Level 2 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)

The Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (HSC) (Adults) Wales and Northern Ireland confers occupational competence to work within specified health and social care roles including support worker, care worker, health and social care support worker and day services assistant.

Diploma Structure

The structure of the Diploma is set out in the Qualification Specification. Learners must achieve a minimum of 46 credits to achieve this qualification. These are made up of 24 credits from Mandatory Group A, a minimum of 2 credits and a maximum of 7 credits from the optional units in Group B* and at least 15 credits from the optional units in Group C.

*SS MU 2.1 Introductory Awareness of Sensory Loss is required for social care workers in Wales.

This qualification is offered by the following Awarding Organisations in Wales:

  • Agored Cymru
  • Ascentis
  • City and Guilds
  • Lifetime Awarding
  • Pearson
Credits 0 / 46
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ReferenceUnit NameCredits
HSC 024 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
morePrinciples of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. This unit introduces the important area of safeguarding individuals from abuse. It identifies different types of abuse and the signs and symptoms that might indicate abuse is occurring. It considers when individuals might be particularly vulnerable to abuse and what a learner must do if abuse is suspected or alleged.
3tick
HSC 025 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
moreThe role of the health and social care worker
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to understand the nature of working relationships, work in ways that are agreed with the employer and work in partnership with others.
2tick
HSC 026 
moreImplement person centred approaches in health and social care
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to implement person centred approaches.
5tick
HSC 027 
moreContribute to health and safety in health and social care
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to carry out their work safely.
4tick
HSC 028 
moreHandle information in health and social care settings
This unit is aimed at those who work in health and social care settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required for good practice in recording, storing and sharing information.
1tick
L2 HSC Spec 
moreSpecification - Level 2 HSC Diploma
0tick
SHC 21 linkLevel 2 - Diploma in Children's Care Learning and Development
moreIntroduction to communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
This unit is aimed at those who work in health or social care settings or with children or young people in a wide range of settings. The unit introduces the central importance of communication with a range of people in such settings, and ways to reduce barriers to communication. It also addresses the issue of confidentiality.
3tick
SHC 22 linkLevel 2 - Diploma in Children's Care Learning and Development
moreIntroduction to personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
This unit is aimed at those who work in health or social care settings or with children or young people in a wide range of settings. The unit introduces the concepts of personal development and reflective practice which are fundamental to such roles, and ways to implement these.
3tick
SHC 23 linkLevel 2 - Diploma in Children's Care Learning and Development
moreIntroduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
This unit is aimed at those who work in health or social care settings or with children or young people in a wide range of settings. The unit introduces the concepts of equality, diversity and inclusion which are fundamental to such roles.
2tick
SHC 24 linkLevel 2 - Diploma in Children's Care Learning and Development
moreIntroduction to duty of care in health, social care or children and young people's settings
This unit is aimed at those who work in health and social care settings or with children and young people in a wide range of settings. It introduces the concept of duty of care and awareness of dilemmas or complaints that may arise where there is a duty of care
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Learners must complete a minimum number of units from this group totalling 2 credits to a maximum number of units totalling 7 credits.

Completion of SS MU 2.1 Introductory Awareness of Sensory Loss is a mandatory requirement for learners in Wales.

Minimum credits 2

Maximum credits 7

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ReferenceUnit NameCredits
ACT 202 
moreUnderstand the benefits of engaging in activities in social care
Understanding the benefits of engaging in activities to enhance wellbeing, physical, mental and social well-being in a diverse range of settings
2
CMH 301 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
moreUnderstand mental well-being and mental health promotion

This unit aims to provide the learner with an understanding of the key concepts of mental well-being, mental health and mental health promotion. It focuses on the range of factors that can influence mental well-being and how to effectively promote mental well-being and mental health with individuals and groups in a variety of contexts, not just specialist mental health services.

