The Health & Social Care (RQF) - Level 2 Certificate CACHE Course teaches the fundamental principles of Health and Social Care. The course covers Key subject areas and is mapped to the standards within the Care Certificate and National Occupational Standards.

An Extended Diploma qualification is also available allowing learners to pursue additional interests and progression paths.

Please Note: Students do not need a work placement to complete this course although a 30 hours or more work placement or previous experience in this sector would be beneficial in supporting your learning.

Achieving this certificate qualification can offer successful candidates a valuable first step towards a rewarding career in one of society’s most vital sectors. This qualification could also be beneficial for students wanting to progress onto a Level 3 Diploma qualification or those already working within a health or social care setting.

On successful completion on this course students will receive a Level 2 RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) Certificate Qualification. This is a graded qualification (A*/A/B/C/D).

This course consists of the following units:

  • Unit 1 – HSC M1: Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care

Unit Objectives:

  • Understanding equality, diversity and inclusion in health and social care.
  • Understanding discrimination.
  • Understanding person-centred practice.

The following topics are covered: The terms: equality, diversity and inclusion; Legislation, policies, procedures and codes of practice in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion; How the health and social care practitioner contributes to inclusive practice; Types of discrimination; Approaches to challenge discrimination; How the health and social care practitioner’s own values, beliefs and experiences can influence delivery of care; The concept of person-centred practice; How person-centred practice is used to support individuals; Impacts of person-centred practice on individuals; and Ethical dilemmas that may arise when balancing individuals’ rights and duty of care.

  • Unit 2 – HSC M2: Human Growth and Development

Unit Objectives:

  • Understand human growth and development across the lifespan.
  • Understand influences which impact upon human growth and development.
  • Understand significant life events across the lifespan.
  • Understand how health and social care services meet the care needs of individuals through the lifespan.

The following topics are covered: The life stages of human growth and development; Social, emotional, cognitive and physical development within each life stage; Holistic development; The nature versus nurture debate in relation to human growth and development; The medical model of health and well-being; Factors which impact upon human growth and development; The importance of recognising and responding to concerns regarding an individual’s growth and development; Significant life events across the life stages; The impact that significant life events may have on an individual; Care needs of individuals through the life stages; How health and social care services meet the care needs of individuals through the life stages.

  • Unit 3 – HSC M3: Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care

Unit Objectives:

  • Understand legislation, policies, procedures and codes of practice in relation to safeguarding and protection.
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the health and social care practitioner in relation to safeguarding.
  • Understand types of abuse.
  • Understand action to be taken by the health and social care practitioner in response to evidence or concerns that an individual is at risk or has been harmed or abused.
  • Understand the benefits of working in partnership in relation to safeguarding and protection.

The following topics are covered: Safeguarding; Legislation, policies, procedures and codes of practice in relation to the safeguarding and protection of children and young people and adults; How the health and social care practitioner safeguards individuals; How the health and social care practitioner safeguards themselves; Types of abuse: self-neglect, physical, emotional, sexual, domestic, financial and institutional Bullying; Signs, symptoms, indicators and behaviours which may cause concern; Factors which contribute to an individual being vulnerable to harm or abuse; Actions to take if harm or abuse is suspected or disclosed; The responsibilities of the health and social care practitioner in relation to whistleblowing; The boundaries of confidentiality in relation to the safeguarding, protection and well-being of individuals; and The benefits of working in partnership in relation to safeguarding and protection.

Prerequisites:

There are no particular entry requirements to start studying.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self-study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.

Assessment:

The course contains 3 units and subsections, each of which contains lessons, activities and test papers. You will be assessed by a series of written assignments, marked by your tutor.

Qualification:

On successful completion of this course students will be awarded a Health & Social Care qualification issued by CACHE. This qualification has been accredited on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF Qualification No: 601/8854/6). This is a Level 2 Certificate Qualification.

You can find further information on qualifications and their levels on the Ofqual Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors page.

Further information about Ofqual's Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual Website and a direct link to this information is displayed on the course pages of our website.

What is CACHE?

CACHE is the UK's only specialist awarding organisation for the children and adult care sectors, with a portfolio of qualifications ranging from Entry to Level 5. Last year, over 150,000 learners registered with them from over 1000 UK based Centres and overseas. For further information, go to: http://www.cache.org.uk. Please note that although you are purchasing this course from Distance Learning Centre, the delivery, assessment and quality assurance will be carried out by OSC who are an approved CACHE centre for assessment and certification.

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