who shared their experience of this with students.
  • Sessions by guest speakers / facilitators, in sharing their experiences of research and practice solutions in implementing psychosocial intervention.
  • Several graduates of the Psychosocial Mental Health Care programme have continued to further develop their knowledge and skills through postgraduate study and career opportunities as specialist practitioners.

The four core modules (each offering 20 credits at Level 6) run over one academic year, with students studying two modules in each semester (as shown above). Successful completion of the four core modules will complete the Graduate Certificate programme.


Students from previous cohorts have provided a range of highly complementary feedback – to quote a few of the students from 2016 & 2017:

  • Helped stimulate my practical learning of providing psychosocial interventions; essential in becoming an effective practitioner
  • Thoroughly enjoyed every lesson and was never bored, even for a moment! Really engaging material, and I thought tutor’s style of teaching was brilliant – very clear and passionate understanding of all of the theory and applicable skills
  • Helped to support my role as a RMN in a mental health team within a Prison; was well presented and supportive teaching
  • It has helped me to understand and help patients more in my practice
  • The role plays gave excellent opportunities to safely experience and share my own individual style and knowledge, with relevant feedback from both facilitators and fellow students
  • Helped me develop confidence and learn new skills which can be brought forward into my practice; learned new knowledge and insight which has helped ground me in practice
  • Very good, very informative; a new style of working that I believe is very relevant to modern day mental health nursing; currently implementing in my own practice
  • I now feel more confident when discussing things with carers and feel more prepared when I work with relatives
  • Changed my view on practice; given me new skills; allowed me to share this with colleagues; stimulated further self-research; shared this with my patient group
  • Brilliant, the best course I have done – really well taught, engaging, and with lots of practical, useful information
  • Excellent facilitation, excellent learning opportunities, well-structured and inclusive of all group members

For further information, please email:  (Course Lead – BSc (Hons) programme), OR  (Course Lead – Graduate Certificate programme)

How to Apply

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Post-registration Recruitment Team, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE
See further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: TBC

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

We have links with NHS Trusts and Independent Sector employers across Lancashire and the North West, and these partner agencies are closely involved in the ongoing quality assurance and development of the course.

Learning Environment and Assessment

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to contemporary mental health practice to equip course students with the confidence and skills they need in implementing evidence-based interventions with service-users and families. This programme focuses upon the development of skills in a range of practical and collaborative psychosocial interventions, which include: coping strategy enhancement; structured problem-solving; cognitive-behavioural intervention; behavioural family intervention; medication management; structured relapse prevention / staying well planning.

Within the course, each module is assessed against the learning outcomes using a variety of methods, which will include: case study; audio-recorded practice session and related reflective account; on-line MCQ paper and essay (for Valuing Research); essay; structured portfolio.

A series of published literature and texts are recommended throughout the course programme, which are available through the UCLan Library and Information Services. Students will have full access to the University computer facilities, and to the associated eLearn / Blackboard site for this course programme.

This course has increased my knowledge and skills, improved my role as a mentor, given me a wider appreciation of psychosis and its consequences… and improved my overall abilities as a practitioner.

Academic Expertise

Alison Elliott – Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
Mick McKeown – Principal Lecturer


UCLan actively provides help to its graduates to reach their potential and thrive in their careers after graduation.

UCLan’s Careers team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.