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Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care


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.


Course content:

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.

Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care

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:

  • Learning disability services
  • Dementia Care
  • End of life Care
  • Residential Care
  • Domiciliary Care

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.

  • 28 credits must be taken from the mandatory group A.
  • A minimum of 30 credits must be taken from optional groups B and C.
  • A minimum of 20 credits must be taken from group B.
  • A maximum of 10 credits can be taken from group C. There is no minimum requirement for credit to
    be taken from group C.

Entry Requirements:
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)


Attendance Options
Flexible (Depending on work / shift pattern)

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