Course Information

City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care

City & Guilds

Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Omagh
Week Starting: 20 September 2021
Day: Monday
Time: 09:00–16:00
Duration: 1 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 6
Total Hours: 180
Fee: 1125
Places Available: 20
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The Level 2 Diploma is suited to learners who are working in the care field and who do not have any qualifications in Health and Social Care. Learners must be aged 16-24 and employed to avail of Apprenticeship training. Potential applicants can undertake this course part time as a fee paying student but is advised to undertake a minimum of 10 hours work placement each week throughout the duration of the course. Learners who wish to pursue a career in a range of care fields may also undertake the Level 2 programme if they are aged 16-18 through the Skills For Work component of Training For Success

Additional Information

Learners undertaking this qualification following the Skills for Work or Apprenticeship route must also complete the Level 2 Certificate in Induction into adult social Care (60005063). For Part time students this is optional. Learners also encouraged are required to complete essential skills in Literacy and Numeracy if they do not possess an equivalent Level of Literacy and Numeracy. Employability qualifications are another component of the Skills for work framework. Learners can avail of on-line courses to support their learning.

Course Content

Learners will learn how to provide basic care to clients in a supervised, safe manner. Central to any work as a carer, is that each person is approached in a person centred way and learners will gain the knowledge and skills to operate in this way. It is imperative that carers work in a professional manner at all times, hence the need for confidentiality and the adherence to the NISCC code of conduct.

Core Modules

To achieve the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care, learners must achieve a minimum of 46 credits:

  • 24 credits from mandatory units in Group A
  • A minimum or two credits and a maximum of seven credits from Option Group B
  • And at least 15 credits from Option Group C.
  • Examples of Group A units:
  • Introduction to communication
  • Introduction to personal development
  • Safeguarding
  • Health and Safety
  • Optional Modules

    Examples of Option B units:

  • The principles of Infection Prevention and Control
  • Understand Physical Disability
  • Understand how to work in end of life care
  • Stroke Awareness
  • Dementia Awareness
  • Examples of Option C units:
  • Support independence in the tasks of daily living
  • Provide support for journeys
  • Provide support for leisure activities
  • Person Centred Approaches
  • Personal Care
  • Assistance with eating and drinking
  • Assessment Method

    Assessment is a combination of written assignment work with observation in the workplace by a qualified assessor. An assessor will observe the learner carrying out real work activities in accordance with plan agreed between the assessor and the learner. Learners use E-portfolio for the submission of work and contact with their assessor and Internal Verifier.

    Progression Opportunities

    Learners may progress into employment in the following areas:

  • Care assistants/support workers/key workers in residential settings
  • Healthcare assistants/support workers in community
  • Healthcare assistants/support workers in acute health environments
  • Care assistants/support workers/key workers in day services
  • Learners may progress to the Extended Diploma Level 3 in Health and Social Care. When learners have gained a minimum of one years’ experience in the care field, learners may undertake the City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care(Adults) and this programme can be undertaken if you are employed and aged between 16-24.

    Entry Requirements

    Learners are required to have a minimum of 6 points on Entry to the programme and a true desire to care. Access NI will also be required which is funded by college for candidates following the training programme route. For those in employment an Access NI undertaken by their employer is satisfactory.