1Course Overview

CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care - QCF

Course code: CACHE008

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

This course enables you to:

  • 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

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

This course will allow you to 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.

You choose whether you want to study this course online or as a paper based hard copy. All your course materials will then be delivered to you by post or email, so it couldn’t be simpler. Our experienced and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way by email, so help is only a click away!

Start your journey and develop your skills and knowledge today and join over 75,000 students that already have!

What's more, you will now be entitled to FREE access to the CACHE Alumni for 2 years when you enrol on your course. 

Discounts on selected courses - Until 28th May
2Course Content
Unit 1 - Principles of communication in adult social care settings
(L/602/2905, Unit Level 2; GLH; 17 Hours; Credits: 2)
  • Communication
  • Individual’s reactions
  • Individual’s preferences
  • Communication methods
  • Barriers to communication
  • Support services
  • Confidentiall
Unit 2 - Principles of personal development in adult social care settings
(L/602/3035, Unit Level 2; GLH; 17 hours; Credits: 2)
  • Standards
  • Reflecting on work activities
  • Personal attitudes and beliefs
  • Learning activities
  • Reflecting on a situations
  • Feedback
  • The personal development plan
  • Sources of support
Unit 3 - Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings
(H/602/3039, Unit Level 2; GLH; 18 hours; Credits 2)
  • 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
(A/601/8574, Unit Level 2; GLH; 26 hours; Credits 3)
  • 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, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
(H/601/5474, Unit Level 2; GLH 9 hours; Credits 1)
  • Duty of care
  • Additional support
  • Complaints
  • Procedures
Unit 6 - Understand the role of the social care worker
(A/602/3113, Unit Level 2; GLH 9 hours; Credits 1)
  • 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
(J/602/3180, Unit Level 2; GLH 34 hours; Credits 4)
  • 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
(R/602/3179, Unit Level 2; GKH; 40 hours; Credits 4)
  • 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
(Y/602/3118, Unit Level 2; GLH; 9 hours; Credits 1)
  • Legislation
  • Secure systems
  • Handling information
  • Concerns
3Other Information

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 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. 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 Outcomes

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

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.


Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol in this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

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.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE Totum discount card (formerly NUS Extra card)
  • FREE CACHE Alumni Membership for 2 years
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • *Student study planner
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

How do I get my work assessed?

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.

What are the entry requirements to enrol onto this course?

You will need to be at least 14 years of age to enrol onto this course.

Do I need to be working in a care role to study this course?

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

Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

What happens if I lose my course pack?

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.

What if I still have questions?

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 Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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The total course fee includes a loan arrangement fee. Your initial deposit payment will be used towards this fee, any remaining fee balance will be added the loan amount.

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Our finance option is provided in partnership with AffordItNow.
For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
  • Have a valid email address and can access it

Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

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