CACHE Level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

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A nationally recognised qualification, our CACHE Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care can take your natural nurturing capabilities and provide you with the tools to work with children and young people in the future.

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About This Course

A nationally recognised qualification, our CACHE Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care can take your natural nurturing capabilities and provide you with the tools to work with children and young people in the future.

From social care, early learning and childcare, and learning development, to working within the support services; this qualification is designed to guide and assess your development as you build your skills and knowledge.

In fact, this course has been designed by CACHE who specialise in care and education sector qualifications, and whom use leading industry experts and specialists to ensure you receive everything your future employers will expect of you.

With just 360 hours of learning and 1 year to finish it; you can achieve an excellent knowledge base in health and social care that can enable you to go on to further vocational training and placement opportunities.

More importantly, you can complete this course from the comfort of your own home.
At a pace of your choosing, you can explore: the fundamental principles of health and social care; delve into equality, diversity and rights, and give your career the kick start it deserves.

Course Benefits

Comprised of two parts: the Certificate and the Extended Diploma; this intensive course can provide a strong foundation of learning that can be used to progress your career.

Alongside developing your understanding and knowledge of this highly rewarding field; every assignment you complete will test your competency and ability to transfer these versatile skills into a working environment.

This course will:

  • Cover the entire scope of health and social care, whilst broadening your ideas on the growth, development and safeguarding of those in your care
  • Enable you to learn on your own terms – free of exams, stress and deadlines
  • Supply you with a nationally recognised qualification
  • Enable you to take your first tentative steps into this field without the necessity of working or attending classes.

Course Units

Qualification Number: 601/8855/8
Unit 1: HSC M1: Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
(L/508/3709, Unit Level 2; GLH: 70)

  • Understand equality, diversity and inclusion in health and social care
    • The terms: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
    • Legislation, policies, procedures and codes of practice in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion: Care Act 2014; Health and Social Care Act 2012; The Equality Act 2010; Human Rights Act 1998; United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989; Related policies and procedures; Codes of practice relevant to sector, and Current legislation as relevant to Home Nation
    • How the health and social care practitioner contributes to inclusive practice: Knowledge of individual’s beliefs, culture, values, needs, preferences; Promote rights; Value diversity; Person-centred practice; Access to services; Information and advice, and Manage risk
  • Understand discrimination
    • Types of discrimination in relation to: Direct and Indirect
    • Approaches to challenge discrimination: Strategy; Communication; Reporting; Whistleblowing; Modelling, and Training
    • How the health and social care practitioner’s own values, beliefs and experiences can influence delivery of care: Self-awareness; Acknowledging belief systems, attitudes and behaviours; Influence of others on own belief system, attitudes and behaviours to include: media, family and peer pressure; Professional versus personal, and Respect and value diversity
  • Understand person-centred practice
    • The concept of person-centred practice: Individual central, and Individual in control
    • How person-centred practice is used to support individuals: Informed choices; Dignity and respect; Care planning; Tailored communication; Consent, and Risk management
    • Impacts of person-centred practice on individuals: Meets individual needs (social, emotional, cognitive and physical); Individual rights; Independence; Decision-making and confidence, and Health and well-being
    • Ethical dilemmas that may arise when balancing individuals’ rights and duty of care:
    • Confidentiality; Managing values and beliefs; Risk taking, and Rights versus responsibilities

Unit 2: HSC M2: Human growth and development
(F/508/3710, Unit Level 2; GLH 70)

  • Understand human growth and development across the lifespan
    • The life stages of human growth and development: Infancy; Childhood; Adolescence, and Early, middle, late adulthood
    • Social, emotional, cognitive and physical development
    • Holistic development:
  • Understand influences which impact upon human growth and development:
    • The nature versus nurture debate in relation to human growth and development
    • The medical model of health and well-being: biological/physical, diagnosis, treatment, cure; the social model of health and well-being, and Individual experience, social perception, equality, inclusion, participation
    • Factors which impact upon human growth and development: Biological; Lifestyle; Health; Education; Employment; Socio-economic; Culture; Environment; Relationships; Bullying, and Aspirations
    •  The importance of recognising and responding to concerns regarding an individual’s growth and development: Intervention; Promote health and well-being; Meet individual needs, and Meet the needs of others
  • Understand significant life events across the lifespan:
    • Significant life events across the life stages
    • The impact that significant life events may have on an individual: Emotion; Relationships; Independence; Health, and Resilience
  • Understand how health and social care services meet the care needs of individuals through the lifespan:
    • Care needs of individuals through the life stages: Infancy; Childhood; Adolescence, and Early, middle, late adulthood
    • How health and social care services meet the care needs of individuals through the life stages: Local authorities; Hospitals; General Practitioner services; Day centres; Children’s centres; Residential; Community; Rehabilitation; Counselling, and Charities

Unit 3: HSC M3: Safeguarding and protection in health and social care
(J/508/3711, Unit Level 2; GLH: 70)

