This qualification is designed for anyone looking to develop their understanding of mental health and the problems that can cause mental ill health.
There are no specific entry requirements.
To be awarded the Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems, learners are required to complete 13 mandatory units successfully. You will study topics such as:
The objective of this qualification is to develop the learners' understanding of a range of mental health problems. This could be used to support their role in the workplace, or wherever they may work or interact with individuals with mental health problems.
You will produce a portfolio of evidence.
You can progress to other vocationally related short courses.
This course is valuable for anyone wanting to pursue a career in the healthcare sector.
Health care assistant Michael Smith has recently completed his apprenticeship and is already “a really valuable” team member on ward 206 at the Royal Derby Hospital.
Michael, 21, took levels two and three in Health and Social Care at the Roundhouse, where he also gained valuable work experience through the innovative Employer Academy run in partnership with the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.
This voluntary work helped him secure clinical apprenticeship role with the Trust.
Michael trained on orthopaedic Ward 206 and was supported academically throughout his apprenticeship by DCG.
He is now a qualified Health Care Assistant on the ward – following in the footsteps of his mum and brother.
Michael said: “I’m happy as an HCA, but in future I may look at becoming a nurse practitioner or physiotherapist.”
Senior Ward Sister Lynsey Heald described Michael as “a really valuable member of the team” and said his college study programme and work experience through the Employer Academy helped prepare him for the ward.
She added: “He’s really hard working and he’s got a lovely way with the patients, and he gets on really well with the team.
“Doing the health and social care courses really helped because he knew what to expect. They become a bit more confident, as well. We’ve got a recent new apprentice and Michael’s really taken her under his wing.”
I like caring for people, I’m enjoying the job and I really like the team. I’d recommend it.