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

This course is made available by The Open University through Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 4.0 Licence.

What's included?

  • 7 ebooks
  • 1 video
  • 2 assessments

  1 certificate of learning

Course Aims

  • 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

Course Modules

  • Understanding Mental Capacity
  • Decision Making


There is an assessment at the end of each module, which must be passed with at least 75% to pass the course. You will have unlimited attempts to pass the assessments.

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