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NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Cancer Support

Key course information

Health and Social Care


16 weeks

Part time

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Course Overview

The purpose of the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Cancer Support is to give learners knowledge to support their work within the adult health and social care sectors, particularly those wanting to specialise in the area or develop employment/progression opportunities. It may also be useful for those providing informal care to those living with cancer.

What will I learn?

This qualification aims to:
• focus on the study of cancer support in the health and social care sector
• offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge.

The objective of this qualification is to give learners knowledge of:
• what cancer is, its diagnosis and treatment
• the support needs of people living with cancer

This course consists of 4 units, which are as follows:
• Cancer awareness
In this unit the learner will gain knowledge of the different categories and types of cancer and its prevalence in the UK. The learner will also understand how the approach to cancer care has changed over time.

• Introduction to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer
In this unit the learner will gain knowledge of detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The learner will also understand the impact of being diagnosed with cancer has on an individual, family and friends.

• Introduction to cancer care and support
In this unit the learner will gain knowledge and understanding of how family members and others support individuals with cancer care. The learner will also understand how coping strategies and self-management can help support emotional and mental wellbeing.

• Introduction to end of life and bereavement care
In this unit the learner will gain knowledge of end of life and bereavement care and what factors can affect an individual’s views on death and dying. The learner will also understand the process of loss and the stages of grief.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification.

Learners should be over the age of 19 at the start of the academic year in order to undertake this qualification. You should also have been a resident in the UK or EEA/EU for at least three years prior to enrolment.

Learners cannot be enrolled onto this, or any other, distance learning courses if they are already on a course, they receive funding for (such as an apprenticeship or diploma).

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Assessment requirements: portfolio of evidence is internally assessed and moderated, and then externally moderated.

This is a distance learning course. This means learners do not have to attend college for lessons or sessions with a tutor. You are given a personal log in to e-assessor, where you will submit your work for each unit. Once work is submitted this is automatically sent to your assessor for marking.

Additional Costs and Information

All learners must attend an induction session prior to being enrolled onto the course. A member of the team will contact you upon your registration to organize this. The session will cover all paperwork for the course and an opportunity to receive workbooks for the course to work from.

The course is free to enrol on, however, if a learner wishes to be withdrawn from the course at any point, or fails to submit their work in within the allotted time given to them by their assessor, they will be charged a £115 fee. This is explained to learners at their induction.

We now require all learners to submit unit 1 within the first month of their enrolment onto the course, otherwise they risk being withdrawn from the course and charged the £115 fee.

The allotted time for each learner to complete this course is 4 months.

Learners can only complete 1 NCFE course at a time.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to: • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills • Level 3 Award in Health and Social Care • Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care • Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support • Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care • Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health • Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory

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