Health & Social Care Level 2

What will I study? 

The Apprentice framework is made up of several parts:

  1. Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 2
  2. Key Skills in Application of Number and Communication at Level 1
  3. Employers’ Rights and Responsibilities Workbook (ERR)
  4. Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Delivery Method


An assessor will work with the apprentice on a one-to-one basis and/or group basis.  Apprentices will be visited each month at work and will also be able to contact the assessor between visits

Course Structure

There are nine mandatory units which will amount to a total of 24 credits along with optional units to increase credit score, including:

  • Introduction to Communication in Health, Social Care or Children’s 
  • Young Peoples Settings
  • Introduction to Personal Development
  • Introduction to Equality and Inclusion
  • Introduction to Duty of Care
  • Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care
  • The Role of the Health & Social Care Worker
  • Implement Person Centred Approaches in Health and Social Care
  • Contribute to Health and Safety
  • Handling Information in Health & Social Care Settings

To follow on from the mandatory units there are three different pathways apprentices can take:  Learning Disability Pathway, General Pathway and Dementia Pathway.

Learning Disability Pathway

Mandatory unit: Understand the Context of Supporting an Individual with Learning Disabilities

Learning Disability Competence Units:

  • Support Person Centred Thinking and Planning
  • Provide Active Support

Optional Knowledge Units:

  • Introductory Awareness of Models of Disability
  • Principles of Supporting an Individual to Maintain Personal Hygiene

Optional Competence Units:

  • Support Participation in Learning and Development Activities
  • Support Care Plan Activities
  • Meet Food Safety Requirements When Providing Food and Drink.

General Pathway

  • Introduction to Personalisation in Social Care
  • Principles of Supporting an Individual to Maintain Personal Hygiene
  • Introductory Awareness of Sensory Loss

Optional Competence Units:

  • Contribute to monitoring the Health of Individuals Affected by Health Conditions
  • Support Care Plan Activities
  • Support Individuals to Eat and Drink
  • Support Individuals to Personal Care Needs
  • Move and Position Individuals in Accordance With Their Plan of Care
  • Meet Food Safety Requirements When Providing Food and Drink for Individuals
  • Support Individuals to Maintain Personal Hygiene

Dementia Pathway 

Mandatory Knowledge Unit: Dementia Awareness

Competence Unit:

  • Understand and Implement a Person-centred Approach to the Care & Support of Individuals with Dementia
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Dementia Care Practice
  • Understand and Enable Interaction and Communication with Individuals with Dementia
  • Approaches to Enable Rights and Choices for Individuals with Dementia whilst Minimising Risks

Optional Knowledge Units:

  • Understand the Factors that Can Influence Communication and Interaction with Individuals Who Have Dementia
  • Introduction to Personalisation in Social Care

Optional Competence Units:


  • Understand and Meet the Nutritional Requirements of Individuals with Dementia

The apprentice must achieve all the required units within the specified qualification structure.

To pass a unit the apprentice must:

  • achieve all the specified learning outcomes
  • meet all the assessment criteria by providing sufficient and valid evidence for each criterion
  • show that the evidence is their own



What are the entry requirements?

No formal qualifications are required, however, apprentices must be working in the health and social care industry and be able to demonstrate basic levels of literacy and numeracy.


Up to 12 to 18 months, part-time


Please contact the Workforce Development Team for further details. Some courses are fully or partially funded, depending upon individual circumstances.
Last modified on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 14:32


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