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Level 2 Diploma Optional Units

The mandatory units for the Level 2 Diploma in Care offer 24 credits towards the qualification.

The remaining 22 credits are accumulated by completing optional units, which will usually geared to subjects aligned with your current role. For example if you work in a nursing home, you may choose optional units related to supporting elderly people or dementia.

You may also be restricted on which optional units you may choose based on the knowledge and resources of your training provider – for example, if your assessor has not been trained in dementia care, they may not be able to assess it.

In addition, some optional units are very similar in content, so may be barred, which means you will not be allowed to select both units.

You may also be able to select level 3 optional units for your level 2 diploma.

Below, you will find a list of all the optional units for the Level 2 Diploma in Care along with their level and credit value.

NOTE: We are currently trying to add answers for as many optional units as possible but it is taking a while as there are so many! Optional units that we have completed (or have partially completed) can be clicked.

List of Level 2 Diploma in Care Optional Units

Understand mental well-being and mental health promotion33
Understand mental health problems33
Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 200533
Dementia awareness22
The person centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia22
Understand and implement a person centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia32
Understand the factors that can influence communication and interaction with individuals who have dementia22
Understand equality, diversity
and inclusion in dementia care
Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person centred approach23
Understand the role of communication and interactions with individuals who have dementia33
Understand the diversity of individuals with dementia and the importance of inclusion33
Equality, diversity and inclusion in
dementia care practice
Understand and enable interaction and communication with individuals with dementia32
Approaches to enable rights and choices for individuals with dementia whilst minimising risks32
Enable rights and choices of individuals with dementia whilst minimising risks43
Understand and meet the nutritional requirements of individuals with dementia33
Understand and enable interaction and communication with individuals who have dementia43
Equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care practice43
End of life and dementia care23
Understand how to work in end of life care32
Understand how to provide support when working in end of life care43
Support individuals at the end of life63
Understand how to support individuals during the last days of life33
Contribute to the care of a deceased person32
Facilitate person centred assessment, planning, implementation and review63
Introduction to personalisation in social care33
Support person-centred thinking
and planning
The principles of infection prevention and control32
Causes and spread of infection22
Contribute to the support of infection prevention and control in social care32
Cleaning, decontamination and waste management22
Select and wear appropriate personal protective equipment for work in health care settings22
Principles of supporting an individual to maintain personal hygiene12
Support individuals to maintain personal hygiene22
Undertake personal hygiene activities with individuals32
Support individuals to meet personal care needs22
Support individuals to manage continence32
Meet food safety requirements when providing food and drink for individuals22
Support individuals to eat and drink22
Prepare for and carry out extended feeding techniques43
Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities43
Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare32
Contribute to supporting individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare32
Introductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions22
Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability regarding sexuality and sexual health33
Understand Physical Disability22
Understand the impact of Acquired Brain Injury on individuals32
Introductory awareness of sensory loss22
Introductory awareness of
models of disability
Support families of individuals with Acquired Brain Injury32
Support effective communication with individuals with a sensory loss32
Contribute to the support of individuals with multiple conditions and/or disabilities32
Contribute to supporting individuals in the use of assistive technology32
Support individuals with specific communication needs53
Stroke Awareness32
Administer medication to individuals and monitor the effects53
Support use of medication in social care settings53
Assist in the administration of medication42
Contribute to monitoring the health of individuals affected by health conditions22
Support individuals to carry out their own health care procedures22
Undertake agreed pressure area care42
Support individuals undergoing healthcare activities32
Obtain and test capillary blood samples43
Obtain and test specimens from individuals22
Undertake physiological measurements33
Prepare individuals for healthcare activities22
Assist the practitioner to carry out health care activities22
Monitor and maintain the environment and resources during and after health care activities32
Principles of Health Promotion22
Promotion of General Health and Well-being22
Contribute to Promoting Nutrition and Hydration in Health and Social Care Settings42
Basic awareness of diabetes22
Promote positive behaviour63
Understanding and enabling assisting and moving individuals42
Move and position individuals in accordance with their plan of care42
Contribute to the effectiveness of teams22
Working as part of a team in health and social care or children and young people’s settings22
Understand how to support individuals to be part of a community32
Provide support for therapy sessions22
Provide support for mobility22
Provide support to manage pain and discomfort22
Support participation in learning and development activities32
Support independence in the tasks of daily living52
Provide support for journeys22
Provide support for leisure activities32
Support individuals to access and use information about services and facilities32
Support individuals who are distressed32
Support care plan activities22
Provide agreed support for foot
Provide support for sleep22
Contribute to support of positive risk-taking for individuals32
Support individuals in their relationships43
Support individuals to live at home43
Gain access to the homes of individuals, deal with emergencies and ensure security on departure22
Support individuals who are bereaved43
Provide active support32
Support individuals to negotiate environments42
Support individuals who are distressed32
Understand the Benefits of Engaging in Activities in Social Care22
Contribute to supporting group care activities32
Understand the effects of ageing in activity provision23
Understand the factors affecting older people23
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