QCF Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (adults)

About this Qualification

This qualification is suitable for all learners aged 16 years and above who are capable of reaching the required standards.  Studying this qualification develops the knowledge and skills needed when working with adults in health and social care environments in England.

Qualification Structure

To gain the qualification learners are required to complete 46 credits for each pathway
All learners will need to complete the 9 mandatory units from group A regardless of the pathway taken, total credit value: 24.

  • Generic health and social care pathway - Learners taking this pathway will need to complete a minimum of 22 credits. With 2 – 7 credits from group B units and at least a further 15 credits from group C.
  • Dementia pathway - Learners taking this pathway will need to complete a minimum of 22 credits, 2 - 7 credits from group B and a minimum of 15 credits from group C.
  • Learning disability pathway - Learners taking this pathway will need to complete a minimum of 22 credits, with 4 - 7 credits from group B and a minimum of 15 credits from group C.


Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but learners will need to be at least 16 years of age. Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement as part of the assessment process which involves evaluating skills in real working situations.

Assessment

All units are internally assessed and externally verified. Assessment enables the learner’s workplace practice to provide evidence for individual units as well as the whole qualification. Methods of assessment include:

  • Direct observation of practice
  • Witness of evidence
  • Professional discussion
  • Reflection on own practice in real work situations
  • Written assignments
  • Learners own plans and written records

The units will be a pass or refer; all the assessment criteria of the chosen units must be achieved in order to obtain a pass.

Apprenticeship Framework

QCF Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care
Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths
Level 1 Functional Skills in English

Career Opportunities

On completion learners can progress to various job roles. The following list is not all-inclusive, but gives an idea of the opportunities available:

  • Care assistant workers in residential settings or supported living
  • Healthcare support workers in community and primary care environments
  • Healthcare assistants in acute health environments
  • Care support workers in domiciliary services


Qualification Progression

After completing this qualification the learner can then progress onto;
QCF Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Awarding Body

Edexcel
 

QCF Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (adults)

About this Qualification

This qualification;
Develops the knowledge and skills needed when working with adults in health and social care environments in England

  • Is made up of three pathways:
    • Generic Health and Social Care
    • Dementia
    • Learning disability
  • It also contains units from the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England.
  • If learners have completed the Level 2 qualification they do not need to repeat the shared units already achieved.


Qualification Structure

To complete this qualification the learner needs to achieve 58 credits with at least 35 of these being achieved at Level 3 or above. All learners will need to complete the 9 mandatory units from group A regardless of the pathway taken. Credit value: 28.

  • Generic Health and Social Care pathway - Learners taking this pathway will need to complete a minimum of 30 credits with 2 - 7 credits from group B and at least a further 23 credits from group C.
  • Dementia pathway - Learners taking this pathway will need to complete a minimum of 30 credits with 3 - 7 credits from group B and a minimum of 23 credits from group C 
  • Learning Disability pathway - Learners taking this pathway will need to complete a minimum of 30 credits with 4 - 7 credits from group B and a minimum of 23 credits from group C.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but may benefit from having previously studied a QCF Level 2 Diploma Health and Social Care. Learners will need to be at least 16 years of age. Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement as part of the assessment process which involves evaluating skills in real working situations.

Assessment

All units are internally assessed and externally verified. Assessment enables the learner’s workplace practice to provide evidence for individual units as well as the whole qualification. Methods of assessment include:

  • Direct observation of practice
  • Witness evidence
  • Professional discussion
  • Reflection on own practice in real work situations
  • Written assignments
  • Learners own plans and written records


The units will be a pass or refer; all the assessment criteria of the chosen units must be achieved in order to obtain a pass.

Apprenticeship Framework

QCF Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths
Level 2 Functional Skills in English

Career Opportunities

On completion learners can progress to various job roles. The following list is not all-inclusive, but gives an idea of the opportunities available:

  • Senior care support workers including those working in specialist areas e.g. dementia, learning disabilities
  • Senior healthcare assistants


Qualification Progression

After completing this qualification the learner can then progress onto;
The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England).

Awarding Body

Edexcel