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Common Health Conditions (distance learning) - NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate

Course Code:AA1088F

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Develop your knowledge and understanding of various common health conditions, leading to a Level 2 qualification.

What the course is about

This is a distance learning qualification course where you will use textbooks and complete assessment activity electronically. You will be supported by a tutor who will provide feedback (electronically) on your progress and will suggest other learning activities to help you develop the knowledge and understanding you require to successfully complete the qualification. The textbooks provided have been developed to provide the information you need to develop your knowledge and understanding to meet a specific range of learning outcomes. These outcomes are also mapped to National Occupational Standards so you can be sure that what you are learning is relevant to the workplace. You will plan a programme of study around your other life commitments. Distance learning material can be studied at any time and in any location where you can access a PC, laptop or tablet and broadband. You should aim to complete your course in 6 months although it may be possible to achieve this earlier if you have more time to spend on study. This qualification aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of:

  • Various common health conditions

  • Monitoring the health of individuals affected by health conditions

The purpose of this qualification is to give those currently working in or intending to work in, Adult Health and Social Care an awareness of a range of common health conditions. You may then progress to additional qualifications to gain a more in-depth understanding of specific health conditions. This course is split into manageable units:

  • Unit 1: Understand how to contribute to monitoring the health of individuals affected by health conditions. Discover how to monitor the health of individuals affected by health conditions. including observation, recording and reporting. Develop your knowledge of the responses needed when there are changes to an individual's condition

  • Unit 2: Understand cardiovascular disease. Gain an understanding of the cardiovascular system and the different forms of cardiovascular disease, including their signs, symptoms, causes and risk factors. This unit will also highlight the effects on an individual's daily life as well as the treatment and management options available

  • Unit 3: Stroke awareness. Discover different types of stroke and their signs, symptoms and effect on the individual. Develop your knowledge of the response required in the event of an emergency and the support that is available following a stroke

  • Unit 4: Arthritis awareness. Develop an understanding of the different types of arthritis including their causes, signs and symptoms. Expand your knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment options, support systems and management of arthritis

  • Unit 5: Understand physical disability. Discover the different forms of physical disability, their potential causes and the impact physical disability can have. Identify how to provide support to individuals with physical disabilities, help them to manage their disability and maintain their independence

  • Unit 6: Parkinson's disease awareness. Develop an understanding of Parkinson's disease and its underlying causes. Discover the signs and symptoms of the condition and its impact. Identify the treatment options, support services and strategies available for managing the condition

You should not underestimate the time commitment required to complete a distance learning qualification at Level 2. Your tutor will also support you to improve your English skills alongside your learning of your vocational subject. This will include assessing your current skills from the work you produce and providing additional learning activities related to your subject that are designed to develop your skills in these areas. This is a vocational course leading to a qualification and the cost of it is subsidised by public funding. You will be required to complete all of the necessary coursework/assignments or exams by the given deadlines. Please note: if you do not successfully complete the course within the required timescale, you will not be able to repeat it at the subsidised fee. For further information on the syllabus for this course please go to

Pre-course information session or interview

There is a minimum entry age of 19 for this qualification. An Application process is applicable to this course. Please read the application page before applying. Once you have read the application page you may go ahead and apply. For term dates please refer to

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

This is a Level 2 assessed course. The online materials have been developed to provide you with the underpinning knowledge you require to complete the qualification. The learning materials are mapped to learning outcomes required by awarding organisations to satisfy the requirements of the qualification. At the beginning of your course, you will be assigned a tutor who will be able to mark your work on-line and give you feedback and suggestions as you progress. Once completed, your work will be marked and internally verified. An external verifier from the awarding body will review your work before you receive your certificate. The visits from external verifiers only take place twice a year so there may be a delay in certification being awarded after you have completed your course. As soon as your certificate is received by Skills & Learning it will be forwarded to you.

Awarding body: NCFE CACHE

Assignments/Course work: Assessed questions for each learning outcome

Examination(s): No set examination

Please note that this qualification must be completed within the deadline set.

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

This course is suitable for those looking to start work in or already working in, Health and Social Care who would like an understanding of common health conditions and their effects on individuals. The qualification can also be used to complement a personal or voluntary role working with children, young people or adults. Successful completion of this course will prepare you for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge required for entry level job roles working with people with health conditions. It is not necessary to have formally studied this subject prior to enrolling on this course, although you may have done an introductory course or have some experience of this subject.

You will need good IT skills and access to a computer, laptop or tablet with regular and reliable internet connection. This can be at home, at work, or in a library. You can check the suitability of this course for a preferred career path or route to employment by looking at various job profiles on the National Careers Service website

There is an expectation that if you enrol on this course, you are willing to commit fully to the period of time involved in this course, the associated home study and the assessed work required, and intend to sit the examination if applicable. You should consider your readiness to commit to study and we have a study support toolbox to help you with this:

English language skills at Level 1 are required. You will be asked to complete an online assessment in English after submitting a course application.

Materials and costs

Resources required to achieve your qualification Essential: Access to a PC, laptop, notebook or tablet with broadband/Wi-Fi.

Desirable: Headphones.

There may be further materials you could obtain to further support your study. You will be guided by your tutor prior to any purchase.

Course Costs For information regarding any funding for this course please refer to the Finance page on our website

Please be aware that once you have submitted the Learning Agreement, you are committed to this programme of study. If you do not start the learning package when advised, or submit work when requested, the cost of the registration fee (£125) will be passed on to you.

Course Details

Start DateAny




Duration2-6 months

SubjectDistance Learning


Fees and concessions

The total charge for this course is £165. Concessions FREE.

You could study this course for free if you:

  • Receive Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or any other state benefit.
  • Are unemployed or under employed.
  • Receive take home pay (disregarding Universal Credit and other benefits) less than £494 a month (if you are a sole adult in your benefit claim) or £782 a month (if you have a joint benefit claim with your partner).
  • Earn less than £20,319pa.

If you’re not eligible, you can pay via an Instalment Plan or by paying the full course fee upfront.


How do I enrol?

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