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Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care: Level 2 (Distance Learning)

Course information

Course Summary

This course is designed to increase the knowledge and understanding of the key principles of working in adult social care. The course has been mapped against the Health and Social Care National Occupational Standards and learners who successfully achieve this qualification will increase their professional confidence, enabling them to be competent in their work role.

Course Code:N3TIC
Study Type:Part Time
Academic Level:Not Applicable
Award:Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care: CACHE Level 2 Certificate
Awarded by:CACHE
Course Length

Learners should complete the course within 16 weeks.

Course Detail

This course is appropriate for a wide range of learners. It has particular relevance to the professional development of those who are entering the field of health or social care in the public, private or voluntary sectors for the first time. 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 unpaid and voluntary carers.

The course has a credit value of 20 on the Qualifications Credit Framework.

The course will cover the following areas and consists of three workbooks and assessments:

  • Workbook 1: Understanding the role of the social care worker. Principles of personal development in adult social care setting. Understanding person-centred approaches in adult social care settings.
  • Workbook 2: Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings. Principles of communication in adult social care settings. Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care. Principles for implementing adult care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings.
  • Workbook 3: Understanding how to handle information in social care settings. Understanding health and safety in social care settings.


Candidates work through the course materials for the programme at times convenient to them, so there is no need to attend the college to gain the qualification. The learning materials contain the knowledge needed to meet the assessment requirements of the course and activities to 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. Learners should complete the course within 16 weeks.

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 in order to follow this course, but you will need to demonstrate commitment and motivation to work through the specially prepared distance-learning materials.

Your Next Steps

The qualification aims to provide a sound preparation for further study and access to a range of vocational qualifications, including Apprenticeships and Diplomas in Health and Social Care.

Other Information


This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2022. 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 - 04/11/2021