2
CMH 302 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
moreUnderstand mental health problems

This unit aims to provide the learner with knowledge of the main forms of mental health problems according to the psychiatric classification system. Learners also consider the strengths and limitations of this model and look at alternative frameworks for understanding mental distress. The focus of the unit is on understanding the different ways in which mental health problems impact on the individual and others in their social network. It also considers the benefits of early intervention in promoting mental health and well-being.

2
DEM 201 
moreDementia awareness
The aim of the unit is to enable learners to gain knowledge of what dementia is, the different forms of dementia and how others can have an impact on the individual with dementia.
2
DIB 212 
moreBasic awareness of diabetes
The unit will enable learners to have a basic knowledge of diabetes, the risks associated with development of diabetes and to explore treatment options including self-care.
2
EOL 201 
moreAwareness of working in end of life care
The purpose of this unit is to assess the learner’s knowledge and understanding when beginning to work in End of Life Care
3
HSC 2033 
moreUnderstand how to support individuals to be part of a community
The purpose of this unit is to develop the learner’sunderstanding and knowledge of how to support individuals to be part of their community
3
HSC 3046 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
moreIntroduction to personalisation in social care

This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It introduces understanding of how personalisation affects the provision of social care services, with a focus on the sytems, skills and support needed to implement personalised provision.

3
HSC 3072 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)Level 5 - Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Adults' Advanced Practice)
moreUnderstand the factors affecting older people

This unit covers an understanding of older people, the impact of ageing, the range of factors that impact on older people and the role played by society. The unit promotes a person-centred approach as an underpinning value in working with older people

2
ICO1 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
moreThe principles of infection prevention and control
To introduce the learner to national and local policies in relation to infection control; to explain employer and employee responsibilities in this area; to understand how procedures and risk assessment can help minimise the risk of an outbreak of infection. Learners will also gain an understanding of how to use PPE correctly and the importance of good personal hygiene.
3
ICO2 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
moreCauses and Spread of Infection
This unit is to enable the learner to understand the causes of infection and common illnesses that may result as a consequence. To understand the difference between both infection and colonisation and pathogenic and non pathogenic organisms, the areas of infection and the types caused by different organisms. In addition the learner will understand the methods of transmission, the conditions needed for organisms to grow, the ways infection enter the body and key factors that may lead to infection occurring.
2
ICO3 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
moreCleaning, decontamination and waste management
To explain to the learner the correct way of maintaining a clean environment in accordance with national policies; to understand the procedures to follow to decontaminate an area from infection; and to explain good practice when dealing with waste materials. This unit does not cover the decontamination of surgical instruments.
2
LD 201 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)Level 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)
moreUnderstand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities

The unit explores the meaning of learning disability and considers issues closely linked with learning disability support. These include an awareness of how the attitudes and beliefs of others affect individuals who have learning disabilities. The unit introduces themes of inclusion, human rights, advocacy, empowerment and active participation and also considers the central place of communication in working with individuals who have learning disabilities

4
LD 210 
moreIntroductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions
The unit provides introductory awareness on autistic spectrum conditions. It provides learners with key areas of knowledge and explores important themes such as individuality, communication, behaviour and person centred support
2
PD OP 2.1 
moreUnderstand Physical disability
This unit is aimed at those who provide a service for people with physical disabilities. It covers an understanding of physical disability, the impact of a physical disability on a person’s life, the environment in which the service is provided and person centred working.
2
PD OP 2.3 
moreWork with other professionals and agencies to support individuals with a physical disability
This unit is aimed at those who provide care or support to individuals with physical disabilities in a wide range of settings. It relates to the need to work with other professionals and agencies and to be aware of specialist provision and support.
3
SCM 201 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
moreStroke awareness
The aim of this unit us to provide an understanding of the different types of stroke, signs and symptoms and effects on individuals. It will also help learners to gain knowledge of the response needed in the event of an emergency stroke incident, managing stroke and the support available following stroke
3
SS MU 2.1 linkLevel 2 - Diploma in Children's Care Learning and DevelopmentLevel 2 - Level 2 Award in Introductory Awareness of Sensory Loss (QCF)
moreIntroductory awareness of sensory loss
The purpose of this unit is to provide the learner with introductory knowledge about sensory loss.
2
SS OP 2.1 linkLevel 2 - Diploma in Children's Care Learning and Development
moreIntroductory awareness of models of disability
The purpose of this unit is to provide the learner with introductory knowledge about the medical and social models of disability.
2

