Level 2 Certificate in Caring for the Elderly

This course will develop your knowledge and understanding of caring for the elderly. It is designed for those who wish to understand the principles of elderly and Adult Social care, learn more about common health issues and legislation that relates to elderly care. All units are compulsory.

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This course is split up into six compulsory units. Each unit is then split into smaller sections.

Unit 1: Principles of elderly care in the UK (9 questions)

  • Section 1: Understand the context of elderly care in the UK (4 questions)
  • Section 2: Understand the range of care available (3 questions)
  • Section 3: Understand regulation by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) (2 questions).

Unit 1 Summary: In this unit, you will learn what caring for elderly is, about ageing populations and the range of care available. This unit also covers the role of the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

 Unit 2: Maintaining health and well-being in elderly care (12 questions) 

  • Section 1: Understand individuality and independence (4 questions)
  • Section 2: Understand the importance of service users maintain contact with and support from friends and family (1 question)
  • Section 3: Understand how to maintain health and well-being of the elderly in care (8 questions).

Unit 2 Summary: In this unit, you will discover the role that individuality and independence has in elderly care, how importance contact is between family/ friends and service users, and how maintaining health and well-being is key for care workers.

 

Unit 3: Common health issues affecting individuals in elderly care (27 questions)

  • Section 1: Understand how to deal with health issues in elderly care (2 questions)
  • Section 2: Understand the impact of dementia (6 questions)
  • Section 3: Understand urinary tract health issues (3 questions)
  • Section 4: Understand pneumonia (3 questions)
  • Section 5: Understand wounds and healing (4 questions)
  • Section 6: Understand depression (3 questions)
  • Section 7: Understand arthritis (3 questions)
  • Section 8: Understand end of life care (3 questions).

Unit 3 Summary: This unit will cover the signs, symptoms and how to support service users with dementia, urinary tract health issues, pneumonia, wounds and healing, depression and arthritis. The section will also cover end of life care.

 

Unit 4: Individual rights in elderly care (19 questions)

  • Section 1: Understand how to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults in elderly care settings (3 questions)
  • Section 2: Understand how to recognise that a vulnerable adult has been abused (3 questions)
  • Section 3: Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that vulnerable adult has been abused (4 questions)
  • Section 4: Understand equality and diversity in a care setting (4 questions)
  • Section 5: Understand legislation affecting service user’s rights in a care setting (5 questions).

Unit 4 Summary: In this unit, you will learn about safeguarding and protecting vulnerable adults, recognising abuse and responding to abuse, equality and diversity, and the legislation in place.

Unit 5: Minimising risk in elderly care (23 questions)

  • Section 1: Understand the importance of risk assessment in elderly care settings (3 questions)
  • Section 2: Understand manual handling in elderly care settings (2 questions)
  • Section 3: Understand risks form hazardous substances in elderly care settings (4 questions)
  • Section 4: Understand the risk of infection in elderly care settings (5 questions)
  • Section 5: Understand how to deal with accidents in elderly care settings (5 questions)
  • Section 6: Understand the safe administration of medicines in elderly care settings (5 questions).

Unit 5 Summary: In this unit, you will learn about the risk assessments, manual handling, hazardous substances, risk of infections, dealing with incidents and safe administration of medicines.

Unit 6: Communication in elderly care (9 questions)

  • Section 1: Understand the importance of communication in elderly care settings (3 questions)
  • Section 2: Understand how to communicate with a client moving into a care home and their family (3 questions)
  • Section 3: Understand the skills required to work in elderly care settings (3 questions).

Unit 6 Summary: In this final unit, you will learn about communication within elderly care settings, moving into a care home and the skills that are required for care workers.

How is the course delivered?

This course is delivered fully online through a online learning platform.

Support is provided throughout from professionally trained tutors who are available to provide guidance and mark assignments, as well as provide feedback on progress where required.

This course is not suitable for absolute beginners, therefore learners are expected to have existing computer skills to Level 1 standard.

How will I be assessed?

All work is completed and submitted online, with an assessor assigned to mark and feedback on your work upon submission.

This course is fully funded via the Government Adult Education Budget for learners who meet the age, residency and income criteria.

All applicants must be aged 19 and over, and those aged 19-23 are only eligible if they have already achieved a full Level 2 qualification or equivalent. If you are aged 24 and above you do not require any prior academic qualifications.

Applicants must have lived in the EU for the last three years and currently reside in England with a postcode outside of London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley, and the West Midlands.

All applicants will also be assessed to ensure they meet the required standard of English language skills.

Funding and Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for a FREE Level 2 online learning course, you must meet the below requirements:
You must be aged 19 years or over as at 31/08/21
If you are aged 19-23, you must hold a full Level 2 qualification or above in any subject* (If you are aged 24+ you do not need to have a qualification)
You must have lived in the EU for the last three years
You must reside in England with a postcode outside of London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley, and the West Midlands.
You must not be on another funded programme i.e. an apprenticeship or another distance learning or online course
You must not have completed this course or a similar course previously
You must not be on another distance learning course with another training provider
Applicants must also meet the low income and unemployment criteria below. You will only be fully-funded if:
You are working but earning less than £18,525 per year or are unemployed and in receipt of benefits, are aged 19 – 23 and have achieved a full Level 2
You are working but earning less than £18,525 per year or are unemployed and in receipt of benefits and are aged 24+

*A full Level 2 achievement is equivalent to 5 or more GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A* to C). 

Level 2 qualifications are:

  • CSE – grade 1
  • GCSE – grades 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 or grades A*, A, B, C
  • intermediate apprenticeship
  • level 2 award
  • level 2 certificate
  • level 2 diploma
  • level 2 ESOL
  • level 2 essential skills
  • level 2 functional skills
  • level 2 national certificate
  • level 2 national diploma
  • level 2 NVQ
  • music grades 4 and 5
  • O level – grade A, B or C

Please get in touch with us using the enquiry buttons menu in the section below if you are interested in enrolling onto this programme

You can phone us via the details provided on this page or submit the course enquiry form located in the menu in the section below.

Our adult Learning Shops will then book an appointment with a National Carers Service adviser and make arrangements for you to complete an assessment to determine if this course is at an appropriate level for you to study at.*

Learners will attend an induction and assessment session which will be used to check your existing knowledge to ensure this is the most suitable course for you.

We will also need to confirm whether or not you are eligible to pay any course fees, and you may be asked to provide some further information about your current employment and financial status and previous learning.

*For employers or training managers enquiring about this course on behalf of your organisation for staff training purposes, National Careers Service appointments are not a mandatory part of the enrolment process.

Level 2 Certificate in Caring for the Elderly
Course Outline: designed for those who wish to understand the principles of elderly care
Qualification: TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Caring for the Elderly
LevelLevel 2
LocationDistance Learning – Delivered Online
DurationMinimum of 10 Weeks
Start DateLearners can enrol on these courses throughout the year
AttendanceFlexible attendance throughout the year
PriceSubject to eligibility this course may be fully-funded

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