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This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

The need for adult social care continues to rise at a time when the system supporting that care is rapidly and significantly changing. With around 1.5 million people working in adult social care in England, care workers need up-to-date support and guidance in order to provide adequate person-centred care.

This course is designed for people who are interested in working in adult social care or are new to adult social care and looking for an introductory qualification. It is the ideal qualification for those who may be looking towards a career change and want to understand more about health and social care.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course has flexible start dates throughout the year.

The flexibility of the course allows you to learn at your own pace and is estimated to take up to 190 study hours, over 9 to 12 months, to complete.

What will I study?

You will gain the skills, knowledge and understanding required to work in an adult social care setting.

Units covered include:

  • Communication in adult social care settings
  • Personal development in adult social care settings
  • Diversity, equality and inclusion
  • Safeguarding and protection
  • Duty of care in health and social care
  • The role of the social care worker
  • Person-centred approaches in adult social care
  • Health and safety in social care settings
  • Handling information in social care

How is it assessed?

This is an online distance learning course which is assessed through a series of online assessments.

Full tutor support will be provided by the College throughout the course and you will be able to contact your tutor via telephone and email.

You will complete the course on an interactive, online learning platform and upon successful completion you will be awarded with a nationally recognised qualification and a certificate of achievement by CACHE NCFE.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have completed a level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care or an equivalent qualification.

What are the course fees?

More information on course fees will be provided upon application. For further details, please visit our financial support pages.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could also choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility is not dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments do not start until you have finished your course and earn over £25,000 per year. For more information, please visit our dedicated Advanced Learner Loan page.

There are a number of payment options including an interest-free payment plan with a monthly direct debit payment.

If your employer is willing to fund your course, we can help you to arrange this.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you have successfully completed this course and are employed in the sector, you may choose to advance your skills and knowledge by continuing on to a full Diploma in Adult Care.

Take a look at our full range of distance learning courses here.

I’m interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

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Programmes funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Adult Education Budget are available to study here. Please visit Learner Services for further information about the financial support available to you.