Minimum credits 15

Maximum credits 0

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ReferenceUnit NameCredits
ASM 34 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)Level 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)
moreAdminister medication to individuals and monitor the effects
This unit is for those who prepare for, administer and monitor the effects of medication on individuals. The unit applies to all medication used for and by individuals, both prescribed and non-prescribed.
5
DEM 204 
moreUnderstand and implement a person centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia
This unit is aimed at those who provide care and support to people who have dementia in a wide range of settings. It requires the demonstration of knowledge and skills in planning and delivering support to meet an individual’s identified and agreed abilities and needs, in order to reflect the person centred approach.
3
DEM 209 
moreEquality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care practice
This unit provides knowledge, understanding and skills for those who provide care or support to individuals with dementia in a wide range of settings. The unit introduces the concepts of equality, diversity and inclusion that are fundamental to person centred care practice
3
DEM 210 
moreUnderstand and enable interaction and communication with individuals with dementia
This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to develop and implement positive interaction and communication with individuals with dementia
3
DEM 211 
moreApproaches to enable rights and choices for individuals with dementia whilst minimising risks
This unit provides knowledge, understanding and skills required to promote individuals’ rights and choices whilst minimising risk.
3
FSN 201 
moreContribute to promoting nutrition and hydration in health and social care settings
This unit is aimed at learners who work in a wide range of health and social care settings. The unit develops the learners’ knowledge and skills in promoting health and wellbeing through nutrition, hydration and the following of a plan of care;
4
HSC 2001 
moreProvide support for therapy sessions
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. The unit provides the learner with the knowledge and skills needed to support individuals participating in therapy sessions. It covers preparation, support, observation, recording and review of therapy sessions.
2
HSC 2002 
moreProvide support for mobility
This unit is aimed at those who work in a wide range of settings. The unit provides the learner with the knowledge and skills needed to support mobility activities. It covers preparation, support and observations of mobility activities.
2
HSC 2003 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
moreProvide support to manage pain and discomfort
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. The unit provides the learner with the knowledge and skills to provide support for managing pain and discomfort. It covers approaches to pain management, assistance in minimising pain and discomfort and monitoring, recording and reporting on the management of pain and discomfort.
2
HSC 2004 
moreContribute to monitoring the health of individuals affected by health conditions
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to observe, monitor, record and report on the health of individuals affected by health conditions.
2
HSC 2005 
moreSupport individuals to carry out their own health care procedures
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. The unit provides the learner with the knowledge and skills needed to support individuals to carry out their own health care procedures safely.
2
HSC 2006 
moreSupport participation in learning and development activities
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to support individuals to take part in a range of learning or development activities.
3
HSC 2007 
moreSupport independence in the tasks of daily living
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to support individuals in the tasks of daily living and promote their independence in these areas.
5
HSC 2008 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
moreProvide support for journeys
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills needed to support individuals to make journeys
2
HSC 2010 
moreProvide support for leisure activities
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. This unit provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to support and encourage individuals to access, participate in and review their leisure activities.
3
HSC 2011 
moreSupport individuals to access and use information about services and facilities
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to support individuals to select, use and give feedback on information about services and facilities.
3
HSC 2012 
moreSupport individuals who are distressed
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to provide support to individuals through periods of distress.
3
HSC 2013 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
moreSupport care plan activities
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to prepare and implement activities within a care plan and contribute to the review of activities.
2
HSC 2014 
moreSupport individuals to eat and drink
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It is for those who provide support for one or more individuals to eat and drink, where substantial support is needed.
2
HSC 2015 
moreSupport individuals to meet personal care needs
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the knowledge and skills needed to support individuals to meet personal care needs. It covers support the individual to use toilet facilities, maintain personal hygiene and manage their personal appearance.
2
HSC 2016 
moreSupport individuals to manage continence
