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Understanding Mental Health (distance learning) - Level 3 NCFE CACHE Certificate

Course Code:AF1110F

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This course is ideal for those who would like to increase their knowledge and understanding of mental health and well-being. It is an in depth course leading to a Level 3 qualification.

What the course is about

This qualification is designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of mental health and mental well-being. Successful completion of the required units will allow you to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of mental health. It will also support progression into relevant employment within the health and social care sector. This qualification will focus 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 you 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

This is a distance learning qualification course where you will use an e-learning package and complete assessment activity electronically. You will be supported by a tutor who will provide feedback (electronically) on your progress and will suggest other learning activities to help you develop the knowledge and understanding you require to successfully complete the qualification. 

Qualification content This qualification consists of 5 mandatory units and you will study learning material, complete activities, and submit assessment questions for marking, for all of these 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 should not underestimate the time commitment required to complete a distance learning qualification at Level 3. Your tutor will also support you to improve your English skills alongside your learning of your vocational subject. Please note: if you do not successfully complete the course within the required timescale, you will not be able to repeat it at the subsidised fee.

Pre-course information session or interview

There is a minimum entry age of 19 for this qualification. An Application process is applicable to this course. Please read the application page on the website before applying. Once you have read the application page you may go ahead and apply. For term dates please refer to

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

This is a Level 3 assessed course. The online materials have been developed to provide you with the underpinning knowledge you require to complete the qualification. The learning materials are mapped to learning outcomes required by awarding organisations to satisfy the requirements of the qualification. At the beginning of your course, you will be assigned a tutor who will be able to mark your work on-line and give you feedback and suggestions as you progress. Once completed, your work will be marked and internally verified. An external verifier from the awarding body will review your work before you receive your certificate. The visits from external verifiers only take place twice a year so there may be a delay in certification being awarded after you have completed your course. As soon as your certificate is received by Skills & Learning it will be forwarded to you.

  • Awarding body: NCFE CACHE

  • Assignments/Course work: Assessed questions for each learning outcome

  • Examination(s): No set examination

Please note that this qualification must be completed within the deadline set.

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

We have designed this course to support you with working in the care sector. Successful completion of this course will provide skills and knowledge required for job roles working in care and support. It is normally necessary to hold the Level 2 Mental Health Awareness before applying, but applications are welcomed from learners with relevant work experience in this subject who currently hold other qualifications of Level 2 standard or higher. Learners who are aspiring to this qualification but do not have the above qualifications may like to consider applying to do Mental Health Level 1 or Mental Health Awareness Level 2 first. Please contact us for further advice. 

You will need good IT skills and access to a computer, laptop or tablet with regular and reliable internet connection. This can be at home, at work, or in a library. You can check the suitability of this course for a preferred career path or route to employment by looking at various job profiles on the National Careers Service website

There is an expectation that if you enrol on this course, you are willing to commit fully to the period of time involved in this course, the associated home study and the assessed work required, and intend to sit the examination if applicable. You should consider your readiness to commit to study and we have a study support toolbox to help you with this:

English language skills at Level 1 are required. You will be asked to complete an online assessment in English after submitting a course application.

Materials and costs

Resources required to achieve your qualification Essential: Access to a PC, laptop, notebook or tablet with broadband/Wi-Fi.

Desirable: Headphones.

There may be further materials you could obtain to further support your study. You will be guided by your tutor prior to any purchase.

Course Costs For information regarding any funding for this course please refer to the Finance page on our website

Please be aware that once you have submitted the Learning Agreement, you are committed to this programme of study. If you do not start the learning package when advised, or submit work when requested, the cost of the registration fee (£125) will be passed on to you.

Next Step

You may like to consider other Health & Social Care qualifications, such as Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care, or Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities. There are a variety of e-learning courses that can be started at any time of the year. See our website for more details. Other courses may be offered by Skills & Learning or other local providers.

There are a range of courses available to help the development of skills for work. There are a variety of e-learning courses that can be started at any time of the year. See the website for more details. Up to date English and maths Functional Skills and Essential Digital Skills qualifications can help you progress at work or into further or higher education. Skills & Learning work with local employers to offer Sector Based Work Academy Programmes and Apprenticeship training. Your tutor may also be able to discuss the possible next step options with you.

You may like to talk with a Careers Adviser about other courses. General careers advice and guidance can be provided by the National Careers Service . For further information please contact us on 01202 123444.

Additional information

English, maths and computing skills: all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.

Refunds: please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website or in our brochure.

Attendance: before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible.

Places on courses: many of our courses are in high demand. If you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner; you will not be eligible for a refund it it is outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.

Fully funded learners: if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.

Home study: you will be required to do significant study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.

Qualification Levels: there is further information about qualification levels on our website.

Proof of identity: please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.

Off-site activities: with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.

Parking at centres: parking at centres may be limited; please be prepared to use on street parking or pay and display car parks. For information regarding each centre, please visit the venue section of our website

Refreshments: tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website

Unspent Criminal Convictions we require learners to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. Please refer to

If you have any accessibility or disability issues that we need to accommodate or if you think you may need any other support to complete your chosen course, please contact: 01202 123444 or e-mail All enquiries are treated in confidence.

Course Details

Start DateAny




Duration2-6 months

SubjectDistance Learning


Fees and concessions

The total charge for this course is £811. Concessions FREE.

The cost of this course is The total charge for this course is £811. Concessions FREE.. You can study this course:

  • By paying upfront in full
  • For free (Fully funded) under the ‘Free Courses for Jobs’ offer. You may be eligible if you are 19 + at the start of the course and do not already have a full Level 3 or above qualification, or you are unemployed or your earnings are less than £20,319pa.
  • With an Advanced Learner Loan. Learner Loans help you pay for courses, and you don’t need to pay anything back until your income is over £250,000 a year.
  • With an Instalment Plan

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