You will need to be employed in a health and social care setting to complete this qualification.

It is suitable for those new to the care sector or anyone wanting to gain a recognised qualification.

It will take approximately a year to complete although with commitment this time can be reduced.

You will be guided throughout by an Assessor.

They will help you build a portfolio of evidence of your knowledge and competency to achieve your qualification.


Mandatory units cover the core competencies. These include:

  • safeguarding and protection in care settings
  • responsibilities of a care worker
  • communication in care settings
  • duty of care
  • handling information in care settings
  • personal development in care settings
  • equality and inclusion in care settings
  • health, safety and wellbeing in care settings
  • implementing person‐centred approaches in care settings.

You then select additional units to tailor your qualification to the needs of your workplace.

Your duties will vary depending on your care setting but may include supporting individuals with their personal care needs, moving and positioning, dementia care and daily living needs.

The qualification is fully funded (free to you).

You must meet the following criteria:

  • You must currently work in a Health and Social Care setting
  • You must be aged 19 years or over at the beginning of the academic year
  • You must permanently reside in the UK
  • You must have lived in the EU for 3 years.

You will create a portfolio to evidence your knowledge and skills.

This may consist of written assignments, observations and supporting evidence.

Observations will be planned in advance and take place in the workplace.

Your Assessor will meet with you regularly to help you plan and progress through the qualification.

You can complete this qualification using an online programme or using a paper-based portfolio.

You can progress to a Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care and potential career options include Senior Carer or Team Leader.