Diploma in Mental Health & Social Care


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Diploma in Mental Health & Social Care

Why Oxford Learning College


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.
Unit 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:
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:
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

Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

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.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

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


Diploma in Mental Health & Social Care

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

For more information on how to progress after completing this course, please click here

Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

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

To view the differences between our qualifications, please click HERE

What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

In the student 'On Campus' you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

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Overall rating 5 out of 5 based on 1 student reviews

please can I order my embossed certificate as I have tried to do it through the link provided, but it will not allow me to 'add to the basket'? This is a brilliant course, I work on a intensive care unit (psychiatry) and forensic mental health. I have found it to be informative and well presented - a must for anyone that has done level 2 and wishes to further their knowledge!

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