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On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance advises:

  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to college when they no longer have a high temperature, and are well enough to attend.
  • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, we will no longer be able to order test kits .


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Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health Level 3 | Certificate in Understanding Mental Health

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Entry Requirements

Please note you may only enrol on one course at a time, however you may enrol on additional courses upon completion of your current course.

  • Advanced Learner Loans are available
  • This course is FREE if you qualify to be funded by the National Skills Fund
    To qualify for funding
  • You must be aged 19 years or over as of 31/08/2021
  • You must have lived in the EU for the last three years
  • You must currently reside in England
  • You must not already have achieved a level 3 or higher qualification in any subject
  • You must not hold two or more A Levels
  • If you earn below £18,525 you may qualify to be funded even if you already hold a Level 3 qualification or higher or 2 or more A Levels.
  • You will be contacted to discuss your funding options following your enrolment.

This is a Level 3 qualification and a reasonable level of English is beneficial to completing. The typical duration of this course is 20 weeks and self-commitment should be made to allow yourself time to provide detailed responses to the assignments. We recommend spending a minimum of 4 hours per week on this course.

This mental health course 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.

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.

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

Unit 3: 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

Benefits of completing this course. You will:

  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Improve your skills to help create a long-standing career pathway in your chosen industry
  • Choose when and where to study, as courses are delivered as distance learning
  • Have the support you need to succeed, as personal tutors are assigned to you.

How will I learn?

You will study via an online platform or if preferred you can have paper booklets to research and to submit your answers.

Additional Information

With you every step of the way!

  • Get more from your online courses, let us help you succeed with bespoke packages led by our dedicated online support team
  • Occupational specialists and tutors just a click away to support you
  • Access to a free online community for those suffering with adverse mental health, 24 hours a day
  • Enjoy incredible discounts while you study with your NUS/Totum student card
  • New to online learning? Require additional support? Let us help you with each step you take.

Department Contact

For more information about this course please email [email protected].

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Dates and Enrolment for this course

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Availability Online courses gives you the flexibility to learn from the comfort of your own home. Learners will be provided with comprehensive online learning materials which will be available via the chosen online learning platform. Access to this platform will be sent via email once your enrolment has been accepted.

The cost of this course is £450.00 which will need to be paid during your enrolment


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Course fees explained

The course fee can usually be broken down to three components which are Materials (resources required to study the course, for example stationery, books and other equipment), Tuition (teaching, classroom etc) and Exams. Depending on age, financial circumstances and a number of other factors you could be asked to pay the full fee or just elements of it. Usually Learners under 19s studying Full-Time courses have just Material fee costs to pay, over 19s on Full-Time or Part-Time courses usually have materials, exams and tuition fees to pay. Find out more about Understanding Fees

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