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NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care


Health and Social Care

Study Mode

Part time

Start Date



18 weeks


Available at

Course Overview

This qualification provides an ideal taster for learners who may be new to the sector or new to the world of work. It is accessible to learners of all ages who may want to understand more about working in health and social care. It aims to introduce some basic concepts of caring and preparation for employment in the sector.

What will I learn?

The course aims to introduce knowledge around the following areas relating to working in adult social care:
• communication
• equality, diversity and inclusion
• personal development
• role of the social care worker
• handling information
• health and safety
• safeguarding
• duty of care
• person-centred approaches.

It is made up of nine mandatory units as follows:
• Principles of communication in adult social care settings
• Principles of personal development in adult social care settings
• Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings
• Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
• Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
• Understand the role of the social care worker
• Understand person-centred approaches in adult social care settings
• Understand health and safety in social care settings
• Understand how to handle information in social care settings

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

This course is delivered purely online with digital content. Upon enrolment Learners are sent login details for our e-assessor system where they will access all course materials including workbooks and questions. Learners will also submit all work via this system which will then be marked by an Assessor and feedback provided.

Due to the nature of these Distance Learning courses, the emphasis is very much on self-directed study.

Learners should be able to take all the information needed to complete the course from the Workbooks but will also receive high level support from their Assessor and the Distance Learning Team.

Each unit will have a set deadline, which is usually 2 weeks, so Learners can plan their study time to fit in with these dates.

Entry Requirements

Learners must be aged 19 years or over as at the start of the academic year (31st August).

Must have lived in the UK or EAA for the last three years.

Must currently reside in England, in a post code outside of London, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, the West Midlands Combined Authority, the Tees Valley Combined Authority, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, the Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland Combined Authority, the Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

If aged 19-23, must hold a full Level 2 qualification or above in any subject (e.g., QCF Diploma Level 2, five GCSEs/O Levels grade A-C, two or three AS Levels, CSE grade 1 5 or more, one A Level, QCF Certificate, GNVQ Intermediate, First Diploma, NVQ Level 2, First Certificate or Principle of Learning Level 2).

If aged 24+ no qualifications are required.

Additional Costs and Information

Learners can only complete one Distance Learning course at a time and cannot be on another funded course such as an Apprenticeship.

The allotted time for completion of this course is six months.

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