Overview top

This part time qualification is designed to increase learners’ knowledge and understanding of mental health and mental well-being.  It focuses on the study of mental health and mental well-being to support different occupational areas and offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge and understanding.

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.

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

• Unit 01 Understanding the context of mental health and wellbeing
• Unit 02 Promotion of mental health and wellbeing
• Unit 03 Mental health problems: associated issues and consequences
• Unit 04 Understanding mental ill health
• Unit 05 Working in mental health.

Entry Requirements top

Learners must be 19+.  There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification, however, learners may find it helpful if they have already achieved a Level 2 mental health qualification, or qualifications in healthcare or social care contexts.

Assessment top

To achieve the Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health, learners must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all learning outcomes of the units as detailed in the qualification specification. The course is assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include a portfolio of evidence including written assignments and professional discussions.

Professional Opportunities top

Successful completion of the required units will allow the learner to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of mental health.  It will support learner progression into relevant employment within the health and social care sector. Opportunities may include; mental health support worker in community and primary care environments, mental health care assistant in residential settings or supported living, and healthcare assistants in acute health environments.