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

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 Newcastle. 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.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Cert/Advanced Cert in Mental Health and Deafness

Course Level:

Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Undergraduate





How long it takes:

Undergraduate (18 months (one taught day a month plus tutorials and private study))

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

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

Entry requirements


Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.

See further details of our English Language requirement

USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (per year)




You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

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 Newcastle 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.