Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate: FAQ for organisations

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The Department of Health and Social Care recently announced a new Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate qualification, developed in conjunction with Skills for Care, with full funding available for 37,000 direct adult social care workers. 

FuturU plans to launch one of the first Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate qualifications in early Summer 2024, subject to Skills for Care and Ofqual approval. 

Interested in learning more about the new qualification, its funding and FuturU’s plans? You’ve come to the right place. Check out our Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate FAQ for organisations below, and register your interest to stay up to date on the very latest news from FuturU.

Are you a learner interested in gaining this qualification? Visit our Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate FAQ for learners here.

What is the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate?

The Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate is a new nationally recognised qualification developed by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in conjunction with Skills for Care. Launching in June 2024, this qualification builds on the existing Care Certificate standards to equip individuals working in an adult social care setting with the foundational skills, knowledge and expertise needed to work effectively in the sector. 

Unlike the existing Care Certificate though, this new qualification will be accredited to ensure its quality and portability when moving roles, reducing the cost of and time spent repeating training. 

The Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate will play a crucial role in ensuring that the highest quality of care and support is given to those needing it, while also providing those working in the sector with a clear career pathway.  

Who is the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate for?

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

How is the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate funded?

£53.91 million in DHSC 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. Staff may be new to the profession or have existing experience.

Who will be eligible for funding?

Adult Social Care employers in England, in both Care Quality (CQC) regulated and non-regulated care settings, can apply for funding towards the cost of the new Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate for new and existing employees working in direct adult social care roles.

To be eligible, employers must also be registered on the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (AS-WDS). 

Further information on the reimbursement process will be shared here in due course.

What does the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate cover?

FuturU intends to develop a Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate qualification covering 15 key topics and areas, subject to Skills for Care and Ofqual approval:

  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.

 

All units have been carefully structured to provide learners with both the practical skills and theoretical knowledge that, thanks to our story-led scenario-based training approach, are directly applicable to roles in the adult social care setting. 

Individuals who obtain the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate will be equipped with the necessary skills to deliver compassionate, person-centred care while adhering to legal and ethical standards. 

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

As a training provider, we’ve already created more than 100 training courses for health and social care professionals, which can be accessed via our digital learning platform. 

And the new Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate learning is no different – learners across the country will be able to access our training on-demand at a time that suits them via phone, tablet or computer.

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

In a move that bucks the trends of education delivery in this space, we intend to act as both training provider and awarding organisation for the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate, offering both learners and employers a seamless end-to-end experience with the highest quality delivery and support from start to finish. 

Assessment methods for this qualification 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 learners enrolling in this qualification may have already acquired skills and learning as part of their previous experience or qualifications. That’s why we’ll use Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as an assessment method where relevant.

Further information on how the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate is assessed will be shared in due course.

We’re already an Ofqual recognised awarding organisation for adult care apprenticeship End-Point Assessments, and have supported well over 6,000 apprentices through their EPA. When you partner with us, you know you’re in good hands.

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

We would typically expect learners to complete the qualification in around 6 months, but the duration is flexible to fit around you both.

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

We’re glad to hear you’re interested in FuturU’s Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate. Simply complete the form here to register your interest in our qualification. You’ll be the first to know about the latest developments, and be first in line to apply when the time comes!

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You can also watch back a recording of the introductory webinar we held in May, which  explains how the qualification can benefit you and your team and how it’ll be funded.

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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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