The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with an understanding and awareness of mental health, common mental health disorders and issues, how to help reduce stigma and discrimination, and how to encourage people to talk about mental health.
Furthermore, the qualification should provide learners with the ability to apply their knowledge of mental health in recognising and responding to the signs of mental ill health in themselves and others and to offer mental health first aid to people experiencing mental ill health.
Courses run ONLINE over ten weeks and are scheduled to be delivered on:
EA Tuesday: 14/09/21 - 23/11/21
EB Wednesday: 5/1/22 - 16/03/22
EC Thursday: 12/04/22 - 7/07/22
Course fees are: £177.50.
There needs to be a minimum of five candidates enrolled for each course to start.
There are no specific entry requirements but candidates should have the literacy skills to read at a Level 2 standard.
There are two mandatory units:
Both mandatory units are assessed online.
Unit 1: Mental Health Awareness is an online exam with 35 knowledge-based questions. The pass mark is 80%.
Unit 2: Mental Health First Aid is a scenario-based assessment with a pass mark of 80%.
There are no additional costs but you will need a stable wifi connection and your own laptop.
There are a number of other qualifications delivered at DCG that may be of interest:
Derby College offer sport, health and leisure facilities for public use. This includes fitness centre, sports hall and outdoor pitch hire plus lots more. Located at Broomfield Hall, Johnson Building and Mackworth.
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His physiotherapist explained to her how soft tissue massages work so she decided to look into that area of health and fitness and found her ideal course at Derby College. And Kirsty who is 22 and from Heanor, has been gaining valuable hands-on experience as she works towards completing her BTEC level 3 Sports Science Advanced Diploma.
Over the summer break she worked part-time at Belper Life Fitness giving sports massage treatments to people of all ages and fitness levels. As part of her therapist's role she has treated everyone from keen athletes in training for gruelling triathlons through to older people who just want a massage in order to feel better.
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Luckily I found just the course I was looking for at Derby College.
My Level 2 course, which I took in 2013/2014, was fantastic – there wasn't a thing about it that I didn't love.
To be a good sports massage therapist you need to thoroughly understand physiology and anatomy, so there is a lot to learn.