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Demand for adult social care is on the rise as people are living longer, meaning there is an increasing need for quality providers of care. This is a nationally-recognised qualification created by industry experts to help students develop and improve their knowledge and skills in adult social care.

There are four parts to complete within this course, they are:

Part A: Students gain an understanding of the importance of an individual's communication and language needs, and personal preferences. They will also learn how to reduce barriers to communication and understand the importance of continual personal development in adult social care settings.

The units covered in this part of the course are:

  • Unit 1: Principles of communication in adult social care settings
  • Unit 2: Principles of personal development in adult social care settings

Part B: Students will understand the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion, examining the impact discrimination can have upon working practise and how to reduce it. They will also learn how to recognise signs of abuse and respond accordingly to reduce unsafe practise.

The units covered in this part of the course are:

  • Unit 3: Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings
  • Unit 4: Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care

Part C: This part introduces the duty of care required in a variety of health and social care settings, and helps students understand the overall role of a social care worker. This part will also explain how to provide person-centred care, and why this approach is important in adult social care settings.

The units covered in this part of the course are:

  • Unit 5: Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Unit 6: Understand the role of the social care worker
  • Unit 7: Understand person-centred approaches in adult social care settings

Part D: Students will cover many aspects of health and safety in a social care setting, and gain an understanding of their responsibility to work in safe ways. This includes manual handling techniques, control of hazardous substances and handling sensitive information.

The units covered in this part of the course are:

  • Unit 8: Understand health and safety in social care settings
  • Unit 9: Understand how to handle information in social care settings

Entry Requirements

You will be issued with an Induction Workbook during your first discussion with your tutor; this workbook will determine whether you are suitable for the course. Students need to be 19 years of age or older as well as an EU/UK National. At this time we are unable to accept learners residing without the UK.

Ages 24+: Our L2 Distance Learning qualifications are free to EU/UK Nationals regardless of previous qualifications.

Ages 19 to 23 are eligible for free courses if they have already achieved a full L2 qualification or equivalent. Please contact us for clarification.

Ages 19 to 23 who have not already achieved a full L2 qualification may be subject to costs. Please contact us for clarification.


No prior experience within this sector is required to enrol. Basic computer skills to operate the Online Learning Platform.


NCFE Level 2 in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care


Assessment takes place online, there are no exams.

Home Study

An estimated 179 home study hours are required to complete this course. As this course is run online, there are no classes to attend. Study will be home-based and at the student's discretion within the timeframe stipulated by tutor.

Work Placement

Students do not have to be in current work in this sector.


Level 3 Preparing to Work in Adult Health & Social Care. A range of Level 2 qualifications within this sector, please enquire with the Distance Learning team upon completion of the course.

Fees and Additional Costs

Our Level 2 Distance Learning courses are available for FREE to UK/EU nationals aged 19 and over.

Additional Information

CL2PWASC 192001 Flexible start - £.00
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