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Mental Health & Psychiatry (Level 3) Course

  • Price
    £329 Was £411.25
    Offer ends 29/02/2016 Save 20%
  • Course type Distance learning course
  • Duration 100 Hours, Part-time
  • Qualification Mental Health & Psychiatry (Level 3)
  • Awarded by NCFE
  • i Tutor is available to students.


A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain a Mental Health and Psychiatry award. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning Mental Health and Psychiatry is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for an exam or career through home study. What's more, because the distance learning Level 3 Mental Health and Psychiatry course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

This Mental Health and Psychiatry course is designed for anyone with an interest in Mental Health; particularly those who wish to become counsellors, therapists, social workers or find employment in other similar roles. It covers the main conditions which many people currently receiving counselling / psychiatric treatment are diagnosed with. This includes their causes, symptoms, the diagnostic criteria used by health professionals and the treatment approaches designed for these conditions.

The course also provides students with an understanding of the Mental Health system, the wide range of roles within it and important legislation in place relating to Mental Health, such as the Mental Capacity Act. Such legislation is clearly explained in easily understandable terms.

Students are further provided with guidelines on the standards they should aim to achieve when working with clients; in particular ensuring that they understand the importance of listening to their clients and validating their feelings. The course encourages students to form their own opinions using factual evidence to support their answers

After studying this course, students will be able to:

  • have an understanding of Mental Health and Psychiatry
  • understand possible causes
  • have knowledge of the different treatments available
  • list sources of help and advice in a range of situations
  • have clear understanding of how to work with complex conditions


How is this course structured?

The Level 3 in Mental Health and Psychiatry course is divided into five comprehensive modules.

Unit 1: Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Classifications

Unit 2: Depression

  • Explanation
  • Diagnosis
  • Who is affected?
  • Causes

Unit 3: Eating disorders

  • Types of eating disorders
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Complications
  • Who is affected?
  • Causes
  • Prevention

Unit 4: Personality Disorders

  • Common misconceptions and generalisations
  • Causes
  • Prognosis

Unit 5: Schizophrenia

  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Causes
  • The Facts
  • Related Conditions
  • Treatments
  • Resources

At the end of this course you’ll be able to:

  • understand depression and what causes it
  • understand personality disorders
  • understand schizophrena and it’s causes

Home Study Tutor Support

You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your Mental Health & Psychiatry course. You will have your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. Plus you can contact our Student Advisors by email or phone for all the practical advice you may need – so we really are with you 100%.

What's more, you'll have access to the online student portal, where you can interact with other students, browse our resource library and manage your account.

Extra Online Support
The tutor has now set up a forum for all of our students studying Mental Health and related courses. This will assist you with your studies as not only will you get full tutor support from a professional tutor for the duration of the course but you will get help from other students who are studying at the same time as you. You will also get an insight to other related courses by talking to students studying them. You can ask questions about your course or theirs, and they will try to help you.

This is a great community for all those students who wish to interact with other students and get friendly advice, ideas and comments. You will be able to interact with students studying the following courses:

  • Understanding Abuse and Trauma
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Understanding Eating Disorders
  • Introduction to Counselling
  • Working with a Diagnosis of Personality Disorder

Your tutor will provide all the details of how to get onto this forum if you decide to order the course.

Course Assessments

The Mental Health and Psychiatry courseis marked through a process of continuous assessment guided by your tutor following NCFE guidelines. This means that your qualification will be awarded according to your performance on assessments rather than by taking an exam.

We send the full course out with the units listed above, you then read through the course in your own time and complete the assignments which you send to your tutor for marking. There is no word count for these assignments. However, one sentence answers will be rejected and you will have to re-submit it for marking.

Upon verification of the activities, exercises and assignments, a certificate of achievement will be awarded by the national awarding organisation NCFE, as confirmation that your written work has met all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the programme.

What's Included? What do I get when I enrol?

Your course fee covers everything you will need to successfully complete the Mental Health and Psychiatry home study course and earn your Level 3 qualification:

1. All textbooks, study folders, and/or online learning aids designed for distance learning
2. A full range of student services, including:

  • Tutor marked assessments (TMAs)
  • Access to the online student portal (Student Chat, Forums and Online Support Resources)
  • NUS Extra Card (discounted membership)
  • Comprehensive Study Guide & Study Plan
  • Guide to Effective Study Techniques
  • How to approach exams without fear

3. An accredited award upon successful course completion directly from the awarding body NCFE
4. One year's educational support by e-mail, post, fax or phone
5. Free postage and packaging for UK mainland students

If your course is being delivered online, please ensure you meet the minimum requirements below.

For Windows: 
Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above

For Macintosh: 
Mac OS X, Mac OS 9.2 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above


The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Mental Health and Psychiatry and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.

Career path

Mental Health Nurse

If you're a good communicator and want to help people with mental health problems, a job in mental health could be perfect for you. Mental health nurses work in hospitals and the community to support people with a range of mental health issues. They aim to build good relationships with clients and their families so that everyone is involved in the therapy process.

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