Course at a glance


The aim of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to study Mental Health and social care at level 3 and its associated principles and practices.

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.

Level 3 Mental Health + Social Care Diploma Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above to enrol into our Level 3 Mental Health + Social Care Diploma course.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Course Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit.


Optional coursework and final examination.


Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.

Course Length

1 Year.

Endorsed By

Students at the college have the option to choose the awarding body of their course.

This course has been endorsed by :

Quality Licence Scheme:


Accord :

This courses’ awarding bodies are recognised for their high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. Your training provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit Quality Licence Scheme website or Accord website

Level 3 Mental Health + Social Care Diploma Course Content

Unit 1:

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 you examine 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.

This Level 3 Mental Health + Social Care Diploma course can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.

Further information on our Level 4 Diplomas can be found here: