The Mental Health Awareness (RQF) – Level 2 Course is designed to be studied by a broad spectrum of health care workers who would benefit from a greater understanding of Mental Health Awareness issues. It is equally suitable for the personal development of experienced health care workers or for those new to the industry.

The course includes topics son such issues as understanding mental health, stress, phobias, anxiety, eating disorders, post-natal depression and schizophrenia and will lead to a fully recognised RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) qualification in this subject. These are nationally recognised qualifications that are superseding the old NVQ framework qualifications.

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a Level 2 RQF Certificate Qualification with 13 credits.

The Course covers the following Units:-

  • Unit 1 - Understanding Mental Health

Learning Outcomes: Know what is meant by mental health and mental ill-health; Understand the impact of mental health care becoming more community based; Understand the social context of mental illness; and Understand the legal context of mental illness.

  • Unit 2 - Understanding Stress

Learning Outcomes: Understand the term ‘stress'; Understand possible causes of ‘stress'; Understand what stress feels like and how it can affect an individual; Understand how the demands of daily life can contribute to feelings of stress.; and Understand how stress may be managed and know some of the resources available to support the individual experiencing stress.

  • Unit 3 - Understanding Anxiety

Learning Outcomes: Understand the terms ‘anxiety' and ‘panic attack'; Understand possible causes of anxiety; Understand what anxiety feels like and how it affects the individual, their friends and family; Understand that different ways of thinking and behaving can affect anxiety; Understand how anxiety may be managed and know some of the resources available to support the individual experiencing anxiety.

  • Unit 4 - Understanding Phobias

Learning Outcomes: Understand the term ‘phobia'; Understand the possible causes of phobia; Understand what a phobia feels like; Understand how a phobia affects the individual, their life and their friends and family; and Understand how phobias may be managed and know some of the resources available to support the individual experiencing a phobia.

  • Unit 5: Understanding Depression

Learning Outcomes: Understand the term ‘depression'; Understand the possible causes of depression; Understand what depression feels like; Understand how a person with psychotic depression may be affected; Understand how depression affects the individual, their life and their friends and family; Understand the demands of daily life that may contribute towards maintaining depression; and Understand how depression can be managed and know some of the resources available to support the individual experiencing depression

  • Unit 6: Understanding Post-Natal Depression

Learning Outcomes: Understand the term ‘post-natal depression'; Understand the causes of post-natal depression; Understand what post-natal depression feels like; Understand puerperal psychosis; Understand how post-natal depression affects the mother, the friends and family and impacts on bonding with the baby; Understand that the preparation for the birth can help reduce the risk of post-natal depression; Understand how post-natal depression may be managed and know some of the resources available to support the mother experiencing it; and Understand how puerperal psychosis may be managed.

  • Unit 7: Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Learning Outcomes: Understand the term ‘bipolar disorder'; Understand the causes of bipolar disorder; Understand what bipolar disorder feels like; Understand how bipolar disorder affects the individual, their life and their friends and family; Understand that demands of daily life can influence the presentation of symptoms of bipolar disorder; Understand how to recognise the symptoms of bipolar disorder to enable stability; and Understand how bipolar disorder may be managed and know some of the resources available to support the individual experiencing it.

  • Unit 8: Understanding Schizophrenia

Learning Outcomes: Understand the term ‘schizophrenia'; Understand how media representation of schizophrenia can create confusion about the illness; Understand the causes of schizophrenia; Understand what schizophrenia feels like; Understand how schizophrenia affects the individual, their life and their friends and family; and Understand how schizophrenia may be managed and know some of the resources available to support the individual experiencing it.

  • Unit 9: Understanding Dementia

Learning Outcomes: Understand the term ‘dementia'; Understand the causes of dementia; Understand what dementia feels like; Understand how dementia affects the individual, their life and their friends and family; Understand how dementia may be managed and know some of the resources available to support the individual experiencing it; and Understand factors – including own actions – which may adversely affect a person with dementia.

  • Unit 10 - Understanding Eating Disorders

Learning Outcomes: Understand the term ‘eating disorders'; Understand the causes of one specific eating disorder; Understand what one specific eating disorder feels like; Understand how one specific eating disorder may affect the individual, their life and their friends and family; and Understand how a specific eating disorder may be managed and know some of the resources available to support the individual experiencing it.

Prerequisites:

There is no prior learning knowledge or experience required to take this course.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. As the course is self-study, you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period and our student support team is available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course.

Assessment:

Theoretical information is provided throughout the course, followed by a series of exercises that are to be completed and marked by your personal tutor. Coursework assignments can be returned by email or by post.

Qualification:

On successful completion of this course students will be awarded a Level 2 Certificate Qualification in Mental Health Awareness issued by Training Qualifications UK (TQUK).

This qualification has been accredited on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF Qualification No: 603/0156/9). This is a Level 2 award and has 13 credits.

The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 2 (using Ofqual’s Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

You can find further information on qualifications and their levels on the Ofqual Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors page.

Training Qualifications UK (TQUK) are one of the newest, most dynamic awarding organisations in the industry, seeking to bring a fresh approach and excellent service to training providers, colleges and learners. TQUK qualifications are designed by leading professionals and delivered to centres and learners with integrity and compliance in mind. TQUK have rigorous quality assurance controls and procedures in place and are committed to maintaining the highest standards of customer service, qualification delivery and assessment. The course is assessed and supported by NCC Resources, a licensed TQUK centre. TQUK are fully approved as an awarding organisation by Ofqual and award QCF courses in a number of sectors. QCF courses have various credits values which can be applied to the National Credit Transfer System. TQUK accredit courses which are developed by industry experts and work hand in hand with organisations ensuring the calibre and worth of courses provided.

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