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NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

The aim of this qualification is to introduce knowledge in areas relating to Adult Social Care, such as person centred approaches, duty of care and the role of a Social Care worker. This course is accessible to students of all ages.


This qualification provides an ideal starting point for learners who may be new to the sector or new to the world of Social Care work. It is accessible to learners of all ages, who may want to understand more about working in Health & Social Care. It aims to introduce the basic concepts of caring and preparing for employment in this sector


Various methods are used including classroom activities, guest speakers and visits.

Course Leader profiles

Samantha Emsley

I have been trained and involved within the childcare sector for 15 years and achieved the Kirklees Level 3 Quality Assurance Certificate in Childcare through which I supported and mentored other learners. Through enjoying the experience of supporting others to improve their own outcomes, I completed the PGCE at Huddersfield University and have worked for the last nine years within the childcare and Health team here at Calderdale college. My passion is inspiring learners to reach their full potential and to become a worthy practitioner within the care sector.

Steve Richardson

"I began my career at Bradford Social Services as a Trainee Residential Social Worker in 1999, based in a series of Children’s Homes throughout the district. I worked with children who experienced abuse and abusive behaviours and who demonstrated extreme emotional and behavioural difficulties. I studied and developed my practical skills and progressed to a Senior Practitioner and then Assistant Unit Manager before achieving Registered Manager status of a home in Sowerby Bridge through CSCI, and then Ofsted. I then accepted a post as a Senior Operations Manager and assumed management responsibility for a series of children’s homes based throughout the north of England before achieving my teaching qualifications to enable me to help develop the next generation of the children’s workforce."

Entry Requirements

Learners must be 16 years and above, school leavers will need a GCSE grade D in English or a Level 1 Functional/Key Skills English qualification. Learners will also need to provide 2 references and complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

Interview Process

You will be invited to an interview with a specialist tutor, which will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have in regards to the course.

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

The course is unit based and is assessed by the production of a portfolio of evidence.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Yes, successful completion of this course can lead on to the Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care, Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care or Childcare. Learners aged 19 and over can also progress on to the Access to HE: Combined Studies or Access to HE: Health Professions courses. Learners may also wish to complete the level 2/ 3 Certificate in supporting individuals with learning Disabilities


Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisors to give information about College Courses and provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you . Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel. Careers and Student Advisors to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment.

During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: 23rd October 2017
  • Hours per week: 10 + placement and functional skills
  • Days: Monday - Friday
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 4.00 pm
  • Duration: 18 weeks
  • Course Fees: This course is free for students age 16 - 18. For students 19 please contact Student Services Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a full time course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Science and Health Industries
  • Department Manager: Deborah Tims


  • Level: Level 2
  • Qualification Name: NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • Awarding Body: NCFE CACHE

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