mental health

Mental Health and Social Care course


The aim of this course is to equip the student with an understanding of the underlying principles and practice of mental health together with the major theories of mind and the models, methods and types of treatment.


“There would be no hesitation from me in recommending studying through this college and particularly with this course”

Richard W


The aim of this Mental Health and Social Care course is to equip the student with an understanding of the underlying principles and practice of mental health together with the major theories of mind and the models, methods and types of treatment.

It also promotes learning about mental health in a social context and from the perspective of the subject; so the practitioner can develop an empathy and productive relationship with the patient and understand how to manage sensitive areas or potential conflict.

Stakeholders and their Influence
Understanding Models of Mental Ill Health
Mental Health Policy and Legislation
Social Work in Community Mental Health Teams
Treatments and Interventions
Service User Participation

Award 1 is Mental Health and Social Care Diploma

Award 2 is Level 4 Mental Health and Social Care Award
At the end of this course successful learners will also receive a Level 4 NCFE Award Certificate of Achievement. Our course has been accredited under our NCFE IIQ Licence and the course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 4 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

What Are Your Study Options?

The Distance Education Academy aims to provide flexible, convenient arrangements for our students, so you can study through two methods:
Traditional paper-based;
Online study provides quick access to course material and enables you to submit question papers to your tutor, and receive feedback and results, through your personal online student account. The online system also gives access to course material instantly.
Study Hours
The Distance Education Academy can only approximate the time it takes to complete a course at it will largely depend on your speed of learning and assimilation plus how often and how much time you can dedicate to study. You also need to complete a question paper after each lesson and these normally will take 1 – 2 hours.
The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 150 hours.

Learner Support And Assessments

This course provides unlimited access to your a personal tutor who will be a specialist in the field you are studying. Their role is to make sure you get appropriate and constructive feedback and to answer your questions and provide guidance on areas you are not sure about. You can contact them by phone, email or fax.
We also have a team of course advisors and administrators who will give you friendly and relevant advice on issues relating to your course and study. We will always try to make you feel like you’re not by yourself and that someone will help you if you get into difficulties with anything.

Assessment Method
There are question papers set after each session; these have to be completed and sent to your tutor to mark. Continuous assessment like this means that your progress is monitored regularly and that any problems or difficulties are identified and addressed as early as possible.

Professional Memberships

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

Social Care Association (SCA)

On completion of your course you will be able to join the SAC as a Network Member.

SCA believes that the application of good practice in any setting happens finally between the person using services and the social care worker. Our purpose and business is supporting that person to practise well.