Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate: FAQ for learners

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The Department of Health and Social Care, in conjunction with Skills for Care, has announced a new Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate qualification. With funding* available for 37,000 direct adult social care workers, this qualification aims to enhance the skills, knowledge and expertise of individuals working in the sector.

FuturU plans to launch its Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate qualification in early Summer 2024, pending approval from Ofqual. If you’re eager to learn more about this new qualification, how it can benefit you and our rollout plans, you’ve landed in the right place.

Explore our comprehensive Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate FAQ for learners below. And don’t forget to register your interest to stay updated on the latest developments from FuturU.

Are you an employer interested in enrolling your team? Visit our dedicated Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate FAQ for organisations here.

What is the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate?

The Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate is an exciting new qualification developed by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in collaboration with Skills for Care. Set to launch in June 2024, this certificate is designed specifically for those working in adult social care settings. It aims to provide individuals with the essential skills, knowledge and expertise needed to excel in their roles within the sector.

Unlike the existing Care Certificate, this new qualification will be accredited, ensuring its quality and recognition across different roles and organisations. That means you won’t have to redo the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate if you switch roles, saving both time and money.

The Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate qualification will help ensure that the highest standards of care and support are provided to those who need it, as well as offer a clear career pathway, helping you advance professionally and make a positive impact in your role.

Who is the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate for?

The new Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate is for individuals working in direct adult social care roles aged 19 and over. Eligible direct care roles include care workers and senior care workers as well as community support and outreach roles.

Are there any entry requirements for learners wanting to enrol in the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate?

You’ll need to be employed in a direct adult social care role and be aged 19+. You may already have a relevant qualification, but this isn’t a requirement. 

How is the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate funded?

£53.91 million in government funding* has been allocated to support 37,000 staff aged 19 and above and employed in direct adult social care roles to complete the new qualification between June 2024 and March 2025. You can be new to the profession or have existing experience.

Your employer may be able to apply for funding towards the cost of the qualification on your behalf. 

*In light of the pre-election period starting on 25 May 2024, any decisions or wider activity relating to making this funding available are suspended for the time being, pending fresh consideration by the government that will form following the General Election.

What skills will I learn as part of the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate?

The Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate will equip you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to provide compassionate, person-centred care.  

FuturU plans to offer a Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate qualification covering the following areas:

  1. Understanding own role
  2. Personal development
  3. Duty of care
  4. Equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights
  5. Working in a person-centred way
  6. Communication
  7. Privacy and dignity
  8. Nutrition and hydration
  9. Awareness of mental health and dementia
  10. Adult safeguarding
  11. Safeguarding children
  12. Heath, safety and principles of basic life support
  13. Handling information
  14. Infection prevention and control
  15. Awareness of learning disabilities and autism.

Can I study the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate qualification online, or is it only available through in-person classes?

Our digital-first approach to learning and assessment means you can learn on the go, anytime and anywhere, via your phone, tablet or computer.

And when you join FuturU, you’ll unlock our entire digital course catalogue of more than 100 training courses for health and social care professionals, many of which are CPD accredited.

How will FuturU’s Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate be assessed?

The way your knowledge and skills are assessed will differ from unit to unit, but include practice and skills-based assessments including direct observation and professional discussions conducted by our experienced team assessors.

We recognise that you may already have acquired skills and learning as part of your previous experience or qualifications. That’s why we’ll use Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as an assessment method where relevant.

We’ll share further information on how the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate is assessed in due course.

How long does it take to complete the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate?

Thanks to our digital-first approach, the duration of the qualification is entirely flexible to fit around you and your schedule, but we expect the average duration to typically be around six months.  

Will completing the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate qualification make me eligible for higher-level qualifications or advanced training opportunities?

Once you have acquired the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate, you may choose to continue your studies, acquiring other qualifications such as:

  • Other level 2 vocational and competence-based qualifications in health and social care
  • Level 3 qualifications in health and social care
  • Academic and technical qualifications like A-Levels and Apprenticeships
  • Other specialist qualifications. 

 

Read more: How to grow your career with the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate → 

How do I find out more about FuturU’s Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate qualification?

Simply complete the form here to register your interest in our qualification, and we’ll keep you updated on progress. 

Join the waitlist

You can also watch back a recording of the introductory webinar we held in May which shares further information on our qualification and how it can benefit you.

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I have a question that hasn’t been answered here - how do I get in touch?

If you have another question on FuturU’s Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate, please do email us at support@futuru.ai

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