Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care Level 2 Cert (RQF)

TQUK Level 2 Certificate
In Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (RQF)

This knowledge based nationally recognised qualification is aimed at students looking to work in the health care sector. Perfect qualification for those looking for a career change or a return to work after a career break. The course can be studied from home over the period of one year or sooner with the right application and dedication. 

Students will learn: 
Diversity and equality
Personal development
Role of the social care worker
Health & Safety
Duty of care

Qualification: Level 2 Certificate Preparing to work in Adult Health & Social Care
Accredited: Yes
RQF Recognised: Yes at level 2
Awarding Body: Training Qualifications UK 
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
Duration: Flexible - Approx 179 Hours - 12 Months Max Support
Credit Value: 20

9 tutor marked assignments to complete

Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care Level 2 Cert (RQF)

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Course Fee: Starting at: £299.00

​​One of the biggest concerns for any potential student is the financial commitment involved. UK Open College recognise this and have implemented a pay as you study plan to assist students in spreading any fees involved with their course over a manageable period of time. Students are able to pay a deposit upon enrolment followed by a monthly repayment over a set period of time.

We would encourage students to view any related fees as an investment in their future. The majority of investments will provide a rewarding return over a set period of time. Once qualified and in employment students can expect a fantastic return on their investment year after year.

We offer all UK Based students guaranteed acceptance onto this scheme* upon completion of a signed student agreement. Shortly after paying your deposit our accounts department will contact you direct via telephone to gather the required information to complete the agreement. Once received we will forward a digital document via email for your signature. 

*Contact details, employment details and valid UK bank details with the ability to set up direct debit are required for all students applying for our pay as you study plan. If students are unable to provide this information any application may be declined. 

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Identify the standards that influence the way adult social care job roles are carried out.
Explain why reflecting on work activities is an important way to develop your own knowledge and skills.
Describe ways to ensure that personal attitudes or beliefs do not obstruct the quality of work.
Describe how a learning activity has improved your own knowledge, skills and understanding.
Describe how reflecting on a situation has improved your own knowledge, skills and understanding.
Describe how feedback from others has developed your own knowledge, skills and understanding.
Define the term ‘personal development plan’.
Identify who could be involved in the personal development plan process.
Identify sources of support for your own learning and development.
List the benefits of using a personal development plan to identify ongoing improvements in your own knowledge and understanding

Describe how direct or indirect discrimination may occur in the work setting.
Explain how practices that support diversity, equality and inclusion reduce the likelihood of discrimination.
List key legislation and codes of practice relating to diversity, equality, inclusion and discrimination in adult social care settings.
Describe how to interact with individuals in an inclusive way.
Describe ways in which discrimination may be challenged in adult care settings.
Identify sources of information, advice and support regarding diversity, equality, inclusion and discrimination.
Describe how and when to access information, advice and support about diversity, equality, inclusion and discrimination.

Identify the signs and / or symptoms associated with each type of abuse.
Describe factors that may contribute to an individual being more vulnerable to abuse.
Explain the actions to take if there are suspicions that an individual is being abused.
Explain the actions to take if an individual alleges that they are being abused.
Identify ways to ensure that evidence is preserved.
Identify national policies and local systems that relate to safeguarding and protection from abuse.
Explain roles of different agencies in safeguarding and protecting individuals from abuse.
Identify reports into serious failures to protect individuals from abuse
Identify sources of information and advice about your own role in safeguarding and protecting individuals from abuse

Explain how the likelihood of abuse may be reduced by:

a) Working with person-centred values

b) Encouraging active participation

c) Promoting choice and rights

Explain the importance of an accessible complaints procedure for reducing the likelihood of abuse.
Describe unsafe practices that may affect the well-being of an individual.
Explain actions to take if unsafe practices have been identified.
Describe the action to take if suspected abuse or unsafe practice has been reported but nothing has been done in response.

Define the term ‘duty of care’.
Describe how the duty of care will affect your own work role.
Describe dilemmas that may arise between duty of care and an individual’s rights.
Explain where to get additional support and advice about how to resolve such dilemmas.
Explain why it is important that individuals know how to make a complaint.
Explain the main points of agreed procedures for handling complaints.
Describe your own role in responding to complaints as part of your own duty of care.

