This is the new level two qualification that replaces the Level 2 NVQ in Health and Social Care. This qualification is about direct hands on care, this programme is especially for adults working in a Health and Social care setting, nursing and residential homes, domiciliary and in a supporting role with vulnerable adults. Candidates will need to prove their competence and knowledge in areas such as the development and maintenance of the service users independence (supporting and enabling service users to achieve tasks for themselves). Candidates will usually be delivering care in support of, and under the direction of a colleague who is accountable in the area of practice.
What does the course involve?

This Level 2 Diploma is a vocational qualification and you will need to be in a relevant job role that enables you to generate evidence to demonstrate your competence. You will be required to present a portfolio of work based evidence that will be generated by a combination of methods that could include observations, work products, witness testimonies, personal statements, discussions and questioning and the accreditation of prior achievement.

You will be allocated an assessor who will support and guide you through the qualification. They will meet with you regularly in the workplace to help you generate the evidence. The assessor will make the judgements about the suitability of your evidence and provide feedback on your progress towards the qualification. The assessor will also arrange to conduct work place observations, which are a requirement of the qualification.

The awarding body for this qualification is Edexcel.

What Will I Study?

Qualification Overview : To achieve the level 2 diploma you must complete a minimum of 46 credits.  24 credits must be completed from Group M Mandatory Units.  A minimum of 2 credits and a maximum of 7 credits come from the optional units in Group G1 and at least 15 credits must come from the optional units in Group G2. There are some barred combinations but these would be explained before your choices are made.

Learners claiming a specialist pathway (Dementia or Adults with Learning Disabilities) must achieve some specified units within the groups B and C.

With the new QCF qualifications there is the opportunity to gain units at a higher and lower level. However, the full qualification will be determined by the title of the qualification. Both credit value and level (L) are indicated.

Mandatory Units (Group M): Complete all nine units (24 credits):
Unit 1 (SHC21)  Introduction to communication in health, social care or children's and young people's settings (3 credits/L2)
Unit 2 (SHC22)  Introduction to personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings (3 credits/L2)
Unit 3 (SHC23)  Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or children's and young people's settings (2 credits/L2)
Unit 4 (SHC24)  Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children's and young people's settings (1 credit/L2)
Unit 5 (HSC024)  Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care (3 credits/L2)
Unit 6 (HSC025)  The role of the health and social care worker (2 credits/L2)
Unit 7 (HSC026)   Implement person-centred approaches in health and social care (5 credits/L2)
Unit  8 (HSC027)  Contribute to health and safety in health and social care (4 credits/L2)
Unit 9 (HSC028)  Handle information in health and social care settings (1 credit/L2)

Optional Units (Group G1) Knowledge based units: Minimum 2 credits and maximum 7 credits:
Generic Pathway - no specified units but must achieve minimum one unit/2 credits
Dementia Pathway - Dem 201 Dementia Awareness unit must be achieved
Learning Disability Pathway - LD201 Understand the context of supporting an individual with learning disabilities unit must be achieved.

Unit 10 (Advo301)  Purpose and principles of independent advocacy (4 credits/L3)
Unit 11 (CMH301)  Understand mental well-being and mental health promotion (3 credits/L3)
Unit 12 (CMH302)  Understand mental health problems (3 credits/L3)
Unit 13 (DEM201)  Dementia awareness (2 credits/L2)
Unit 14 (DEM202)  The person-centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia (2 credits/L2)
Unit 15 (DEM205)  Understand the factors that can influence communication and interaction with individuals who have dementia (2 credits/L2)
Unit 16 (DEM207)  Understand equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care (2 credits/L2)
Unit 17 (DEM305)  Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person-centred approach (2 credits/L3)
Unit 18 (DEM308)  Understand the role of communication and interactions with individuals who have dementia (3 credits/L3)
Unit 19 (DEM310)  Understand the diversity of individuals with dementia and the importance of inclusion (3 credits/L3)
Unit 20 (HSC3046)  Introduction to personalisation in social care (3 credits/L3)
Unit 21 (ICO1)  The principles of infection prevention and control (3 credits/L2)
Unit 22 (ICO2)  Causes and spread of infection (2 credits/L2)
Unit 23 (ICO3)  Cleaning, decontamination and waste management (2 credits/L2)
Unit 24 (LD201)  Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities (4 credits/L2)
Unit 25 (LD205)  Principles of positive risk taking for individuals with disabilities (2 credits/L2)
Unit 26 (LD206)  Principles of supporting an individual to maintain personal hygiene (1 credit/L2)
Unit 27 (LD208K)  Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare (3 cretis/L2)
Unit 28 (LD210)  Introductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions (2 credits/L2)
Unit 29 (LDOP307)  Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability regarding sexuality and sexual health ((3 credits/L3)
Unit 30 (LD311K)  Principles of supporting young people with a disability to make the transistion into adulthood (3 credits/L3)
Unit 31 (LD314K)  Principles of self-directed support (3 credits/L3)
Unit 32 (PDOP2.1)  Understand physical disability (2 credits/L2)
Unit 33 (PDOP2.3)  Understand the impact of acquired brian injury on individuals (3 credits/L2)
Unit 34 (SSMU2.1)  Introductory awareness of sensory loss (2 credits/L2)
Unit 35 (SSOP2.1)  Introductory awareness of models of disability (2 credits/L2)

Optional Units (Group G2) Competence based units: Minimum 15 credits:
Generic Pathway - no specified units but must achieve a minimum 15 credits
Dementia Pathway - one unit from DEM 204, DEM 209, DEM 210 or unit DEM 211 must be achieved
Learning Disability Pathway - LD 202 or LD 203 unit must be achieved

