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NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health

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The NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health (RQF qualification code: 601/8968/X) has been designed to help you build a knowledge base that can be used in a variety of health and social care career pathways. This is the course for you if you want to have a greater awareness of mental health issues and explore the importance of mental wellbeing.

This online mental health course will not only help you understand the importance of addressing mental health problems and how legislation and publicity are changing attitudes towards those seeking treatment, but will also equip you with the skills to work in mental health services.

A range of topics will be introduced through several study units about mental health services and improvements that have been made over the last 50 years. Through these, you will discover how the media influences perceptions of people with mental health issues and the ways in which inclusion and community support can make a difference.

Through this mental health course, you will study the effects of substance misuse on mental wellbeing and how mental health issues relate to the criminal justice system, as well as how an individual’s needs can change over their lifetime and the effects it will pose on family and society.

Further units will cover self-harm, suicide prevention and reflect upon a selection of mental health conditions.

How does the course work?

Studying this Understanding Mental Health Level 3 qualification will allow you to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of mental health and progress into relevant employment within health and social care, as a result. What’s more, as this course will be completed through distance learning, you can achieve all this from the comfort of your own home.

You will benefit from full tutor support via phone, email and through our online learning platform, where you can also enjoy sharing ideas with your fellow students. With no pressure of deadlines or rigid schedules, you can focus on your work and enjoy your learning experience.

Since you will be learning individually from home, you will be responsible for your study schedule and therefore have the freedom to fit education around your home and work life. The number of study hours you will need to complete this course depend on how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how quickly you progress through the course.

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Unit 1: Understanding the context of mental health and wellbeing

On completion of this unit you will:

  • 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

On completion of this unit you will:

  • 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

On completion of this unit you will:

  • 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

On completion of this unit you will:

  • 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

On completion of this unit you will:

  • 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
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There are no entry requirements needed to enrol on this understanding mental health course, however, learners might benefit from achieving a Level 2 qualification in mental health or health and social care.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is 211 hrs.

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Your work will be assessed at the end of each unit. The assignments will then be used to create a portfolio of evidence. You will also gain feedback and grades provided by your personal tutor, that will help you progress through the course. 

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After successfully completing this course, you will gain the NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health qualification (RQF qualification code: 601/8968/X).

NCFE is a national Awarding Organisation, passionate about designing, developing and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards. These qualifications contribute to the success of millions of learners at all levels, bringing them closer to fulfilling their personal goals. Last year alone, over 340,000 learners from over 2,000 colleges, schools and training organisations chose NCFE as the Awarding Organisation to help them move their careers forward.

NCFE is a registered educational charity and has a strong heritage in learning, going back over 150 years. With a buzz that sets it apart, NCFE is proud to be recognised for its exceptional customer service and friendly approach. We're a values based company and our values are at the heart of everything we do.

NCFE’s extensive product catalogue includes a wide range of general and vocationally related qualifications in a variety of subject areas, as well as Competence Based qualifications/NVQs, and Functional Skills qualifications.

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA Regulation) in Northern Ireland.

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Developing your career

Once you have finished your NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health, you will have gained abilities and skills that employers desire, such as working independently, solving problems and meeting targets – as well as the subject knowledge you’ll need to excel in any mental health-focused role.

Therefore, you could pursue a career in social care, healthcare or psychiatry. However, if you don’t want to get started in such a career straight away, you could take your learning further and apply for a related undergraduate degree programme at university. The skills you will gain via online study are just as applicable to higher education environments than they are to the world of work.

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