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Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health

Part Time

Course Overview

This qualification will enable you to develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of mental health and well-being. It will equip learners with the skills needed to work in mental health services, making it ideal for those who want to progress in the health and social care sector.

This qualification aims to increase your knowledge of mental health and mental wellbeing. The qualification will help you 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 the mental health service. 

Course Content

This course consists of the following 5 units, all of which need to be achieved to complete the full qualification:

  • Unit 1: Understand the role of the mental health care worker
  • Unit 2: Understand mental health conditions in context
  • Unit 3: Living with a mental health condition
  • Unit 4: Mental health conditions and destructive behaviour
  • Unit 5: Understanding treatment of mental health conditions

Entry Requirement

You don’t need to have any specific prior learning requirements to take this course, but you may find it helpful if you’ve already achieved a Level 2 qualification within Mental Health or within the Health and Social Care area.

In order to complete this distance learning course at no charge you will need to match the following entry criteria:

  • You do not already hold a Level 3 or above qualification or equivalent*
  • Are a resident of the EEU (European Economic Area) and have been for at least 3 years
  • Will be undertaking your learning within England
  • Are aged 19 or above
  • If you are 19-23 year old's you must have already achieved a level 2 qualification or equivalent
  • You will need to have a good standard of English and Math

*From 1st April 22 - 
  • Learners with level 3 or higher qualifications are eligible to enrol onto a Level 3 National Skills Funded Course if they are employed and have an individual income of less than £17, 364.50. 
  • Or, if they are unemployed and are in receipt of Universal Credit or Job Seekers Allowance.


  • Studying via Distance Learning means you can choose when and where you study.  
  • We recommended allowing a minimum of 4 to 5 hours per week to study this course in your own time.
  • You will be given submission dates for each unit to help you stay on track and complete within the allocated timeframe.  
  • This course is available via: 

    • Online assessments with online learning materials

Where does this course lead to

This qualification allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of mental health and mental wellbeing to support individuals with mental health problems. 

 Achievement of this qualification will help support progression into a variety of job roles and occupational areas within health and social care, or roles in other sectors which support people with mental health problems. 

How to Enrol

To find out more information please email distance.learning@bcot.ac.uk quoting the course reference, or to enrol now click the button below and complete an application.


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Course Outline

Course Code: MDFL116
Study Mode: Part Time
Duration: 40 Weeks
Start Date: Anytime
Day & Time: Flexible Learning
Learner Loan L3AO
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