Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health


This mental health level 3 qualification aims to provide individuals with a thorough knowledge and understanding of mental health and well-being.

It will equip individuals with the skills needed to provide the required support for individuals living with mental ill health.

This course is ideal for individuals who are interested in mental health, either for their personal life or professional development.

What is the Purpose of this Course?

This qualification aims to raise an individuals understanding of mental health and a range of mental health problems.

They will gain an understanding of prevalent mental health problems and how they can then work with or interact with individuals with them.

It provides the individual with a nationally recognised level 3 qualification.

Course Format

The course is delivered through distance learning either as:

  • Paper-based learning materials with online assessment; or
  • Online-based learning materials with online assessment.

On average the course takes approximately 20 weeks to complete, depending on the individual.

Course Content

The course consists of 05 units:

  • Unit 1: Understanding the context of mental health and well-being:
    • In this unit the individual will gain an understanding of a range of current mental health legislation and how it has evolved over time.
    • They will study the social consequences of mental health problems and explain how professional approaches and practices have changed.
  • Unit 2: Promotion of mental health and well-being:
    • Within this unit the individual will explore the factors that influence mental health and well-being at specific stages of a person’s life, with consideration given to how the effects of adverse childhood experiences and economic, social and personal factors contribute to overall mental health and well-being.
    • They will also study the current government strategy for supporting mental health in society.
  • Unit 3: Mental health problems: associated issues and consequences:
    • In this unit the individual will gain an understanding of the effects of mental health problems, not only for an individual but also for their families and society.
    • The effects of substance and alcohol misuse and links between these and mental health diagnosis is explored, along with the connections between mental health problems and offending.
    • They will also explore the risk factors associated with suicide and self-harm.
    • Individuals will also consider the importance of non-judgemental approaches when dealing with someone who is affected by the associated issues and consequences explored in this unit.
  • Unit 4: Understanding mental ill health:
    • Here the individual will look at a range of mental health conditions including anxiety, eating, mood, personality, sleeping and psychotic disorders, as well as dementia.
    • This unit describes the variety of interventions and treatments available and the effects that these can have.
    • At the end of this unit, the individual will be able to explain the process of producing a person-centred mental health care plan and how the mental health worker can support recovery to those in care.
  • Unit 5: Working in mental health:
    • This final unit addresses the skills, knowledge and attitudes essential to those working in mental health services.
    • The individual will focus on professional standards and codes of practice, and learn how to use reflective practice to identify their own personal development plan – fundamental knowledge for those already working in mental health as well as those looking to work in the sector.
    • This unit also covers the roles of professionals such as occupational therapists, nutritionists, pharmacists, social workers and those offering housing and employment advice, with an emphasis on partnership working to improve outcomes for individuals with mental health problems.


On successful completion of the course, the individual will receive their certificate from the awarding body, TQUK or NCFE CACHE.

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