Course Information

Who is the course for?

The Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care is an occupational qualification for learners who work in Adult Care Settings in England.

What does the course involve?

 This qualification consists of mandatory units covering core knowledge and skills competencies with optional specialisms which can be are combined in flexible ways to reflect the real working context of different learners. The optional units are designed to meet the requirements of a range of healthcare and care services and to support the delivery of both the Adult Care Worker and Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship Standards. To achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care learners must achieve a minimum of 58 credits; 28 Credits must be taken from the mandatory group A, minimum of 30 credits must be taken from optional groups B, C and D, minimum of 12 credits must be taken from group Band a maximum of 8 credits taken from group D.

What makes this course special?

The Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care is an occupational qualification for learners who work in Health and Care Settings in England. The qualification provides the knowledge and skills for workers who have roles with responsibilities with key responsibilities for delivery of care and support and /or a level of supervisory responsibility for others such as; lead adult care worker, lead personal assistant or key worker, domiciliary care worker, senior care assistant and senior support worker.

The qualification is approved by Skills for Care.

Placements/Work Placements

This competency-based qualification is designed to be assessed in the workplace as you undertake your normal work role. The evidence must at all times reflect the policies and procedures of your work place as informed by current legislation, the relevant codes of conduct and service standards for the sector.

Entry Requirements

•        An appropriate role in the health and social care sector

•        Working towards or completion of the Care Certificate as part of a high-    quality induction programme     

•        Initial assessment and a Skillscan 

What are the assessment methods?

Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care is a competence-based qualification which is assessed by a portfolio of evidence. You we be measured against learning outcomes and assessment criteria described in each unit of the qualification. You must meet all the learning outcomes within the chosen units and meet the rules of combination to be able to be awarded the qualification. The majority of assessment will be work-based, using real experiences, written assessments and observations by a qualified assessor.

Modes of assessment include:

•        Direct observation

•        Oral questioning

•        Case studies

•        Assignments and projects

How long is the course?

The programme is flexible Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 580 hrs which is the total amount of time, in hours, expected to be spent to achieve a qualification. It includes both guided learning hours and hours spent in preparation, study and assessment. Recommended time for completion is 12-18 months. 

What are the College attendance requirements?

Flexible start dates to suit as attendance at college is not required as the qualification is delivered in the workplace. There is an expectation of self-guided independent study with current awarding body guidance being 6-9 hours per week.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

In most cases there are no additional costs for this course.

What are the progression options?

This qualification allows you to learn, develop and demonstrate the skills and knowledge required for employment and/or career progression in Adult Care within a role which has some autonomy, delegated responsibility or where there may be a need for supervision of others. Learners can progress to the City & Guilds level 4 Diploma in Adult Care or the City & Guilds Level 5

Diploma in Leadership and Management in Adult Care providing they are in an appropriate job role.


Opportunities may also be available to progress to an apprenticeships for the Lead Practitioner in Adult Care or Leader in Adult Care, or to higher education programmes, providing all entry requirements are met.

Awarding Body

City & Guilds

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