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As of January 2011 this course has been replaced by the QCF Level 2 in Health and Social Care.



This level 2 NVQ is the equivalent of a GCSE qualification, and is recommended for those who are looking to move into the care sector, or are working mainly under supervision. The programme focuses on enabling quality person centred care, developing and maintaining an individual’s independence, and improving the delivery of care to service users. For this reason, it is highly recommended for home care assistants, community support workers, healthcare assistants and residential or day service assistants who work with adults. Delegates will get the option to customise their NVQ to suit them, with generic, dementia and learning disabilities pathways available. 

Outline of Programme

Delegates will need to gain a minimum of 24 mandatory (Group A) credits, between 2-7 optional Group B credits, and at least 15 optional Group C credits. In total, delegates will need to achieve a total of at least 46 credits to earn the NVQ Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 2.

Mandatory Units:

  • SHC 21: Introduction to Communication in Health and Social Care Settings.
  • SHC 22: Introduction to Personal Development in Health and Social Care Settings.
  • SHC 23: Introduction to Equality and Inclusion in Health and Social Care Settings.
  • SHC 24: Introduction to Duty of Care in Health and Social Care Settings.
  • HSC 024: Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care Settings.
  • HSC 025: The Role of the Health and Social Care Worker.
  • HSC 026: Implement Person-Centred Approaches in Health and Social Care Settings.
  • HSC 027: Contribute to Health and Safety in Health and Social Care.
  • HSC 028: Handle Information in Health and Social Care Settings.

Optional Units

The optional knowledge and competence units cover a variety of areas in health and social care and include the option to either attain a general qualification in health and social care, or to move along a specialist pathway in either Dementia or Learning Disabilities.


This NVQ is accredited by OFQUAL and is fully compliant with the Health and Social Care National Occupation Standards approved by Skills for Care and Development. Successful implementation of the training learnt on this diploma will help organisations meet the conditions and standards underlined by the Care Quality Commission.

Who would benefit from this course?

Anyone who supports and assists individuals with their physical and emotional care would find this course useful.

How does assessment take place?

Our assessment process is designed so that delegates are prepared for the challenges their occupation will involve. Delegates are appointed a vocationally trained NVQ assessor who will help them to assemble their portfolio and guide them for the duration of the diploma. Email and telephone support is also provided throughout the NVQ Level 2 programme and the resources available will be provided as needed.

What are the entry requirements?

TutorCare is an equal opportunities provider and a potential participant only needs to have been employed in a vocational setting relevant to the occupational standards for Health and Social Care in order for them to be able to complete the qualification successfully.

How long will it take?

The course is completely flexible and we encourage students to learn at their own pace. The awarding body do stipulate that the course is completed within 36 months, but most students will successful finish the programme in around 9!

How would I progress further?

Upon completing this programme, graduates have the option of moving on to NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care or can undertake a range of specialist courses, such as MRSA / C.Diff training or Catheter Awareness training, also available at TutorCare.

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