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Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism

The Skills Network


£450 inc VAT
Or £50.00/mo. for 9 months...
Study method
Distance learning, self-paced
20 weeks
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) not included in price, and must be purchased separately
  • Tutor is available to students
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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With increasing worries around each life stage, whether linked to exam pressure, work expectations, unemployment or financial difficulties, it is not surprising that individuals may struggle to cope with the demands of everyday life. Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. This is why it is more important than ever before to increase our understanding of mental health in order to tackle this growing health concern and challenge the stigma attached to mental ill health.

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.


Unit 1: Understand the role of the mental health care worker

Section 1: Understand the role of reflective practice and how to evaluate and develop own skills and knowledge as part of continual professional development
Section 2: Understand the different roles and responsibilities relevant to those involved in providing mental health care

Unit 2: Understand mental health conditions in context

Section 1: Understand mental health principles
Section 2: Understand legislation in the context of mental health conditions Section 3: Understand how campaigns and strategies can be used to promote mental well-being
Section 4: Understand attitudes towards mental health in society

Living with a mental health condition

Section 1: Understand how living with a mental health condition impacts on individuals
Section 2: Understand how families of individuals with mental health conditions are affected

Unit 4: Mental health conditions and destructive behaviour

Section 1: Why a person with a mental health condition might be vulnerable to suicidal thoughts and self harm, the warning signs and how to support an individual who is contemplating suicide
Section 2: Understand the potential consequences for individuals who engage in self-destructive behaviour
Section 3: Understand why an individual with a mental health condition might engage in criminal activity and how the criminal justice system may impact on and protect those with mental health conditions
Section 4: Know how to support someone with a mental health condition who displays self-destructive behaviour

Unit 5: Understanding treatment of mental health conditions.

Section 1: Understand the role of diagnosis and planning in the recovery process for individuals with a mental health condition
Section 2: Know a range of treatments available for individuals with mental health conditions

The benefits of this course include:

  • Learn from your own home, in your own time
  • Work saves automatically to ensure it's never lost
  • Access to award-winning learning and assessment materials
  • One to one Tutor support available 7 days a week via phone, email or online
  • Your own designated Learner Support Advisor to help you throughout the course
  • Boost your earning potential
  • 0% interest flexible direct debit plans with no credit checks needed
  • Achieve a nationally recognised level 3 qualification
  • Gain a qualification that is sought after by employers
  • Perfect for school and college leavers looking to develop a career path
  • Perfect for short-term opportunities as well as long-term
  • Advanced Learner Loan available with this course - Register your interest to find out more

Career path

This qualification could assist you in gaining the following employment opportunities and potential salaries:

Senior Clinical Support Role – up to £18,000

Senior Healthcare Assistant – up to £20,814

Mental Health Support Worker – up to £26,674

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.