Mental Health & Social Care (Level 3) Diploma Course

Mental Health & Social Care (Level 3) Diploma Course
Course Code: UCOXHSCHSC04
Enrolment Fee: £456.25  £365.00
Format: Online/Paper
Award: Level 3 Diploma
Accreditation: OLQA
Study Time: 200 Hrs
Experience: Min 16 Yrs

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COURSE OVERVIEW


A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain a qualification in Mental Health & Social Care. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning Mental Health & Social Care is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for an exam or career through home study. What's more, because the distance learning Level 3 Diploma in Mental Health & Social Care course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

The course is intended for those interested in mental health and social care issues, those who are already involved with mental health and social care practice or for those who wish to further their knowledge and understanding in order to progress to higher levels of study or transfer their knowledge to practical based roles (according to organisational or specific criteria and requirements).
 
Students will study the historical perspectives for both social care and mental health and this will include exploring how social care has changed over the last century, the development of mental health care services, and how mental health conditions are classified. There will also be study of a wide range of factors which influence service provision and legislation that defines and shapes practice, including diagnosis and treatment, social inclusion, discrimination and care standards. The services and agencies discussed will be UK based.


Key TopicsWhat are the key topics?

Course Key Topics 
The Level 3 Diploma in Mental Health & Social Care is divided into ten comprehensive modules. 

Unit 1: History of Mental Health & Social Care
Unit 2: Research and statistics
Unit 3: Diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions
Unit 4: Mental health conditions
Unit 5:  Social inclusion
Unit 6: Our ageing society
Unit 7: Care services and support
Unit 8: The community mental health care team (CMHT)
Unit 9: Assessment of risk
Unit 10: The future of mental health and social care



(see full course syllabus below for more information)

Tutor SupportWhat support will I receive?

Home Study Tutor Support


You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete Diploma in Mental Health & Social Care. You will have your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. Plus you can contact our Student Advisors by email or phone for all the practical advice you may need – so we really are with you 100%.

What's more, you'll have access to the online student portal, where you can interact with other students, browse our resource library and manage your account.



 

AssessmentsHow will I be assessed?

Course Assessments


When you have completed the programme, your tutor needs to verify that you have worked through all parts of any Workbooks, Activities and Exercises successfully.

100% of the final mark is made up of an online multiple choice exam.

Upon verification of the activities, exercises and assignments, you will be awarded your diploma by OLQA as confirmation that your written work has met all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the programme.



 

Course DurationHow long will it take me to complete?

Course Duration


We recommend you spend approximately 200 hours of your time studying for Mental Health & Social Care course. The pace of study is completely up to you. To give an example, if you dedicate 4 hours a week to the course it would take you a year to complete but  if you could spare 8 hours a week you could complete it in six months.

Get started today, and you can earn your Level 3 Diploma in Mental Health & Social Care in as little as six months, or take up to a year, if you prefer – the choice is yours.



 

Entry RequirementsDo I need previous experience?

Course Entry Requirements


All Students must be 16 years of age or above.

The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course.  This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Mental Health & Social Care and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.



 

Enrolment FeesHow much are the course fees?

Course Enrolment Fees


Our aim is to provide you with the best deal available, therefore any registration fee, certification fee and full tutor support is included in the course price for you. The enrolment fee for the Diploma in Mental Health & Social Care home study course is £456.25, though for a limited time we are offering you the opportunity to pay only £365 which is a 20% discount if you enrol online and pay in full.

You can also opt for our Easy Payment Plan and enrol online today by paying a deposit of £99.25 and then 4 equal payments of £89.25 per month. The first instalment is paid about a month after you receive your course.

