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Cert/Advanced Cert in Mental Health and Deafness

18 months (one taught day a month plus tutorials and private study)
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Undergraduate

For 2020
Certificate - £1084.50
Advanced Certificate - £1,247.50

The Mental Health and Deafness Certificate is unique; it is the only certificate in mental health and deafness within the country.


Please rest assured that we will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Information for future students and applicants

Please note that this programme is currently closed for 2020 admissions

The Mental Health and Deafness Certificate has been designed to address the training needs of practitioners from three key areas of social and health care practice who work with deaf people with mental health problems - the specialist services and organisations in Mental Health and Deafness; the services and organisations in the generic field of Deafness and the services and organisations in the generic field of mental health.

The Mental Health and Deafness Certificate provides you with the opportunity to develop your expertise in this complex field. People with mental ill-health and deafness have difficulty in accessing appropriate services and this course will help organisations and staff to begin to address this need. 

The (Advanced) Certificate in Mental Health and Deafness is made up of 14 training days at the University of Birmingham. This includes 12 core training units and an Introductory Day, Study and Library Skills session and an Evaluation Day at the end of the programme.

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The 12 core units are divided into 6 (10 Credit) modules as follows:

  • Deaf and Mental Health Awareness
  • The Legal, Policy and Values Framework for Mental Health and Deafness
  • Communication and Assessment in the Context of Mental Health and Deafness
  • Developmental and Psychological Perspectives on Mental Health and Deafness
  • Social Perspectives on Mental Health and Deafness
  • Safeguarding and Care Pathways in Mental Health and Deafness


The fees for 2020 are:

  • Certificate - £1,084.50  
  • Advanced Certificate - £1,247.50 

The first shown are for the first year of study.

For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website.

How To Apply

Each applicant will need to complete either a Certificate in Mental Health & Deafness or Advanced Certificate in Mental Health & Deafness application form dependent on their qualifications and job role. Application forms must be fully completed, including evidence of qualifications, the Personal Statement and employers reference. Completed application forms should be returned to:

Department of Social Policy and Social Work
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Please note that this programme is currently closed for 2020 admission

Certificate Level

No formal academic qualifications are necessary but candidates need a minimum of one year’s employment within mental health or Deaf services. For candidates without A level or BTEC qualifications evidence of their potential for completing the Programme at Certificate level will be assessed via their personal statement completed as part of the application process as well as their employers reference, where applicable.

Advanced Certificate Level

Applicants will need a recognised professional qualification in social work, nursing, occupational therapy, chartered psychology or medicine (academic equivalent of Dip HE or higher). The applicants personal statement and employers reference, where applicable, will also be taken into consideration. Applicants for the Advanced Certificate Level should also have a minimum of one year’s employment within mental health or Deaf services.


No formal academic qualifications are necessary at Certificate level. A Levels and BTECs are useful, but not essential.

At Advanced Certificate level, applicants will need a recognised professional qualification in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, psychology or medicine.

International Students

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

As a Birmingham student you are part of an academic elite and will learn from world-leading experts.  From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner.  We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself. 

Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer group learning (for example preparing and delivering presentations with your classmates).

To begin with you may find this way of working challenging, but rest assured that we’ll enable you to make this transition.  You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues, and a formal transition review during your first year to check on your progress and offer you help for any particular areas where you need support.

Teaching on this course is delivered by both in house and external lecturers. Many of the external lecturers are leading experts in mental health and deafness.

British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters are provided for all lectures. Some of the lectures are delivered in BSL. All lectures are filmed. Films of the lectures are made available to candidates afterwards.

There are six group tutorials provided during the course. Candidates who use BSL will be allocated to a tutor who also uses BSL.

Candidates can choose to submit their assignments in either written English or BSL.

Assessment Methods

Studying at degree-level is likely to be very different from your previous experience of learning and teaching.  You will be expected to think, discuss and engage critically with the subject and find things out for yourself.  We will enable you to make this transition to a new style of learning, and the way that you are assessed during your studies will help you develop the essential skills you need to make a success of your time at Birmingham.

At the beginning of each module, you will be given information on how and when you will be assessed for that particular module. Each module has an assessed task attached to it, largely assignments. You can submit your work in written English or BSL.

During your first year you will undergo a formal ‘transition’ review to see how you are getting on and if there are particular areas where you need support.  This is in addition to the personal tutor who is based in your school or department and can help with any academic issues you encounter.

At the beginning of each module, you’ll be given information on how and when you’ll be assessed for that particular programme of study.  You’ll receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from and build on what you have done.  You’ll be given feedback on any exams that you take; if you should fail an exam we will ensure that particularly detailed feedback is made available to enable you to learn for the future. 

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers and Employability Service can help you achieve your goal. 

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice.  Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you.  Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV’s and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive. 

This course provides students with a unique opportunity to develop their knowledge and experience in mental health and deafness. Course participants come from a range of backgrounds, and bring with them a wealth of experience in either mental health, deafness or both. Past candidates have come from a range of professional backgrounds including: BSL interpreters, counsellors, psychiatrists, social workers, care assistants, residential managers etc. The course provides candidates with the opportunity to develop their confidence and competence in this complex field and to demonstrate this to future employers.

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