NCFE Understanding Mental Health Level 3: Online

Course overview

Study this course FREE, with no course fees! 

This is a fully online, self-directed, independent study course with assessor support and guidance. Students must have use of a laptop to complete this course and must be aged 19+ at the beginning of the academic year (31 August). 

This course has a flexible start date and will run until 31 July 2024.

If you choose to complete this Level 3 course in Understanding Mental Health, you can become familiarised with the skills needed to work in mental health services.

You will build a knowledge base that can be used in a variety of occupational roles, gaining an understanding of the skills needed to work in mental health services, the importance of addressing mental health problems, and how legislation and publicity are changing attitudes towards those seeking treatment.

To study this course FREE, with no course fees:

You must either be:
Unemployed / earning under £20,319 before tax per annum in wages (excluding benefits)
Not hold a Level 3 qualification in any subject (equivalent to 2 full A levels, an advanced technical certificate or diploma)

You must also be:
Aged 19+ on 31 August prior to starting the course
Live in England, not within a non-funded postcode region 
Have been in the EU for three years for purposes other than study (and able to provide documentation) 

Please note: This course is funded via the ‘Free Courses for Jobs’ scheme, subject to meeting the criteria. If you are not eligible for a free course through government funding, you can still gain a qualification to further your career. The course fees are £811, with an Advanced Learner Loan available if required.


The mental health crisis is becoming increasingly prevalent in the UK, with 1 in 4 adults experiencing a mental health problem every year. The Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health is designed to provide a greater awareness of mental health issues and the importance of mental wellbeing.

This course will cover the following:

  • Understanding the context of mental health and wellbeing
  • Promotion of mental health and well-being
  • Mental health problems, associated issues and consequences
  • Understanding mental ill health
  • Working in mental health

In taking this course you will:

  • achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification
  • evidence your competency to employers
  • further your personal and professional development
  • learn at a time that suits you without the need to attend college

Applicants will need to have a successful assessment and be able to provide their Level 2 certificate.

If you hold international qualifications, we can assess these to see if you meet the criteria.

This qualification could help you to progress to the follow careers:

  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Clinical Psychologist

Fund your qualification with an Advanced Learner Loan with nothing to pay until you earn over £27k a year. 

If you are not eligible for a free course through government funding, you can still gain a qualification to further your career with the help of an advanced learner loan. Find out more about financial support for students aged 19+ and the Advanced Learner Loan. 

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  • Flexible start - 31 July 2024
  • 24 Weeks
    • Adult: Free

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    • Concessionary: Free
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