Understanding Depression

Exploring the impact and key issues surrounding depression.


Why take this course?

Depression and anxiety affect almost one in five UK adults today. This number is possibly higher, but many people are embarrassed to come forward due to the lack of understanding of the seriousness of anxiety and depression.

This short, auto-marked programme will give you the knowledge required to understand the impact and key issues surrounding depression and anxiety. It is completed online with auto-marked assessments, and can be completed in your own time at a pace that suits you. It will also act as a valuable addition to your CV, highlighting your commitment to mental health awareness.

What you will experience

This course has six main sections:

Section 1: The meaning of ‘depression’
Learners will start to understand the difference between ‘feeling low’ and clinical depression, whilst examining some of the key facts about depression.

Section 2: The cause of depression
In this section, learners will cover the causes and symptoms of depression, and will also look at individual experiences and case studies of those who have experienced the condition.

Section 3: The effects of psychotic depression
In this section, learners will learn exactly what psychotic depression is, and develop the skills required to identify when someone is suffering from it. This section also begins to explore the ways in which to deal with the condition.

Section 4: Effects on the individual, family and friends
Learners will study how depression affects an individual’s life, as well as he life of their family and close friends.

Section 5: How the demands of daily life can maintain depression
This section covers the demands of modern day life, and how depression can manifest itself in various forms. Learners will also be introduced to techniques in managing related pressures and demands.

Section 6: Depression management and support
Learners will study possible treatments for depression, and the local resources available to help those suffering from depression and psychotic depression.

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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?

Please note, this course is not eligible for fee waiver.

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.