Mental Health Award (SCHOOLS)

***PLEASE NOTE - only pupils who will be at school during session 2024/25 can apply for this course***

This course has been designed to provide accurate information, promote understanding and equip learners with positive coping strategies to improve and maintain mental health and wellbeing.

The award aims to:

  • Reduce stigma surrounding mental health
  • Arm young people with healthy coping strategies
  • Promote knowledge of the impact of mental health on behaviour
  • Dispel myths surrounding mental health
  • Promote understanding of positive and negative impacts on mental health
  • Help individuals to make the right choice
  • Promote understanding of the potential uses and impact of social media and the internet
    create resilience

The deadline for applications is Friday 19 April 2024 but early applications are encouraged.

Specific aims of the award are to allow learners to develop knowledge and skills related to:

  • Explaining the terms ‘mental health’ and ‘wellbeing’ for individuals and wider society  
  • Describing a range of mental health issues  
  • Describing the role of the brain in relation to mental health and wellbeing  
  • Describing factors that may cause mental health and wellbeing issues  
  • Describing the influences of technology and social media
  • Exploring helpful and unhelpful coping strategies
  • Explaining how to promote good mental health and wellbeing in self and others
  • Explaining different types of support and ways to address barriers to support mental health and wellbeing 

Studying mental health and wellbeing can lead to many career paths within Health, Social Care or Psychological Services. These include Mental Health Nursing, Social Work/Social Care, Clinical Psychology and counselling. The job roles are diverse and can include support work with children and family services, addiction support work, older adult services and many others. 

  • Progression from this award may be onto the school partnership NPA Social Services and Healthcare or onto full time study of the Level 6 Pathway to Health and Social Care 

  • Achieved at least 3 Nat 4 at C or above. Working towards Three Nat 5's One of which is English or literacy based. Must have an interest in study or career in Health Social Care reflected in personal statement. 
  • An understanding of mental health is valuable knowledge and appropriate for any area of study or work. The applicant must have a genuine interest in this area of study and be able to explore the influences that may impact on personal well being. 

Further advice for School College Programme and Foundation Apprenticeship applicants:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• If your course requires a PVG, you will be advised of this at time of selection.
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited to an information session or interview
• If your application is unsuccessful, you should speak to a guidance teacher or SDS school liaison officer.
• If you are unable to attend the information session or wish to withdraw your application, please email the School Partnership team -


Alloa Campus

Start date

11 June 2024

SCQF Level

Level 5