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Mental Health Care — Level 3 Certificate

Health and Social Care

Course ID: 163635

Course Year: 21/22

Course Details

  • 1 evening per week, 1 year part-time course.
  • Accessible for funding.
  • A great course for students already working in a care profession to broaden their knowledge.
  • Develop and pursue your own personal interest in mental health.
  • Progress to higher qualifications.
  • Ideal for students who wish to pursue a job role that supports people with mental health problems.
  • Access invaluable support from our dedicated and passionate teaching team.
  • Study in an inclusive, safe and respectful learning environment.

What to expect from the course

This course is an adult part-time course delivered one evening per week over an academic year. It is designed for learners whose job involves supporting people with mental health problems and who wish to gain an understanding of mental health problems and how to care for, support and manage risks for individuals with mental health problems. It is also suitable for you if you are not a mental health professional but your job role requires you to support people with mental health problems. It is also a course that will benefit you if you wish to gain an extra insight into broader issues concerning mental health.

Ideal for:

• People already working in a care profession (health carers, social care services, drug and alcohol services).
• People interested in mental health
• For Continual Professional Development
• People who work specifically within mental health services

You will gain an knowledge and skills in:

• Understanding different types of mental health problems
• Understanding mental health support and interventions
• Understanding mental well-being and mental health promotion
• Understanding the legal, policy and service framework in mental health
• The principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
• Understanding care and support planning and risk management in mental health

Assessment – you must achieve all the outcomes available for a Pass.

This qualification is assessed through a portfolio of evidence from activities such as:

• Practical Demonstration
• Group Discussion
• Case study
• Written assignment
• Question and answer sessions

This course is accessible for funding through the 'Learner Loan' portal.


Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health Care (QCF)

Why study with us?

You will be taught by tutors who are qualified teachers and also have skills, experience and knowledge in mental health care and services giving you a rich platform between theory and practice.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

You could progress to other related qualifications such as:-
Level 4 HNC Health and Social Care
Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support Services (QCF)
Level 3 Diploma in Management (QCF)
Level 4 Diploma in Management for Health and Social Care (QCF)
Level 4 Certificate/Diploma in Management and Leadership (QCF)

It could lead to employment in a job role which supports people with mental health problems.

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements however you should previously have studied at level 2 (GCSE/BTEC) or have experience within a care profession.

You must be 19+, relevant experience in a care environment will also be considered.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19 or over and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

19 years old or over and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for21/22 is 811.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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