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Mental Health and Resilience - Certificate of Higher Education


The Cert HE in Mental Health and Resilience is a level 4 qualification which is aimed specifically at those individuals who wish to work in non-medical mental health settings and is ideal if you have followed a non-traditional route or have experience within the mental health sector. These include such areas as pastoral roles within primary and secondary education, community mental health and third sector support networks.

The Cert HE in Mental Health and Resilience is therefore designed to widen your employment opportunities and develop your personal, professional and academic confidence.

It further provides an option in gaining the knowledge required to work in a variety of roles within the mental health sector in entry-level careers as identified above. As well as transitioning directly into work, you may also progress onto our Foundation Degree in Mental Health and Resilience followed by the final one-year top-up programme in Mental Health and Resilience to gain an honours degree and further enhance your career prospects.

  • Course code SM1HE138
  • UCAS code B990
  • Duration 1 Year
  • Day/s of week Tuesday
  • Time 09:15 - 16:45

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
09 Sep 2024
University Centre
1 Year

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

There is opportunity for those students who are already employed, to seek job advancement through successful achievement. Typical roles in mental health and related settings may include deputy manager roles, assistant practitioners, referral hub practitioners, peer support workers and healthcare assistants.

Next steps at B&FC

Progression from the Cert HE may include further study including progressing to the FdA in Mental Health and Resilience and the BA (Hons) in Mental Health and Resilience.

Employment Opportunities

Progressing on from the foundation degree and top-up employment prospects may include education mental health practitioners, team leader roles and senior mental health support worker roles.

Key information

Entry Requirements

For a successful offer onto this programme of study you will require a GCSE English at grade 4 or C or functional skills at level 2. In addition, it is desirable that you have one of the following. We would also consider applicants who can evidence their capability to write to this standard if they do not possess these qualifications.

  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or related subject (Pass, Pass, Pass)
  • Certificate in Mental Health (Pass)
  • T Level Health (P, P, P)
  • A levels D, D, D (72 UCAS points)
  • Access to HE in Health, Nursing or Social Science (Pass)

You may also be considered If you are a non-standard student, who has not followed the traditional routes to higher education and will consider applications on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who can demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Requirements:

  • Confirmed employment or work experience within the Mental Health Sector
  • A current DBS may be required depending on the role or sector you are employed in

Initial advice and guidance will include a professional discussion with the delivery team and will include job progression and career aspirations, to ensure that the enrolment is correct for individual student circumstances.

Qualification obtained

Mental Health and Resilience - Certificate of Higher Education

Fees and funding

Please visit our finance page for more information on tuition fees and available financial support.

Extra costs and equipment

A computer is required as all assessments are submitted electronically. If you require a DBS this may be provided by the setting or if this is not provided, then the costs associated with this will be payable by you. The approximate cost of application is £40, confirmed at the point of application. You may also wish to purchase books to support your studies. Taught sessions will be at the University Campus where car parking fees apply.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institute: N/A

Awarding Body: Blackpool and The Fylde College

Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS)

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

The Cert HE does not have a mandatory placement, however there is an expectation that you would either be currently employed within the mental health sector or secure voluntary work experience within this sector. Should you wish to progress onto the FdA in Mental Health and Resilience there would also be a requirement to either work within the Mental Health sector and or secure work experience of a minimum of 4 hours a week.

  • Modules at level 4

    Module title Code Credits Optional
    Underpinning Principles of Mental Health SM4MD156 20 Yes
    Professional Behaviours and Skills SM4MD158 20 No
    Safeguarding and Mental Health SM4MD159 20 No
    Mental Health and Resilience Frameworks SM4MD160 20 No
    Professional and Academic Skills Health and Education SM4MD199 20 No
    Developing Resilience SM4MD237 20 No

Programme Specification

Download our Programme Specification for this course.

How will I learn?

To enable your transition to your new programme of study, you will benefit from a wide range of support, for example pre-course support to build your confidence.

A range of student-centred teaching and learning approaches will support your academic development including lectures, which will be scaffolded and deliver the indicative content of the session, supported by teacher led student centred activities to apply theory to practice.

Directed seminars will allow you to engage and develop your confidence, with guest speakers and industry representation from the sector, allowing you to consolidate and develop your learning.

Expert tutors

You will be taught by Senior Tutors who have a wealth of experience and knowledge in the Mental Health sector in addition to teaching across health and social care and mental health related programmes through to L6 honours degree.

Learning Methods

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6
Scheduled 228 0 0
Independent 772 0 0
Placement 0 0 0
Total 1000 0 0

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways on the programme, which are intended to develop key skills that are beneficial to further study and employment within the Mental Health sector. Assessment methods which you can expect to engage with include essays, reports, case study responses, reflective accounts, individual presentations, role play and presentations.

The mixture of practical and written methods of assessing your progress on the course will offer you the opportunity to develop skills essential to practice and build your confidence in working within the sector.

  • Introduction to Academic Studies – 60% Coursework and 40% Practical
  • Underpinning Principles of Mental Health – 100% Coursework
  • Developing Resilience - 50% Coursework and 50% Practical
  • Professional Behaviours and Skills – 50% Coursework and 50% Practical
  • Safeguarding and Mental Health – 100% Coursework
  • Mental Health and Resilience Frameworks – 100% Coursework

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Method Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Coursework 82% 0% 0%
Exam 0% 0% 0%
Practical 0% 0% 0%