Mental Health Awareness Level 2 Certificate

Adult Skills & Training

Date (from)



Awarding body


September 2018

E Learning & Distance Learning courses are FREE if learner does not hold a Level 4 or above qualification.



Course introduction

Mental health concerns how we think, feel and behave and mental health problems can affect anyone. In fact, as many as one in four people in the UK will be diagnosed with a mental health issue at some point in their lives. The learning materials for the Certificate in Mental Health Awareness will provide learners with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the various forms of mental distress, including stress, anxiety, phobias, depression, dementia and schizophrenia among others.

Mental distress takes many forms. This qualification aims to broaden learners’ knowledge of mental ill-health and the most commonly diagnosed mental health conditions. Learners will develop an awareness of the signs and symptoms of these conditions and how they may affect people’s day-to-day lives. Learners will also gain an insight into how these conditions can be successfully managed.

The qualification is currently designated as a target-bearing full Level 2 qualification and is mapped to the Skills for Health National Occupational Standards and the knowledge set for dementia from Skills for Care. Consequently, employers can be assured that staff who complete this programme are meeting industry standards.

Course structure

Learning materials comprise of a number of workbooks, which have been produced to suit a wide range of delivery methods. Learners will be provided with all necessary materials to complete the programme and will be required to work through a series of tasks and activities designed to reinforce the learning process and test their knowledge. The learning materials include an assessment that is completed online which allows learners to demonstrate achievement of all learning outcomes associated with each unit. The assessment is available as a printed booklet only on demand.

The Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness comprises four concise module workbooks which combine the following units:

Unit 01: Understanding Mental Health (Credit value: 4)

Unit 02: Understanding Stress (Credit value: 1)

Unit 03: Understanding Anxiety (Credit value: 1)

Unit 04: Understanding Phobias (Credit value: 1)

Unit 05: Understanding Depression (Credit value: 1)

Unit 06: Understanding Post-Natal Depression (Credit value: 1)

Unit 07: Understanding Bipolar Disorder (Credit value: 1)

Unit 08: Understanding Schizophrenia (Credit value: 1)

Unit 09: Understanding Dementia (Credit value: 1)

Unit 10: Understanding Eating Disorders (Credit value: 1)

Minimum entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification. This course is designed for learners aged 16 or over who wish to understand more about mental health and will be highly valuable to people who support those with the condition, in a personal or professional capacity.

How will I be assessed?

Learners are allocated a tutor who will provide feedback online.

What can I do with this qualification?

By undertaking this programme, learners will be able to further their own continuous professional development, which may improve their career prospects, or progress on to further qualifications, such as courses in health and social care or related subjects.

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