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The Level 2 Diploma is suited to learners who are working in the care field and who do not have any qualifications in Health and Social Care. It is also suitable for candidates who wish to enter the field of Health and Social Care.
Learners will learn how to provide basic care to clients in a supervised, safe manner. Central to any work as a carer, is that each person is approached in a person centred way and learners will gain the knowledge and skills to operate in this way. It is imperative that carers work in a professional manner at all times, hence the need for confidentiality and the adherence to the NISCC code of conduct.
To achieve the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care, learners must achieve a minimum of 46 credits: • 31 credits from mandatory units • and at least 15 credits from the optional units. Examples of mandatory units: • Principles and Values • Health and Well Being • Communication and Information Sharing • Continuing Professional Development in the Context of Health and Social Care
Examples of optional units: • The principles of Infection Prevention and Control • Understand Physical Disability • Understand how to work in end of life care • Stroke Awareness • Dementia Awareness
Learners are required to have a minimum of 6 points on Entry to the programme and a true desire to care. Access NI will also be required for placement opportunities. For those in employment an Access NI undertaken by their employer is satisfactory.
Assessment is a combination of written assignment work with observation in the workplace by a qualified assessor. An assessor will observe the learner carrying out real work activities in accordance with plan agreed between the assessor and the learner.
Learners use E-portfolio for the submission of work and contact with their assessor and Internal Verifier.
Learners may progress into employment in the following areas:
• Care assistants/support workers/key workers in residential settings• Healthcare assistants/support workers in community
• Healthcare assistants/support workers in acute health environments
• Care assistants/support workers/key workers in day services
Learners may progress to the Extended Diploma Level 3 in Health and Social Care.
When learners have gained a minimum of one years’ experience in the care field, learners may undertake the City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care(Adults) .
Placement in a care setting is required for a minimum of ten hours per week in order to facilitate assessment of competence in this qualification.
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Total Full Fee £750.00
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