Understanding Mental Capacity

  • Short Course
  • Level: Foundation
  • Study time: 1 hour
Gain an awareness of mental capacity in our online course
Mandatory Training
This level 1, introductory course describes the principles of mental capacity and decision making in adults aged 16+.
  • Modules: 2
  • Exams: 1
Who is this course for?
Course Modules
Learning Outcomes
Technical Requirements

Who Is This Course For?

 Anyone wanting to find out more about principles of mental capacity and decision making in adults aged 16+.

Course Modules

  • Understanding Mental Capacity
  • Decision Making

Learning Outcomes

  • Define mental capacity
  • Explain why understanding mental capacity is important and for whom
  • Describe mental capacity in terms of time and decision making
  • Describe different types of decision and the ones that no one else can make
  • Explain how decisions are made and what helps people make decisions
  • Explain what is meant by, and who is, the decision maker when a person lacks mental capacity or has fluctuating mental capacity
  • Describe in simple terms how decision makers decide
  • Describe in simple terms what is meant by an unwise decision


You must gain a minimum of 75% in the end of module assessments in order to gain your certificate for this course. You can attempt the assessments as many times as you would like.

Technical Requirements

Please make sure you are familiar with our technical requirements before commencing a course:

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 Internet: You need to have an internet connection to access any of our online training courses.

 PDF Reader: Some of our courses come with PDFs and Word documents for download. You need to ensure that you have a PDF reader and word processor on your device to access these documents if you would like to download them.



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    • Expiry date of certificate (where applicable)
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    • Learning outcomes of what you have learned during your training
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