Understanding Epilepsy - QLS Level 2 Course

Course Format:Online Course (With Optional Paper-Based Course Notes)
Self-Study Time: Approximately 160 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:1-3 Working Days (Email)
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Course Description

The Understanding Epilepsy - QLS 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 of this course students will receive a QLS Level 2 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement.

The Understanding Epilepsy - QLS Level 2 Course includes the following units:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following topics are covered: Epilepsy in later life, Epilepsy with dementia, Epilepsy with learning disabilities.
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.
At the end of this unit you will be able to: Explain the truth behind some myths surrounding epilepsy.
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.
Course Format & Delivery

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. 

Please Note: An optional hard-copy version of the course notes can be purchased for an additional £48.00. This is useful for learners who also want to study away from the computer and means they have course notes they can keep and refer back to beyond their online course license.

Delivery of the hard-copy materials is usually within 5 to 10 working days by a recorded delivery service.


There are no particular entry requirements for this course, so students can sign up providing they are comfortable studying at a Level 2 standard.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted through the online portal or by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.


Students will be required to complete a number of assignments. Your personal tutor will review, mark and provide you with feedback on your work. Coursework 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.

QLS Endorsed Certification

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a QLS Level 2 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

The course has been endorsed under the 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. 

The course itself has been designed by NCC to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme 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.

You can find more information on level descriptors from our Certification Overview Page.

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

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