“A very interesting and useful course. I learnt a lot and developed skills and confidence.”

BTEC programme student

Our courses are created and run by people with first hand experience of mental illness.

By choosing to study with the college you are taking the next step forward into a fulfilled and rewarding life, and our courses are carefully designed to provide the best support and help on this journey.

Some of the topics covered:

  • The research about recovering from mental illness
  • What mental illness is and how it affects us
  • The psychology of wellbeing
  • The process and practice of wellbeing
  • How the way we form our own story affects the way we feel
  • How to be mindful
  • How to plan for a new future by setting achievable goals

Discover Our Courses:

Journeys to Recovering

This is our introductory course. It is led by people who have their own lived experience of recovering from mental health problems. It looks at the journey people take when they begin to take charge of their lives after experiencing mental illness.

The course explains what research tells us about the best ingredients to support recovery. Just as importantly, it also encourages students to share their own experience positively, learn about their own strengths and how to harness them to build for the future.

The course programme includes books and resources to support learning during and after the course has finished.


Our mindfulness course develops a helpful range of techniques designed to support you in your recovery journey. The course takes an educational rather than clinical approach to mindfulness. This helps you to identify what works best for you, both through group learning and sharing with other students and the tutor.

Mindfulness can support recovery by focusing your attention positively on what helps you rather than unwelcome distractions, developing a non-judgemental accepting attitude towards yourself and helping you to understand and feel more connected to your own experience day-to-day.


Motiv8 is a three week programme to support people who are recovering from mental health problems and need some extra help to start working towards their recovery. You will have the chance to learn more about motivation, plan and try out activities to support your recovery.

Please note that to get the best out of the course you should plan to come to all three sessions.

Mental Health First Aid Lite

Mental Health First Aid Lite is a respected national learning programme. The course is a three hour introductory mental health awareness course aimed at anyone who is in a situation where they feel they may benefit from increased awareness of mental health issues, particularly carers, family and friends.

As part of our commitment to support organisations to manage mental health in the workplace, we also offer places to employers. You will receive a certificate of attendance and a manual with further information and resources. Please note that numbers enrolling from any one organisation may be restricted if demand is high.

This course will enable you to:

  • Gain a wider understanding of the issues surrounding mental health
  • Work more effectively with people experiencing mental health problems
  • Identify the discrimination surrounding mental health
  • Define mental health and some mental health problems
  • Relate to people’s experiences
  • Look after your own mental health
Discovery College

Our Discovery College course is for people aged from 16 to 25, and is specifically tailored for the younger age group.

The course is run by peer trainers who have their own experience of recovering from a mental health problem. Together we learn about the effect mental illness has on us psychologically and physically, and then go on to explore proven tools which can give us hope and relief, and help us to heal and move on. We will learn how to develop a positive mood, how to engage with the world through positive relationships with others and how to bounce back after adversity. The course is designed to fit your own learning style, so there are no direct questions or tests.

Recovery Communities

Recovery Communities sessions have been set up to keep in touch and continue to support students with recovery after graduation. There will be opportunities for graduates to choose the activities or speakers as well as where and when they take place.

BTEC Level 3 Award in Education & Training

This BTEC validated course is open to graduates of the Recovery College who want to develop skills in sharing their own experience of recovery as a trainer. The course will run in spring 2018 and those who have completed our Pathways programme are able to express an interest to tutors in this throughout the year.

Journeys to Recovering Part 2

This three day follow up course is aimed at supporting students who previously completed our Journeys to Recovering course, anywhere in Gloucestershire.

Further information and the experience of those who are on their own recovery pathways is included. Recovery goals previously developed by students will be followed up, with the support of coaching sessions.

Our upcoming courses

All Courses
Journeys to Recovering
Journeys to Recovering Part 2
Mental Health First Aid Lite
BTEC Level 3 Award in Education & Training
Discovery College
Recovery Communities
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Taster sessions - North Cotswolds

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St Edward’s Hall, The Square, Stow on the Wold, GL54 1AF

Discovery College Taster - Cheltenham

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Room FC-TC 009, Francis Close Hall, University of Gloucestershire, Swindon Road, Cheltenham.

Discovery College - Cheltenham

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Seminar Room, Francis Close Hall, University of Gloucestershire, Swindon Road, Cheltenham.

Motiv8 - Tewkesbury

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Mental Health First Aid Lite - Dursley/Cam

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GL11 Community Hub, Fairmead, Cam, GL11 5JS.