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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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    In the first instance please send a message to
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to one of our tutors before you can enrol on to this course therefore, please use the 'apply' button on this screen to register your interest. Once we have your details we will send you a text with a link to book a telephone interview. Please be aware that when a tutor calls you our number will appear as unknown/with-held/private.
  • Course Fees

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    Tuition Fee: £124.00
    Other fees: £26.00
  • 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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    Coronavirus Update

    In response to the COVID-19 situation we have made a number of changes to our traditional admissions and enrolment processes.
    All conditional offers and enrolments are currently being processed based on the information available to us at the time of a telephone interview and/or online enrolment.
    Once a course starts and we are able to meet with learners in person we may need to alter the class an individual attends if they do not meet the course entry requirements. We will keep learners informed of any decision to alter their class and support them through any changes necessary.
    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in these unprecedented times.


    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, pleasecontact us via our Live Chat service available on any page of our website.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must provide evidence of their existing qualification at enrolment. Learners may not be able to enrol if this information is not provided when requested. 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 applies to the exams you took):


    Whilst Coronavirus restrictions are in place, the best way to contact us is via our Live Chat service available from any page of our website. We will endeavor to staff this service from 10am – 3.30pm, Monday to Fridays.
    Bolton College works hard to ensure that the information provided 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.

    Studying at College

    The health and safety of our learners and staff is very important to us and with the continued situation, related to the coronavirus outbreak, there will be an increased emphasis on study outside the classroom during the 2020/21 academic year. The proportion of these hours will depend on the individual qualification(s) being undertaken. You must do the work set during directed study or it will impact your progress on the course and therefore your achievement.

    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 the Recruitment & Relations Manager at

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom 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, a member of the Reception Team or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or via
  • Disclaimer

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    You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    13:00 - 16:15
    3.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    10 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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