Payment Method
Deposit
Instalment
Total
Pay in Full (Online Version)
£365.00
N.A.
£365.00
Pay in Full (Paper Version)
£430.00
N.A.
£430.00
Instalment Plan (Online Version)
£99.25
£89.25 X 4
£456.25
Instalment Plan (Paper Version)
£164.25
£89.25 X 4
£521.25

Delivery Charges:

Free Delivery for UK Mainland Students
Additional £25 for students in Europe
Additional £40 for Students in Rest of the world
 
Note: Instalment Plan is not available to our International Students


 

Full Course SyllabusWhat will I learn?

How is the course structured? 
The OLQA Level 3 Diploma in Mental Health & Social Care course is divided into 10 comprehensive modules:


Unit 1: History of Mental Health & Social Care

This unit explores the history of mental health and social care. The unit will include: 

  • Defining social care
  • The aging society
  • Social class
  •  Advent of the NHS and what this meant in terms of care and service provision
  •  Health promotion and expectations of service users.

Unit 2: Research and statistics
 
Mental health and social care incorporates evidence based practice policy related to statistical data and predictions. Therefore this unit provides students with a basic overview of research design and statistical analysis which will help develop understanding of how data are used in shaping policy and service provision.
 
In this unit we explore the following: 

  • Types of research methods and methodology
  • Data analysis
  • How statistics are used
  • The relevance of statistics to mental health and social care

Unit 3: Diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions
 
This unit looks at how the classification systems were developed (DSM-IV and ICD) and how they are used to classify mental health disorders. The unit also discusses the assessment of mental health conditions in a range of contexts including primary and secondary care. This unit will also explore the diagnosing and assessing from a number of perspectives within these settings including health care professionals and mental health workers.
 
Unit 4: Mental health conditions
 
This unit focuses on a number of key examples of mental health conditions and will present the underpinning anatomy and physiology, physical and psychological therapies and alternative therapies.
 
Example conditions: 

  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Personality disorders
  • Disabilities (learning, skills etc.)
  • Minor mental health disorders

Unit 5:  Social inclusion
 
One of the major predisposing to mental illness is social exclusion. In this unit we explore the barriers to social inclusion at a community and society level. The unit also examines stigma and marginal groups in society and how these factors relate to social inclusion. The unit includes discussion related to key research and person or user centred approaches to promote knowledge and awareness related to social inclusion
 
In addition the unit explores:  

  • Volunteer programmes
  • Partnership programmes
  • Training programmes and work placements
  • National service frameworks
  • Skills and service development for inclusion

Unit 6: Our ageing society
 
In this unit we discuss the physiology of ageing and examine some statistical evidence for increased life expectancy and what this means for society as a whole.
 
The unit will include discussion about service provision for the older persona with mental health problems and this incorporates legislation and policy to prevent discrimination and promote parity relating to access to services.
Key conditions will be explored and those include:
 

  • Dementia
  • Depression in the elderly person
  • Bereavement, loss and loneliness

Included in the unit will be some discussion about residential care, capacity and consent and coverage of the NSF standards for mental health care in older adults
 
Unit 7: Care services and support

This unit examines current legislation in the UK related to service provision and care support for those with mental health care problems. This includes: 

  • Legislation and policy
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Meeting mental health care needs
  • NSF standards
  • Service user involvement
  • Care choices

Unit 8: The community mental health care team (CMHT)
 
In this unit examinees the structure and aims of the CMHT and also outlines the roles and responsibilities of key members this includes:  

  • Community Mental Health Care Teams (CMHT)
  • Outreach teams
  • Crisis resolution teams
  • Early intervention team
  • In patient care

Unit 9: Assessment of risk

This unit defines and discusses risk related to mental health conditions. This includes: 

  • What is risk and how can it be assessed?
  • Risk and aggression within acute in patient wards
  • Managing risk in secondary and primary care
  • Community services and models
  • Monitoring risk in community settings
  • Voluntary admission and sectioning under the Mental Health Act 

Unit 10: The future of mental health and social care
 
Mental health and social care provision and needs change quickly and therefore this is a dynamic state. In order to continue to provide effective and appropriate care the systems, agencies and society as a whole need to change at a commensurate rate.
 
