The Managing Stress - Level 2 Courseis designed for people who wish to develop a greater understanding of the nature, causes, symptoms and techniques for managing stress, at a personal and workplace level.

Stress is a biological term which refers to the consequences of the failure to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats, whether actual or imagined.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 2 Certificate of Achievement.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the nature of stress
  • Explore people’s responses to stress
  • Develop an understanding of common stress symptoms
  • Explore how people cope with stress
  • Demonstrate stress management techniques
  • Understand the role of relaxation
  • Describe the benefits of nutrition and diet

  • Understand the impact of self-esteem on stress

The home study courses are split into the following 9 Lessons:

  • Unit One –Understanding Stress

The following topics are covered: Defining stress, The causes of stress in terms of three personality types and The effects of stress in relation to physical, emotional and mental behaviour.

  • Unit Two -The Stress Response

The following topics are covered: The concepts of stressor and stress response, The concept of a holistic approach to a stress response and The major components in the activation of the stress response.

  • Unit Three -The Symptoms of Stress

The following topics are covered: The physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms of stress, Stress indicator questionnaires and The physical and emotional warning signs of stress.

  • Unit Four –Understanding the Coping Process

The following topics are covered: Recognise coping responses to stress and Non-responding behaviours.

  • Unit Five -Managing Stress – Skills & Techniques

The following topics are covered: A ten point plan for dealing with stress.

  • Unit Six –Relaxation & Stress

The following topics are covered: A range of relaxation and stress relief measures.

  • Unit Seven –Nutrition & its Role in Managing Stress

The following topics are covered: A range of diet and nutritional behaviours which reduce stress, The links between nutrition and stress, The benefits of exercise in reducing stress and The role of sleep in reducing stress.

  • Unit Eight -Self-Contempt and Self-Esteem (Part 1)

The following topics are covered: The concept of self-esteem, Self-esteem and personal analysis and Composing personal development plan for improving self-esteem.

  • Unit Nine –Self-Contempt and Self-Esteem (Part 2)

The following topics are covered: The importance of motivation in reducing stress, The process of goal-setting and Common effective time management techniques.

Course Duration:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. The home study courses will take approximately 80 hours of study to complete.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Technical Support:

Once you have enrolled, you will have access to your own personal tutor by mail or email. You will receive full tutor support for a 12 month period.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained.

The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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