The Understanding Epilepsy - Level 2 Course is designed to give students an understanding of epilepsy, what it means for those who suffer from the condition how they can assist in caring for it.

The course will suggest lots of ideas about how you can help people in your care who have this condition. The course is suitable for staff working in hospitals, care homes, day centres, and in people's own homes.

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

Course Delivery Notice: You will receive access to the course materials through an online portal for a 12-month period. Students can use the portal for accessing their course materials, submitting assignments and to log tutor questions. A hard-copy book version of the course notes are also supplied. Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 hard-copy versions of this course are being dispatched twice a week so there may be slight delays.

The course includes the following units:

  • Unit 1 - An introduction to the brain

At the end of this unit you will be able to: Explain how brain and central nervous system (CNS) work and the effect they have on behaviour, Explain the basic biology of electrical activity in the brain.

  • Unit 2 - Different epilepsy syndromes

At the end of this unit you will be able to: Understand the use of epilepsy as an umbrella term, Explain different types of epilepsy and the associated symptoms, Be able to explain what is meant by status epilepticus.

  • Unit 3 - Causes of epilepsy

At the end of this unit you will be able to: Describe what happens to electrical activity in the brain during a seizure, Understand the relationship between the female menstrual cycle and seizures, Identify common seizure triggers.

  • Unit 4 - Diagnosing epilepsy

At the end of this unit you will be able to: Understand why it is important to keep a seizure diary prior to diagnosis, Know what information to enter into the diary, Name and describe diagnostic tests used in epilepsy, Explain the lifestyle changes someone might experience after diagnosis.

  • Unit 5 - Treating epilepsy

At the end of this unit you will be able to: Be able to explain how anti-epileptics work on the brain, Name the generic and brand names of different anti-epileptic drugs, Identify some side effects of several anti-epileptic drugs, Understand what is meant by vagal nerve stimulation, Outline when surgery might be considered for epilepsy, Be familiar with a range of complimentary therapies for epilepsy.

  • Unit 6 - What to do when someone is having a seizure

At the end of this unit you will be able to: Identify when it is important to call an ambulance, Be able to consult care plans to learn what to do when clients have a seizure, Be familiarised with a range of first aid considerations for epilepsy.

  • Unit 7 - Managing epilepsy

At the end of this unit you will be able to: Understand why it is important to keep accurate seizure records, Identify ways in which existing seizure records can be improved, Write accurate seizure records, Identify ways of making the environment safe for people who have seizures.

  • Unit 8 - Impact of epilepsy on a person's life

At the end of this unit you will be able to: Understand the relationship between depression and epilepsy, Identify stress factors in the environment, Suggest ways memory aids can be used in the environment, Be familiar with financial issues epilepsy can introduce, Identify financial assistance available, Understand why disclosing epilepsy is important, Describe the social, psychological and economic impact of epilepsy and suggest ways in which these can be overcome.

  • Unit 9 - Supporting vulnerable people with epilepsy

The following topics are covered: Epilepsy in later life, Epilepsy with dementia, Epilepsy with learning disabilities.

  • Unit 10 - Maintaining dignity and respect

At the end of this unit you will be able to: Define dignity, Explain what is meant by person-centred planning, Identify challenges to dignity, Identify when discrimination has occurred and how this will make someone feel, Be aware of the correct terminology to refer to a person who suffers from epilepsy.

  • Unit 11 - Explaining the myths

At the end of this unit you will be able to: Explain the truth behind some myths surrounding epilepsy.

  • Unit 12 - Relevant UK legislation

At the end of this unit you will be: Aware of The Equality Act (2010) and how it protects people with epilepsy, Be able to explain why epilepsy is considered a disability, Able to suggest some reasonable adjustments, Understand the driving rules and regulations surrounding epilepsy.


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 is available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course.


The Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards is gained by successfully completing a series of assignments. Your personal tutor will review, mark and provide you with feedback on your assignments.

Course Assignments can be returned by uploading to the online portal, by email or by post. We recommend that assignments are completed and returned as word-processed documents through the online portal. Handwritten documents can be accepted but need to be clear and legible and may be subject to a longer marking time.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that NCC has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained.

The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. 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 demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

The course itself has been designed by NCC to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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