In this unit we explore current issues in mental health and social care including policy, funding, service provision and service user access. The unit concludes by discussing future care needs and how these will be accommodated politically, socially and economically.
 
In addition we will discuss the role of society in mental health and social care provision and look at this from the perspective of an individual, family, community and nation.



QualificationsWhat qualifications will I receive?

Course Qualifications
This is a dual certification course. You will receive a certificate from both the College and also the National Awarding body OLQA. Fees for both are included in the course fee.


Qualification One: Mental Health & Social Care Diploma
Mental Health & Social Care Diploma issued by the UK Learning College, entitling you to use the letters UKLC Dip after your name.


Qualification Two: Mental Health & Social Care Level 3 OLQA Diploma 
This course leads to a Level 3 Diploma for successful learners. This means that it is accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (in which case GCSE's are at levels 1 and 2 and A Levels are at level 3). In accrediting the programme at level 3, OLQA attests that its learning outcomes are at an equivalent level to a level 3 national qualification.

Accreditation by OLQA is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning programme has been scrutinised and approved by experienced educational professionals and is quality assured by OLQA.


 


 

Career ProspectsWhat can I do after I qualify?

Mental Health Nurse


If you're a good communicator and want to help people with mental health problems, a job in mental health could be perfect for you. Mental health nurses work in hospitals and the community to support people with a range of mental health issues. They aim to build good relationships with clients and their families so that everyone is involved in the therapy process. A mental health nurse has to be sympathetic and non-judgmental. You will need to be able to gain a patient’s trust. You’ll also need to manage emotional situations. To work as a mental health nurse, you will need to complete a Nursing and Midwifery Council approved degree or a Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing.


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What's IncludedWhat do I get when I enrol?

Your course fee covers everything you will need to successfully complete the Mental Health & Social Care home study course and earn your diploma:


1. All textbooks, study folders, and/or online learning aids designed for distance learning
2. A full range of student services, including:

  • Tutor marked assessments (TMAs)
  • Access to the online student portal (Student Chat, Forums and Online Support Resources)
  • NUS Extra Card (discounted membership)
  • Comprehensive Study Guide & Study Plan
  • Guide to Effective Study Techniques
  • How to approach exams without fear

3. An accredited diploma upon successful course completion directly from the awarding body OLQA
4. One year's educational support by e-mail, post, fax or phone
5. Free postage and packaging for UK mainland students



 

Home Study ExplainedHow does home study work and is it right for me?

Distance Learning Explained


Distance Learning is a term used to describe a method of learning where you; the learner, are not physically required to be ‘onsite’ to be guided through learning materials. Learners and tutors will use methods such as email and telephone to communicate, with you deciding how, when and where you learn.
 
UK Learning College gives you the flexibility to complete our programmes as quickly or as slowly as is convenient for you. To make this possible, our learning programmes have been written and prepared in such a way that it enables you to take control over these decisions.  We also have a varied range of e-learning courses available to complement our full portfolio of distance learning courses.
 
Distance Learning allows you to develop the personal confidence and independence needed for success. Once you have become familiar with your distance learning course materials and you feel you know your way around the programme, then it is time to put together your own personal study plan to help you decide how best to study. We would advise that you write down your plan to assist you in following your timetable.
 
Although our distance learning course guides are primarily aimed at the first time user, you may already have some experience of distance learning. Whatever your experience, it is important to understand that to be a successful distance learner you need to become familiar and comfortable with the learning materials.
 
Online Learning Explained

Online learning descends from computer-based training, interactive multimedia and integrated learning centers and is the delivery of a learning, training or education program by electronic means.  With the internet boom in the mid '90s, the concept of online learning has spread broadly. 
 
Online learning or e-learning (electronic learning) is a term used to describe learning materials that are not physically provided to you, but are accessible online where you; the learner, are not physically required to be ‘onsite’ to be guided through any of these online learning materials. Learners and tutors will use methods such as email and telephone to communicate, with you deciding how, when and where you learn.
 
