Qualification Information

Sector: Other Category: Personal development
VTCT Product Code: MH1A1 GLH: 6 Age Restriction: 14
Qualification Number: 603/6456/7 Units: 1 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 1

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 28 September 2020

About this qualifications

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT (ITEC) Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness is a VRQ aimed at learners aged 14+ who are either in a full-time education programme, a part time programme at a college or with a private training provider, and wish to develop an understanding of a range of issues which may affect the mental health of people, how to identify common mental health conditions and offer support for people with mental health conditions.

What does this qualification cover?

The qualification includes one mandatory unit which includes:

  • Understanding what is meant by mental health
  • Awareness of the effects of mental health conditions
  • Supporting people with mental health conditions

  • Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of mental health and wellbeing. Learners will develop knowledge of a range of mental health conditions, the factors affecting mental health and the impact of mental health from a global, individual and workplace perspective.

    Learners will develop an understanding of what constitutes good mental health and mental ill-health and how to recognise the signs and symptoms of a number of mental health conditions. Learners will also develop an awareness of the types of support available for mental health conditions and how to access them.

    What could this qualification lead to?

    Learners undertaking this qualification may wish progress to other mental health related qualifications in areas including:
  • Mental Health First Aid qualifications
  • Understanding eating disorders
  • Understanding substance misuse
  • Mental wellbeing in children/young people

  • Qualification Structure

    Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 1 components and earn a minimum of credits.

    Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
    UMH1 J/618/4015 Understanding mental health 1 6

    *For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


    *To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

    Centres approved to run this qualification

    VTCT accredits centres to offer our qualifications, but cannot advise which centres are running particular courses at any time. Please contact the centre directly to find out if they currently offering your chosen qualification.

    NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

    Centre Name Telephone Website Location
    Champneys International College of Health and Beauty 01442 291336 Visit website Buckinghamshire
    Bodmin College 01208 79220 Visit website Cornwall
    Truro - Penwith College 01736 335000 Visit website Cornwall
    Truro College 01872 267000 Visit website Cornwall
    Buxton and Leek College - Buxton Campus 01298 330620 Visit website Derbyshire
    Heanor Gate Science College 01773 716396 Visit website Derbyshire
    Quality Assurance Training and Consultancy 07725 914304 Visit website Derbyshire
    Devon Academy of Complementary Therapies - Exeter 01392 979995 Visit website Devon
    Hair@theAcademy 07974 750699 Visit website Devon
    Holistic Therapies Training Academy 01237 472109 Visit website Devon
    East Sussex College - Eastbourne 0303 003 9300 Visit website East Sussex
    Excellence-Solutions Limited T/A Candor Professional Beauty Academy - Colchester 2 0845 467 7754 Visit website Essex
    Hair Pro 1 Training Academy 01268 967 147 Visit website Essex
    Harwich & Dovercourt High School Academy 01255 245463 Visit website Essex
    JET Hairdressing Academy 01268 286403 Visit website Essex
    Specialist Trade Courses - Colchester 0345 565 2656 Visit website Essex
    Companyhq barbers 01702 864 518 Visit website Essex - Southend-on-Sea
    Hayden Health and Beauty Training Academy 0844 335 0152 Visit website Gloucestershire
    Dermatherapy 07900931907 Visit website Greater Manchester - Bolton
    Active Health Group 0161 235 5306 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
    The Manchester College - Harpurhey Campus 0161 909 6655 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
    The Manchester College - Northenden Campus 0161 614 8000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
    Tylerlee CIC 01942 206253 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
    AHEd - Peter Symonds College 01962 886166 Visit website Hampshire
    Pure Learning Partnerships 07825 795816 Visit website Hampshire
    Southampton School of Hairdressing and Barbering 023 8059 5060 Visit website Hampshire - Southampton
    Herefordshire and Ludlow College 0800 0321986 Visit website Herefordshire
    Essential Training Solutions 01279 726800 Visit website Hertfordshire
    Westfield Academy 01923 231560 Visit website Hertfordshire
    Iristylers Academy 01304 204685 Visit website Kent
    Retreat Services 07368593077 Visit website Kent
    SB Hair and Beauty Academy Ltd 01732 842465 Visit website Kent
    TNB Skills Training - Folkestone 01303 256305 Visit website Kent
    Robyn Raye Academy 01622584427 Visit website Kent - Medway
    Any Driver Leicester 07909 777775 Visit website Leicestershire - Leicester
    Grantham College 01476 400226 Visit website Lincolnshire
    New College Stamford 01780 484300 Visit website Lincolnshire
    Lincolnshire Vocational Training Academy 07745 437513 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
    SJC Training Academy of Hair and Beauty T/A HB Academy 02088593446 Visit website London - Bexley
    TLT Academy Ltd 020 8462 3662 Visit website London - Bromley
    EstelWorld Beauty / Laser College 020 7254 4588 Visit website London - Haringey
    Hairforce 1 Training Academy 07495 774490 Visit website London - Havering
    alan d Hairdressing 020 7634 9400 Visit website London, City of
    Wirral Metropolitan College - Conway Park Campus 0151 551 7777 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
    Norwich School of Beauty 01603928900 Visit website Norfolk
    Yve Holistic Training 07877 073 406 Visit website Norfolk
    West Nottinghamshire College 01623 627191 Visit website Nottinghamshire
    Any Driver Ltd Nottingham 07989 777775 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
    SBC Training 01743 718586 Visit website Shropshire
    EMF Hair, Beauty & Nail Training Academy 01226 715360 Visit website South Yorkshire - Barnsley
    Any Driver Ltd Doncaster Visit website South Yorkshire - Doncaster
    Cirque Skills Pathway CIC 01302 340107 Visit website South Yorkshire - Doncaster
    Buxton and Leek College - Leek Campus 0800 074 0099 Visit website Staffordshire
    Stoke on Trent College - Cauldon Campus 01782 208208 Visit website Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent
    Falltricks Hairdressing Academy - Ipswich 01473 225786 Visit website Suffolk
    Suffolk New College 01473 382200 Visit website Suffolk
    MKM Cosmetics 07493311925 Visit website Warwickshire
    North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College - Nuneaton Campus 024 7624 3000 Visit website Warwickshire
    Sansuri Training 07585441321 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
    Your Beautique Training 0121 270 5855 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
    Elegance Beauty Training Academy 07891468660 Visit website West Yorkshire - Calderdale
    Phoenix Solutions 07891468660 Visit website West Yorkshire - Calderdale
    Olive Training 01985 840093 Visit website Wiltshire
    Therapy Courses 01722 711603 Visit website Wiltshire
    Christopher Whitehead Language College 01905 423906 Visit website Worcestershire
    Drift Away - Bewdley 07972 593065 Visit website Worcestershire
    JBH training Ltd 07712 649091 Visit website Worcestershire
    Tullamore Community Training Centre +353 579351030 Visit website Ireland
    Kaizen Training Academy 07976006070 Visit website Belfast
    Uni Learning 028 9590 2890 Visit website Belfast
    Mac-Ed Training Ltd 07891862726 or 07581034000 Visit website Wales
    In The Pink Therapies And Training 07740 774590 Visit website Caerphilly
    In The Pink Therapies And Training (Risca) 07740774590 Visit website Newport
    CS Beauty Academy Wrexham 01978 846266 Visit website Wrexham