Psychological Well Being Practitioner Apprenticeship

Certificate

This Level 6 programme qualifies you to support individuals dealing with mental health challenges such as anxiety disorders and depression. 

Course type
Work-based degree
Entry requirements
Duration

15 months 

Start date

Course overview

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Apprenticeship provides the knowledge and professional skills for you to support people with common mental health problems.
 
The programme allows you to develop an understanding of patients’ needs in mental health assessments, engaging methods for involving patients, setting clear boundaries between practitioner and patients, explaining mental health conditions and their connection with physical health, exploring behaviour change theories and applying techniques for positive behavioural changes.

Why choose Aston University?

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Gold standard teaching
Aston University was awarded Triple Gold - the highest possible rating for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2023)
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Accredited by the British Psychological Society
The partnership-based accreditation guarantees that Aston University complies with quality standards in education and training
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Work-based learning
The programme is taught through work-based learning that relates directly to the apprentice’s role
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A comprehensive support structure
Apprentices are supported by a professional skills coach, an academic, and a professional supervisor

Course description

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Apprenticeship

Practitioners deliver the service from various locations like GP surgeries, community healthcare settings, and other community-based venues, such as job centres.

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What will we provide 
We will provide you with mentorship and guidance from experienced professionals, enhancing their practical knowledge. 

By successfully completing this programme, we will award you with:
•    A certificate in Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner 
•    An apprenticeship certificate
 

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What will you provide
As an apprentice, you will be required to balance academic work, full-time employment, and on-the-job training. You will be expected to engage with teaching materials, online lectures, and in-person sessions. You will need to submit coursework and other assessments in a timely manner. 

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What skills will we teach
Throughout the apprenticeship, you’ll cultivate a diverse range of skills including effective communication skills to work with people from a diverse range of backgrounds, adept listening, note-taking for sensitive responsiveness to patient needs, and clinical management, involving liaison and decision-making competencies in patient support delivery. 

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Career prospects 
This apprenticeship paves the way for you to become a qualified psychological wellbeing practitioner. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with a wider psychological therapies team, including psychologists, therapists, counsellors, employment specialists, community nurses and administrative staff.  You’ll be responsible for managing a high-volume caseload of individuals with common mental health problems, utilising clinical skills, weekly supervision, and appropriate forms of supervision like line management. 
 

How you will learn

Apprenticeships are structured differently compared to a traditional degree. The majority of your time will be dedicated to actively participating in a full-time job whilst studying for your qualification on a part-time basis.
 
The acquisition of skills-based competencies will involve engaging in clinical simulations within small groups. You will be working under close supervision whilst in direct contact with patients and will be provided with feedback from peers and tutor. 

Knowledge will be learnt through a combination of lectures, seminars, discussion groups, guided reading and independent study. Self-directed study will include review of video library and web-based resources with examples of assessment sessions and clinical demonstrations of specific techniques.
 

What you will learn

You will learn a range of duties and skills essential for providing effective mental health support. This includes conducting assessments to identify common mental health problems, such as anxiety disorders and depression, evaluating risk, and making appropriate referrals. You will also deliver NICE recommended treatments, support recovery, and promote social inclusion. Additionally, you will provide guided self-help treatment, offer support for optimising self-management, and educate patients on common medications. 

Facilities

At Aston University, apprentices enjoy full access to all the facilities available to regular students. This inclusive approach ensures that apprentices can take advantage of the university's library, labs, study spaces, cafes and more. By providing equal access to these facilities, Aston University supports apprentices in their educational journey, enabling them to thrive in both academic and practical aspects of their chosen fields.

Course objectives

  1. Deliver a programme of a standard that satisfies the accreditation requirements of the British Psychological Society for eligibility for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. 
  2. To provide learners with knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively support individuals experiencing common mental health problems.  
     

