The Diabetes Care in Children & Young People – Level 2 Course is for those working in, or wanting to work in the Health Care sector, and is designed to give the student an essential knowledge in offering the very best professional approach to the management of diabetes in children & young people.

This distance learning course has been written for those involved in the care sector and will give an understanding of Diabetes Care in children & young people. The course aims to give students the essential knowledge needed to offer the very best professional approach to the management of diabetes.

Diabetes is a serious health condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. This is due to the pancreas - a small organ that is situated behind the stomach, either not producing any insulin or it doesn't produce enough insulin - this all depends on the type of diabetes a person has.

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.

It is important to try and spot the symptoms of diabetes as quickly as possible, as this can help to prevent any of the more serious complications associated with the condition developing, or progressing further, and this course is ideal for those wanting a good knowledge of the condition.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 2 Certificate Award.

The course includes the following units:

  • Unit 1 - The Nature of Type 1 Diabetes

The following topics are included: What is diabetes?; What is type 1 diabetes?; How the pancreas works; Understanding glucose; and Understanding insulin.

  • Unit 2 - Identification of Young People with Diabetes

The following topics are included: 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; and Diabetes Insipidus (DI).

  • Unit 3 - Understanding Medication

The following topics are included: Understanding medication and what is needed; and How to administer medication.

  • Unit 4 - Complications of Diabetes

The following topics are included: 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; and Ketones.

  • Unit 5 - Diet and Lifestyle changes

The following topics are included: 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; and The importance of water.

  • Unit 6 - Living with Diabetes

The following topics are included: How the service user deals with the condition; How the parents/carers deal with a diagnosis; Caring for children with diabetes; and What teachers need to know about their students.

  • Unit 7 - Growing up with Diabetes

The following topics are included: Living with the condition as they age; Problems faced in teenage years; The limitations of being a diabetic; and Questions that the sufferers ask.

  • Unit 8 - Diabetic Emergencies

The following topics are included: Having a hypoglycaemic episode; Having a hyperglycaemic episode; and Ketoacidosis.

  • Unit 9 - Pregnancy

The following topics are included: Teenage pregnancy in a diabetic; What to consider when deciding to have a baby; Contraindications of pregnancy and Gestational diabetes.


There is no prior learning knowledge or experience required to take this course..

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.

You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period and our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of a series of tutor marked assignments together with an end of course multi-choice questionnaire, will lead you to the highly acclaimed ABC Awards Diabetes Care in Children & Young People Certificate. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive a Diabetes Care in Children & Young People Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Further information about Ofqual’s Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors can be found at

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. This means that the course developers (NCC Resources) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.

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