CD2 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 2 Diploma in Care (RQF)

Qualification summary

The Level 2 Diploma in Care (RQF) sets out the minimum requirements for a qualification that develops and confirms the competence of those who work in health and adult care services in England. The titling of each unit within the qualification mirrors the Skills for Care performance requirements listed in the agreed specification whilst the skills and knowledge requirements listed are all included within the unit content.

The qualification is suitable for learners who are already working within the care sector, such as an adult care worker, a healthcare assistant/support worker, personal assistant, etc. It could also be suitable for those seeking employment who having the ability and the opportunity to demonstrate recognisable competences.

This qualification recognises the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to demonstrate effective communication, person development, values and behaviours, health and wellbeing, responsibilities of self and others and safeguarding It could also be used as CPD for experienced and specialist staff in adult care seeking a qualification to recognise their competence.

If you feel you are in a supervisory role you could choose the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF).

Whilst this qualification is integrated into the Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship Standard, the qualification may also be undertaken outside the Apprenticeship. This could be for learners who do not meet the age or qualification requirements for a full Apprenticeship, or who wish to use the qualification for CPD, to re-skill, or other development activities.

On completion of this qualification you could progress on to the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF).

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.

It is supported nationwide by employers. For a list of the training providers and colleges who deliver this qualification in your area please contact our customer services team.

VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 2 Diploma in Care (RQF) Handbook

Qualification structure

Learners need to complete a minimum of 46 credits to achieve this qualification.

All units must be achieved from Group M and a minimum of 20 credits from Group O.

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are 319

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 460

Qualification numberQualification reference
CD2 603/2806/X 

Group M – mandatory units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleLevelCredit value
T/616/7792CA1Communication in care settings23
A/616/7793CA2Handle information in care settings22
F/616/7794CA3Personal development in care settings23
J/616/7795CA4Implement person-centred approaches in care settings25
L/616/7796CA5Equality and inclusion in care settings22
R/616/7797CA6Health, safety and well-being in care settings24
Y/616/7798CA7Responsibilities of a care worker22
D/616/7799CA8Duty of care22
J/616/7800CA9Safeguarding and protection in care settings23

Group O – optional units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleLevelCredit value
R/602/4011CH60Support carers to meet the care needs of individuals35
T/505/1143DA1Understand diabetes24
J/601/2874DEM201Dementia awareness22
A/503/8085ELC1Understand how to work in end of life care23
D/601/9023HSC2001Provide support for therapy sessions22
K/601/9025HSC2003Provide support to manage pain and discomfort22
M/601/8054HSC 2014Support Individuals to eat and drink22
R/601/8063HSC2017Provide agreed support for foot care23
T/601/8721HSC2024Undertake agreed pressure area care24
J/601/8853HSC2027Obtain and test specimens from individuals22
F/601/3764HSC3045Promote positive behaviour36
K/601/9493HSC3046Introduction to personalisation in social care33
K/601/5351LD201Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities24
M/601/5316LD210Introductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions22
K/601/2950MHL202Approaches to care and management in mental health23
J/601/5824PDOP23Understand the impact of acquired brain Injury on individuals23
H/615/4486SCM301Understand stroke care management34
F/601/9578SHM4Record keeping and audit processes for medication administration and storage23
F/601/3442SSMU21Introductory awareness of sensory loss22
A/601/4895SSOP23Contribute to the support of individuals with multiple conditions and/or disabilities23
H/601/3451SSOP24Contribute to supporting individuals in the use of assistive technology23
H/601/5703LD206Principles of supporting an individual to maintain personal hygiene21
Y/501/0598ASM34Administer medication to individuals and monitor the effects35
T/601/8637HSC2007Support independence in the tasks of daily living25
A/601/8025HSC2008Provide support for journeys22
R/601/8015HSC2013Support care plan activities22
F/601/8060HSC2015Support individuals to meet personal care needs22
R/601/7902HSC2019Gain access to the homes of individuals, deal with emergencies and ensure security on departure22
J/601/8027HSC2028Move and position individuals in accordance with their plan of care24
H/601/8049HSC3020Facilitate person-centred assessment, planning, implementation and review36
L/601/6442LD202Support person-centred thinking and planning25
Y/601/7352LDOP203Provide active support25
A/601/9546HSC2031Contribute to support of positive risk-taking for individuals23

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