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NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

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Course content

This Level 2 Health and Social Care qualification provides an ideal taster for learners who may be new to the sector or new to the world of work. It is accessible to learners of all ages who may want to understand more about working in health and social care. It aims to introduce some basic concepts of caring and preparation for employment in the sector.

You will be assessed throughout the course to check on your progress in a variety of ways. This includes observations, a portfolio of written work and activities.


  • Principles of communication in adult social care settings
  • Principles of personal development in adult social care settings
  • Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • Introduction to duty of care in health and social care settings
  • Understand the role of the social care worker
  • Understand person-centred approaches in adult social care settings
  • Understand health and safety in social care settings
  • Understand how to handle information in social care settings

Who is the course for?

  • People aged 16 – 18
  • People aged up to 24 who declare a disability and have an EHC Plan
  • Adults aged 19+

Entry requirements

  • Ability to work at level 2 standard
  • Have gained or are working towards English and maths qualifications at Level 1.


  • Level 3 Health and Social Care course
  • Employment in the health and social care sector such as caring for the elderly, mental health key worker or a health care assistant

When is the course run?

September 2019

Study Programme

If you are aged 16 – 18 or up to 24 who declare a disability and have an EHC Plan, this course will form part of your study programme. The programme also includes English and maths qualifications, employability skills, a work placement and other personal development and enrichment opportunities.

Course Fees

Courses are free for all students aged 16 – 18 (or up to 24 if you declare a disability and have an Education, Health & Care Plan).

For people aged 19+ the course fee is £811. You may be eligible for fee remission. See Money Matters for details.