Level 2 Award in Independent Advocacy

The Level 2 Award in Independent Advocacy is a nationally recognised qualification that enables advocates to have their knowledge and skills formally recognised and accredited. It is a good introduction to Advocacy for anyone wanting to acquire knowledge of Independent Advocacy and the role of an Independent Advocate.

This course is the perfect place to start if: you’re starting out or looking for a role as an independent advocate; you’re interested in being a volunteer advocate; you work alongside or use advocacy services, or if it is a part of your wider current role, for example, as a support worker, health and social care professional, social worker. Our unique distance learning course allows you to achieve at your own pace.

This course has an easy to follow format, including activities, scenarios and handouts, to help consolidate your knowledge and understanding whilst taking you through the learning outcomes of the award. On the successful completion of the distance learning materials & accompanying workbook, you will have achieved your Level 2 Award in Independent Advocacy qualification.

Age Group – 18 or older
(England, Wales and Northern Ireland)

What is an Independent Advocate?

An Independent Advocate is someone who takes the side of the individuals and supports them to find their voice, ensuring their right to have their say, make choices and decisions, is heard and listened to.

What will I learn?

You will need to complete one unit, (4 credits), this is:

‘Understand the purpose and role of the Independent Advocate’ – 4 Credits / 40 TQT

Learning outcomes:
– Understand the principles of Independent Advocacy
– Understand the role of the Independent Advocate
– Understand communication methods used in Independent Advocacy
– Understand equality, diversity and inclusion

Full qualification guidance – Level 2 Award in Independent Advocacy Handbook v1.0 (Jan 13) – 3610

How long will it take?

We offer the Level 2 Award package as a self-directed approach to gaining the qualification, thus the learner sets the pace of the qualification. This could be particularly useful if you are currently working from home or have additional time to study.

When you register, you will be given a specified target date in which to achieve your qualification, though you can complete your qualification sooner than the target date if you are able to submit work regularly and at a good pace. Specific target dates can be discussed and agreed with your Assessor.

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is approximately 40 hrs, based on the average amount of time taken to achieve these qualifications, with an average completion period of 6 months.

Qualification costs

(including Registration, Learner Pack, Assessment and Certification) prices start from:

• Level 2 Award in Independent Advocacy – £264.

ARC members benefit from reduced costs

Workforce Development Funding

WDF is not currently available for this qualification.


To register for any of these qualifications, you need to complete the necessary registration forms. This will prompt support for you to consider all the aspects involved in undertaking the qualification and ensure the right one is selected for you. You will also need to seek permission from your organisation to collect evidence in the workplace. To find out more about registering please click here ‘How to Register.

Materials, ARC documentation and Guidance

All ARC learner documentation is included in our learner portfolios, these can also be accessed via our ‘’Documentation, Guidance & Policies’ section in word and .pdf format.

Awarding Organisation guidance is available on our ‘Qualification Resources – Guidance’ page.