TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Caring for the Elderly


TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Caring for the Elderly

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The TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Caring for the Elderly is a comprehensive program that equips individuals with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide excellent care for the elderly. This course covers a wide range of topics, including Health and Wellbeing, Common Health Issues, Individual Rights, Minimising Risk and Communication. Participants will also learn about common age-related conditions and how to effectively communicate with older adults.

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About this TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Caring for the Elderly Course

This qualification covers topics such as person-centered care, promoting independence, communication, and understanding common health conditions in the elderly. It is suitable for those who are currently working in the care sector or aspiring to pursue a career in elderly care. Upon successful completion, learners will receive a recognised certification, enhancing their employment prospects in the care industry.

Study Time: 115 hours
Enrolment length: 12 months
Course Format: Online
Entry Requirements: None specific


To gain the full TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Caring for the Elderly certification you will need to submit and pass all of the tutor marked assignments and practical assessments. There are 6 written assignments in the course. There is no need to purchase any textbooks as we provide all of the lessons and materials required to learn the syllabus.

There is no formal exam and the certification fee is included in the course fees.

For further information, go to: www.tquk.org/. Qualification Code 603/5097/0.

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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


To pass this course learners must pass 6 written 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!

TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Caring for the Elderly Course Content

The TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Caring for the Elderly course assesses the following units:

Unit 1: Principles of Elderly Care in the UK

During this first unit, we will explore the fundamentals of elderly care, including the context of elderly care in the UK. We will discuss who is classed as an “elderly person” and what is meant by “the ageing population”. We will then explore the broad effects of the ageing population on society, the NHS, the economy and social care.

We will then look at an individual’s care needs and how social care must meet the physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs of an elderly person to ensure a holistic approach. We will discuss what types of care are available and when each may be considered appropriate for those with different needs.

Finally, we will review how these services are regulated and the role of the Care Quality Commission, outlining how services can be rated and what this means.

Unit 2: Maintaining Health and Wellbeing in Elderly Care

In Unit 2, we will explore how to maintain the dignity, wellbeing and health of those who require elderly care. Maintaining an older adult’s individuality and independence is vital to ensuring high-quality care. We will start by looking at these key terms, why they are important, and what it means to promote and maintain a person’s independence and individuality in social care.

We will then discuss the benefits of promoting contact and interactions between the individual and their family, friends and those close to them and improving relationships between service user families and the service. We will then look at the ways we can incorporate these people into the elderly person’s care.

Finally, the unit will cover how those who work in social care can ensure the wellbeing of the elderly people they care for. We will explore the nutritional requirements of the elderly and the importance of adequate hydration. We will then explore options for physical activities that can benefit those in elderly care and how mental wellbeing can be supported.

Unit 3: Common Health Issues Affecting Individuals in Elderly Care

In this unit, we will cover the common illnesses that affect those in elderly care. We will first explore some of the common health concerns that may present themselves when caring for the elderly. The unit will describe what carers may observe if an individual’s health is worsening. It will then cover what to do when these health concerns begin to present or worsen.

The unit will explore what dementia is and how it affects individuals who develop it and their family, friends and carers. We will discuss the support that can be offered to the individual and those close to them to help with the physical, cognitive and psychological effects of dementia.

The unit will then describe some of the most common health issues in elderly care. We will explore what each ailment is, the signs and symptoms that may present and the ongoing treatment and complications which can arise. The unit will finally look at end-of-life care, how it can be planned for and what kind of care is appropriate at this stage of life.

Unit 4: Individual Rights in Elderly Care

In this unit, we will explore the rights of those in elderly care. The unit will begin by defining what safeguarding is and what its goals are. We will explore the principles that underpin safeguarding practice and why safeguarding is essential. We will discuss the correct terminology when discussing those at risk of harm and what factors make an individual at risk. We will then define and describe the ten different types of abuse. The unit will provide the signs that may identify each type of abuse and why abuse is sometimes not recognised or disclosed.

The unit will then outline how to respond, report and record a disclosure, suspicion or allegation of harm. We will explain how this procedure may vary depending on who the allegation or suspicion implicates. We will explore why an individual may not disclose neglect or abuse. The unit will then cover how an individual may be supported and encouraged to do so.

We will then define and explore the role of equality and diversity in a care setting. The unit will highlight how equality is a legal requirement and how equality and diversity can be promoted and supported in an elderly care setting. Finally, the unit will highlight the legislation that ensures the rights of the elderly are upheld in care settings. We will cover how the Mental Capacity Act protects adults from decisions being made for them inappropriately and how it provides a framework to make decisions for individuals lacking capacity. We will also explore the legislation that ensures the wellbeing, safety and dignity of the individual.

Unit 5: Minimising Risk in Elderly Care

This unit will cover assessing and minimising risk in elderly care services. First, we will outline why it is important to assess risk and when risk assessment is required in elderly care. The unit will then explore how to carry out an appropriate risk assessment in social care settings.

The unit will then explore the risks most commonly encountered in elderly care and how risk may be assessed, minimised and avoided through proper practice. The unit will outline the legislation that guides manual handling practice. We will look at the importance and examples of manual handling in elderly care. The unit will explore how the use of equipment makes manual handling safer and easier.

Hazardous substances pose an additional risk in elderly care. We will discuss how to minimise risk and the legislation that should guide practice in storing, using and disposing of hazardous substances, such as cleaning supplies, human waste or medications.

The unit will explain the importance of infection prevention and control techniques in minimising infection risk in the elderly. We will learn the common causes of infection in elderly care settings. We will also cover the practices that can reduce and prevent the spread of infection and what cleaning substances may be used to clean equipment.

Accidents, such as slips, trips and falls, can cause injuries in the elderly and a loss of confidence. We will examine the role of a first-aider in an elderly care setting and why they are essential. We will then explore how accidents may be avoided and how to record and report an accident occurring.

Finally, the unit will highlight the medications commonly found in elderly care and their uses. We will learn how these medications should be administered, stored and disposed of safely to avoid risk and harm.

Unit 6: Communication in the Elderly

In this final unit, we will explore the use of communication in elderly care. The unit will discuss the different forms of communication used in elderly care. It will also outline how this communication coordinates services and enables multidisciplinary teams to work with continuity.

The unit will highlight how to communicate with a service user moving into a care home, including how to identify when an individual may need residential social care and how the service user and their carers and family may feel about it. The unit will also cover how to ensure effective communication through the process of moving into a residential setting.

The unit will conclude by defining the “person-centred approach” and identifying the characteristics and skills needed to work in elderly care. We will then discuss applying these skills and characteristics to common interventions in elderly care.


The most important tool that all of our students have at their disposal 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.


TQUK Certification

Included in the cost of this course is certification with TQUK. TQUK are an Ofqual-approved awarding body that develop nationally recognised qualifications in a variety of sectors. These qualifications are then taught by TQUK centres throughout the world to the highest levels possible.

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TQUK is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators (‘regulators’) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Caring for the Elderly 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 603/5097/0 and a total qualification time of 115 hours. TQUK stands for Training Qualifications UK and they are one of the most innovative and cutting edge awarding bodies in the country. Each of their qualifications are regulated through Ofqual, resulting in nationally recognised achievement.

What is included in the cost of the TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Caring for the Elderly 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 Caring for the Elderly 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 TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Caring for the Elderly?

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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