QCF Level 2 Diploma Health and Social Care

Diploma in Health & Social Care Level 2

The Diploma is made of units with different credit value and learners need to achieve 46 credits to be awarded a Diploma, approximately 16 units. All learners will complete the mandatory core units and then a range of optional units that reflect their service area and work role.

Structure of Diploma

  • Group A is made up of 9 mandatory units
  • Group B is made up of knowledge only units that offer the opportunity to undertake a generic, specialist learning disabilities or dementia pathway
  • Group C provides the opportunity to take a variety of competence units that reflect job roles. This includes a range of both specialist and generic units

Core Units Group A Mandatory units

The Core units cover principles, values and practice common to all social care work and settings.

SHC  21Introduction to communication in health & social care.
SHC  22Introduction to personal development in health &  social care .
SHC  23Introduction to equality and inclusion in health & social care.
SHC  24Introduction to duty of care in health & social care.
HSC 024Principles of safeguarding and protection in health & social care
HSC  025The role of the health & social care worker
HSC  026Implement person centred approaches in health & social care
HSC  027Contribute to  health & safety in health &  social care
HSC  028 Handle information in health & social care settings.


Pathway is the term used to describe the route learners may choose in the B & C units. The 3 options are a generic pathway, dementia pathway or learning disability pathway.  Learners will follow the pathway relevant to their service are and will be able to choose from a range of units to reflect their work role.

For each pathway we have provided an example of the units learners would need to complete to achieve the Diploma.

Generic Pathway

Group B

ICO1The Principles of Infection Prevention and Control

Group C

ASM 34Administer medication to individuals and monitor the effects
HSC 2007Support independence in the tasks of daily living
HSC 2010Provide support for leisure activities
HSC 2013Support care plan activities
HSC 2014Support individuals to eat and drink
HSC 2015Support individuals to meet their personal care needs

Dementia Pathway

Group B

DEM  201Dementia Awareness

Group C

DEM  204Understand implement a person centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia
DEM  210Understand and enable interaction and communication with individuals with dementia.
DEM  304Enable rights and choices for individuals with dementia whilst minimising risks
HSC  3029Support individuals with specific communication needs
ASM  34Administer medication to individuals and monitor the effects

Learning Disability Pathway

Group B

LD  201Understand the context of supporting anindividual with learning disabilities

Group C

LD 203Provide active support
HSC  2007Support independence in daily living tasks
HSC  3029Support individuals with specific communication needs
HSC3045Promote positive behaviour

The Level 2 Diploma Health and Social Care is aimed at front line staff providing direct care and support to clients in all settings.

The qualification is made up of a minimum 16 units — 9 core units and 7 optional. The number of units undertaken will depend on the units choosen as units have different credit values.

There are 3 pathways within the qualification and learners choose the pathway that reflects their area of work. The pathways enable specialisation of the qualification, learners can choose to follow a generic, dementia or learning disability route. Other specialisms will be developed in the future.


We provide flexible access to the qualification, candidates are able to register at anytime. We can provide group or individual inductions and assessments. To minimise disruption to services we carry out all induction and assessment in the learners workplace.

  • Learners receive an induction, at which point a learning needs analysis is performed
  • Learners are seen individually once per month by their assessor for advice, planning and assessment.
  • Learners can receive additional support from their assessor by telephone, fax or e-mail
  • Observation of practice is a primary source of evidence at Level 2, usually 3 observations in total

Monitoring and Outcomes

Throughout the qualification progress is monitored and reviewed with learners to ensure they complete within the agreed timescales.

Monthly reports are provided to purchasers to keep them informed of delivery and outcomes.


Costs & Funding

Costs are available on request for full or part qualifications. Support can be given to organisations wanting to apply for funding and payment plans are available on request. Full funding is available for this qualification through the apprenticeship programme.

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