Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care


The Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (RQF) qualification provides a solid foundation for those of you who may have a basic awareness of adult social care or be new to the sector as a whole. It is accessible for all ages, such as:

  • school leavers who are eligible for employment
  • pre-apprenticeship programmes
  • adult returners
  • or those undergoing a career change and who may want to understand more about working in health and social care.

This qualification does not require you to have any prior qualifications or levels of previous learning. There is no minimum age requirement for this qualification.

Ref No.LevelCredit ValueAwarding Organisation
Skillfirst Awards

Qualification Overview

This qualification  does not confirm occupational competence but relates to the knowledge elements covered in the mandatory units of the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (RQF). Learners progressing to the Health and Social Care Diploma at Level 2 will therefore have gained the underpinning knowledge for these units.

To achieve the Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to work in Adult Social Care, learners must achieve a total of 20 credits taken up by mandatory units.

Group M - Mandatory Units

QCF refUnitTitleLevelCredits
H/601/5474SHC24Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children's and young people's settings21
L/602/2905PWSC21Principles of communication in adult social care settings22
L/602/3035PWSC22Principles of personal development in adult social care settings22
H/602/3039PWSC23Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings22
A/602/3113PWSC25Understand the role of the social care worker21
J/602/3180PWSC26Understand person-centred approaches in adult social care settings24
R/602/3179PWSC27Understand health and safety in social care settings24
Y/602/3118PWSC28Understand how to handle information in social care settings21
A/601/8574HSC024Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care23

Topics Covered


Equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Personal development.

The role of the social care worker.

Handling information.

Health and safety.


Duty of care.

Person-centred approaches.


Delivered and accessed online via EdgeWorks™ Care Academy

1 round of marking and invigilation

Skillsfirst Awards qualification certificate upon successful completion

Online learner support

Learner records archived for future tracking and reporting


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