Mental Capacity Act 2005

Covering key legislation and concepts, and the importance of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.


Why take this course?

This e-learning course comprises an introduction and six easy-to-follow study units. All the key aims and principles of this important legislation are covered, including the concepts of capacity and best interests, and the importance of the Code of Practice and how the courts become involved.

What you will experience

Unit 1: Introduction
You will receive a detailed introduction to the course.

Unit 2: Introduction to the Mental Capacity Act
This Unit looks at the background to the Mental Capacity Act and what it aims to achieve. It offers an overview of some of the key areas of interest to all staff whose work may be affected by the Act. The Unit touches upon key areas which are dealt with in more detail in other units which make up this course, and will be of interest to anyone with no previous experience of the Mental Capacity Act, or anyone who requires a brief introduction to the act and its implications.

Unit 3: Determining Capacity
This Unit is about how mental capacity is assessed. It is crucial that learners have a thorough understanding of how capacity is determined. After completing this Unit learners will be able to explain the assessment process used to measure mental capacity and will also be able to keep appropriate records in relation to assessing capacity.

Unit 4: Making Decisions - Providing Care
This Unit helps learners to understand exactly what is meant when we refer to a person’s ‘best interests’. After completing this unit, learners will be able to identify when they may need to act on behalf of a person who lacks the capacity to consent. It will guide them through the process for establishing a person’s ‘best interests’ and will clarify the role of the decision maker in these situations.

Unit 5: The Code of Practice
The Code of Practice plays an important role in the operation of the Mental Capacity Act. This Unit helps learners understand why everyone involved in the care of people who may lack capacity to make decisions must consult the Code of Practice.

Unit 6: The MCA in Practice
The Code of Practice is one measure introduced to support implementation of the Mental Capacity Act. There are others. This Unit helps learners to understand some of the new powers and services being introduced by the MCA, and introduces other organisations who can provide protection to people lacking the capacity to make decisions for themselves.

Unit 7: Protection and Supervision
This Unit assists learners to understand certain changes resulting from the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and how these changes are initiatives for better protection and supervision of people who lack capacity. The Unit concludes by exploring the MCA’s provisions for children and young people.

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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.

Fee Waivers

Please note that fee waivers or funding do not apply for this course.

Next steps



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Duration Fees Code
4 Hours over 1 Month £40.00
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

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