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Health & Social Care

CACHE Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

This CACHE Level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is ideal for anyone who wants to achieve a nationally recognised qualification and pursue a career working within the Health and Social Care sector.

Qualification Number: 601/6110/3

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Level 2 / NCFE CACHE / OSC210

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12 months expert tutor support


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Fully accredited course


Awarding body


Course introduction

Undertaking this CACHE level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is the perfect way to gain entry into the Health and Social Care sector with a recognised qualification. It will cover a variety of units such as, equality, diversity, rights, safeguarding, and protection in Health and Social Care. As well as focusing on nutrition for Health and Social Care and Dementia Awareness. This course will provide an excellent knowledge base and help develop your skills in this specific subject area.
Take advantage of becoming a part of the CACHE Alumni once you have enrolled on any of our CACHE courses. CACHE Alumni is a professional membership network for those who work in the healthcare and education industries. It is free to join and it supports practitioners, learners, and educators throughout their learning journey. Some of the benefits from joining CACHE Alumni include access to the latest articles across the healthcare sector for two years and complete access to useful webinars, podcasts, and career support.

Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care 
Qualification Number: 601/6110/3



Required knowledge

No previous knowledge is required for this course.


This course will be assessed through a series of assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. There are no external examinations.

Awarding organisation

NCFE CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) is a leading awarding organisation specialising in in the care and education sector. CACHE endorse a range of qualifications to individuals and organisations throughout the UK and internationally.

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Level 2 NCFE certificate of achievement. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 2 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning programme has been scrutinised and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited biannually by NCFE. NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

Course units

Unit 1: Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
The purpose of this unit is to be able to understand the legislation, policies, and procedures, in relation to equality, diversity, and inclusion, which is paramount in any workplace. This unit will also look at how the health and social care practitioner’s own values and beliefs can influence delivery of care. It will look at how to understand person-centred practice and outline the impacts of person-centred practice on individuals. It will focus on the ethical dilemmas that may arise when balancing individuals’ rights and duty of care.

Unit 2: Human Growth and Development
This unit centres on holistic development and helps learners to understand human growth and development across the lifespan. It will consider the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development within each life stage. This unit will outline the factors which impact upon human growth and development. It will look at the importance of recognising and responding to concerns regarding an individuals’ growth and development and help learners to understand significant life events across the lifespan and impact on an individual. Moreover, it will cover how the health and social care services meet the care needs of individuals through the lifespan.

Unit 3: Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care
This module helps learners to understand the role and responsibilities of the health and social care practitioner in relation to safeguarding. It will discuss the boundaries of confidentiality in relation to the safeguarding, protection, and well-being of individuals, as well as explore the benefits of working in partnership in relation to safeguarding and protection. It will examine the different types of abuse and help learners to understand action to be taken by the health and social care practitioner in response to evidence or concerns that an individual is at risk or has been harmed or abused. This unit will also look at the responsibilities of the health and social care practitioner in relation to whistleblowing.

Unit 4: Understand the benefits of working in partnership in relation to safeguarding and protection
This module explores all aspects of communication within the health and social care sector. Primarily, focusing on the benefits of working in partnership in relation to safeguarding and protection. It demonstrates how to maintain professional relationships in health and social care settings. It looks at how health and social care practitioners maintain security of data. It will also concentrate on the communication and language needs and preferences of individuals and others.

Unit 5: Working in Health and Social Care
This module is all about working in the Health and Social Care sector as a practitioner. It will cover a variety of key points to consider before undertaking a role within this sector such as, understanding the legislation, policies, procedures, and codes of practice in relation to health and social care. It will define the key role of a healthcare practitioner, and outline why continuing professional development is integral to the role of the healthcare practitioner, it will enable the learner to understand reflection in relation to continuing professional development. It will also discuss the functions of health and social care services.  

Unit 6: Dementia Awareness
This unit has been developed for the learner to understand the different types of dementia and discusses the signs and symptoms to look out for. It will focus on the importance of an early diagnosis of dementia and offers support that is readily available for individuals with dementia. It will help the learner gain a clear understanding of the legislation and frameworks in relation to dementia care. It will also endeavour to explore how person-centred care is used to support individuals with dementia.

Unit 7: Nutrition for Health and Social Care
This unit is all about understanding nutritional needs across the lifespan. It discusses the components’ needed for a healthy balanced diet and will explain the impact of diet on health and well-being. It will also look at how the health and social care practitioner promotes healthy diet. It will discuss the factors which influence dietary intake.

Learner support

The learner will receive access to this course through a dedicated online learning portal. The learner will have access to the course materials 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The learner will be able to contact their tutor through the learning portal via the messaging systems. The learner will also upload their assignments through this portal to ensure that a single system handles all the learner’s needs. The tutor is there to provide the learner with advice and guidance throughout the course and to mark the unit assignments. The tutor will have extensive knowledge in the relevant area and will be able to provide the learner with personalised feedback throughout the course.


What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email ‘’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing or calling 0333 3445 690.

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