Getting started in health and social care with NVQ courses

If you would like a career in health and social care but don’t know how to get started, an NVQ care training course could be just the foot in the door you need.

Most people embarking on their new career do so by getting a QCF NVQ Diploma in Health and Social Care (Level 2). This qualification proves your knowledge and skills in providing care to both adults and children, provided you back it up with employment in a relevant care environment.

What will I study?

The Level 2 QCF NVQ course generally has nine compulsory units, which cover areas such as:

  • Communication
  • Personal development
  • Equality and inclusion
  • Duty of care
  • Safeguarding and protection
  • The role of a health and social care worker
  • Person-centred approaches and how to implement them
  • Health and safety
  • Handling information

In addition to these mandatory units, you are also likely to be given a choice of optional competence and knowledge modules.

How long will it take?

Although you can complete the course as quickly or slowly as you like, most people tend to finish between six and nine months.

Progression: what’s next?

Once you’ve completed this course, you can go on to attain your Level 3 QCF NVQ Diploma in Health and Social Care.