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Diploma in Care: Level 2 (Distance Learning)

Course information

Course Summary

This programme is designed for learners who want to develop their knowledge of the care industry, and for those who are seeking employment in the health care sector. This course programme is also beneficial to learners who are already working within these sectors who wish to broaden their knowledge and skills.

Course Code:N3TNY
Study Type:Part Time
Academic Level:Not Applicable
Award:Diploma in Care Level 2 Diploma
Awarded by:CACHE/NCFE
Course Length

Learners should complete the course within the academic year.

Course Detail

This qualification will support learners to develop the knowledge and skills required to work in a range of clinical healthcare support settings and in adult care environments. The course also covers a wide range of areas including dementia awareness, mental health and well-being, supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and healthcare procedures.

This qualification aims to provide learners with formal recognition of their performance in the workplace. It will provide transferable skills, knowledge and understanding required to work in a health or social care environment. The units are aligned to the National Occupational Standards for health and social care and represent the core attributes required by employers in a range of health and social care settings. Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement to be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

The units are divided into an ‘mandatory’ and ‘optional’ framework. The mandatory units have to be taken by everyone on the diploma. To begin, all learners undertake the qualifications in Dignity and Safeguarding and Infection Control. The optional units for you to choose from are listed below.

Course Content

The structure of the programme is formed of mandatory and optional units. The mandatory units cover core competencies relating to e knowledge and skills required to work in a range of clinical healthcare support settings and in health and adult care environments. These mandatory units are linked to the knowledge and skills required for the Adult Care Worker and Healthcare Support Worker.

You will also be required to choose from the following optional units:

  • Dementia awareness
  • Support individuals who are distressed
  • Support individuals to meet personal care needs
  • Support individuals to eat and drink
  • The principles of infection prevention and control
  • Causes and spread of infection
  • Understand autism spectrum
  • Diabetes awareness
  • Understanding learning disability
  • Support person-centred thinking, planning and review
  • Support care plan activities
  • Understanding mental health


Learners work through the course materials for the programme either through our online resources, structured assignments, observations and collective evidence. Therefore, there is no need to attend the college to gain the qualifications. The learning materials also contain the resources needed to meet the assessment requirements of the courses. The activities allow candidates to practice their skills and test their learning. Assessments are based on a combination of knowledge and skills learned on the programme and work-based activities and experience.

Course Fees

Free if you meet the eligibility criteria (click here for details) and if you complete the course (click here for details of our terms and conditions)

Entry Requirements

You do not need to have any formal qualifications to follow these courses, but you will need to demonstrate commitment and motivation to work through the specially prepared distance-learning materials. Learners wishing to take part in these courses, should have level 2 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent.

Your Next Steps

Successful learners can progress to other qualifications such as:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care
  • Level 3 Diploma in Caring for Children & Young People Workforce

Plus other Level 2 and Level 3 courses – all of which can be found on this website.

Other Information


This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2021. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 02/12/21