  • Safeguarding: Central to high quality health and social care provision; Protection of health, well-being and human rights; Freedom from harm and abuse; Protection, and Detecting and preventing harm and abuse
    •  Legislation, policies, procedures and codes of practice in relation to the safeguarding and protection of: Children and young people; Adults; Children and young people; Equality Act 2010; Children Acts 1989, 2004; Human Rights Act 1998; Data Protection Act 1998; Care Act 2014; Health and Social Care Act 2012; Equality Act 2010; Mental Capacity Act 2005; No Secrets 2000; Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998; Local multi-agency Safeguarding Adults policy and procedures, the role of the Local Safeguarding Adults Boards; Related policies and procedures; Codes of practice relevant to sector, and Current legislation as relevant to Home Nation
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the health and social care practitioner in relation to safeguarding:
    • How the health and social care practitioner safeguards individuals: Work within policies and procedures; Duty of care; Person-centred practice; Monitoring, observation, reporting, recording; Partnership working; Confidentiality and Whistleblowing
    • How the health and social care practitioner safeguards themselves: Working within policies and procedures; Duty of care; Personal care; Physical contact; Technology; Confidentiality; Record keeping, and Whistleblowing
  • Understand types of abuse:
    • 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: Age; Health; Substance abuse; Disability; Isolation; Social media, and Environment
  • 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:
    • 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
  • Understand the benefits of working in partnership in relation to safeguarding and protection:
    • The benefits of working in partnership in relation to safeguarding and protection

Unit 4: HSC M4: Communication in health and social care
(L/508/3712, Unit Level 2; GLH: 70)

  • Understand effective communication
    • Types of communication
    • Communication and language needs and preferences of individuals and others
    • The skills of an effective communicator
  • Understand professional relationships in health and social care:
    • The difference between a professional relationship and a personal relationship
    • Working relationships that a health and social care practitioner will have
    • The role of communication in building and maintaining professional relationships in health and social care
  • The term confidentiality:
    • Legislation, policies and procedures relating to the management of information
    • How the health and social care practitioner maintains security of data
    • The tension between maintaining confidentiality and the need to disclose information

Unit 5: HSC M5: Working in health and social care
(R/508/3713, Unit Level 2; GLH: 70)

  • Understand health and social care values across provision
    • Legislation, policies, procedures and codes of practice in relation to health and social care
    • Health and social care values
    • How individuals accessing health and social care services are valued
  • Understand health and social care provision
    • Types of health and social care services
    • Functions of health and social care services
    • Barriers to accessing health and social care services and how they may be overcome
    • Definition of informal care
    • The role of informal carers
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the health and social care practitioner:
    • Job roles within the health and social care sectors
    • The responsibilities of the health and social care practitioner
    • Skills, behaviours and attributes required by health and social care practitioners
  • Understand Continuing Professional Development
    • Continuing Professional Development
    • Sources of support for learning and development
    • Why Continuing Professional Development is integral to the role of the health and social care practitioner
  • Understand reflection in relation to Continuing Professional Development
    • The role of reflection within Continuing Professional Development

Unit 6: HSC O4: Dementia awareness
(R/508/3713, Unit Level 2; GLH: 35)

  • Understand Dementia
    • Types of dementia
    • Signs and symptoms of dementia
    • The impact of dementia on an individual’s health and well-being
  • Understand legislation and frameworks in relation to dementia care
    • Legislation and frameworks in relation to dementia care
  • Understand how to support individuals with dementia
    • The importance of an early diagnosis of dementia
    • How person-centred care is used to support individuals with dementia
    • The role of the health and social care practitioner in supporting the health and well-being of an individual with dementia
    • Support available for individuals with dementia:

Unit 7: HSC O10: Nutrition for health and social care
(F/508/3724, Unit Level 2; GLH: 35)

  • Understand nutritional needs across the lifespan
    • The main food groups
    • The components of a healthy diet
    • Current nutritional guidelines for a healthy diet
    • Nutritional needs across the life stages
  • Understand the impact of diet on health and well-being
    • Factors which influence dietary intake
    • The impact of dietary intake on health and well-being
  • Understand how the health and social care practitioner promotes a healthy diet
    • How initiatives promote healthy eating
    • How the health and social care practitioner promotes a healthy diet

Assessment

This distance learning course is assessed using a series of assignments designed to test your knowledge of the course materials. These assignments will be submitted to your tutor for marking (via mail or email) and will be returned with valuable feedback.

No external examinations are required.

Required Knowledge

No formal entry requirements are needed to enrol onto this course; however you must be at least 16 years old. Similarly, as this is only a knowledge based course, you don’t need to be working within a health and social care environment.

Awarding Body

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a NCFE CACHE Level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care accredited by the qualifications regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland – Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

This qualification is made up of two parts: the Certificate and the Extended Diploma. It is possible to study for the Certificate on its own, where you will only need to study the first three units.

CACHE is the UK’s only specialist awarding organisation for the children and adult care sectors. They offer the most up-to-date and relevant qualifications for the new RQF, and work with Sector Skills Councils to ensure high quality and cutting edge service is supplied to their customers, learners and the sector itself.

Support

From the moment you enrol onto this 1 year distance learning course, you can harness the support and expertise of our personal tutors and student support team. They can help you to make sense of your course materials and assignments, whilst providing valuable tips, advice and instructions on how to maximise your potential.

Your assignments in particularly, will be marked by our tutors who will aim to equip you with the tools to improve your marks and long term grades.

Similarly, our student support team are always on hand to answer your questions or concerns. Only one click away… you never have to feel isolated in your studies.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

  • No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from VAT, tutoring to certification
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+)
  • We are rated 5/5 for our service on Trustpilot!
  • Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
  • We are open later than any other home learning provider
  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work
  • All courses are fully endorsed by external awarding organisations
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!


All students are provided with 12 months to complete their course, however you are able to complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!


This is a fully endorsed qualification, with certification provided by an Ofqual regulated awarding body.


There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this course is assignment based, which means you will not have to complete any exams. If your assignment doesn’t pass first time, you can retry as many times as you need within your 12 months support period.


No, all of our courses are distance learning which means your tutor will mark your work and send it back to you via email or by using our online portal.


Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast-track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).

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