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Delivery: Online Distance

Available: Home and Internationally

Cost: £325.00 (Full Fee) or Payment plan of x 3 payments (£108.33) (Invoice will be sent to you  on receipt of the enrolment  form once checked by a member of our team)

Completion:  This course can be completed in 18 – 24 Weeks

Course: Knowledge-only course

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Mental health issues affect one in four people each year. While some need little or no support to work through their challenges, others need ongoing, long-term help.

As a mental health care worker, your role will be to support individuals with enduring mental health issues to live as independently as possible.

By studying a level 2 certificate in the principles of the mental health care worker, you will gain essential skills and knowledge to help achieve this.

You will learn about the concept of mental health and the ways issues can manifest. This course will also teach you how to create a care plan to adequately support individuals to help them live independent lives and achieve their goals.

Key legislation, the duty of care and the importance of continual personal development will also be covered. This will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of mental health, the legalities surrounding those with mental health issues and how to provide the appropriate support.


The units are broken down for you below, so that you can see what your qualification will include. However, the assignments you complete have been designed so that you can complete multiple tasks.

Unit 1: Mental Health and Mental Health Issues

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the concept of mental health

  • Know common types of mental health problems and illnesses

  • Know the legislation and guidance that applies to those with mental health problems

Unit 2: Principles of the Mental Health Care Worker

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the different roles and responsibilities for working in mental health

  • Know how continuous professional development improves own practice

  • Know how own wellbeing improves own practice

  • Understand the Mental Capacity Act 2005 when working in mental health care

Unit 3: Approaches to Care and Management in Mental Health

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the key features of the care planning process

  • Understand the aspects of good practice in the care planning process

Unit 4: Understand the Duty of Care in Adult Health and Social Care

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by ‘duty of care’

  • Know about dilemmas and conflicts relating to duty of care

  • Know how to recognise and report unsafe practices

  • Understand the impact of own action on individuals and others

  • Understand the importance of consent in health and social care practice

Unit 5: Understanding Change and Support in Relation to Mental Health

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how mental health change occurs

  • Understand the role of others in the individual’s mental health change

  • Know the treatment options available to manage mental health problems

  • Know how to access information to support understanding of mental health issues


There are no specific entry requirements however learners should have a minimum of level two in literacy and numeracy or equivalent.

The qualification is suitable for learners of 16 years of age and above.

After each unit, there will be a question paper that needs to be completed and submitted to your assessor for marking via our online portfolio system.

This method of continual assessment ensures that your assessor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the course.

You should allow at least 1 – 2 hours of study to complete each question paper. The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is 174 hrs.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the (RQF) Principles of the Mental Health Care Worker Level 2 Certificate (Qualification Number: 603/4384/9).

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