Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 2
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About this course

This Diploma is designed for those delivering physical, emotional or enabling care to clients who have a medium to high dependency.

It aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to work in the care sector (working mainly under supervision) by increasing the skills you already have, as well as giving you the confidence to increase your responsibilities.

The Diploma has three pathways: Generic, Dementia and Adult Learning Disabilities. The choice of pathway will reflect your job role. Your assessor will discuss with you at your induction what optional units would best reflect your job role

What will I learn?

The course is made up of a number of units each with a credit value. In order to complete the Diploma you must achieve 46 credits from a number of mandatory and optional units.

Mandatory units:

  • Introduction to communication in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Introduction to personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • The role of the health and social care worker
  • Implement person centred approaches in health and social care
  • Contribute to health and safety in health and social care
  • Handle information in health and social care settings
  • Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children's and young people's settings.

There is a wide selection of optional units to choose from which reflect the wide diversity of job roles in the sector. Some examples of the areas covered are:

  • Dementia
  • Infection control
  • Personal care
  • Supporting adults with learning disabilities
  • Supporting adults with physical disabilities
  • End of life care
Entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course however it is a requirement that you currently work or volunteer regularly within a Health and Social Care setting.
Study, assessment and qualifications
Delivery takes place in the workplace by a sector qualified assessor using direct observation as the main assessment method. However, learners will also be assessed on their knowledge of the unit subject and this will be met by written assignments.
Additional costs and information

This is a ''roll-on, roll-off'' qualification so, provided you fit the required work based criteria, you can join at any time.

Wiltshire College offer either paper-based or web-based electronic portfolio assessment methods.

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