Health, Science and Social Care Professions

Health and Social Care: Awareness of Mental Health Level 2 Certificate Distance Learning

In Brief

Start Date /

This course has various start dates throughout the year and runs 16 weeks.

Entry requirements

  •  You should be at least 16 years old
  •  You may find it helpful if you’ve already achieved a Level 1 qualification in healthcare, social care, childcare or supporting learning
  •  You do not need to be working or undertaking practical placements to take the Certificate in mental health problems

You will achieve

NCFE/CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health

Course overview

This qualification aims to provide you with an awareness of mental health and a range of health conditions. This qualification aims to broaden your knowledge of mental ill health and the most commonly diagnosed mental health conditions. You will develop an awareness of the signs and symptoms of these conditions and how they may affect people’s day-to-day lives. You will also gain an insight into how these conditions can be successfully managed.

Course content

The course is delivered using a blended learning approach will includes some distance learning, by the use of workbooks and range of on-line assessments.  These are assessed by the tutor throughout the course from induction to completion.
You will study:

  • Understanding mental health in the context of stress, anxiety and depression.
  • Understanding mental health in the context of phobias, eating disorders, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, OCD and post traumatic disorder.
  • Understanding mental health in the context of dementia, postnatal depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

The course comprises of ten mandatory units arranged into four modules:

  • Understanding Mental Health
  • Understanding Stress
  • Understanding Anxiety
  • Understanding Phobias
  • Understanding Depression
  • Understanding Post-Natal Depression
  • Understanding Bipolar Disorder
  • Understanding Schizophrenia
  • Understanding Dementia
  • Understanding Eating Disorders

For the Certificate in Mental Health Awareness you will be assessed using a range of methods; such as a written assignment or a extended discussion task.

You will need pen and paper.

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This qualification does not qualify you to work but it does support your professional development, either in your current or future job roles.
This qualification provides progression to a number of qualifications including: Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care or the Level 3 suite of Dementia Care qualifications. The Dementia Care units are also available as optional units in the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care and the Level 3 Certificate in Dementia Care, meaning credits can be carried over without the need to repeat learning.
Progression to the following job roles may be possible:

  • Care assistants/support workers/ senior support workers / key workers in mental health residential settings
Support workers in community and primary care environments
  • Care assistants/support workers/key workers in domiciliary services

How much does the course cost?

Price on application

Extra information

If the course is listed as full fee payable, you will have to pay for the course.

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Health and Social Care: Awareness of Mental Health Level 2 Certificate Distance Learning

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