This unit is aimed at those who work in a wide range of settings. The unit provides the learner with the knowledge and skills needed to support individuals to manage continence. It covers the factors affecting continence, the management of continence and the use of continence equipment.
3
HSC 2017 
moreProvide agreed support for foot care
This unit is aimed at those who working in a wide range of settings. It is for learners who provide foot care for individuals as specified by a podiatrist. It covers the practical treatment of feet as well as knowledge about common conditions of the feet.
3
HSC 2019 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
moreGain access to the homes of individuals, deal with emergencies and ensure security on departure
This unit is aimed at those who support individuals to live in their own home. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to gain access to an individual’s home, deal with emergencies and ensure security on departure.
2
HSC 2022 
moreContribute to the care of a deceased person
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to contribute to the care, preparation and transfer of the deceased individual and provide immediate support to those affected by the death.
3
HSC 2023 
moreContribute to supporting group care activities
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to support individuals to participate in and enjoy group care activities.
3
HSC 2024 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
moreUndertake agreed pressure area care
This unit is aimed at health and social care staff providing care to maintain healthy skin and prevent skin breakdown, by undertaking pressure area care in accordance with an individual’s care plan and risk assessment.
4
HSC 2025 
moreSupport individuals undergoing healthcare activities
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings involved in supporting individuals during and after a healthcare activity.
3
HSC 2026 
moreObtain and test capillary blood samples
This unit is aimed at health & social care workers involved in the collection of capillary blood samples using either manual or automated lancets and testing of the sample where this is required
4
HSC 2027 
moreObtain and test specimens from individuals
This unit is aimed at those working in health care settings. This unit provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to obtain and test specimens, excluding blood samples.
2
HSC 2028 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Children's Care Learning and DevelopmentLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)Level 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)
moreMove and position individuals in accordance with their plan of care
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to move and position individuals as part of their plan of care according to their specific needs.
4
HSC 2029 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Children's Care Learning and Development
moreMeet food safety requirements when providing food and drink for individuals
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to meet food safety requirements when preparing, serving, clearing away and storing food.
2
HSC 2030 
moreWorking as part of a team in health and social care or children and young people’s settings
The purpose of this unit is to develop the learners knowledge, skills and understanding of working as part of a team in health and social care or children and young people’s setting.
2
HSC 2031 
moreContribute to support of positive risk-taking for individuals
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to contribute to supporting positive risk-taking to benefit individuals.
3
HSC 2032 linkLevel 2 - Diploma in Children's Care Learning and Development
moreWorking in part of a team in health and social care or children and young people's people's settings
The purpose of this unit is to develop the learners knowledge, skills and understanding of working as part of a team in health and social care or children and young people’s setting
2
HSC 3019 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)Level 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)
moreSupport individuals in their relationships
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to provide support for individuals to establish and maintain relationships and social networks. Additional support that may be needed regarding sexual relationships is not addressed within this unit.
4
HSC 3020 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
moreFacilitate person centred assessment, planning, implementation and review
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to facilitate person-centred assessment, planning, implementation and review.
6
HSC 3022 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)Level 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)
moreSupport individuals to live at home
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to support individuals to live at home.
4
HSC 3029 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)Level 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)
moreSupport individuals with specific communication needs
This unit is for those who support individuals with specific communication needs. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills that address personal interaction and the use of special methods and aids to promote communication.
5
HSC 3035 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)Level 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)
moreSupport individuals who are bereaved
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to support individuals who are bereaved.
4
HSC 3038 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
moreWork in partnership with families to support individuals
