• Age group19+
  • DurationYou will be required to complete the course within 24 weeks. If you withdraw prior to completing the course or do not complete the course within the required 24 weeks you will be liable to pay a £50 admin fee.
  • Awarding bodyNCFE / CACHE


This qualification will: 

  •  Focus on the study of mental health and mental well-being to support different occupational areas.
    • 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.

Course Information

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01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

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

You will study around your current lifestyle, when it suits you. You should expect to be studying for around 5-10 hours per week.

Entry requirements

The course is delivered and assessed on line; those that apply will need internet access. You will also need to have the skills to be able to complete level 3 written online assignments. The learners have to be 19+ and without a full Level 3 or above as prior attainment.

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 Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health is internally assessed.

Successfully completing a course with us can definitely improve your career prospects as you will have gained a nationally recognised qualification. NCFE is a highly respected organisation with strict standards and requirements, which each course is tailored to. Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to the following other courses with NCFE:

  • Level 3 Award in Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • Level 3 Certificate in Working in the Health Sector

Distance learning courses are free for qualifying learners over the age of 19.

You will need access to a computer or tablet with internet access.

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.


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