NCFE Cache Certificate in Understanding Mental Health - Level 3

Part Time

About the course

Distance learning courses enable you to boost your career with a nationally recognised qualification even if you don’t have the time to attend training sessions. You will work your way through the qualification submitting work every 2 weeks, achieving within approximately six months.

This mental health training course aims to provide the knowledge about a range of different mental health issues and covers causes of these issues as well as how mental health problems can be managed and treated.

This course is split into thirteen manageable units:

Unit 1: Understanding mental health

You will be introduced to a range of prevalent mental health problems and their effects, and will learn about the importance of caring for people with these conditions as individuals.

Unit 2: Understanding stress

You will gain an understanding of the many causes and effects of stress and how it can affect individuals in their day-to-day lives.

Unit 3: Understanding anxiety

You will discover how anxiety can affect individuals and those around them, as well as how it can be managed.

Unit 4: Understanding phobias

This unit will introduce you to the ways in which phobias can affect individuals, as well as methods for managing the condition.

Unit 5: Understanding depression

Your learners will look at the causes and effects of depression on individuals and those around them. Learners will also gain an in-depth insight into the methods that can be used to manage depression.

Unit 6: Understanding post-natal depression

This unit uncovers the meaning of ‘post-natal depression’ and explores its effects on both women and others around them.

Unit 7: Understanding bipolar disorder

You will gain an understanding of what bipolar disorder is and how it can affect individuals, as well as explore a number of management techniques.

Unit 8: Understanding schizophrenia

You will discover what schizophrenia is and how it can affect individuals in their day-to-day lives, as well as explore people’s perceptions of this condition due to its representation in the media.

Unit 9: Understanding dementia

This increasingly prevalent condition is explored in this unit by looking at how different types affect individuals in different ways. You will also gain an understanding of the ways in which this condition can affect others around the individual.

Unit 10: Understanding eating disorders

This unit will give you a comprehensive insight into the different types of eating disorders and their effects on individuals and others around them.

Unit 11: Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

You will gain an understanding of the effects of ADHD, as well as ways in which it can be managed.

Unit 12: Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

You will discover the potential causes of OCD and the effects it can have on individuals and those around them. You will also explore some of the ways in which OCD can be managed.

Unit 13: Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)

In this final unit, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the many causes of PTSD, as well as the effects on both individuals and those around them. Learners will also explore the different ways of managing the condition.

This course can be studied purely online and is ideal for those who are happy to work independently using our fully supported on-line learning platform. For those local to Swindon, are returning to learning and would prefer to receive one-to-one support from a tutor, we offer a workbook option.

Entry requirements

  • If you are 19 – 23 years old you must hold at least a full level 2 qualification (5 GCSEs, Level 2 NVQ Diploma, BTEC Level 2…)
  • You must have a minimum of Level 1 Literacy

Where next?

  • You could complete one of our other Health and Social Care courses (e.g. Mental Health Problems, End of Life Care, Common Health Conditions etc.)
  • Autism Level 3
  • If you are local to Swindon and working in Health and Social Care setting for a minimum of 15 hours a week, you could progress to a Level 2 or 3 NVQ depending on your job role.


  • Employment within a caring/health and social care setting.

What additional resources will I need?

  • No additional resources are required.

Fees information

  • Fee £810
  • For further career guidance, the National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. This service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.


For online learning contact a member of the Queens Drive team on 01793 732892

If you would like to learn by workbooks, contact a member of North Star Team on 01793 498404 or email: