Ask the Care Specialists

Welcome to our 'Ask the Care Specialists', your one-stop portal for social care-related questions. Our team of specialists will try to answer as many of your Social Care questions as possible.

Has the NVQ Level 2 in Care been superseded by the Level 2 Diploma?

I completed an NVQ level 2 in care in 2006 within the council, I have recently been informed that it is now obsolete and now need to complete the Diploma level 2, is this correct?

Once an individual has secured their level 2 it remains valid even if the award changes.

It is likely that the employer feels the content will be somewhat out of date.

Having been completed in 2006.

The legislation, regulations and some practices would have changed completely.

My suggestion would be that you ask them if they would accept you completing the Care Certificate to ensure your knowledge is up to date.

If not I would ask them if you could do the level 3.

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