Explain how a working and personal relationship are different
Describe different working relationships in social care settings.
Describe why it is important to adhere to the agreed scope of the job role.
Outline what is neant by agreed ways of working.
Explain the importance of full and up-to-date agreed ways of working.
Explain why it is important to work in partnership with others.
Identify ways of working that can help improve partnership working.
Identify skills and approaches needed for resolving conflicts.
Explain how and when to access support and advice about:

Define person centred values.
Explain why it is important to work in a way that embeds person-centred values.
Describe how to find out the history, preference, wishes ad needs of an individual when planning care and support.
Explain how using an individual’s care plan contributes to working in a person-centred way.
Define the term ‘consent’.
Explain the importance of gaining consent when providing care or support.
Describe how to establish consent for an activity or action.
Explain what steps to take if consent cannot be readily established.
Define what is meant by active participation.
Describe how active participation benefits an individual.
Describe ways of reducing barriers to active participation.
Describe ways to encourage active participation.
Identify ways of supporting an individual to make informed choices.
Explain why risk taking can be part of an individual’s choice.
Explain how agreed risk assessment processes are used to support the right to make choices.
Explain why workers personal views should not influence an individual’s choices.
Describe how to support an individual to question or challenge decisions concerning them that are made by others.
Explain how individual identity and self-esteem are linked with well being.
Describe attitudes and approaches that are likely to promote an individual’s well-being.
Identify ways to contribute to an environment that promotes wellbeing.

List legislation relating to the general health and safety in a social care setting
Describe the main points of health and safety policies and procedures.

Outline the main health and safety responsibilities of:

a) The social care worker

b) The employer or manager

c) The individual

Identify tasks relating to health and safety that should only be carried out with special training.
Describe how to access additional support and information relating to health and safety.
Define what is meant by ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’.
Describe how to use a health and safety risk assessment.
Explain how and when to report potential health and safety risks that have been identified.
Describe how risk assessment can address dilemmas between an individual’s rights and health and safety concerns.
Describe different types of accidents and sudden illness that may occur in a social care setting.
Outline the procedure to be followed if an accident or sudden illness should occur.
Explain why it is important for emergency first-aid tasks only to be carried out by a qualified first-aider.
List routes by which an infection can get into the body.

Describe ways in which your own health or hygiene might pose a risk to an individual or others at work.
Explain the most thorough method for hand washing.
Describe when to use different types of personal protective equipment.
Identify legislation that relates to moving and handling.
List principals for safe moving and handling.
Explain why it is important for moving and handling tasks to be carried out following specialist training.
Explain why it is important to have specialist training before assisting and moving an individual.
Explain the importance of following an individual’s care plan and fully engaging with them when assisting and moving.
Identify hazardous substances that may be found in the social care setting.
Describe safe practiced for:

a) Storing hazardous substances.

b) Using hazardous substances.

C) Disposing of hazardous substances.

Outline the procedures to be followed in the social care setting to prevent:

a) Fire

b) Gas leak

c) Floods

d) Intruding

e) Security breach

Outline the procedures to be followed in the social care setting in the event of:

a) Fire

b) Gas leak

c) Floods

d) Intruding

e) Security breach

Identify common signs and indicators of stress.
Identify circumstances that tend to trigger your own stress.
Describe ways to manage stress.
Describe the main points of agreed procedures about handling medication.
Identify who is responsible for medication in a social care setting.
Explain why medication must only be handled following specialist training.
Identify food standards relevant to social care setting.

Explain how to:

a) Store food

b) Maximise hygiene when handling food

c) Dispose of food

Identify common hazards when handling and storing food.

Identify the legislation that relates to the recording, storage and sharing of information within the social care sector.
Explain why it is important to have secure systems for recording and storing information in a social care setting.
Describe how to access guidance, information and advice about handling information
Outline what actions to take when there are concerns over the recording, storing or sharing of information.

This unit introduces the importance of communication in adult social care settings and ways to overcome barriers to meet individual needs and preferences in communication. 

