Supporting People with Learning Disabilities & Mental Health Needs

Develop your understanding of learning disabilities and mental health, and learn how to provide effective support.


Why take this course?

This e-learning course is broken down into four easy-to-follow units – an introduction and three study units. Using examples and interviews, it will provide learners with a better understanding of why people with learning disabilities may suffer from mental health issues and the signs to look out for.

It emphasises the differences between the two conditions and explains some of the treatment options available for those who are suffering from mental ill health.

What you will experience

Unit 1: You will receive an introduction to the course.

Unit 2: Intends to increase awareness of the rights and values of people with learning disabilities. It also looks at how a person-centred approach is critical to providing the right support, and defines learning disability and mental ill-health - underlining the difference between the two. Unit 2 concludes by identifying some of the mental health problems that learners need to be aware of, and look out for, and describes the factors that can cause their development.

Unit 3: Explains how learners can help the people they care for to stay physically and mentally healthy through different stages of their lives. Learners will also look at why record-keeping is important as part of their supporting role. Unit 3 concludes by helping learners explore the services that exist to provide advice and guidance for them and the people in their care when they need extra support.

Unit 4: Helps learners to identify their responsibilities when someone they support is being assessed for mental health needs, and informs them of treatments available and what might happen if a person refuses any intervention. Learners will look at how the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act can be used in some circumstances to ensure that people receive the treatment they need, if it is in their best interests. A list of a person’s rights under the Mental Health Act will be provided, and Unit 4 will conclude by planning how learners can put what they have learned on the course into practice in their work.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course will require you to manage your workload independently, without tutor support.

Subject area

Entry requirements

Previous knowledge or experience would be of benefit but is not essential.

What you will need

Students must have access to a computer with a broadband internet connection.

What you need to know

Anything else?

This is a Distance Learning course which means you can study at home, in the workplace or wherever you choose at times that are convenient for you. You do not have any classes to attend. The materials for this course are provided as webpages for you to work through online. As you progress through the course materials you will find explanations of each feature, followed by practical exercises. You will be supported throughout the course by a specialist Distance Learning Tutor.

As you progress they will continue to make regular contact to offer support and guidance, usually by email but sometimes by phone, to ensure you are making good progress and to support your learning throughout. You must be able to study independently through the course materials.

Whilst studying with Business & Community Development, you will have access to the Library+ sites and the Digital Skills Space. You will also have technical and administrative support from Business & Community Development team.

Fee Waivers

Please note that fee waivers or funding may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.

Next steps




Duration Fees Code
5 Hours over 1 Month £30.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.