CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care


CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care

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This CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care course is the first step to working to care for others. The course is perfect for people looking to gain a nationally recognised qualification to begin their career in the care sector.

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About this Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care

This course is the perfect starting place for those looking to work in health and social care. The course is at level 2 and is ideal for people with no experience looking to get their first qualification on their way to helping others that need it.

For further information, go to: Qualification Code 601/8854/6.

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Study Time: 180 hours
Enrolment length: 12 months
Course Format: Online
Entry Requirements: Learners must be 16 years or over.

Upon completion of this qualification, students are awarded a CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care and an OLC Certificate. All certification fees are included in your course fees. This qualification is suitable for a range of different career paths in settings such as:

  • Social worker
  • Healthcare support worker
  • Care worker


All of our students are given access to our online campus through their own personal login and password. Once logged in you can access your course materials, lessons, resources and assignments in your own time. Assignments are uploaded through your account and the process is easy intuitive. Our online campus includes:

  • 24/7/365 access to all of your course materials- all lessons, assignments and resources are available from the moment you enrol
  • Instant access to your course after you enrol- start studying immediately!
  • Integrated chat and messaging systems so that you can contact your tutor
  • Online assignment uploads to save time in returning marks and feedback.
  • Links to further resources and information available on courses
  • Self-led learning on all courses- study in your own time and work through your assignments at your own pace
  • Safe e-portfolio of your work is kept under lock and key on our secure servers
  • Progress bar to show the work you have completed and how many tasks you still have to complete on your course
  • Detailed help centre with step-by-step instructions on getting the most from your course and how to upload assignments and contact your tutor


This is a knowledge only qualification. Experience in the real work environment is not required and the entire course is completed online. Please note that this is a knowledge only Level 2 qualification and does not require any practical assessments.

This course requires students to pass 3 tutor marked assignments. The qualification can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.


To pass this course learners must pass 3 assignments. These are completed after navigating through the corresponding lessons and writing your answers to assignment questions. Once these have been read and marked by your personal tutor, feedback and marks are provided to students which contain helpful tips to improve work in future assignments.

Enrolment Length

All of our courses are allocated plenty of time for students to complete their studies and all materials are self-led so that you can complete the course at your own pace. Should you require additional time on one of our courses you can extend your enrolment by 30 days for an additional fee of £60.

As well as this we operate a 14 day money back guarantee on every one of our qualifications- that’s how confident we are of how you will love studying with us!

Course Content

Included in this CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care course are the following units:

Unit 1 – Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care

In this section, you will learn about some of the key terms that underpin the way in which people who use health and social care services are supported.

  • Understand equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Understand discrimination
  • Understand person-centred practice

Unit 2 – Human Growth and Development

In this section, you will learn about the various life stages of human growth and development and the changes that occur within each one, such as those which are social, emotional, cognitive and physical.

  • Understand human growth and development across the lifespan
  • Understand influences which impact human growth and development
  • Understand significant life events across the lifespan
  • Understand how health and social care services meet the care needs of individuals through the lifespan

Unit 3 – Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care

In this unit, you will learn about what safeguarding is and how it protects individuals from harm.

  • Understand legislation, policies, procedures and codes of practice in relation to safeguarding and protection
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the health and social care practitioner in relation to safeguarding
  • Understand types of abuse
  • Understand action to be taken by the health and social care practitioner in response to evidence or concerns that an individual is at risk or has been harmed or abused
  • Understand the benefits of working in partnership in relation to safeguarding and protection


The most important tool on this CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care course for students is their tutor. When studying for a course with us you are assigned a personal tutor with in-depth knowledge and experience in your chosen subject.

You are strongly advised to make use of your tutors expertise and ask questions about the course content. Your assignments are marked by your personal tutor and detailed feedback is given. As well as this your tutor will provide you with pointers and advice on where you can improve- this helps you to get the most from your courses and constantly improve your skills.


CACHE Certification

This qualification comes with Cache certification included at no additional cost. Cache are the UK’s leading awarding body in the care and education sectors and are work-renowned for the work which they do. Their courses are seen as an industry standard and many employers specifically request Cache certification when recruiting new people into a role.

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The Online Learning College are a Cache international centre and we work closely with subject specialists at the awarding body to create the best possible content for all of our qualifications. Since 1945, Cache have been working within the education and care sectors and have amassed a high amount of expertise and recognition for their work both at home and overseas.

You can read more about Cache by visiting their website.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care Course regulated?

Yes this course is fully regulated through Ofqual which means it is recognised by all employers and linked to national standards. The course has qualification number 601/8854/6 and a total qualification time of 210 hours. CACHE are one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK and are now part of the NCFE brand. They have historically worked only in the education and care sectors and CACHE courses are seen as the leading brand for qualifications in care. This means that employers recognised these qualifications and they lead to a higher chance of employment.

What is included in the cost of the CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care course?

The cost of this course includes everything needed to pass. Your lessons, tutor support and certification costs are all included in the price with no additional costs at any stage. Should you wish to buy paper versions of the course materials you can do so on the checkout for £35 extra but this is optional.

What entry requirements are there for this course?

There are no entry requirements for this course at all. Anyone can study for this certification and there is no need to have any prior knowledge or experience.

How long do I have to study?

This Health and Social Care course has an enrolment length of 12 months included from the date you enrol. This is plenty of time to complete the assignments but you can purchase additional time for £60 per month should you need longer to finish the assignments.

Do I have to sit an exam?

No, there are no exams on this course. Everything is assessed through coursework which you can submit at any time within the enrolment length.

Am I assigned a tutor for this course?

Yes – all students are assigned to a personal tutor who will be in charge of your tuition. The same tutor marks all of your work as well as being available to answer any questions you may have throughout your enrolment period.

Do I need to be working to do the CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care?

No, you do not need a work placement. Everything is completed online from home through written assignments and there are no practical assignments needed.

Can I speak to someone before I enrol?

Of course. Our helpful course advisors are on hand from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday. Contact us on our online chat or by calling 0800 772 0887 to discuss this course.

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