NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

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Demand for qualified adult social care specialists is soaring, and this course will give you both the skills and the nationally recognised certification you need to take your place in this thriving field. This course takes approximately 6-9 months of home-based study to complete, divided across 9 detailed units.

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If you have got a natural interest in adult social care and wish to explore a career in this field, the our NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care can supply you with the tools to make this career leap happen.

This impressive courses takes only 180 learning hours to complete, meaning you can easily fit your studies around your existing work commitments and earn a nationally recognised qualification from the comfort of your own home.

There is no need to attend classes or enrol into college. This unique NCFE CACHE course has been exclusively designed for home study, giving you a whole year from enrolment to complete it and study at pace of your choosing.

From understanding the principles of communication, personal development and diversity, to developing your safeguarding and welfare skills; you can discover how to reduce communication barriers and create an environment where those you care for feel relaxed and supported.

Course Benefits

Split into 9 comprehensive units, our NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care can provide the perfect stepping stone for jump starting your career. With every unit you complete, you will gain the chance to develop your skills and knowledge so you are completely prepared to work in an adult social care setting.

Similarly, you will be provided with every opportunity to demonstrate your skills as they develop and grow.

This course will:

  • Provide you with a nationally recognised qualification
  • Expand your knowledge, understanding and competency so you can transfer these newly acquired skills into a working environment
  • Challenge your thought processes and ability to think on your feet
  • Help you to establish a career within a highly rewarding field.

Course Units

RQF Number: 600/0047/8
Unit 1 – Principles of communication in adult social care settings
(L/602/2905, Unit Level 2; GLH; 17 Hours; Credits: 2)

  • Communication
  • Individual’s reactions
  • Individual’s preferences
  • Communication methods
  • Barriers to communication
  • Support services
  • Confidentiality

Unit 2 – Principles of personal development in adult social care settings
(L/602/3035, Unit Level 2; GLH; 17 hours; Credits: 2)

  • Standards
  • Reflecting on work activities
  • Personal attitudes and beliefs
  • Learning activities
  • Reflecting on a situations
  • Feedback
  • The personal development plan
  • Sources of support

Unit 3 – Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings
(H/602/3039, Unit Level 2; GLH; 18 hours; Credits 2)

  • Diversity
  • Equality
  • Inclusion
  • Discrimination
  • Direct and indirect
  • Legislation and codes
  • Interacting with individuals
  • Sources of support

Unit 4 – Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
(A/601/8574, Unit Level 2; GLH; 26 hours; Credits 3)

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional/psychological abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Institutional abuse
  • Self-neglect
  • Neglect by others
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Factors for vulnerability
  • Actions to take
  • Policies and local systems
  • Safeguarding
  • Person-centred values
  • Active participation
  • Unsafe practices

Unit 5 – Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
(H/601/5474, Unit Level 2; GLH 9 hours; Credits 1)

  • Duty of care
  • Additional support
  • Complaints
  • Procedures

Unit 6 – Understand the role of the social care worker
(A/602/3113, Unit Level 2; GLH 9 hours; Credits 1)

  • Working relationships
  • Personal relationships
  • Agreed ways of working
  • Improving partnership working
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Partnership working

Unit 7 – Understand person-centred approaches in adult social care settings
(J/602/3180, Unit Level 2; GLH 34 hours; Credits 4)

  • Person-centred values
  • Needs of an individual
  • Planning care and support
  • Consent
  • Participation
  • Reducing barriers
  • Active participation
  • Informed choices
  • Risk-taking
  • Supporting individuals
  • Individual identity
  • Self-esteem
  • Well-being

Unit 8 – Understand health and safety in social care settings
(R/602/3179, Unit Level 2; GKH; 40 hours; Credits 4)

  • Legislation
  • Policies and procedures
  • Social care workers
  • Employers and managers
  • Individuals
  • Hazard and risk
  • Safety risk assessment
  • Types of accidents
  • Procedures
  • Infections
  • Health and hygiene
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Safe moving and handling
  • Care plan
  • Storing hazardous substances
  • Using hazardous substances
  • Disposing of hazardous substances
  • Social care settings
  • Stress
  • Medication
  • Food safety

Unit 9- Understand how to handle information in social care settings
(Y/602/3118, Unit Level 2; GLH; 9 hours; Credits 1)

  • Legislation
  • Secure systems
  • Handling information
  • Concerns


All of your work will be assessed by a personally assigned course tutor, who will mark your portfolio of evidence before providing valuable feedback. Some research is involved; however no external examinations are required.

Required Knowledge

No prior knowledge or experience is needed to enrol onto this course. All we ask is that you are at least 16 years old. Similarly, as this is only a knowledge based qualification, you don’t have to be working within a care role to register your interest.

Awarding Body

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care.

This means that you will achieve a Level 2 qualification on The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

NCFE 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.


rom the guidance of your personal tutor, whose industry experience will help to support and mentor your studies, to our comprehensive study guide and course materials; from day one we will go above and beyond to help you succeed in your studies. With twelve months tutor support, you have the option of completing in as little as three months, or using the full twelve months.

You too can take advantage of the extensive knowledge base of your personal tutor and use their experiences to get all of your questions answered. Similarly, our student support team are readily available to lend you their advice and guidance as they help you to decipher your course materials and answer your questions. The delivery and assessment of this course will be provided by OLC.

Only one click away, you can trust that help will be there when you need it.

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 tutoring to certification.
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+).
  • Our customers have rated us ‘Excellent’ 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!

You have 12 months to complete your course, however you can 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 government-regulated 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, this is a distance learning course, which means your assessments will be submitted and marked using our online LMS (Learner Management System).

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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