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Diploma in Care: Level 2 (Distance Learning)

Course information

Course Summary

This course is appropriate for learners whose central role is to give care. The qualification is applicable to a range of care settings and roles, and will be ideal for Support Workers, Domiciliary and Residential Care Workers, Health Care Assistants and those who work in a clinical workplace. To achieve the course successfully the learners must complete 24 credits from the mandatory units and 22 credits from the optional units; totalling a minimum of 46 credits altogether.

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 course is designed to build on the knowledge and skills of learners who are entering adult care or adult health environments. The qualification is divided into set mandatory units, and optional units.

All the learners are required to study the core competencies in the mandatory units for a career in health and social care. The learners then choose, or are supported to choose, a choice of units from the flexible options in a large selection of subjects.

The course will cover following areas such as: the principles of health promotion; the principles of infection; pressure area care; conditions of dementia; pain management; care plans; diabetes and mental health awareness and many others.


Candidates work through the course units at times that are suitable for them. College attendance is not needed to gain this qualification. Learners should complete the course within the academic year.

The course is made up of the following elements:

  • Assessor Observation of the learner at work in his or her workplace – note that this is compulsory; no observation, no diploma!
  • Witness Testimony
  • Candidate’s proof of work
  • Worksheets
  • Assignments, projects or reports – note, these must be word processed
  • Professional Discussion
  • Oral and written questioning – ‘written’ answers must be word processed
  • Candidate and peer reports
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 undertake this course. But you will need to demonstrate commitment and motivation to complete the required number of assessments.

Your Next Steps

Students who complete this course will be gaining a Level 2 vocational qualification and can then progress onto a Level 3 if their job role supports this.

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 - 16/09/21