CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care – RQF

Course code: CACHE008

Develop your knowledge in adult social care and gain a recognised qualification, from home!

  • Develop skills and knowledge in preparing to work in adult social care.
  • Understand why communication is important in adult social care settings.
  • Learn how to meet the communication and language needs, wishes and preferences of an individual.
  • Discover how to reduce barriers to communication.
  • Understand confidentiality in adult social care settings.
  • FREE access to the CACHE Alumni for 2 years when you enrol on your course.
Course overview

This course will give you the chance to develop skills and knowledge in preparing to work in adult social care.

Study the convenient way! You decide when and where you learn, at your own pace. Your coursework can be submitted by either post or email, making it easy and hassle-free.

Course Duration

Up to 1 year.

Study Hours

Approximately 179 learning hours.

Course Outcome

You will receive an NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Tutor-marked portfolio of evidence.

Course content
  • Communication
  • Individual’s reactions
  • Individual’s preferences
  • Communication methods
  • Barriers to communication
  • Support services
  • Confidentiality
  • Standards
  • Reflecting on work activities
  • Personal attitudes and beliefs
  • Learning activities
  • Reflecting on a situation
  • Feedback
  • The personal development plan
  • Sources of support
  • Diversity
  • Equality
  • Inclusion
  • Discrimination
  • Direct and indirect
  • Legislation and codes
  • Interacting with individuals
  • Sources of support
  • 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
  • Working relationships
  • Personal relationships
  • Agreed ways of working
  • Improving partnership working
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Partnership working
  • 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
  • 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
Extra info


This course is assessed using a portfolio of evidence. This will be sent to your tutor to be marked. No external examination is required. You will have to do some of your own research.

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete the course. Your course is approximately 179 learning hours. This means you can work at your own pace – how fast you work through the course is completely up to you! You will have no strict deadlines or timetabling to contend with so you can spread your workload across the year, fitting your course around your busy schedule.

Study Method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. You choose whether you want to study this course online or as a paper based hard copy.

All your materials will be posted or emailed to you online, whichever you choose. You will also receive tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcome

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

Awarding Body

CACHE became part of NCFE in 2015.

The Council of Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE) are the UK’s leading awarding organisation for the childcare and social care sectors and 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. 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.


You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course. You will need to be at least 14 years of age to enrol.

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • FREE CACHE Alumni Membership for 2 years
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • *Student study planner
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

No. As this is a knowledge-based qualification, it can be studied by those who are not yet working in a care role.

You will send your work to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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