QQI Level 6 Mental Health Awareness

The Learning Curve Institute's QQI Level 6 Mental Health Awareness programme is fully validated by QQI under the new Common Awards System at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications.  It carries a Credit Value of 15 credits and can be combined with other Level 6 Minor Awards to achieve a Level 6 Major Award in Social and Vocational Integration.

This module at QQI Level 6 has been developed to enhance the understanding of Mental Health by personnel currently working in the Mental Health field or for those people who wish to develop a career in nursing, mental health or other sectors of the caring professions. The purpose of this programme is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to work independently or in a supervisory capacity in an organisation which provides services to individuals with mental health difficulties.

Programme Duration:

The QQI Level 6 Component Certificate in Mental Health Awareness takes place over 4 full days and is delivered using a blended learning approach. This includes 30 hours of classroom based directed learning using a variety of methodologies and 8 hours of online contribution via discussion forums. Assessments and projects are due in 8 weeks after the last lecture day. Group participation and interaction is actively encouraged.

Students are advised that a further 30-40 hours of self-directed learning over an 8 week period is required for successful completion of the assessments and the programme. 

Programme Aims:

The aim of this Level 6 QQI Minor Award in Mental Health Awareness is to give attendees an in-depth understanding of mental health difficulties and to help them to apply this knowledge to support people who have mental health difficulties in a positive way. Learners who successfully complete this module will:

  • acquire an understanding of the theoretical background associated with mental health issues 
  • be aware of the moral, ethical and legal considerations associated with mental health
  • be familiar with theories and types of mental illness 
  • understand the positive and negative factors which may affect your mental health 
  • apply this knowledge in the workplace and in everyday life 
  • appreciate various treatment approaches

Programme Certification:

Upon successful completion of this module participants will receive a QQI Level 6 Mental Health Awareness Component Certificate. It is also known as a "Minor Award" at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

This module is also one of the components of a variety of QQI Level 6 Major Awards including the Level 6 Major Award in Social and Vocational Integration. Through the new QQI Common Awards System this component certificate can be combined with other QQI Level 6 Component Certificates or Minor Awards to achieve a Level 6 Major Award. These other modules can be completed with other providers and at a time that is convenient to you.

For further information on these component certificates please contact us directly or visit the QQI website: www.qqi.ie 

Programme content:

As per the QQI guidelines for The Level 6 Minor Award in Mental Health Awareness, this course includes four key learning units:  

  1. What is Mental Health? 
  2. The realities of Mental Illness 
  3. Intervention and Treatment Approaches 
  4. Recovery and Advocacy Options

Learning Outcomes:

  • To build on and expand existing knowledge in relation to Mental Health within the group.
  • To enhance confidence in participants in relation to their understanding of Mental Health Awareness and the different areas of Mental Illness. 
  • To allow space and time for participants to look at intervention and treatment approaches for dealing with Mental health issues. 
  • To equip participants with knowledge about recovery and advocacy options that are available.

Entry Requirements:

While there are no specific entry requirements, QQI and The Learning Curve Institute have the following preferred entry requirements for this course:

  • Level 5 Certificate in an associated or relevant subject area, Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences.


There are two assignments required for successful completion of this QQI Level 6 Mental Health Awareness course.

1. Learner Record - 50% 2. Project - 50%

Learner Record: A personal journal will be compiled by candidates. It will include a record of how the candidate integrates the knowledge and understanding of mental health issues into their daily work. The journal should show a record of how the candidate recognises the symptoms and characteristics of mental illness, the impact of mental illness on the individual and how they integrated strategies to improve mental health and aid recovery.

Project: The project will require candidates to demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the key learning outcomes. Candidates will be required to research a range of documents which will be supplied and integrate this knowledge and understanding into a comprehensive project.

Assessment Grading: Pass 50 - 64% Merit 65 - 79% Distinction 80 - 100%

As part of the project candidates will present one aspect of the project content through an oral presentation.


You do not need to buy any books for this course. All materials for the QQI Level 6 Mental Health Awareness course will be available for download from The Learning Curve Institute website. We will also supply a list of recommended reading and websites that you could consult for further reading if you wish.

Connect with your Trainer:

The Learning Curve Institute offers a unique post-course support system whereby students are provided with the contact details of the lecturer and are free to contact him/her with any questions they may have.

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NOTE: QQI charge a Certification fee of €20 per person per Minor Award for the issuing of all QQI component certificates. All participants undertaking QQI courses with The Learning Curve Institute will be liable for this €20 fee in addition to the relevant course fee.

Please see www.QQI.ie for full details.