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Diploma in Care – RQF Level 2 (Previously NVQ/QCF Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care)

Diploma in Care – RQF Level 2 (Previously NVQ/QCF Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care)

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification will support learners to develop the knowledge and skills required to work in a range of clinical healthcare support settings and in health and adult care environments.

The qualification is formed of mandatory and optional units. The mandatory units cover core competencies while the optional units allow learners to choose from a variety of areas to tailor the qualification to their needs and interests, and to reflect the context of their work.

It covers a wide range of areas including dementia awareness, mental health and well-being, supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and healthcare procedures.

The content is also linked to the knowledge and skills required for the Adult Care Worker and Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship standards.

Mandatory and optional units
This section is split into mandatory and optional units. The optional units contain health and health and social care units that link with the knowledge and skills required for the Adult Care Worker and Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship standards.

Qualification Structure
Learners must achieve a minimum of 46 credits. Learners may choose to achieve any of the following 3 pathways
Generic Pathway
All mandatory – 24 credits
A minimum of 2 credits and a maximum of 7 credits from group A
At least 15 credits from the optional units in group C
Dementia Pathway
All mandatory – 24 credits
A minimum of 2 and a maximum of 7 credits from the optional units in group B but must complete the unit Dementia Awareness
At least 15 credits from the optional units in group C but one of the following must be completed.
Understand and implement a person centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia,
Equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care practice,
Understand and enable interaction and communication with individuals with dementia
Approaches to enable rights and choices for individuals with dementia whilst minimising risks
Adults with Learning Disabilities Pathway
Mandatory – 24
A Minimum of 2 credits and a maximum of 7 credits from the optional units in Group B but must complete
Understand the context of supporting an individual with learning disabilities.
At least 15 credits from the optional units group c but one from the following must be completed
Support person-centred thinking and planning
Provide active support

Mandatory Units
DC1: Communication in care settings
DC2: Handle information in care settings
DC3: Personal development in care settings
DC4: Implement person-centred approaches in care settings
DC5: Equality and inclusion in care settings
DC6: Health, safety and well-being in care settings
DCHS7: Responsibilities of a care worker
DC8: Duty of care
DCHS9: Safeguarding and protection in care settings

Who is it suitable for?

The course is suitable for learners or apprentices who desire to work or currently working indifferent health care settings – NHS, Residential, Supported Living, Domiciliary care settings

What are the entry requirements?

Learners must be at least 16 years old.

How many credits are required to complete it?

earners must achieve a minimum of 46 credits to gain this qualification.

How is it assessed?

All units are internally assessed by your Tutor or Assessor using a portfolio of evidence using different range of assessment methods such as Observation, Questioning, Professional Discussion, RPL, Product of Work etc.

How long will it take to complete this qualification?

Learners can usually complete the qualification within 12 months.

Do you need to be working to take this qualification?

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement to be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

Qualifications in specialist health pathways or to related health Apprenticeships.

Delivery method

Part-time

Course fee

£800

Career opportunities

The content of the qualification links with the knowledge and skills required for the Adult Care Worker and Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship standards.

Upon completion, learners can enter either the adult care or health workforces. The content is applicable to a variety of roles, including:

  • adult care worker
  • healthcare assistant/support worker
  • personal assistant
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