Diabetes Care in Children and Young People QLS Level 2

Our course code: NH230

Course fee £375 or from £28 per month

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Our Diabetes Care in Children and Young People Course has been written for people involved in the care or education sector. It aims to give staff, supervisors and managers the knowledge to provide the best professional approach to diabetes care in children and young adults.

There are about 35,000 children and young people under the age of 19 with diabetes in the UK. Ninety-six per cent have Type 1. Despite the UK having the fourth highest population of children and young people with diabetes in Europe, there is no standardised approach to care and the UK is one of the worst-performing countries in terms of blood glucose control. The World Health Organization estimate that over 347 million people worldwide including 2.9 million people in the UK have diabetes and it is estimated that 630,000 people in the UK have the condition, but don’t know it, and did you know that treatment of diabetes costs the NHS an estimated £10 billion a year in hospital beds alone?

On this Diabetes Care in Children and Young People course, you will discover:

  • What diabetes is
  • Effects of Glucose and Insulin
  • How to recognise the symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • The side effects of diabetes
  • How to best care for different groups of people with diabetes

Develop the necessary knowledge to provide the best diabetes care to adults and children with our Level 2 course.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Proactive tutors

    We contact you, help you write a study plan and support you throughout.

  • Awarding body: QLS

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

Study Hours

Up to 150 hours, which is around 30 minutes per day for 9 months.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from QLS (Quality Licence Scheme) and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). You can read more about QLS here. 

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: The Nature of Type 1 Diabetes
  • What is diabetes?
  • What is type 1 diabetes?
  • How the pancreas works
  • Understanding glucose
  • Understanding insulin
2: Identification of Young People with Diabetes
  • Recognising the symptoms of type 1 diabetes
  • Recognising the symptoms of type 2 diabetes
  • Diabetes in babies
  • Diabetes in children
  • Diabetes in teenagers
  • Type 2 diabetes in children
  • Older people with type 1 diabetes
  • Diabetes Insipidus (DI)
3: Understanding Medication
  • Understanding medication and what is needed
  • How to administer medication
4: Complications of Diabetes
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Heart disease
  • Strokes
  • Diabetic kidney disease (nephropathy)
  • Diabetic eye problems
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Susceptibility to infection such as urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Skin and mouth conditions
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hearing problems
  • Impotence and erectile problems
  • High cholesterol
  • Gastroparesis
  • Ketones
5: Diet and Lifestyle Changes
  • Diet
  • Eating diabetic foods
  • Sweets and treats
  • Diets to avoid
  • Eating plan for a diabetic
  • Experimenting with alcohol
  • Understanding carbohydrates
  • Fats
  • Fizzy drinks and fruit juices
  • The importance of water
6: Living with Diabetes
  • How the service user deals with the condition
  • How the parents/carers deal with a diagnosis
  • Caring for children with diabetes
  • What teachers need to know about their students
7: Growing Up with Diabetes
  • Living with the condition as they age
  • Problems faced in teenage years
  • The limitations of being a diabetic
  • Questions that the sufferers ask
  • Diabetic Emergencies
  • Having a hypoglycemic episode
  • Having a hyperglycemic episode
  • Ketoacidosis
8: Pregnancy
  • Teenage pregnancy in a diabetic
  • What to consider when deciding to have a baby
  • Contraindications of pregnancy
  • Gestational diabetes
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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!