This module seeks to give practitioners the opportunity to undertake a period of advanced study on a project which draws upon contemporary in mental health law and practice.
A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.
Entry and Admissions
Short Course / CPD
Expected to last 3 months, includes 1-1 sessions with Module Leader and self-directed study.
School of Social Work, Care and Community
No Partner College
This module is aimed at those working in mental health services or are applying mental health law in everyday practice, and who wish to develop further awareness and reflective skills. It is also suitable for people who are interested in mental health more broadly.
- There is a standard benchmark of a first degree at 2.2 or above in a relevant subject, but non-standard entrants with suitable extensive work experience mental health practice and evidence of recent study will be considered;
- International applications must have an IELTS score of a minimum of 7.0;
- Applicants will normally be practitioners in an area of mental health practice.
This module seeks to give practitioners the opportunity to undertake a period of advanced study on a project which draws upon contemporary issues in mental health law and practice. Students have the opportunity to negotiate and agree the precise focus of a project through developing a learning plan and tutorial support with a project supervisor (and where appropriate employer). Through engagement with a contemporary issue in mental health law and practice, and support of the project supervisor, the student will produce an assessable piece of work that is directly relevant to professional practice of self or others. The product for assessment may include (but is not limited to) an essay, training materials, written article or a presentation.
The highlight of this module is the individualised nature of the learning and assessment experience. The focus of the module will be current challenges in practice relating to mental health and law. The module enables practitioners (and where appropriate employers) to select the subject of learning and negotiate the assessment to ensure that the learning experience is directly relevant and of value to their individual specialist area of practice or the practice of others. Students will be supported on this individual journey to produce new insights to inform practice.
The module encourages blended learning and where relevant students can utilise direct teaching, workshop events, independent study, E-learning, direct practice experience and in-house training to acquire learning.
The topic of study may include any contemporary issue, examples include (but are not limited to):
- High profile mental health inquiries;
- AMHP or BIA specific challenges in practice;
- Application of case law;
- Proposed and new legislation and policy;
- Organisational change;
- An aspect of service provision;
- Service user and carer perspectives;
- Diverse communities
Learning Environment & Assessment:
Through the engagement with a contemporary issue in mental health law and practice, students are required to produce an assessable reflective piece of work that is directly relevant to professional practice of self or others. The product for assessment may include (but is not limited to) an essay, training materials, written article or a presentation. The precise nature of the reflective assessment will be negotiated with a project supervisor to ensure it meets the learning outcomes.
Project proposal and project
Learning outcome & aims
On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
- Plan an advanced study based on a topic of particular interest to them
- Provide a clear rationale for the subject chosen
- Draw conclusions in relation to the impact on practice and/or career development.
- Critically explore the complexity of relevant and contemporary issues of practice in their chosen topic of interest
- Critically evaluate and show a comprehensive understanding of research as it applies to their topic of interest.
Industry links & professional accreditation
The School of Social Work Care and Community has worked closely with some of the key local statutory and independent employers in the development of this module. The learning from this module can be used to requirements for continuing professional development and continuing education.
Work experience and international opportunities
At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.
The UCLan 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.
UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.
On successful completion of this module students can continue their professional development studies by undertaking other modules to gain a Postgraduate Certificate. We offer further progression with MA awards. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit the Centre for CPD
This module can be completed towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice and Mental Health Law.
Fees & Funding
You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE
Non-standard part-time fees: £725 per 20 credit module 2018/19 or 2019/20
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.
How to Apply
Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.
Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.
Should you have any further questions about the module or application process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361