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Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems NCFE

One in four individuals in the UK experience a mental health problem each year.  To help to tackle this challenge, you can increase your knowledge with this awareness course.  If you are looking to develop an understanding of mental health issues, this course will help you achieve this.  During this course, you will gain new knowledge and skills for your personal life as well as your career.

This course focuses on the signs and symptoms of different mental health conditions and how to manage them, as well as learning about mental health legislation and guidance.

This qualification aims to:

  • focus on the study of mental health and a range of mental health problems
  • offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge

The objectives of this qualification are to:

  • raise awareness of mental health and a range of mental health problems
  • increase the learners understanding of a range of mental health problems, which could be used to support their role in the workplace or where they may work or interact with individuals with mental health problems.

To study the courses, you need to have a suitable device such as a laptop, a desktop computer or a tablet such as an iPad. You also need access to the internet.

Please note: It is not possible to complete the courses on a mobile phone as they are not compatible with our learning platform.

On successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate from NCFE awarding body, confirming your achievement.

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 2

  • Delivery

    Distance / Online

  • Duration

    39 Weeks

Apply or Enquire

To attain this qualification, you need to achieve all 13 units.

  1. Understanding mental health Y/506/2880
  2. Understanding stress H/506/2882
  3. Understanding anxiety M/506/2884
  4. Understanding phobias A/506/2886
  5. Understanding depression L/506/3105
  6. Understanding post-natal depression L/506/2889
  7. Understanding bipolar disorder F/506/2890
  8. Understanding schizophrenia L/506/2892
  9. Understanding dementia Y/506/2894
  10. Understanding eating disorders D/506/2928
  11. Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder– ADHD F/506/2937
  12. Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – OCD D/506/2900
  13. Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD T/506/2904

Portfolio of Evidence

This qualification is internally assessed and internally quality assured by Centre staff and externally quality assured by NCFE External Quality Assurance Consultants (EQACs).

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification, however you must:

  • Currently live in England
  • Resident in the UK/EU for 3+ years, for purposes other than study
  • be aged 19+
  • Not be on an apprenticeship

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 2 and 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health
  • Level 3 Award in Steps Towards Suicide Reduction
  • Level 3 Award in the Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory
  • Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills

Progression Opportunities

If you’d like to work in Mental Health, this course will help you gain an appreciation of what it’s like to work in the sector. You will learn about person-centred care and safe working practices.

It could also improve your CV for many different job roles, such as:

  • Social Work Assistant (£12,500) to (£25,000)
  • Mental Health Nurse (£25,654) to (£45,838)
  • Wellbeing Practitioners (£25,654) to (£45,838)

Financial Support

Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.

Course Fees


Fully Funded.


Apply or enquire about this course

Please use the following links to make an application or enquiry about this course.


Apply online Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 7575

Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

Visit our International pages for more information and contact details