With 2 Spuds in a Pod (on behalf of Bodycore and Active IQ) you can obtain the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Award in Mental Health Awareness
  • Level 2 Gym instructor*
  • Level 3 Personal trainer*
  • Level 3 Pre and Post Natal**
  • Level 3 Exercise Referral**
  • Award in Education and Training Level 3**
  • Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment Level 3**
  • Award in nutrition

*Gym instructor and personal trainer can be done as a combination course
**The gym instructor and personal trainer qualifications need to be completed before applying to do these.

Level 2 Award in Mental Health Awareness

Delivered by 2 Spuds in a Pod on behalf of Bodycore and Active IQ.  


With more and more people being diagnosed with a mental health condition each year it is becoming more apparent that awareness is needed. This is why Active IQ have developed a course where you can learn about specific mental health conditions, help reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health and encourage friends, family and colleagues to talk to you about their mental health. The course also covers how to become a mental health first aider. This means you will be able to notice the signs and help someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis.  

Who is the course for?

  • Anyone over the age of 16
  • People who wish to improve their knowledge and awareness of mental health
  • People who wish to become a mental health first aider

What will I learn?

There are 4 different parts to the course, and these are:

Part 1: You will be able to define what mental health is, outline the stigma attached to it and identify common misconceptions surrounding it. You will also be able to describe the role media and social media has on it as well as outlining statistical data and duty of care.

Part 2: Identifying the main signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders. As well as identifying common treatments and interventions and describing main risk factors associated with mental health.

Part 3:  Understanding the support and advice available for mental health. Identifying credible sources of information, support, guidance, organisations. You will also be able to identify appropriate responses for someone who needs support.

Part 4: Recognise and respond to the signs of mental ill health in themselves and others. This will include providing initial help to someone in crisis and how to escalate a situation where someone may be at risk of harm to themselves or others.

What mental health conditions will be covered?

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders including stress, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating disorders including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa
  • Addiction and substance misuse
  • Bereavement
  • Self-harm

Download the brochure

Where will the course take place?

For larger groups the course instructor will travel to your workplace. One-to-one sessions can either be done in person (depending on location) or via Skype.

How long will the course last?

The course for larger groups will last two days and for one-to-one will last one day. You will be sent the learning books in advance for you to have a look at. The assessments are done in your own time.

Please note: You will not get your certificate until the assessments are passed.

Is there an assessment?

As this is a recognised qualification there are online assessments to do once the course is completed. Your course instructor will go through this on your course day. The good news is it is an open book assessment so you can have all your notes with you.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes. Once the course and assessments are complete you will receive your certificate.
If you have not received your certificate within six weeks of the course and assessment completion, please contact 2 Spuds.

How much will it cost?

The course is £180 per person. Discounts will apply for larger groups.

Please contact 2 Spuds for information regarding one-to-one sessions.


The course is delivered by 2 Spuds in a Pod on behalf of Bodycore and Active IQ.  

Who is the course instructor?

The course instructor will be Helen.

She comes with a wealth of knowledge and has experience with mental health in both her personal and professional life. She will take you through the course as well as answer any questions you may have. Helen will also be around at the lunch breaks and after the course to answer any personal questions you may have. Helen’s background is as a personal trainer and knows first-hand how exercise can benefit someone with a mental health condition.

Can I do group exercise as part of the course?

The short answer is yes. This is an optional extra, but Helen will be able to put you through your paces with a boxing workout, circuit workout or personal training. Prices vary depending how many people book on to the course. Please enquire when you book.