Understanding Anxiety

Helping you to understand the impact and key issues surrounding anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions.


Why take this course?

Almost one in five adults living in the UK experiences some form of anxiety of depression. This number could possibly be higher, but many people are embarrassed to come forward due to society's lack of understanding when it comes to the seriousness of anxiety and depression.

This short but highly informative auto-marked programme will give you the knowledge you need to understand the impact and key issues surrounding anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions. It can be completed online in your own time (at a pace to suit you) and acts as a great addition to your CV, highlighting your understanding of and commitment to mental health.

What you will experience

Section 1: The meaning of ‘anxiety’ and ‘panic attack’
In this section, learners will be introduced to the true meaning of the terms ‘anxiety’ and ‘panic attack’, the causes and effects of anxiety and how particular ways of thinking can affect the onset of anxiety.

Section 2: Causes of anxiety
This section explores what causes anxiety and discusses existing research into why some are susceptible to anxiety, whilst others remain unaffected.

Section 3: The effects of anxiety
Learners will be introduced to the varying effects of anxiety, the physical and emotional symptoms and the health repercussions it can have on individuals living with the condition.

Section 4: How ways of thinking and behaving affect anxiety
In this section, learners will start to understand that the way people think can greatly influence the way they handle demanding, stressful events. This module details how individuals respond to such events in very different ways, and experiencing very different outcomes.

Section 5: Anxiety management and support
In the final section, learners will be introduced to the 'self-help' approach to anxiety and will learn about the different self-help strategies available to those living with the condition.

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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
Email: enquiry@nescol.ac.uk

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: www.nescol.ac.uk, 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.