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Diploma in Mental Health & Social Care


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Oxford Learning College
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Oxford Learning is one of the leading distance education providers in the United Kingdom and internationally, and along with our partners in education, promotes quality home study education world wide. Our online distance learning programmes encompass A-Level and Diploma level courses. As part of your course you will have access to the tutor department who are able to support and mentor you throughout the learning process. Our students come from varied backgrounds, differing levels of education, and every continent in the world. Our courses give you the confidence to achieve your academic goals, and give you new and further knowledge or, as with many of our past students, a new career path. We invite you to take a look at the reviews past students have left, and look forward to welcoming you as an Oxford Learning student soon. Your qualification from Oxford Learning will show your respected and exceptional level of education.


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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.

aims: 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:   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 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

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course). Please note that this ABC certificate is only available to students enrolling on or after 01.04.15.

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

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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.

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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.


Thanks to this offer, valid exclusively for one person, you will obtain a Diploma in Mental Health & Social Care.

How to register

By buying the course in Emagister Express, you will obtain an access coupon. We will send you the codes and keys to the coupon. Send the coupon code and the key to contact@oxfordcollege.ac. The training provider will then give you access to the course.

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