Health, Science and Social Care Professions

Health and Social Care Level 2 Work-based

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course has various start times throughout the year and will be completed in one year.

Entry requirements
  • There are no formal qualifications for this award, however you must be a volunteer (approximately 12 hours) with some knowledge and experience in care, or currently employed in a care environment working with and caring for adults
  • An initial assessment for Numeracy and Literacy will take place on application to the course
  • Students will normally take part in an interview prior to being enrolled on the programme
You will achieve
  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) QCF CACHE
  • Qualifications and Credit Framework total 46 credits

Last updated: 2nd October 2017

Course overview

If you want to make a difference to people’s lives in a positive way and at the same time gain skills, then a qualification in Health and Social Care is the route for you. This qualification develops the knowledge and skills needed when working with adults in health and social care environments. It covers a wide range of areas including supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and health care procedures.

Course content

The QCF allows you to build up credits which are made up of a number of units that have a stated aim. Each unit is made up from learning outcomes and each learning outcome is linked to a number of assessment criteria. Each of the assessments criteria must be completed successfully for a learner to achieve the unit. Each unit has a level and credit value.

You must take nine mandatory units. You then have a choice of optional knowledge and competence units covering different areas of Health and Social Care such as supporting person centred approaches, advocacy, health care, supporting those with disabilities, learning disabilities or dementia. Learners have the opportunity to take a general qualification in Health and Social care, or they may follow specialist pathways in Dementia Care or Learning Disabilities.
Core Mandatory Units: 24 credits

  • Introduction to communication in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s Setting
  • Introduction to personal development in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s Setting
  • Introduction to equality and inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s Setting
  • Introduction to duty of care in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s Setting
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection in Health and Social Care
  • The role of the Health and Social are worker
  • Implement person centred approaches in Health and Social Care
  • Contribute to health and safety in Health and Social Care
  • Handle information in Health and Social Care settings

Optional Units: 22 credits
You will choose from a variety of optional unit depending on your own role and responsibility in the workplace. These will build up the remaining credits to achieve the full Level 2 Diploma.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through work-based assessments in your work placement and various evidence methods throughout the programme, building up a portfolio.

What equipment will I need?

You will be required to provide paper, writing materials, A4 ring binder file, extra wide dividers and clear plastic wallets. A copy of the standard handbook will be provided and given to you by your assessor on the first visit.


Where will I study?

SciTech Centre
Falcon Street
S70 2EY

What can I do next?

Progression to Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults).

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £700 full fee payable.

Extra information

Full Fee Payable

If the course is listed as full fee payable, you will have to pay for the course.

Contact the Information Unit

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Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.


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Health and Social Care Level 2 Work-based