UK Learning College gives you the flexibility to complete our online courses as quickly or as slowly as is convenient for you. To make this possible, our online learning courses have been written and prepared in such a way that they enable you to take control over these decisions.
 
Online learning allows you to develop the personal confidence and independence needed for success. Once you have become familiar with your online course and you feel you know your way around the program, then it is time to put together your own personal study plan to help you decide how best to study. We would advise that you write down your plan to assist you in following your online course study timetable.
 
Home Study Explained

Home Study Courses are a type of learning material in the form of manuals, CD Roms, Online courses etc. where you; the learner, are not physically required to be ‘onsite’ to be guided through any of these learning materials. Learners and tutors will use methods such as email and telephone to communicate, with you deciding how, when and where you learn.
 
UK Learning College gives you the flexibility to complete our home study courses as quickly or as slowly as is convenient for you. To make this possible, our home learning courses have been written and prepared in such a way that they enable you to take control over these decisions.
 
Home study courses allow you to develop the personal confidence and independence needed for success. Once you have become familiar with your home learning course materials and you feel you know your way around the course, then it is time to put together your own personal study plan to help you decide how best to study. We would advise that you write down your plan to assist you in following your home study timetable.
 
Although our home learning course guides are primarily aimed at the first time user, you may already have some experience of home learning. Whatever your experience, it is important to understand that to be a successful home study course learner, you need to become familiar and comfortable with the learning materials.
 


Student PortalHow can I interact with other students?

Student Community


We understand that studying from home may be a new experience for you. You could even be excused for feeling a little daunted since you will not be studying in a traditional "classroom environment". To help our students overcome these concerns we have developed a friendly online student community. The Student Community encourages a high level of interaction with your tutor and other like-minded students.

All of our students receive access to the Student Community. You will be able to use the student community for the following:

  1. Access the student forum which allows you to share ideas and chat with other students.
  2. View your tutor's feedback on your marked assignments.
  3. View optional reading lists for your course (where available).
  4. Access free online games, for when you need a break from studying.
  5. View the study guide with plenty of useful hints and tips on how to get the most out of your course.

Access free courses such as: Improving Learning Skills, Job Interview Skills, The Effective Learner, Goal Setting and Time Management, Ten Tips to Complete a Good Test Paper


VISIT THE STUDENT COMMUNITY


 

Related CoursesI am not sure this is for me. Are there similar courses?

Related Courses
Below you will find a list of courses that previous students have taken to complement their course. We hope that this list will give you some idea of the types of progression courses we offer, or alternative course options that may be of interest to you.

 
Community Mental Health Practice (Level 4) - The course follows a logical structure, beginning with defining the emotive term “Mental Health” and exploring the possibilities of working in the sector, including what jobs are available, what specialisation is possible or desirable, and what the new student or learner can expect from the course....... Read More »
 
Understanding Working in Mental Health (Level 2) - The course will help learners who want an introduction to understanding the work involved when working with people with mental health problems. The programme will help them to build up achievements in a way that is appropriate and meaningful....... Read More »
 
Practicing Social Care (Level 4) -  This course deals with one of the six clusters of occupational standards. The numbering of the six lessons corresponds with the six clusters of occupational standards. The statements from the occupational standards are........ Read More »
 
Introduction to Mental Health Care (Level 2) - This programme is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practice of Mental Health Care...... Read More »
 
Understanding Working in Mental Health (Level 2) - The course will help learners who want an introduction to understanding the work involved when working with people with mental health problems. The programme will help them to build up achievements in a way that is appropriate and meaningful....... Read More »


 

Further InformationWhat else do I need to know?

If your course is being delivered online, please ensure you meet the minimum requirements below.


For Windows:
Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above

For Macintosh:
Mac OS X, Mac OS 9.2 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above

From time to time we may enrol our students with our partner sites; this is dependent on the number of students enrolling on a particular course and course material availability. If this happens, nothing changes for you other than the name of the college administering your course.  We will continue to be your point of contact; you will get the exact same course you have enrolled on with the same high level of quality content and support.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.



