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Certificate in Understanding Mental Health

Course Level

Level 3

Start Date

Wed 23 Feb 2022


15 Weeks

Course content

  • The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to understand: • mental health legislation, services and public attitudes and how these have evolved • how to support mental well-being through various stages of life • mental ill health, treatment options available and the potential consequences of mental ill health • the skills required to work in a mental health service.


This course is designed to increase learners’ knowledge and understanding of mental health and mental well-being. Successful completion of the required units will allow the learner to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of mental health. It will also support learner progression into relevant employment within the health and social care sector. This course is free to any learner that does not already have a level 3 qualification.

Course content:

To be awarded the Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health, learners are required to successfully complete 5 units:

• Understanding the context of mental health and wellbeing
• Promotion of mental health and wellbeing
• Mental health problems: associated issues and consequences
• Understanding mental ill health
• Working in mental health.


  • Completion of a related level 2 course.

    This could include counselling level 2; mental health awareness level 2; preparing to work in adult social care level 2

What do I need to do this course?

Pen; paper; folder and dividers. The recommended reading list will be provided at the interview.

Teaching Methods

    • Lectures.
    • Seminars.
    • Tutorials.
    • Workshops.
    • Assignments.
    • Presentations.
    • Independent study.

    Please note that students will be expected to meet deadlines, conduct research and take part in group activities. There will be the opportunity to complete some of the course as distance/ blended learning. This will be discussed at the interview

    How is your progress checked?

    • Regular marked assignments and 1:1 and small group tutorials

    Extra study or practice required at home.

    3-4 hours home study each week

    What can I do after this course?

    Learners will be offered an interview for the Access to Higher Education Diploma leading to university study

    This can also help with progression in employment in health and social care, mental health and welbeing or mentoring

Course details

  • Tutor: TBC
  • Time: 1800 - 2100
  • Provision: 19
  • Term: Spring
  • Location: Chalky Road
  • The fee for this course is £811. Students loan is available, please see details here.


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