Modules and learning outcomes

For further information about this apprenticeship and the knowledge, skills & behaviours covered, please visit the Institute for Apprenticeships website and for details of the accreditation of the programme, visit the British Psychological Society website. 

Module title Credits 
Engagement and assessment of patients with common mental health problems 20
Evidence-based low intensity treatment for common mental health disorders 20
Values, diversity and context 20
Total 60

Learning outcomes 

  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of concepts of mental health and mental illness, diagnostic category systems in mental health and a range of social, medical and psychological explanatory models
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and competence in recognising patterns of symptoms consistent with diagnostic categories of mental disorders (according to ICD 11) from a patient- centred interview, and by doing so correctly identify the correct primary problem descriptor 
  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and competence in using the COM-B behaviour change model to identify intervention goals and choice of appropriate interventions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and competence in giving evidence-based information about treatment choices and in making shared decisions with patients 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and competence in developing and maintaining a therapeutic alliance with patients during their treatment programme, including dealing with issues and events that threaten the alliance 
  • Demonstrate competence in planning a collaborative low-intensity psychological treatment programme for common mental health problems, including appropriate frequency of contacts, managing the ending of contact and development of relapse prevention strategies 
  • Demonstrate competence in delivering low-intensity interventions using a range of methods including one-to-one treatment (in person, via video consultation, via telephone, interactive text or computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (cCBT)) and guided self-help groups (in person and via video) 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and competence in, responding to people's needs sensitively with regard to all aspects of diversity, including working with older people, the use of interpretation services and taking into account any cognitive, physical, or sensory difficulties patients may experience in accessing services
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of the power issues in professional-patient relationships
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the PWP’s own level of competence and boundaries of competence and role, and an understanding of how to work within a team and with other agencies with additional specific roles which cannot be fulfilled by the PWP alone. 

 

Entry requirements

Three A Levels (or equivalent) 

At least a Grade 4 or C GSCE Maths and English or Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English 

You will also need to meet the government's eligibility criteria:
• Have been a UK/EU/EAA resident for the past three years or more prior to starting the course 
• Have left full time education when the apprenticeship you are applying for is due to start 
• Be aged at least 16 years old to meet government funding criteria. 

You will need clinical experience in the field of mental health, working with people experiencing common mental health issues, which can be a minimum of either: 
Twelve months direct clinical experience in a one-to-one or group setting OR 2 years part-time voluntary experience with an established charity (for example, Mind or Samaritans) who will provide you with direct clinical experiences. 
 

Course fees

You will not have to pay tuition fees as the costs are met by the UK government and your employer*. In addition to your fees being paid, you will also earn a salary while you study, so there is no need to apply for Student Finance.
The funding band for this Degree Apprenticeship is £7000. This is the full cost of your apprenticeship which will be paid for using your employer's apprenticeship levy.

*Employers may require students to pay the fees for resits.
 

Assessment

The programme will be assessed through a portfolio of clinical assessments, a written exam and reflective essay. These methods of assessment enable a competency-based assessment of clinical skills, critical evaluation of the evidence base for low-intensity psychological therapies for common mental health disorders, and reflective skills required as a psychological wellbeing practitioner.

Clinical assessment is pass/fail with zero weighting, and successful completion is mandatory to proceed. Assessments will include standardised role-play scenarios where trainees are required to demonstrate skills in undertaking problem focused assessments with patients. 

End point assessment

Individual coaching sessions will guide trainees through preparation for the End Point Assessment.  Apprentices will have specialist sessions as part of their work based learning activity, they will have placement activity, and independent activity to prepare their learning from modules 1-3, with support from the coach and their personal tutor.

Career prospects

This apprenticeship paves the way for you to become a qualified psychological wellbeing practitioner. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with a wider psychological therapies team, including psychologists, therapists, counsellors, employment specialists, community nurses and administrative staff.  You’ll be responsible for managing a high-volume caseload of individuals with common mental health problems, utilising clinical skills, weekly supervision, and appropriate forms of supervision like line management. 

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