A Diploma in Health and Social Care is flexible to suit all fields of health and social care.
Learners can select a pathway that suits their role - for example, working with people with a learning disability, people with dementia or children and young people. This is the main qualification required by the Quality Care Commission in England and the Care Councils in Wales and Northern Ireland. For the Level 2 qualification, you may have no previous experience, or you might be working in care and want recognition for your current skills.
You complete nine core units at level 2:
- Introduction to communication in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
- Introduction to personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
- Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
- Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
- The role of the health and social care worker
- Implement person-centred approaches in health and social care
- Contribute to health and safety in health and social care
- Handle information in health and social care settings
- Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children's and young people's settings.
You also choose optional units from a range to suit your career plans. Units you might choose include:
- Causes and spread of infection
- Understand the impact of acquired brain injury on individuals
- Approaches to enable rights and choices for individuals with dementia while minimising risks.
This qualification can help you succeed in a wide range of healthcare settings, such as:
- residential care
- community and primary care
- acute health environments (eg hospitals)
- domiciliary services (home care / home help)
- supported living projects
- community-based care
- private care for a person or family.