Level 2 certificate in preparing to work in adult social care (RQF)


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. Level Credit Value Awarding Organisation
600/0585/3 2 20
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 ref Unit Title Level Credits
H/601/5474 SHC24 Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children's and young people's settings 2 1
L/602/2905 PWSC21 Principles of communication in adult social care settings 2 2
L/602/3035 PWSC22 Principles of personal development in adult social care settings 2 2
H/602/3039 PWSC23 Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings 2 2
A/602/3113 PWSC25 Understand the role of the social care worker 2 1
J/602/3180 PWSC26 Understand person-centred approaches in adult social care settings 2 4
R/602/3179 PWSC27 Understand health and safety in social care settings 2 4
Y/602/3118 PWSC28 Understand how to handle information in social care settings 2 1
A/601/8574 HSC024 Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care 2 3

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

9 units

29 associated learning modules

12 mandatory assessments

1 round of marking and invigilation

Skillsfirst qualification certificate upon successful completion

Online learner support

Learner records archived for future tracking and reporting


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