NCFE CACHE Level 1 Mental Health Awareness

What does the qualification cover?

Awarding body: NCFE CACHE

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.

number: 501/0253/9

code: MHA01

The Mental Health Awareness Level 1 qualification has been created using animation, motion graphics and whiteboarding to engage, inform and deliver a more modern approach in understanding mental health. With the qualification being independently regulated by Ofqual the UK government’s examination watchdog it sets a new standard in accessing and delivering mental health training to all employers and employees alike.

This qualification aims to

  • Support and empower individuals
  • Raise 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.

You will develop an awareness of the cultural diversity within mental health issues and explore common perceptions of mental health difficulties, and how stereotyping effects and shape people’s, views, opinions and beliefs. You will also develop knowledge of the rights of those with mental health difficulties and the relevant support available.

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

RQF, Regulated Qualifications Framework is the reference system put in place and regulated by Ofqual.

Who is it suitable for?

This course is appropriate for everyone who has an interest in raising their own understanding of mental health issues, self resourcing, empowering and supporting themselves and others. On successful completion of the course, you’ll gain a recognised qualification, this qualification is suitable for learners aged 14 and above.

Course Duration 2.5 hrs (approx)

Our recommendation is that you complete this qualification within one month, which equates to one module completed per week. Of course, you can complete it in less time if you're able to, a month is just a guide, and in most cases, students complete it in less time. But, we know only too well how busy life can be so don’t stress if it looks like your going to take over a month we can on request organise an extension for up to two weeks, which also extends your tutor support.


To be awarded the NCFE Mental Health Awareness Level 1 qualification, you must successfully demonstrate the achievement of all learning outcomes and assessment criteria detailed in the qualification specification. There are no grades awarded in this training.

Additional Information:

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

- Level 1 

Minimum Enrolment Age - 14 years

Credits - 3

Total Qualifying Time
: 30 hours

Table of Contents

Course guide
Learner details
Introduction to course
1. Be aware of what is meant by mental health
1.1 Define the terms ‘mental health’ and ‘mental ill-health’
1.2 Identify possible causes of mental health problems
1.3 Identify examples of mental health problems
1.4 List common sources of information on mental health issues
2. Be aware of some of the social and personal effects of mental ill-health
2.1 State the percentage of people in the UK that might experience mental health problems
2.2 Identify the effects that experiencing a mental health problem might have on an individual
2.3 Outline how mental health is reported in the media
2.4 Identify the negative effects media reporting can have on an individual
2.5 Identify the negative effects media reporting can have on society
2.6 Outline how stereotyping can affect people with mental health problems
3. Be aware of some of the responses to mental health issues
3.1 Identify the rights of people experiencing mental ill-health
3.2 & 3.3 Support an individual with mental health problems

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any queries regarding this course?

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Do I have to complete this course in one go?

No, you have a month period to complete this course and if necessary apply for a two-week extension. You can start and resume the course to suit your time constraints.

What is an Ofqual regulated qualification?

Ofqual: Founded April 2008 the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation is a non-ministerial government department that regulates qualifications, exams and tests. Colloquially and publicly, Ofqual is often referred to as the exam "watchdog".