 

How to EnrolHow do I enrol?


  

Step One 
It's simple - Choose from our list of 100s Accredited Courses. Click on the enrol now button to select your enrolment option

Step Two
After you enrol, Course Material will be delivered to you within 7 working days (Normally 48 Hours).

Step Three
A personal tutor and a Dedicated Support advisor will be allocated to you throughout the course.

Step Four
On successful completion of the course, You will be given a Recognised Qualification towards a successful career.


 


 

FAQsWhat are the most frequent questions?

Course Frequently Asked Questions 


Q. How does distance learning work?
To ensure studying is flexible and convenient, most of our courses are divided into sections. You work through each section at your own pace and time. Once completed, send the test paper back to your personal tutor for marking. You will then move onto the next section once successfully completing the previous section. The support period is dependent on the type of course you choose; our minimum support period is one year.
 
Q. When can I start the course?
The answer is simple, when YOU want; you can start the course at any time we do not have any set enrolment dates. Most of our courses don’t require any previous experience or qualifications. All you need is a desire and motivation to succeed. You can even start right now - call and speak to one of our Professional Course Advisors.
 
Q. How long do the courses take?
This is dependent upon your choice of course and how fast you want to learn. A full breakdown of the course is available in your course literature. We do provide estimated number of study hours; ask our course advisors for details.
 
Q. Do the courses have tutorial support?
Yes, You will be allocated an experienced tutor who will guide you through the course, mark your assignments and generally help you with any problems you may have. Your tutors can be contacted via email and post.
 
Q. If I fail an assignment can I retake it?
Yes, your tutor will ask you to resubmit your assignment and give you support as to where you could improve.
 
Q. How do I get help with my course work?
You can get help 7 days a week by email, or post from your dedicated tutor, you just email your assignments for marking. You have to send your assignments one at a time so the tutor can mark one and give you the feedback.
 
Q. Will I get a qualification at the end?
Yes, for all our courses, you will receive a diploma or a recognised qualification from the awarding body of your course.
 
Q. Is the course work done online or sent via the internet?
No, the course work can be done offline using your PC or for paper based courses working through your course folder. 
 
Q. Is there a time limit or any deadlines?
We do like you to complete the course within the tutor support period but we can extend this for a small charge (currently £40 for 12 months). If you follow the recommended study hours, this will give you a good guide to complete the course withim the specified time period. 
 
Q. Will I have to sit an examination?
Most of our paper based courses do not require you to sit examinations, only continual assessments. Where there are examinations required, you will receive all the information you need to make your own exam arrangements. Please note exam fees are not included in your course fee, unless otherwise stated.
 
Q. How quickly will I receive my course material?
Once your payment has been received and cleared your enrolment should be processed within two days and your course materials delivered within 5 days, for customers who choose to pay in instalments this can take longer as we need a signed agreement back from you before we send the course materials.
 
Q. Do I have to buy any other materials?
Our comprehensive course materials are designed to be self-contained with all the relevant information you require to complete the course and gain the relevant certification. However some of our students undertake additional reading via relevant textbooks/study guides and/or the Internet to add value to their studies.
 
Q. I’m not sure of what course I should take? Can you help?
Yes we can, it is important that you pursue a course which you will enjoy. Although we cannot make this decision for you, we employ a team of dedicated Professional Course Advisors, who will guide you towards making the right choice. Whether you want specific information, or just a chat about what’s available, contact us now.
 
Q. Why choose UK Learning College?
The breadth and depth of our portfolio of courses means that we will have a course to interest you. We are committed to your success, and offer advice and support through every step of the process. We have a dedicated team of Professional Course Advisors that can give you access to career and recruitment advice, whilst offering excellent value and quality courses.
 
Please contact us if you have not found the answer you are looking for.


Contact UsIím still not sure can you help me?

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