Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Mental Health Care Worker

With Total People
8 – 12 weeks (approximately 200 guided learning hours).


Every year, approximately 1.8 million people receive mental health treatment. Ensuring mental health care professionals keep up to date with the latest learning is key to ensuring they can provide ethical, person-centred care to their patients, and in turn, protect their own physical and mental well-being.

This course will equip learners with a detailed understanding of mental health and mental health issues. It will explore the principles and duties of the mental health care worker, approaches to patient care and the duty of care in adult health and social care.

Learners on this course will be able to gain understanding in the support available to people suffering from mental health conditions.

Course details

This course consists of five manageable units:

  • Unit 1: Mental health and mental health issues
  • Unit 2: Principles of the mental health care worker
  • Unit 3: Approaches to care and management in mental health
  • Unit 4: Understand duty of care in adult health and social care
  • Unit 5: Understand change and support in relation to mental health

Course format

This is an online course studied via distance learning. To complete this course, learners will need access to a computer and a basic level of IT knowledge.

Studying via distance learning means learners can choose when and where they study. A dedicated Learner Support Advisor provides support to learners throughout the course.

Who is suitable?

This course is ideal for learners who wish to increase their awareness and understanding of mental health and the role of the mental health worker. The course is suitable for anyone aged 19 or over who currently works in the health and social care sector and wishes to progress their career, as well as anyone who is looking to enter the health and social care profession.

Learners must meet one or more eligibility criteria that includes:

  • Anyone aged 19 years or over
  • Living in Greater Manchester or in a Non-Devolved Authority region of England
  • Not already holding a Level 2 qualification
  • In employment but earning less than £17,500 annually
  • Currently unemployed
  • Recently been made redundant

Register interest

This course is supported by funding from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the Devolved Adult Education Budget project.