Adult Skills and Community Learning

Course content


The aim of this course is to help you build the knowledge and skills needed to work in a range of clinical healthcare support settings. It'll also help you in health and adult care environments. The course covers a wide range of areas. This includes dementia awareness, mental health and well-being, supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and healthcare procedures.

This course is ideal if you're wanting a career in a health and social care settings. It's also useful if you want to progress your current career in the sector. Upon successful completion of this qualification, learners can enter the workforce as a qualified Level 2 Health and Social Care Practitioner.

You're required to find a work placement for this course. You'll need to work in a Health and Social Care setting for a minimum of 186 hours.

A DBS check will be carried out before you are allowed into settings.

This course will enable you to

  • Work effectively alongside other practitioners in a range of Health and Social care roles.
  • Understand the care values and principles and know how to effectively care for service users.
  • Develop your own personal and professional reflective practice
  • Apply for employment and achieve a nationally recognised level 2 Diploma in Care

You'll also develop your skills for work

  • Work as part of a team, sharing your ideas and experience to complete tasks
  • Have a positive attitude to plan your own work and complete it effectively within a timeframe
  • Be a good listener and follow instructions accurately
  • Be able to adapt the way you work when circumstances change, or you need to switch to a different task quickly
  • Be resilient and have the ability to stick with a task, even if things don’t go to plan. You should also be able to learn from setbacks
  • Literacy, numeracy and digital skills will be supported throughout the course

Course delivery 

Classroom based delivery with blended learning opportunities 

The duration of the course is 36 weeks in total. It comprises of 3.5 hours classroom delivery per week over 28 weeks. It'll also contain 3 placement observations and individual tutorial and 1-2-1 support totalling no more than 7.5 hours.

Each session will include

  • Independent research, tasks, and assignments. Help will be provided by the tutor in sessions.
  • Independent and group activities throughout the course.
  • Some independent working will be required after sessions.
  • Continued tutor support available via Teams for Education

Expectations and support

  • You'll be required to source your own placement. It'll need to be in a health and social care setting of your choice.
  • You'll create a portfolio of evidence over the duration of your course. This should evidence your knowledge
  • Your portfolio of evidence will include a minimum of two observations. They should be carried out by your class tutor in the workplace.
  • You'll be expected to complete reflective accounts of your learning. It should include the impact this has had on you personally and professionally.
  • In class support will be achieved through activities, discussions, and tutor feedback
  • You'll also receive class materials via Teams for Education and a textbook to support your learning
  • Assignment briefs will be used to give further guidance

Entry requirements

You'll have already completed the following with Adult Skills and Community Learning:

  • Information Advice and Guidance and initial assessment. This is found on the BKSB software
  • A level 1 or equivalent in English and maths and be willing to work towards level 2
  • A placement secured in a Health and Social Care setting. If you are already employed in this sector, this will be classed as your placement.
  • Confidence in using emails and Microsoft packages. This includes Word, Powerpoint, One Drive (desirable) – a short course is available to upskill you in these area.

The level that you study at will be determined by your initial assessment results

Course fees

The cost of the course is £802.20 which includes your tuition, DBS check, textbook and Awarding Organisation fees. This can be paid monthly via direct debit over the duration of your course. Instead, you may be entitled to fee remission/fee reduction depending on your individual circumstances.  Contact us for more information. 

How to apply


  • Health and social care, level 3.
  • Employment within the sector.

What our learners say

  • I enjoyed building my confidence and securing myself a job as a result of my placement
    Adult learner

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