The Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care is a competence based qualification which has been developed with Skills for Care and in consultation with employers who provide adult care. Designed to support the on- programme element of the Lead Adult Care Worker apprenticeship standard in England, the qualification covers the knowledge and skills required to work in a lead adult care worker role in a range of settings and supporting individuals with different needs. The qualification contains units which are competence based and several knowledge based units.
The qualification is built on credit values and each unit has a credit rating and to achieve the QCF NVQ Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 3 learners must complete a total of 58 credits, which includes 9 mandatory units along with a choice of optional knowledge and competence units.
The qualification is aimed at lead adult care workers, support workers and key workers in a range of adult care settings. The qualification can be used both within and outside of an apprenticeship standard.
The qualification is structured in a way which means that all learners will have to complete a group of mandatory units, the content of which is required across any lead adult care role. In addition there is a wide range of optional units to support areas of specialism, including:
To achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care learners must achieve a minimum of 58 credits. Out of the total 58 credits 43 credits must be at level 3 and above.
The course is open to everyone. However, candidates must be employed in a workplace relevant to the occupational standards for Health and Social Care to enable them to complete the qualification successfully. Basic skills at level 1 is recommended.
Method of assessment:
Assessment takes place through evaluation of work-based performance, presenting evidence, witness testimony and questioning. A portfolio of evidence is produced which demonstrates that the candidate can perform to the level described.
City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care
Duration of course
6 to 9 Months (Depending on experience)
Flexible (Depending on work / shift pattern)