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Mental Health Awareness Award (Level 1)

  • Overview of the course

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    This is an accredited Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness.

    You will learn what is meant by the term 'mental health' and consider the definition and causes of mental health difficulties. You will also explore common perceptions of mental health difficulties and how stereotyping can affect people's perceptions. You will develop their knowledge of the rights of those who experience mental health difficulties and learn where appropriate support can be sought. You will also develop your awareness of cultural diversity within mental health issues.
  • What you'll learn

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    You will complete the following unit as part of the award:

    Unit 01: Develop an awareness of mental health

    Be aware of what is meant by mental health
    - Define the terms 'mental health' and 'mental ill-health'
    - Identify possible causes of mental health difficulties
    - Identify examples of mental health problems
    - List common sources of information on mental health issues

    Be aware of some of the social and personal effects of mental ill-health
    - State the percentage of people in the UK that might experience mental health problems
    - Identify the effects that experiencing a mental health problem might have on an individual
    - Outline how mental health is reported in the media
    - Identify the negative effects media reporting can have on an individual
    - Identify the negative effects media reporting can have on society
    - Outline how stereotyping can affect people with mental health problems

    Be aware of some of the responses to mental health issues
    - Identify the rights of people experiencing mental ill-health
    - Identify possible responses that can be made to support an individual with mental health problems
    - Outline factors which can have an impact on whether a response will work
    - Identify where to refer people for further help or guidance about mental health issues
    - Identify ways to promote positive mental health

    Be aware of cultural diversity in relation to mental health issues
    - Identify possible causes of mental distress in different cultural groups
    - Give examples of barriers that may exist for different cultural groups accessing services
    - Outline ways of overcoming barriers to accessing services
    - Outline factors that can help promote positive mental health amongst different cultural groups
  • Entry requirements

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    You must have completed the Level 1 Introduction to Mental Health Awareness or other similar courses.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will agree an individual learning plan (ILP) with your tutor identifying what you want and need to gain from the course. You will build up a folder of work which shows the range of skills and knowledge you have developed. You will receive supportive feedback throughout the course and track your progress through your Individual Learning Plan.

    The learning is assessed through course assessments.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    A ring binder folder to keep your work organised is essential.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    You can contact a member of the team via
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    Visit a Community Learning Centre or College to enrol. See our website for enrolment times

    Contact the person shown in the last section to arrange an interview / informal discussion.
  • Course Fees

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    Tuition Fee: £120.00
    Other fees: £25.00
  • Future opportunities

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    Learners who complete the course could progress to:

    • NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness.
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, please call our helpline on 01204 482 000.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must bring their qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one you need):
    If you are unable to provide certificates you will be asked to complete a self declaration form when you enrol.


    Our Helpline can provide you with general information regarding studying at Bolton College. We also offer advice and guidance meetings to help you decide your next move. Please call 01204 482 000.
    Lines are open :
    • during term time : Monday to Thursday between 8:45am and 7pm (5pm on Fridays)
    • out of term : Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm

    Bolton College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this document is accurate. All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact email the Customer Services Manager at or alternatively call 01204 482 040 or visit us at Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5BG.

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom on or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, someone in the Learning Centre Reception or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or 01204 482758.

    Enrolment Details

    To enrol at one of our Community Learning Centres or our main Deane Road Campus click here for enrolment times.
  • Disclaimer

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
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  • Time:

    13:00 - 16:00
    3.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    10 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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