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to work in partnership with families to support individuals
4
HSC 3045 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)Level 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)Level 5 - Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Adults' Advanced Practice)Level 5 - Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Children and Young People's Advanced Practice)
morePromote positive behaviour
The purpose of this unit is to provide the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to promote positive behaviour and respond appropriately to incidences of challenging behaviour
6
HSC 3047 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Children's Care Learning and DevelopmentLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)Level 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)
moreSupport the use of medication in social care settings
This unit assesses support for use of medication in social care settings. It covers broad types, classifications and forms of medication, as well as safe handling and storage. It addresses practical support for use of medication that reflects social care principles and values, and includes the need for accurate recording and reporting.
5
HSC 3048 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)Level 5 - Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Adults' Advanced Practice)
moreSupport individuals at the end of life
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to support end of life care.
7
HSC 3049 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
morePrepare environments and resources for use during healthcare activities
This unit is aimed at health and social care staff who prepare for individual’s health care intervention, treatment or therapy and ensure that the environment is cleaned, cleared and left ready for the next intended use
3
HSC 3050 linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
morePrepare for and carry out extended feeding techniques
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to prepare for and carry out extended feeding techniques to ensure individuals nutritional and fluid intake.
4
ICO4 
moreContribute to the support of infection prevention and control in social care
The purpose of this unit is to develop the learner’s knowledge, understanding and skill when contributing to the support of infection prevention and control
3
L2EFAW linkLevel 3 - Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
moreEmergency First Aid Skills
Purpose of this unit is for learners to attain the knowledge and practical competences required to deal with the range of emergency first aid situations contained in this unit. The aims are for learners to demonstrate the practical administration of safe, prompt, effective first aid in emergency situations with an understanding of the role of the first aider including equipment, record keeping and basic hygiene.
0
LD 202 
moreSupport person-centred thinking and planning
This unit is aimed at those who work in a range of health and social care settings. Person-centred thinking and planning reflects what is important to individuals and supports them to live the life they choose. This unit provides knowledge about the principles and processes of person-centred thinking, planning and reviews. It also requires demonstration of the skills and attitudes required to support person-centred thinking
5
LD 203 
moreProvide active support
The purpose of this unit is to provide the learner with knowledge, understanding and skills to providing active support to increase an individual’s participation in tasks and activities. It is aimed at those whose role includes providing direct support and assistance to individuals.
3
LD 206C 
moreSupport individuals to maintain personal hygiene
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to support an individual in maintaining personal hygiene. It covers good personal hygiene routines and why these are important, as well as potential contributory factors to poor personal hygiene.
2
LD 208C 
moreContribute to supporting individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to contribute to supporting an individual to access and use healthcare services.
3
PD OP 2.2 
moreWork with other professionals and agencies to support individuals with a physical disability
This unit is aimed at those who provide care or support to individuals with physical disabilities in a wide range of settings. It relates to the need to work with other professionals and agencies and to be aware of specialist provision and support.
3
PD OP 2.4 
moreSupport families of individuals with acquired brain injury
This unit is aimed at those whose role involves supporting families of people with an acquired brain injury. It covers the impact on the family/carers and it addresses the importance of supporting the family and working in partnership with them in addressing their needs.
3
SS OP 2.2 
moreSupport effective communication with individuals with a sensory loss
The purpose of this unit is to provide the learner with the knowledge and skills required to support effective communication with individuals with sensory loss
3
SS OP 2.3 
moreContribute to the support of individuals with multiple conditions and/or disabilities
The purpose of this unit is to provide the learner with the knowledge and skills to contribute to the support of individuals with multiple conditions and/or disabilities.
3
SS OP 2.4 
moreContribute to supporting individuals in the use of assistive technology
The purpose of this unit is to provide the learner with the knowledge and skills to contribute to supporting the use of assistive technology
3
SS OP 2.5 
moreSupport individuals to negotiate environments
The purpose of this unit is to provide the learner with the knowledge and skills to support individuals to negotiate environments
4