Enhanced Assessment in Mental Health, Short Course

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 3 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #301 (WUR) ,
Explore the complexities of assessment strategies and techniques relevant to your specialism. Learn to critically appraise the application of theoretical principles, and enhance your clinical reasoning. 


You'll be able to adapt your study to suit your own practice and learning needs, incorporating local policies, guidance and directives.

Our short course explores why assessment is essential for effective mental health practice and how to embed values-based assessment into your routine work.

Contemporary policy and guidelines, from the Department of Health to the World Health Organization, suggest that service users and carers should actively participate in the assessment of their needs, in order to inform their inclusion and participation.

You'll will examine and discuss the complexities of a variety of assessment strategies and techniques relevant to your specialism. You’ll critically appraise the practical application of a range of theoretical principles, enabling you to enhance your clinical reasoning.


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Distance learning, online for 12 weeks

    Week commencing Monday 25 September 2017 or
    Week commencing Monday 29 January 2018
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 3 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

One of the features of the course is that you’ll be able to adapt the focus of your study to suit both your own practice and learning needs. To do this, with the dedicated support of your personal tutor, you'll develop your assignment by firstly considering the principles of assessment, then developing your ideas about risk assessment before moving onto a case study from your own practice and concluding with how you will apply your new learning. We'll encourage you to use your own local policies, guidance and directives – as well as national ones – to support your study.

Assessment is by a 6,000-word patchwork text. You’ll work on this throughout the course, so there's no essay to write at the end.

You’ll be studying by distance learning, so there aren't any set study dates and you won’t need to come onto our campuses. However, you are expected to set aside at least one day each week for study, and to follow the module structure rigorously. You can do this from anywhere with an internet connection.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

To join this course, you must:

  • demonstrate 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 through a related diploma and professional qualification, eg Dip HE Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • be working in, or have an interest in, contemporary mental health practice.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    2312 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2312 GBP per year and a duration of 3 months.
  • National Applies to you

    2312 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2312 GBP per year and a duration of 3 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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