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About the course

The mental health crisis is becoming increasingly prevalent in the UK, with 1 in 4 adults experiencing a mental health problem every year.


The Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health is designed to provide a greater awareness of mental health issues and the importance of mental well-being.


Learners will build a knowledge base that can be used in a variety of occupational roles, gaining an understanding of the skills needed to work in mental health services, the importance of addressing mental health problems, and how legislation and publicity are changing attitudes towards those seeking treatment.

Entry requirements

You must meet the following eligibility criteria in order to access this course:


Age: You must be at least 19 years of age by 1 August 2020 and do not have a Level 3 qualification (Equivalent to A levels / Technical certificate or Diploma)


Nationality: You must have lived within the EU for at least the last 3 years.


Level:  You must undertake a maths and English skills checker to ensure the course is the right level for you.


Apprenticeships: Please contact us for the funding rules regarding apprentices


All students will be required to attend an initial online induction session via zoom.  At the start of the course and you will be allocated a designated tutor who will support you through your qualification.


All leaners will be required to complete an electronic application form & student declaration



NCFE Cache Level 3 Certificate

What you'll learn (core modules)

Unit 1: Understanding the Context of Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • ·       Understand the range of current legislation that applies to mental health and how it has changed over time
  • ·       Understand the range of attitudes and perceptions of mental ill-health
  • Understand the current pattern and range of services for mental health problems and how these have evolved


Unit 2: Promotion of Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Understand mental health and wellbeing in the different stages of life
  • Understand how to support mental health and wellbeing

Unit 3: Mental Health Problems – Associated Issues and Consequences

  • ·       Understand how mental health problems have social consequences for the individual, their family and society as a whole
  • ·       Understand the use/misuse of substances and alcohol in the context of mental health problems (dual diagnosis)
  • ·       Understand mental health problems in the context of offending and the criminal justice system
  • ·       Understand suicide and the prevention of suicide
  • ·       Understand self-harm

Unit 4: Understanding Mental Ill-Health

  • ·       Understand a range of mental health conditions
  • ·       Understand the treatments and interventions available for a range of mental health problems
  • ·       Understand care planning in mental health services


Unit 5: Working in Mental Health

  • ·       Know how to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for working in mental health services
  • ·       Understand the roles and responsibilities of a care or support worker working in mental health
  • ·       Understand the roles of other professionals providing mental health services
  • ·       Understand how to use reflection in the development of skills, knowledge and practice


How will I be assessed?

This qualification is assessed via an internally assessed portfolio of evidence which is submitted to your tutor using the online portal.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

All learning is completed online at a time that suits you without the need to attend college.  From March 2020 until further notice these inductions will be held on line via Zoom. Full details will be provided once you have you completed the enrolment process.

Where will this course take me?

Upon completion of this course, you will have the knowledge and skills to start a career working in the mental health sector or to go on to further studies in counselling, mental health nursing or psychology.

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