Contemporary Perspectives in Intellectual Disability, Mental Disorder and Forensic Practice PgCert

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Approaches to Forensic Intellectual Disability PgCert


The Approaches to Forensic Intellectual Disability PgCert course is aimed at nurses, social workers and associated health practitioners, members of the Criminal Justice System working with vulnerable adults, such as the police, prison and probation officers and those with an interest in enhancing their knowledge and skills in this area.


This exciting programme, the first in the UK, intends to develop the knowledge and skills of professionals already working in this area, or who have a specific interest in the field of mental health and the care of people with intellectual disabilities who have offended, or  may be at risk of offending.

By choosing to study at Coventry you will get the opportunity to:

  • Enhance the quality and standard of treatment and care delivered to a vulnerable sector of the population,
  • influence the ‘offender pathway’ within you own field of practice,
  • develop into an enquiring and reflective worker,
  • expand the professional boundaries of your work/practice as a result of increased theoretical knowledge and inter-professional thinking,
  • adopt a pro-active approach to continuing professional development,
  • respond to the changing demands of health and social care practice.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences is able to offer expert teaching staff in the areas of intellectual disability, mental health, criminology and forensic investigative science. The Faculty has a track record of delivering excellent e-learning. We have extensive links with practice partners and key experts in the field to benefit your learning in this area.


The Faculty has a track record of delivering excellent e-learning. We have extensive links with practice partners and key experts in the field to benefit your learning in this area.

Three core modules

  1. contemporary definitions and principles of practice current interpretations of intellectual disability and associated mental health issues will be considered. Opportunities to examine different frameworks and service responses in working with this population;
  2. law and ethics and intellectual disability A current awareness of the changing legislation relating to people with intellectual disabilities. The legal system will be covered encompassing the unique ethical issues relating to this population;
  3. forensic issues in intellectual disability and mental health drawing on student's own experience and interest, specific approaches to working with this vulnerable population will be analysed, covering the main psychiatric disorders affecting this population.

Entry Requirements

  • Hold a relevant professional qualification, such as Learning Disability Nurse, Mental Health Nursing (diploma or degree), Social Work or Allied Health Professional,
  • currently working with/coming into regular contact with people with intellectual disabilities who have forensic needs, for example employed within an 'in patient facility' such as St Andrews, a Regional Secure Unit, community team, social work team, probationary service, police constabulary, CJS,
  • have neither 1 or 3 but from personal statement can demonstrate an understanding and career aspiration for helping this population (refer to course director for advice).

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must also be able to demonstrate IETLS 6.5.


To find out more about how to apply, click on the Apply For This Course button above.

Please note: this course runs as a standalone Postgraduate Certificate qualification.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Undertaking this post graduate qualification can greatly boost the careers of those working in this specific and specialised area. If you are looking to progress your career in this area a recognised post graduate qualification is essential what ever sector of practice you are from. Alternatively, raising your knowledge base and skills can open up new opportunities to work alongside this population and make a significant difference to their lives.


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If you click on the Order a Prospectus button above, we will send you a printed Postgraduate Mini Guide. Alternatively you can download this, or the full prospectus, here.

Course code:
  • 1 year part-time

  • Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma

Course type:
  • Part time
  • Online learning

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Health and Social Care Unit

+44 (0) 24 7679 5388 or +44 (0) 24 7679 5958