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IQ Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (QCF)

Qualification Number 600/6427/4
Title IQ Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (QCF)
Category National
Sector Health & Care
Operational Start Date 05/09/2012
Operational End Date 28/02/2015
Total Units 9 Min Credit 20
Min Guided Learning Hours 179 Max Guided Learning Hours 179
Min Age From 14 Min Age To 100

About this Qualification

The IQ Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (QCF) is a qualification aimed at learners who work or intend to work in the adult social care sector. It provides learners with formal recognition of their knowledge and understanding of adult social care. As a knowledge-based qualification, it is not a requirement that learners are in work. By way of the mandatory units, all learners will cover duty of care, diversity, equality and inclusion, communication, person-centred approaches, personal development, health and safety, safeguarding and protection, information handling and the role of the social care worker. The qualification is generic in nature and relevant to a wide-range of health and social care settings. Objectives of the qualification include: preparing learners to progress to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level or requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding, meeting relevant programmes of learning, preparing learners for employment and supporting a role in the workplace.

This qualification forms the knowledge component of the Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care.


Learners who achieve this qualification can progress to the Level 3 Certificate in Adult Social Care (QCF) using credits achieved as there is an overlap of units. They can also progress to the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) which forms the competence component of the apprenticeship framework.

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To achieve this qualification, learners must achieve 20 credits from the 9 mandatory units.

IndexGroupUnit Ref.Unit TitleCreditGuided
1Mandatory UnitsH/601/5474Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings19
1Mandatory UnitsL/602/2905Principles of communication in adult social care settings217
1Mandatory UnitsH/602/3039Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings218
1Mandatory UnitsL/602/3035Principles of personal development in adult social care settings217
1Mandatory UnitsA/601/8574Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care326
1Mandatory UnitsR/602/3179Understand health and safety in social care settings440
1Mandatory UnitsY/602/3118Understand how to handle information in social care settings19
1Mandatory UnitsJ/602/3180Understand person-centred approaches in adult social care settings434
1Mandatory UnitsA/602/3113Understand the role of the social care worker19


All units in this qualification are knowledge-based and assessed by portfolio (internally set and marked and externally quality assured by IQ). Assessment must be in accordance with the Skills for Care and Development QCF Assessment Principles located in Appendix A at the end of this document. An Achievement Record for this qualification which includes the forms necessary to map and claim knowledge and competence is available to download from the IQ website. All assessment criteria must be met and mapped and the location of the evidence must be indicated in the achievement record.

This qualification is not graded, successful learners achieve a pass.

All units must be assessed using methods appropriate to the assessment of knowledge and understanding and may take place in or outside of a real work environment. They can be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • Question and answer test
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Question and answer verbal (ensure records are kept)
  • Essay
  • Other

Learner Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, learners should be able to work at level 1 above and be proficient in the use of English Language.

Tutor Requirements

All trainers/assessors and internal verifiers delivering this qualification must meet the requirements as per the assessment strategy Skills for Care and Development QCF Assessment Principles, located in Appendix A at the end of this document.

Centre Requirements



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