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NCFE CACHE Level 2 in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

FREE online course, with tutor support and study materials to increase your knowledge adult social care

CT Skills Limited


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  • You are currently living in England - postcode eligibility applies...
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Reading material - PDF/e-book
8 weeks · Self-paced
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Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (RQF)
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200 CPD hours / points
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*Please first check eligibility requirements before enquiring. You must:

  • Be currently living in England - postcode eligibility applies (see the requirements section for more information)
  • Have been a resident in the UK/EU for 3+ years - for purposes other than study
  • Be aged 19+ years
  • Not be on an apprenticeship

Want to learn about Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care?

Our Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care free online course will support those who are new to the sector or anyone who would like to work within adult health and social care. You will learn the role of a social care worker, concepts of caring, communication, personal development, equality, diversity and inclusion, safeguarding, and the person-centred approach. As the need for adult social care continues to rise, it is important to have up-to-date support and guidance to allow the best care for adults.


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

Awarded by NCFE CACHE
Regulated by Ofqual


200 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Certification Service


The need for adult social care continues to rise. In 2022/2023, 1.52 million people in England work in the adult social care sector. It is important for those working within the adult care sector to keep up to date and provide the best care for adults. This course will help you gain an understanding of what it is like to work in the care sector.


  • Achieve a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification
  • Evidence of your competency to employers
  • Further your personal and professional development
  • Gain an understanding of working in adult social care and caring for adults
  • Learn at a time that suits you without the need to attend college


  • Principles of communication
  • Principles of personal development
  • Principles of diversity, equality, and inclusion
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection
  • Introduction to duty of care
  • Understand the role of the Social Care Worker
  • Understand person-centred approaches
  • Understand health and safety
  • Understand how to handle information

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for learners aged pre-16 and above.


You must live in one of the following counties to receive funding for the course from the Department of Education.

  • Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire
  • Cheshire East & West, Cornwall, Cumbria
  • Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset
  • Essex
  • Gloucestershire
  • Hampshire, Herefordshire, Humberside
  • Isle of Wight, Isles of Scilly
  • Kent
  • Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire
  • Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Rutland
  • Shropshire, Somerset, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex
  • Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire

Career path

This course will help learners progress to a work role where preparing to work in adult social care knowledge is required.


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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

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