​You are required to submit an essay in support of your application and should be written to a standard which is commensurate with the level of study being undertaken. This includes relevance to the topic, format, spelling, grammar, and clear articulation of thoughts and ideas. Essay requirements and marking criteria are set out below for each qualification. Your essay, along with other completed essential documentation, should be submitted as described in the 'Application Requirements' section of the webpage.

The course being studied should relate to your current role or role being sought. Applicants in other roles must be able to provide evidence of requiring the clinical expertise.

Essay requirements and marking criteria

Graduate Certificate - AMHS

Examine how the qualification will benefit your mental health nursing practice and enhance your longer term goals. Illustrate how these will improve the care of the consumer.

Length: 300 words

Marking criteria 

  • Provides introduction to essay and outlines issues: 10
  • Identifies ways the qualification improves knowledge and technical skills: 35
  • Illustrates how patient care is improved: 35
  • Provides links to relevant research, reports and policies/guidelines: 10
  • Academic writing style reflects level of course being undertaken, spelling, grammar: 10

Graduate Diploma - Clinical Studies

Examine how the qualification will enhance your theoretical and technical knowledge and skills. Illustrate how this will ensure that the consumer is central and actively involved in decisions regarding care.

Length: 400 words

Marking criteria

  • Provides introduction to essay: 10
  • Identifies ways the qualification improves knowledge and technical skills: 35
  • Illustrates how consumer care is improved through active engagement: 35
  • Provides links to relevant research reports and policies/guidelines: 10
  • Academic writing style reflects level of course being undertaken, spelling, grammar: 10

Masters - Clinical Studies

A Masters degree will provide the applicant with a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a professional area of practice. It will provide cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice.

Q. Identify an emerging issue within mental health and its impact on clinical practice. Using a solution focussed approach, describe opportunities available to attend to the issue and how to support the solution/s within mental health nursing practice.

Length: 500 words

Marking criteria

  • Provides introduction to essay and identifies contemporary issue: 15
  • Identifies a solution focussed approach to issue: 15
  • Illustrates why solution is appropriate and how the solution may be supported at a local and service level: 35
  • Provides links to relevant research reports and polices/guidelines: 10
  • Academic writing style reflects level of course being undertaken, spelling, grammar: 25
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