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Level 3 Community Mental Health Care Certificate

Level 3

This course is aimed at adults 19+ who don't have a professional qualification (e.g. nursing, social work, occupational therapy). Candidates must be in paid or voluntary work within the mental health sector and are likely to be undertaking roles such as Recovery Worker, Carers, Support Worker or Healthcare Support Worker. Service users and carers who are in voluntary or paid employment in the mental health sector can also undertake the course.


The Certificate combines the development of knowledge with the development of practical skills with the aim of improving people's practice in whatever form it might take. It aims to provide a clear, coherent framework which relates to the type of practical issues that practitioners are encountering in their practice which are generally complex and non-routine. The focus is very much on best practice across the sector - it aims to be generic, bridging the artificial boundaries of different service providers.

This qualification is relevant to people doing or wanting to do a variety of roles, including the following

  • Housing Officer
  • Support Worker
  • Care Assistants
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Support Workers in acute health environments or in domiciliary services
  • Support Workers in day services
  • Support Workers in supported living projects
  • Community based Care Assistants
  • Senior Care Workers or Team Leaders

The units that will be covered include:

  • Understand Mental Health Problems
  • Understand Mental Health Interventions
  • Understand the Legal, Policy and Service Framework in Mental Health

Voluntary and Community Agencies:

This course can be delivered in house, 1 day per week over a period of 6 month if you require a number of employees or volunteers to gain this certificate.


Teaching is provided by qualified staff who have worked in the sector for a number of years. Their knowledge is constantly updated by training and they attend regular guidance sessions with the awarding body to keep abreast of changes in national standards. Lessons are delivered in a variety of formats which include the use of presentations, workshops, independent research, lectures and class discussions and debates. There is a lot of emphasis on independent study and learners must have access to a computer and the internet. Assessment methods include written assignments, presentations, leaflets, displays, reflective diaries and projects.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for candidates undertaking these qualifications. However, individuals are expected to work with or care for individuals with mental health issues in a paid, voluntary or personal capacity.

Interview Process

Interview with a specialist tutor.

Questions & Answers

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Various career progression within mental healthcare, support and nursing. Opportunity to progress onto further studies.


Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisors to give information about College Courses and provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you . Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel. Careers and Student Advisors to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment.

During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Part-time (evening)
  • Start Date: January 2017
  • Hours per week: 2.5 per week
  • Days: Tuesday (Virtual Learning session) & Thursday
  • Start Time: 6.00pm (Thurs)
  • End Time: 8.30pm (Thurs)
  • Course Fees: £1523
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: HE & Professional Manager
  • Department Manager: Karen Robson


  • Level: Level 3
  • Qualification Name: Certificate in Working in Community Mental Health Care (3561-03)
  • Awarding Body: City & Guilds

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