Students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

Be aged 16 Years or above
Possess a solid knowledge of the english language
Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
Basic computer skills: e.g Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
Have a genuine desire to succeed

TQUK Level 2 Certificate - Preparing to work in Adult Social Care 

Qualification ref:  601/4040/9

Credit value: 20
Awarding body: Training Qualifications (TQUK)

This course provides successful students with a qualification from TQUK, listed on the RQF database. TQUK is recognised as an awarding organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: the office of the qualifications and examinations regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government and the council for curriculum, examinations and assessment (CCA) in Northern Ireland. 

TQUK are one of the fastest growing awarding bodies in the UK.  TQUK offer students the opportunity of gaining a fully recognised qualification suitable for further employment or higher education. 

Receipt of Certification: Certification is awarded by TQUK and can take up to 12 weeks to be received afer completion of your studies. All certification will be delivered to students direct at their home address. UK Open College have no control over delivery of certification awarded by the external awarding bodies. Any outstanding fees are payable before certification is issued. 


Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 179. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely. 

We would encourage students to serioulsy consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic!

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to acheive, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likey you are to get them on your side.

Students are reminded that the time in which they complete is purely down to them as an individual. Completion can be as quickly or as slowly as you wish within the 12 month tuition period. If you require additional time an extension may be available. Extensions are arranged at an additional cost as and when needed.

Students are able to select how they wish to study.

Paper based: Receive your course pack in the post in hard copy and correspond direct with your tutor via email


Online: Access our premium online cloud based learning system where you are able to access all of your course lessons, assignments and tutor correspondence in one place. Access your course information on any device from anywhere in the world with an internet signal. Whichever way you choose to study is up to you.!

If you select to study onliine and wish to order a hard copy of the course books then please contact us for a quote. 


All students on this course will be registered to a personal tutor for 12 months who is contactable via email. We also have a team of dedicated advisors to help and advise with any course related queries. The tutors role is to help and support students for the entire duration of their studies. Please remember our tutors are here to help. Never be embarrassed to ask for help.

This course is completed using continual assessment, allowing your tutor to closely monitor your progress every step of the way. Therefore no examination is required. Students will be required to submit a series of assignments throughout their course direct to their assigned tutor. Tutor details will be contained within your study pack. 

Students should understand that part of any study programme requires an element of research on their part. As technology moves forward at a rapid pace a visit to the local library is no longer the chosen method of accessing information. Students are also expected to use the internet for research purposes and can expect to be referred to various blogs and websites such as You Tube and Google amongst other specific websites relating to their chosen subject. Tutors will not give you the answers to complete your assignments.

Students can expect to receive feedback on submitted assignments within 7 days. However we expect delays on this timescale during holiday periods e.g Summer holidays July/August, bank holidays and xmas. We appreciate your patience during these periods.


In order to help students with the terms and conditions of their enrolment we have tried to keep things simple and easy to understand. No jargon or small print. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here.

In our experience the main and most important part of these terms for our students is the cancellation & returns policy. So let’s explain these clearly to avoid any misunderstanding.

Firstly, we would request that students check the course syllabus and content immediately upon receipt. This is vitally important. Please ensure that any qualification awarded at the end of your course meets your needs. If in doubt call us on 0121 288 0181 to check before you enrol.

If for any reason you wish to cancel and return your course to us for a refund you are welcome to do so as long as you notify us within 14 days of receipt at the delivery address. Please email stating your name, address, invoice number requesting to cancel. We will then respond to you with further instruction. If you have received a hard copy of your course you will be required to return this at your own cost via courier/recorded delivery before a full refund will be issued. If you have paid a deposit and signed a student agreement, you will be charged a £30 cancellation fee. This will be deducted from any deposit paid in addition to any postage charges incurred by us.

All returns must remain unused and in resalable condition. This complies with distance selling regulations. All students are welcome to return their course to us for any reason as long as we have been notified within the 14 days as above. Unfortunately, if notification to cancel is received outside of this period your request for a refund will be declined. This does not affect your statutory rights

Please call our accounts team direct on 0121 288 0181 if you have any questions regarding our cancellation and returns policy. It will only cost you a phone call

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