New flexible Diplomas make it easier for carers to further their education


Consultus are making it easier for carers to enhance their knowledge and skills with their new Health and Social Care Diplomas.

The Level 2 and 3 Diplomas have been designed to give carers maximum flexibility whilst studying.  Carers can start working towards a Diploma on a ‘rolling’ programme, meaning they can start the qualification when they are available, rather than waiting for an enrolment date. It is this flexibility that appealed to carer Sue, who started the Level 2 Diploma last year.

“With many of our clients, there are very busy times and quiet patches, such as when they are napping,” Sue said.

“I wanted to use my downtime to gain new skills and in turn, become a more confident and capable carer.”

Sue studied the diabetes component of the course before deciding to continue with the other Level 2 units.

“I really enjoyed the diabetes unit and my Consultus Trainer, Helen, is fantastic,” Sue said.

“I decided to keep going with the Level 2 because I’m really interested in what I do for a living and understand that the more knowledge I have, the better carer I’ll be for my clients.”

Consultus Care Training Centre Manager, Susan Antenbring, explained that the Centre has been successfully delivering Diploma qualifications since September 2014.

“Over 80 registered learners have studied with us so far,” she said.

“Of those 80, many have said that the course has changed their perspective of their profession for the better and that completion is not just an accomplishment of their studies, but of a lifetime of years of hard work and dedication.”

"I wanted to use my downtime to gain new skills"

The courses are comprised of mandatory units, such as safeguarding, health and safety and duty of care, and optional units, such as dementia, end of life, personal care, diabetes and more. Carers must demonstrate evidence of practical competency in their client’s home as well as complete theory work.

The Diplomas take approximately 6-12 months to complete and each learner is personally guided through the process by their allocated assessor. Flexible payment options are available to encourage as many carers to participate as possible, says Susan.

“Our ultimate aim is to improve the quality of care across the industry. Because of this, we run these qualifications as a not-for-profit initiative, keeping the cost to our carers as low as possible,” she said.

The Level 2 Diploma is aimed at new carers, or those who haven’t studied in some time. Once they’ve completed their Level 2 in Health and Social Care or equivalent, carers can continue on to the Level 3 Diploma. It is the responsibility of the Consultus Care Training Centre to advise which level of the qualification is best suited to each applicant.

Awarding body, Pearson, introduced the new versions of their Health and Social Care Diploma qualifications in January. The content is similar to their previous versions, which continue to be relevant.

For more information about the course, or to discuss payment options, contact the Consultus Care Training Centre on +44 (0)1732 355231 or email

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