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  • Type: Health & Social Care
  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 9-12 months (flexible)

About the course

Social care is about providing personal, practical and emotional support to help people live their lives to the best quality that they can. It's about supporting them to maintain their independence, dignity and control. Person centred care. Social Care is the term given to a wide range of care and support for people with assessed needs. This qualification provides a suitable way to meet the development and qualification needs of a variety of roles and job titles, including Health & Social Care assistants. On completion of the level 2 Diploma can lead to promotion as Senior carer.
Social care is the term given to a wide range of care and support for people with assessed need. This Diploma provides a suitable way to meet the development and qualification needs of a variety of roles and job titles. It is also a Legal requirement by the government that anyone working with vulnerable adults have this qualification.

Entry requirements

Whilst there are no formal criteria, those who successfully complete the Diploma and
continue to work in the sector most often exhibit empathy, care and interest in others and want to work in Health & Social Care. You must also be working in the sector and be in suitable employment. Experience of voluntary work is accepted in some cases.

How much does it cost?

Depending on age, funding may be available.

Who is it suitable for?

Care workers who already work in either a Health or Social Care setting. The majority of the roles in Health and Social Care are operational level, for which this Diploma is suitable, working with vulnerable adults service groups: older people, people with learning disabilities/mental health, sensory and physical impairment and those that require extra care support. People who use services are supported in a variety of settings including their own homes, supported accommodation, day care provision and residential accommodation.

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Why study?

Achievement of the Diploma will be through a range of methods, such as direct observation, reflective accounts, witness statements, oral questioning and through collecting other evidence such as work products.

To complete this Diploma you need to have met all the assessment criteria standards for the mandatory and optional units totalling 46 credits.

Where will this course take me?

Progression onto the Level 3 in Health & Social care, including Progression to Diploma HSC Level 3, Promotion opportunities to senior carer/support worker. Access to Nursing opportunities.

Core modules

Diploma level 2 in Health & Social Care consists of 46 credits 9 mandatory units(24credits)along with a choice of optional knowledge and competence units (22) equalling an overall 46 credits.

Optional modules

The remaining 22 credits of the Diploma will come from units relevant to your job role. You will need to undertake a skills scan with your assessor to Identify your optional units relevant to your job description/role.

How will I be assessed?

The Diploma is assessed by a designated expert assessor who will carry out task observations and visit you at work. You will be required to produce a diploma portfolio recording all tasks completed which will be assessed. Other assessment methods include: Reflective accounts of work practice, oral questioning, work products.

Will I have to provide anything?

You will need to provide stationery, folder, A4 lined paper, plastic sleeves and dividers. Memory stick if using the computer. Recommended reading: Yvonne Nolan Diploma Health & Social Care Level 2 book for knowledge & Understanding.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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