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NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems


Health and Social Care

Study Mode

Part time

Start Date



28 weeks


Available at

Course Overview

Whether you’re looking to go into work in childcare, health care or social care, increasing your professional knowledge or simply looking to raise your own awareness of mental health problems, this flexible distance-learning course is designed to suit a broad range of purposes. Thirteen mandatory units provide key information on a range of mental health problems, giving you a foundation of understanding in various mental health illnesses that will support work in the health and care industries.

What will I learn?

You will cover thirteen units across a range of mental health problems. These are as follows: stress, anxiety, phobias, depression, postnatal depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia, eating disorders, Attention deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and an introductory unit on Understanding Mental Health.

This qualification aims to:
• focus on the study of mental health and a range of mental health problems
• offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge

The objectives of this qualification are to:
• raise awareness of mental health and a range of mental health problems
• increase the learners understanding of a range of mental health problems, which could be used to support their role in the workplace or where they may work or interact with individuals with mental health problems.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

This course is delivered purely online with digital content. Upon enrolment Learners are sent login details for our e-assessor system where they will access all course materials including workbooks and questions. Learners will also submit all work via this system which will then be marked by an Assessor and feedback provided.

Due to the nature of these Distance Learning courses, the emphasis is very much on self-directed study.
Learners should be able to take all the information needed to complete the course from the Workbooks but will also receive high level support from their Assessor and the Distance Learning Team.

Each unit will have a set deadline so Learners can plan their study time to fit in with these dates.

Entry Requirements

Learners should be over the age of 19 at the start of the academic year.

Learners need to of been a resident in the UK or EEA/EU for at least three years prior to enrolment.

Must currently reside in England, in a post code outside of London, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, the West Midlands Combined Authority, the Tees Valley Combined Authority, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, the Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland Combined Authority, the Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Additional Costs and Information

The allotted time for completion of this course is four months.

What Could I Do Next?

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to: • Level 2 and 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health • Level 3 Award in Steps Towards Suicide Reduction • Level 3 Award in the Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 • Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory • Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills

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