Level 2 Diploma in Care (RQF)

Level 2 Diploma in Care (RQF)

Level 2 Diploma in Care (RQF) is the basic entry level qualification for care staff. It is the qualification all care staff must have. It was known as the NVQ level 2 in care. It is for students who work or wish to work in health or social care. This qualification is for learners who are working as; care workers, healthcare assistants, support worker, personal assistant etc

The Level 2 Diploma in Care (RQF), replaces the NVQ 2 in Health and Social Care.

This is a qualification for both health and social care jobs. Leaner can join either the healthcare or social care workforce with this level 2 diploma.


This qualification is eligible for funding from the Skills for Care Workforce Development Fund

Funding value £600

Structure of Qualification

There are mandatory and optional units. Learners must achieve a total of 46 credits. 24 credits will come from the mandatory units. 22 credits will come from the optional units. There are 9 mandatory units. Learners can choose from a selection of over 100 optional units.

Download the full diploma specification here.

Choosing Optional Units

Care Skilled will allocate a dedicated course tutor to the learners undertaking the level 2 diploma in care. The Care Skilled tutor will help the learner choose the best optional units for them and their job.

Types of Jobs

People with this qualification typically do the following jobs;

  • Care Worker (Adult Care)
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Support Worker
  • Personal Assistant


Following completion of this qualification, learners may progress to
Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)


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