Course Information

Who is the course for?

For those looking for a professional career in the health and social care sector, Level 2 will suit those already working as a health and social care worker who wants to increase their skills and take on more responsibility, or just continue their professional development. Or are just starting out in the sector and want to get their first care job.

The wide ranging Diploma covers the skills and knowledge needed to work and develop knowledge in a wide range of work-based settings. It is flexible to suit all fields across the health and social care sector. Learners can choose a pathway of learning that suits their role now or for the future.

What does the course involve?

To achieve this Diploma, learners must achieve all nine mandatory units, plus option units from the chosen pathway.

  • Introduction to communication in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Introduction to personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • The role of the health and social care worker
  • Implement person-centred approaches in health and social care
  • Contribute to health and safety in health and social care
  • Handle information in health and social care settings
  • Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children's and young people's settings

The units are assessed in the workplace by a work-based assessor.

What makes this course special?

A Credit-Based System: the QCF (Qualifications Credit Framework) is the new way of recognising skills and qualifications. It does this by awarding credit for units (small steps of learning) and enables learners to gain or add onto new or existing qualifications or can offer a work-based solution to specialised learning. 

Learners can choose from three main pathways that reflect their specific area of work in the health and social care sector.

  • Generic pathway  
  • Dementia pathway  
  • Adults with learning disabilities pathway

Choosing optional units

Optional units within the HSC Diplomas are designed to be combined in flexible ways to reflect the real working context of different learners. When planning the units best suited to an individual learner, all units should be considered by title and content.

Placements/Work Placements

This competency–based qualification is designed to be assessed in the candidate’s workplace as they undertake their normal work role. The evidence must at all times reflect the policies and procedures of the workplace as informed by current legislation, the relevant codes of conduct and service standards for the sector.

Entry Requirements

An appropriate role in the health and social care sector and initial assessment.

What are the assessment methods?

The majority of assessment will be work-based, using real experiences, written assessments and observations by a qualified assessor.

 Modes of assessment include:

  • Direct observation
  • Oral questioning
  • Case studies
  • Assignments and projects

How long is the course?

The Diploma can be studied flexibly at any time during the year, with an expectation that learners will complete within 15 months of starting.

What are the College attendance requirements?

Attendance at College is not required as the qualification is delivered within the workplace. Current awarding body guidance is five hours independent study per week.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

In most cases there are no additional costs for this course.

What are the progression options?

It is anticipated that learners will progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF), or to specialist qualifications reflecting the context in which they work.

Awarding Body

City & Guilds

Further Information