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Level 2 Certificate in

Understanding Cancer Support

The purpose of the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Cancer Support is to give learners knowledge to support their work within the adult health and social care sectors, particularly those wanting to specialise in the area or develop employment/progression opportunities. It may also be useful for those providing informal care to those living with cancer. Learners will gain knowledge and understanding by successfully completing the units required. This qualification is designed for learners who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of supporting adults living with cancer.

This qualification aims to:

  • focus on the study of cancer support in the health and social care sector

  • offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge.


The objective of this qualification is to give learners knowledge of:

  • what cancer is, its diagnosis and treatment

  • the support needs of people living with cancer.

Learners are required to successfully achieve 4 mandatory units:

  • Unit 1 - Cancer awareness

  • Unit 2 - Introduction to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer

  • Unit 3 - Introduction to cancer care and support

  • Unit 4 - Introduction to end of life and bereavement care

There are no specific prior skills/knowledge a learner must have for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they have already achieved a Level 1 introductory qualification in healthcare or social care.