Course overview

Certificate in Understanding Mental Health City of Bristol College

This course focuses on the study of mental health and mental well-being to support different occupational areas incorporating a key core of knowledge and understanding.

The objectives of this qualification are to understand:

  • Mental health legislation, services and public attitudes and how these have evolved
  • How to support mental wellbeing 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

If you’re aged 19+ and this will be your first Level 3 course, it could be free for you under the government’s National Skills Fund (NSF) scheme. Get in touch to find out more.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This qualification is for learners who want to broaden their knowledge of mental health and wellbeing, and develop in-depth understanding of the subject. It will support progression into relevant employment within the health and social care sector.

What you'll learn

The course consists of 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

Course entry requirements

To join this course, you will need to have completed a Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness, completed a similar Level 2 course such as counselling or support work, or have work experience in a relevant sector.

Have a Level 2 in English (written and oral) or GCSE English at grade 4 (C) or above.

On this course, you will learn skills and theories which will reflect upon your own life. The work can feel personal and revealing so we look for someone who is reasonably emotionally robust.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of different assessment methods creating a portfolio of evidence.

Future career and study opportunities

After completing this Level 3 programme, students can take their learning into employment or progress to studying counselling or similar at a higher level.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery.

Many courses offer learning opportunities that you may need to pay for. This may include things like study visits and visiting speakers. We will let you know in advance if there will be additional costs.

If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

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