NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness

Our course code: X102

Course fee £345 or from £26 per month

Enrol on our course

Do you have an interest in raising or building upon your knowledge of mental health issues? If the answer is Yes! then this Mental Health Awareness qualification is right for you. This qualification would complement study in a variety of areas such as Citizenship, PSHE, Healthcare, Social Care, Counselling and Public Services.

It may also be beneficial for those working within the voluntary and community sector and for others whose role calls for interaction with the general public in day to day work.

Did you know: Mental illness affects more people every year than cancer or heart disease and One in four of us in the UK will be affected by a mental health problem in any given year? (Source: Mental Health UK)

This is a knowledge-only qualification, therefore, no real work environment placement is required and you can study online. Improving your knowledge of mental health is invaluable, helping you to both manage your own well-being whilst increasing your understanding of the experiences of others. With increased awareness, you can make a difference to the community, friends and family alike. We believe that knowledge gives the power to change and we fully support every learner on their journey through this course.

Enrol today to begin your learning journey into mental health awareness.

This NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness qualification aims to:

  • Raise the awareness of the issues surrounding mental health difficulties
  • Dispel some of the myths and misconceptions frequently linked to mental health issues
  • Develop learners knowledge of the rights of those with mental health issues.

This qualification would complement study in a variety of areas such as Citizenship, PSHE, Healthcare, Social Care, Counselling and Public Services.

  • A formal qualification

    This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
  • Our course code: X102
  • Qualification code: 501/0253/9
  • Official Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

Up to 24 hours which is around 15 minutes per day for 3 months.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This will be part of your portfolio of evidence which is the main assessment method of this course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

This is a regulated, knowledge-only qualification, therefore, no real work environment placement is required.

The Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness is internally assessed using a Candidate Workbook covering all the learning outcomes of the qualification.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness

That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 1 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In 2015, NCFE acquired CACHE. As of September 2017, our CACHE courses will now be known as NCFE CACHE, and you will receive your certificate from both awarding bodies.

This qualification comes with NCFE CACHE Level 1 certification. NCFE CACHE have been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and are one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 2 Award in Substance Misuse
  • Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness

Difficulty - Level 1

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Minimum Enrolment Age - 14 years

Credits - 3

Course Content

1: Understand What Is Meant by Mental Health

You will define the terms mental health and mental-ill health and identify possible causes of mental health difficulties as well as list sources of information on mental health issues.

2: Be Aware of Some of the Social and Personal Effects of Mental Ill-health

Explore the percentage of people within the UK that may experience mental health problems. Identify effects that experiencing a mental health problem may have on an individual. How Mental health is reported in the media and how any negative effects reported may have on both an individual and society.

3: Be Aware of Some of the Respones to Mental Health Issues

Identify the rights of people experiencing mental ill health. Identify possible responses that can be made to support an individual with needs and outline factors which can have an impact on whether the response will work. In addition, identify where to refer people for further help and guidance about mental health issues and find and explore ways to promote positive mental health.

4: Be Aware of Cultural Diversity in Relation to Mental Health Issues

Identify possible causes of mental distress in different cultural groups and give examples of barrier that may exist for different cultural groups accessing services as well as ways to overcome such barriers and outline factors that can help promote positive mental health among different cultural groups.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!