Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes Level 2 Certificate

Adult Skills & Training

Date (from)



Awarding body


E-Learning - September 2018

E Learning / Distance Learning course  - FREE if learner does not hold a Level 4 or above qualification



Course introduction

 According to the World Health Organisation, three million people in the UK have diabetes, a disease affecting blood-sugar levels. There are also thought to be around 850,000 people with undiagnosed diabetes. Although there is no cure for diabetes, careful care and management of the condition can help maintain blood sugar levels and control symptoms. Left untreated, diabetes can lead to a number of health problems, including heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, kidney disease and eye and foot problems. 

This comprehensive learning programme explores the different types of diabetes and how they can occur, and outlines how lifestyle changes can delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes. It also provides practical guidance about diabetes diagnosis, initial and ongoing care and controlling blood-sugar levels.

As well as providing learners with a nationally recognised qualification, this course will help them apply good practice relating to the care and management of diabetes, giving them confidence in their work. Furthermore, as diabetes is prevalent in our society and current trends suggest more and more people will become diabetic in the coming years, the practical understanding that learners will acquire from this programme will be useful throughout their working and personal lives.

The course also provides employers with a structured training programme that will meet the training needs of their employees, giving peace of mind that staff are equipped with the knowledge they need to support people with diabetes.

A further benefit of using these flexible learning resources is that staff can complete their programme at times and locations convenient to them, removing the need for them to spend time at college or away from work for long periods.

Course structure

Learning materials comprise a number of workbooks, which have been produced to suit a wide range of delivery methods.

Learners will be provided with all necessary materials to complete the programme and will be required to work through a series of tasks and activities designed to reinforce the learning process and test their knowledge.

The learning materials include an assessment that is completed online which allows learners to demonstrate achievement of all learning outcomes associated with each unit. The assessment is available as a printed booklet only on demand.

The Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes comprises four mandatory units presented in two concise module workbooks:


Unit 01: Understand diabetes (Credit value: 4)

Unit 02: Prevention and early intervention of Type 2 diabetes (Credit value: 3)


Unit 03: Understand the initial care of diabetes (Credit value: 4)

Unit 04: Understand the treatment and management of diabetes (Credit value: 5)

Minimum entry requirements

Learners should be aged 16 and over, but otherwise there are no specific entry requirements for this programme.

Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes will be ideal for anyone whose work may bring them into contact with people who have diabetes. This includes health-care workers, people who work with children and young people, and those employed in the uniformed services. It may also be of interest to people who have diabetes themselves.

How will I be assessed?

Learners will be allocated a tutor who will provide feedback online.

What can I do with this qualification?

By undertaking this programme, learners will be able to further their own continuous professional development, which may improve their career prospects, or progress on to further qualifications, such as courses in health and social care or related subjects.

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