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NCFE CACHE Certificate in Health and Social Care - Level 2


This course will enable you to gain a nationally-recognised, vocationally specific qualification to enter employment as a health or social care assistant or progress to a Level 3 qualification.

The course content aims to develop your knowledge of the role of the health or social care worker, their relationship with patients/service users and their responsibilities to service users and the wider health and social care sectors.

You will be provided with opportunities to develop your English and maths skills and a range of other skills, techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for a successful performance in working life.

You will be required to undertake a mandatory work placement in a health care setting.

You will also be encouraged to actively participate in voluntary work.

Entry requirements

  • This course is only available to those aged 16-18 years
  • Four GCSEs with at least grade 3/D including maths, and preferably GCSE English with at least grade 4/C. Plus a DBS check.

           or a

  • Level 1 NCFE CACHE Introductory Award in Health, Social Care and Children and Young People's Settings or NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Caring for Children will also be considered. Plus a DBS check.

You will need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer and a current school or college report with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20211 yr(s)1219A1516FREE£500.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

How long is the course?

One year.


How will I be assessed?

You will be continually assessed through a range of assignments which will relate to the vocational units studied.

What does the course lead to?

Employment in the care sector as a health care assistant, care support worker or care assistant. You may also progress onto a Level 3 programme, if you achieve the entry criteria.

What will I study?

A range of health and social care topics including:

  • Human growth and development 
  • The role and responsibilities of the health and social care practitioner in relation to safeguarding individuals
  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

  • NCFE CACHE Technical Certificate in Health and Social Care - Level 3 
  • Other related Level 3 courses
  • An apprenticeship.

How do I apply?

Apply online


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