Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care


About this course

This qualification is aimed at learners interested in, or new to, working in adult social care in England.

It covers a range of key knowledge areas applicable to working in the sector. It doesn’t confirm 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. It forms the knowledge component of the Health and Social Care Apprenticeship Framework.

Course Availability

This course is available to start throughout August until the end of February, but must be completed by 30 June. If you are paying for the course, you can start on any date throughout the year and have 6 months to complete it.


Funded Free
Non-Funded £449

Financial Support and Funding

To help with the costs of studying, this course is eligible for:

To check your individual eligibility, please contact us online or telephone 01252 405555.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

Studies Include

What modules are covered?

This is a QCF qualification which covers:

Principles of communication in adult social care settings
This unit introduces the importance of communication in adult social care settings, and ways to overcome barriers to meet individual needs and preferences in communication.

Principles of personal development in adult social care settings
This unit introduces the concepts of personal development and reflective practice, which are fundamental to adult social care roles.

Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings
This unit introduces the concept of inclusion, which is fundamental to working in adult social care settings.

Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
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.

Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
This unit introduces the concept of duty of care and awareness of dilemmas or complaints that may arise where there is a duty of care.

Understand the role of the social care worker
This unit provides the knowledge required to understand the nature of working relationships, working in ways that are agreed with the employer, and working in partnership with others.

Understand person-centred approaches in adult social care settings
This unit introduces the concept of person-centred support as a fundamental principle of social care.

Understand health and safety in social care settings
This unit introduces knowledge and understanding of areas of health and safety required to working in a social care setting.

Understand how to handle information in social care settings
This unit introduces knowledge required for good practice in recording, storing and sharing information in a social care setting.


What Next?

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 2/3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
  • Level 3 Diploma In Allied Health Profession Support
  • Intermediate level Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care
  • Advanced level Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care

Possible employers

This qualification can also support progression to employment and progression within employment for the following job roles and workers:

  • Support Worker (Supported Living)
  • Healthcare Support Service Worker
  • Clinical Healthcare Support Worker
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Substance Misuse Worker
  • Health Education/Health Promotion Worker
  • Care Assistants/Support Workers/Key Workers in residential settings
  • Healthcare Assistants/Support Workers in community and primary care environments
  • Healthcare Assistants/Support Workers in acute health environments
  • Care Assistants/Support Workers/Key Workers in domiciliary services
  • Care Assistants/Support Workers/Key Workers in day services
  • Personal Assistants employed directly by the individual they support or their families

Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

There are no specific prior qualifications needed to access this qualification. However, learners might find it useful if they have already completed a Level 1 qualification.

Due to government funding these courses are available free of charge; subject to the learners meeting the set eligibility. You must have lived in the UK/EU for the past 3 years and be over 19 years old. There may be a fee should you withdraw from the course.

All interviews will be online. 


If you would like to enrol on the course or have any questions, please contact our Business Services Team at business@farn-ct.ac.uk or by phone on 01252 407299


What are the advantages of learning online with us?
Study with an Ofsted Outstanding College ​​
Your journey to personal development is in great hands. As an Ofsted outstanding college, our experience helps support learners to gain qualifications and progress into all different kinds of industries.
Study in your own time and at your own pace ​
Although assignments will have deadlines, you could study in the morning, during a lunch break or in the middle of the night - the choice is yours.
Boost your self-esteem and confidence ​​
​Achieving a new qualification can help give you the confidence needed to aim for a promotion or to apply for a new job.
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