CACHE Preparing to work in Adult Care Level 2 Certificate

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Qualification: Preparing to work in Adult Care Level 2 Certificate

Awarding Body: NCFE CACHE

Support: 12 months

RQF Listed: Yes - 20 credit points (600/0047/8)

Ofqual Recognised: Yes

Estimated Study Time: 180 hours



Paying in Full: £549

Paying in Stages: Your first payment will be £149, then a direct debit will be set up for nine monthly payments of £50. Only available to students with a UK bank account. 



Preparing to work in Adult Care Level 2 Certificate is an ideal starting point for those working towards a career in adult health and social care. It aims to introduce some basic concepts of caring and preparation for employment in the sector.

The qualification covers:

  • Importance of communication in care settings
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Handling Information
  • Confidentiality
  • The role of the social care worker


Support is provided for up to 12 months but it is entirely up to you how quickly you work through the course. The estimated study time is 180 hours so if you average around 5-6 hours a week study you would complete in 8-9 months. If you put more time in you can complete quicker.

The course is delivered hard copy in folders or emailed to you if you choose the online option. These are yours to keep so you can write on them, make notes etc. Your pack will contain everything you need to begin your course including your lessons, tutor and support information. In addition a study guide explaining how to get started along with comprehensive study notes for each element of the course is included.

Support is provided throughout the course via a tutor who can be emailed at any time should you come across anything you are unsure of. There is also a support team by telephone. Don't hesitate to ask if you are unsure!

Preparing to work in Adult Social Care Level 2 Certificate is split into nine units. At the end of each unit you will complete an assignment which you will email to your tutor. An assignment is a set of questions based upon the unit you have just studied.  If there are any areas for improvements or anything that you have misunderstood you will always have the opportunity to re-submit. 

The good news is there are no exams! Once you have completed all the assignments you complete the course.


There are no prior qualifications required. The minimum age is 14.


Unit 1: Principles of Communication in Adult Social Care Settings

  • 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

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

Unit 3: Principles of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Adult Social Care Settings

  • 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

  • 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 and Social Care or Children and Young Peoples Settings

  • Duty of Care
  • Additional Support
  • Complaints
  • Procedures

Unit 6: Understand the Role of the Social Care Worker

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Legislation
  • Secure systems
  • Handling information
  • Concerns



Upon successful completion of the course you will achieve an NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Preparing for Work in Adult Social Care.

CACHE became part of NCFE in 2015.

CACHE (the Council of Awards in Care, Health and Education) are the UK's leading awarding organisation for the childcare and social care sectors, and are part of the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) which ensures the highest level quality courses and industry recognised qualifications.

Once you have enrolled on your CACHE course, you will be entitled to access the CACHE Alumni Membership for 2 years. Please contact our Student Support team for further information on 0330 563100. CACHE Alumni is a Professional Membership Network for those who work in the CACHE industries, providing valuable resources and advice for professional studying towards/with a CACHE qualification.

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