Health and Social Care Level 2 Diploma

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

Become a competent and knowledgeable caregiver with this nationally recognised health and social care diploma.

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Is there anything more fulfilling in life than taking care of the needs of others? Careers in health and social care offer concrete benefits, from high job satisfaction to a varied working life and fantastic progression routes. If all of this interests you, then our NCFE CACHE Level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care will teach you all of the essential skills you’ll require. There is no work placement required for this course.

Once you’ve gained this NCFE CACHE accredited qualification, you’ll be able to apply for jobs as a care worker in adult residential settings, a healthcare assistant in primary and acute health environments, a community-based support worker, or many other rewarding positions. Alternatively, you’ll be able to progress to level three qualifications, such as our NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care, which will enable you to pursue positions with higher pay and more responsibility.

Why study CACHE Level 2 Health and Social care?

In this course, you’ll learn about the stages of human growth and development, safeguarding and protection, equality, diversity and rights, anatomy and physiology, along with many other topics which will enable you to become a knowledgeable and competent caregiver. You’ll study for your diploma in your own time, and at your own pace, so it’s super simple to fit your learning around work and family life.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care

In this unit, you’ll cover the following areas:

  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • How practitioners contribute to inclusive practice
  • Types of discrimination
  • Approaches to challenge discrimination
  • Influence of values, beliefs, and experiences on delivery of care
  • Person-centred practice used to support individuals
  • Impacts of person-centred practice on individuals
  • Ethics in relation to rights and duty of care
Unit 2 - Human Growth and Development

In the second unit, you’ll aim to understand the stages of human growth and development across a lifespan, from infancy to late adulthood. You’ll also study social, emotional, and cognitive development, the nature versus nurture debate, and the impact that environmental factors such as poverty and bullying can have upon a person’s development. Moving on, you’ll study significant life events that occur over the course of a lifespan, and how health and social care can play a supportive role throughout.

Unit 3 - Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care

Next, you’ll study the legislation, policies, procedures, and codes of practice in relation to safeguarding and protection. You’ll discover how to detect and prevent harm and abuse, how agencies work together to protect vulnerable people, and the role than health and social care practitioners play.

Unit 4 - Communication in health and social care

Moving on, you’ll learn about different types of communication, and how it may vary depending on a person’s needs and abilities. You’ll study the skills of an effective communicator, how to maintain personal and professional boundaries, as well as get to grips with a range of terms and concepts you’ll need to be familiar with as you work.

Unit 5 - Working in health and social care

In the fifth unit, you’ll study the core values of health and social care, such as dignity, respect, and confidentiality. You’ll learn about the different types of care, such as residential and respite, as well as barriers to accessing care and how they can be overcome. Moving on, you’ll cover the responsibilities of the health and social care practitioner, such as care planning and risk management, and look at some of the ways you can continue your professional development as you work.

Unit 6 - Anatomy and physiology for health and social care

In unit six, you’ll learn about the structure and functions of the bodily systems, as well as how they contribute to overall health and homeostasis.

Unit 7 - Health and wellbeing

Social care professionals are always striving for their clients to achieve optimum health and wellbeing. In the final unit, you’ll examine a range of factors which can play a role in this, such as stress, lifestyle, and environment.

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CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

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Course Outcome

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 2 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

NCFE CACHE has been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and is one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.

This qualification does not provide a licence to practise but may support progression into a range of job roles in the health and social care sector, including:

• care support workers in adult residential settings
• healthcare assistants in community, primary care and acute health environments
• care support workers in domiciliary services, supported living or day services
• community-based support workers

How is this course assessed or examined?

While studying your course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, posters, leaflets, presentations, PowerPoint presentations, video/audio recordings, and work-based and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course.

You will not be required to attend placement in a Real Work Environment, however, 30 hours or more of work placement is recommended in order to support your learning.

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. There is a minimum study age of 16.


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How long is a health and social care course?

You have up to twelve months to complete one of our online health and social care courses. With that said, we’ve found that our students gain their chosen qualification in a much shorter time thanks to our award-winning learning materials and one-to-one tutor support. This means that you could put your learning into practice and secure a new job in health and social care very quickly.

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How does studying for a health and social care course online work?

Online health and social care courses allow adults to retrain around their jobs and other commitments while being fully supported by the help of a personal, distance learning tutor. Choosing to study health and social care online gives you flexibility and freedom that you may struggle to receive from a traditional educational provider.

You’re given a deadline to complete the course, but the rest is up to you. You can study whenever you like, whether it’s on a bus or in the middle of the night. The power is in your hands.

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What is a health and social care course?

Health and social care is an umbrella term for courses that focus on helping others. Just some of the subjects that fall under this remit include retirement planning, diabetes care in children and young people, and mindfulness.

This means that once you’re qualified in general health and social care, your career can evolve as your interests do. You can practice a specific specialism and then pivot to another when and if you feel that you want to do something different but don’t want to retrain entirely. You really can carve your own health and social care career path.

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Why study one of our health and social care courses?

When you enrol with us, you’ll be embarking on a rewarding, enriching journey at a pace that suits you. Our distance learning courses are designed to be tackled anywhere and anytime. Plus, with our award-winning course materials and unlimited tutor support, we’ll be there with you every step of the way.

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Why is health and social care important?

While all roles differ, those working in health and social care provide an invaluable service to people within the community. They often offer support – either emotional, physical, or social – that allows people in need to continue to live a normal and fulfilling life. Some roles also help protect vulnerable members of society from abuse.

Health and social care is a varied, interesting and incredibly rewarding career path that can involve working with the very young through to the very old, while helping those in need navigate a diverse range of situations.

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