Unit 36 (ASM34)  Administer medication to individuals and monitor the effects (5 credits/L2)
Unit 37 (DEM204)  Understand and implement a person-centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia (3 credits/L2)
Unit 38 (DEM209)  Equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care practice (3 credits/L2)
Unit 39 (DEM210)  Understand and enable interaction and communication with individuals with dementia (3 credits/L2)
Unit 40 (DEM211)  Approaches to enable rights and choices for individuals with dementia whilst minimising risks (3 credits/L2)
Unit 41 (DEM302)  Understand and meet the nutritional requirements of individuals with dementia ((3 credits/L3)
Unit 42 (DEM304)  Enable rights and choices of individuals with dementia whilst minimising risks (4 credits/L3)
Unit 43 (DEM312)  Understand and enable interaction and communication with individuals who have dementia (4 credits/L2)
Unit 44 (DEM313)  Equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care practice (4 credits/L3)
Unit 45 (HSC2001)  Provide support for therapy sessions (2 credits/L2)
Unit 46 (HSC2002)  Provide support for mobility (2 credits/L2)
Unit 47 (HSC2003)  Provide support to manage pain and discomfort (2 credits/L2)
Unit 48 (HSC2004)  Contribute to monitoring the health of individuals affected by health conditions (2 credits/L2)
Unit 49 (HSC2005)  Support individuals to carry out their own health care procedures (2 credits/L2)
Unit 50 (HSC2006)  Support participation in learning and development activities (3 credits/L2)
Unit 51 (HSC2007)  Support independence in the tasks of daily living (5 credits/L2)
Unit 52 (HSC2008)  Provide support for journeys (2 credits/L2)
Unit 53 (HSC2010)  Provide support for leisure activities (3 credits/L2)
Unit 54 (HSC2011)  Support individuals to access and use information about services and facilities (3 credits/L2)
Unit 55 (HSC2012)  Support individuals who are distressed (3 credits/L2)
Unit 56 (HSC2013)  Support care plan activities (2 credits/L2)
Unit 57 (HSC2014)  Support individuals to eat and drink (2 credits/L2)
Unit 58 (HSC2015)  Support individuals to meet personal care needs (2 credits/L2)
Unit 59 (HSC2016)  Support individuals to manage continence (2 credits/L2)
Unit 60 (HSC2017)  Provide agreed support for foot care (3 credits/L2)
Unit 61 (HSC2019)  Gain access to the homes of individuals, deal with emergencies and ensure security on departure (2 credits/L2)
Unit 62 (HSC2022)  Contribute to the care of a deceased person (3 credits/L2)
Unit 63 (HSC2023)  Contribute to supporting group care activities (3 credits/L2)
Unit 64 (HSC2024)  Undertake agreed pressure area care (4 credits/L2)
Unit 65 (HSC2025)  Support individuals undergoing healthcare activities (3 credits/L2)
Unit 66 (HSC2026)  Obtain and test capillary blood samples (4 credits/L3)
Unit 67 (HSC2027)  Obtain and test specimens from individuals (2 credits/L2)
Unit 68 (HSC2028)  Move and position individuals in accordance with their plan of care (4 credits/L2)
Unit 69 (HSC2029)  Meet food safety requirments when providing food and drink for individuals (2 credits/L2)
Unit 70 (HSC2030)  Provide support for sleep (2 credits/L2)
Unit 71 (HSC2031)  Contribute to support of risk taking for individuals (3 credits/L2)
Unit 72 (HSC3019)  Support individuals in their relationships (4 credits/L3)
Unit 73 (HSC3020)  Facilitate person-centred assessment, planning, implementation and review (6 credits/L3)
Unit 74 (HSC3022)  Support individuals to live at home (4 credits/L3)
Unit 75 (HSC3029)  Support individuals with specific communication needs (5 credits/L3)
Unit 76 (HSC3035)  Support individuals who are bereaved (4 credits/L3)
Unit 77 (HSC3038)  Work in partnership with families to support individuals (4 credits/L3)
Unit 78 (HSC3045)  Promote positive behaviour (6 credits/L3)
Unit 79 (HSC3047)  Support use of medication in social care settings (5 credits/L3)
Unit 80 (HSC3048)  Support individuals at the end of life (7 credits/L3)
Unit 81 (HSC3049)  Prepare environments and resources for use during healthcare activities (3 credits/L2)
Unit 82 (HSC3050)  Prepare for and carry out extended feeding techniques (4 credits/L3)
Unit 83 (L2EFAW)  Emergency first aid skills (1 credit/L2)
Unit 84 (LD202)  Support person-centred thinking and planning (5 credits/L2)
Unit 85 (LDOP203)  Provide active support (3 credits/L2)
Unit 86 (LD206C)  Support individuals to maintain personal hygiene (2 credits/L2)
Unit 87 (LD208C)  Contribute to supporting individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare (3 credits/L2)
Unit 88 (LD311C)  Support young people with a disability to make the transition into adulthood (5 credits/L3)
Unit 89 (LD312)  Support parents with disabilities (6 credits/L3)
Unit 90 (LDOP314C)  Support individuals with self-directed support (5 credits/L3)
Unit 91 (PDOP2.2)  Work with other professionals and agencies to support individuals with a physical disability (3 credits/L2)
Unit 92 (PDOP2.4)  Support families of individuals with acquired brain injury (3 credits/L2)
Unit 93 (SSOP2.2)  Support effective communication with individuals with a sensory loss (3 credits/L2)
Unit 94 (SSOP2.3)  Contribute to the support of individuals with multiple condition and/or disabilities (3 credits/L2)
Unit 95 (SSOP2.4)  Contribute to supporting individuals in the use of assistive technology (3 credits/L2)
Unit 96 (SSOP2.5)  Support individuals to negotiate environments (4 credits/L2)

 

How is the Course Assessed?