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TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health Care

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12 months
Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health Care (QCF)
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Working in mental health is a very rewarding and interesting career. With the TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Working in Mental Health, students will have a fully recognised course that provides a fantastic base for a care helping individuals with complex needs.


Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health Care (QCF)

Regulated by Ofqual

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This Level 2 QCF course in Understanding Working in Mental Health is the perfect qualification to launch a career in mental health care. With a fully recognised QCF qualification, mental health workers will have the understanding and knowledge to work with individuals that have complex mental issues and support them in implementing carefully crafted treatment packages.

Study time: 120 hours

Enrolment length: 12 months

Course format: Paper based pack

Assignments: 9 written tasks

Entry requirements: None specific

Unit 1

In this unit of the course we will cover mental health in general and the key components of mental well-being. The many risk factors to mental stability will be explored and the effects of mental health problems will be outlined.

Unit 2

We will now move on to looking at mental disorders and how these are classified. We will look at many different terms that are used when diagnosing mental problems and the key symptoms of each.

Unit 3

Throughout this third unit of your course we will look at duty of care and how to approach dilemmas in health and social care. Knowing how to resolve dilemmas and being able to respond to these appropriately is very important when working in mental health.

Unit 4

Working to a standard that encourages everyone around you to develop their full potential is required when in any social care setting. Everyone should be encouraged to participate and this is the only way to provide care for people to the best possible standards. In this unit we will look at equality, diversity and inclusion as well as legislation that is associated to promoting diversity.

Unit 5

Knowing the standards when working in health and social care is essential so that key principles can be worked towards. In this part of the course we will look into working with individuals and taking into account their various needs to provide the best possible care.

Unit 6

In this unit we will cover the different models of mental health care that can be utilised when working with individuals. We will also look into ways of working with a variety of agencies and the manner in which this should be done to ensure maximum effect and care for the service user.

Unit 7

Understanding mental well-being and how to support people in making change will be covered in this part of the course. Being able to work with people to become independent is a key part of working in mental health so we will look at methods of providing support whilst promoting self-reliance in service users.

Unit 8

When working in mental health it is very important to understand the various groups, both locally and nationally, that can support individuals in making a change. In this unit we will look at these different groups and cover areas including housing, financial and life skills support that is available for individuals with mental health problems.

Unit 9

In this final unit of the course we will look at treatments that are available for people with mental health problems as well as treatment packages. This will require us to draw upon some of the knowledge we have learnt previously and understanding ways to provide ongoing support to services users.

Who is this course for?

Anyone looking to work in mental health as a mental health nurse, psychiatric nurse or counsellor.


There are no entry requirements for this course.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At 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, 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.