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York College


The demand for adult social care is constantly rising, as people who depend on such services are living longer, meaning that there is an increasing need for providers of quality care. This course leads to a nationally recognised qualification created by industry experts in order to help individuals develop and improve their knowledge and skills in adult social care.

Qualification Level

NCFE Level 2 (online distance learning, no exams involved).

Who Is It For

This course is funded by the adult education budget, and therefore suitable for learners aged 19 and over and the courses are co-funded. Individuals that are aged 19 or over and have not attained a GCSE grades A* to C in maths or English will be fully funded.

Study Hours

Guided Learning Hours - 123
Study hours Per Week - 12.5
(*please note these are average and estimated figures and may not be a true representative for all individuals*)

How to Apply

If you wish to study this course you do not need to fill out an application form, simply visit our friendly team of advisors in the InfoZone, located behind the main reception desk. Alternatively; you can enrol over the telephone on 01904 770770.

Course cost

Most students over the age of 19 will be able to study this course for free, however, please contact us if you are aged 19-23 and do not yet have a full level 2 qualification (5 GCSEs grade A*-C, NVQ Level 2 or higher) as additional eligibility criteria may apply.

For more information please email the InfoZone on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring them on 01904 770770.

Course Duration

This particular short course is just 16 weeks long.

How It Helps You

This course allows you to gain a nationally recognised qualification that enhances both personal skills and professional development. Personal tutors are assigned to learners to ensure you have the support you need.

How Is The Course Delivered

This course is available in both paper and online format, and is up to you to decide which method you prefer, making the course flexible and easy for you. Personal tutors are assigned to each learners, to help ensure you have the support you need throughout the duration of the short course.

Course Breakdown


In this initial part, learners will gain an understanding of the importance of an individual’s communication and language needs and personal preferences. Those enrolled will also learn how to reduce barriers to communication and understand the importance of continual personal development in adult social care settings.

UNIT 1 – Principles of communication in adult social care settings
UNIT 2 – Principles of personal development in adult social care settings


Learners will understand the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion, also focusing on examining the impact discrimination can have upon working practice and how to reduce it. They will also learn how to recognise signs of abuse and respond accordingly, to reduce unsafe practice and potentially harmful situations.

UNIT 3 – Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings
UNIT 4 – Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care


This section introduces the duty of care required in a variety of health and social care settings and helps learners understand the overall roles and responsibilities of a social care worker. This part will also explain how to provide person-centred care and why this approach is importance in adult social care settings.

UNIT 5 – Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
UNIT 6 – Understand the role of the social care worker
UNIT 7– Understand person-centred approaches in adult social care settings


Learners will cover many aspects of health and safety in a social care setting, and gain an understanding of their responsibility to work in safe ways. This includes manual handling techniques, control of hazardous substances and handling sensitive information.

UNIT 8 – Understand health and safety in social care settings
UNIT 9 – Understand how to handle information in social care settings


Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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