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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care

This Level 3 Adult Care RQF Diploma is the perfect qualification for anyone looking to practise care in any social care setting, including residential care, domiciliary and hospice care, as well as assisted living.

Working in adult care is a fulfilling and rewarding career choice for those who want to help the most disadvantaged people in society.

The Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care will be proof of your knowledge, skills and competency to work in varied social care environments. You will explore a range of topics from wellbeing to mental health, personal development to equality and inclusion, along with issues relating directly to care, such as infection prevention and control, pain management and social prescribing.

Overall Programme Outcomes

On completion of this programme, learners who achieve this qualification could progress to the following:

  • employment:
    o lead adult care worker
    o senior care support worker
    o lead personal assistant
  • further education:
    o Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care
    o Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care
    o Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s
    Services (England)
  • higher education


All units will be internally assessed using standard methods: coursework, portfolio of evidence, practical demonstration / assignment. This is a competency-based qualification and evidence is gathered by the learner as they undertake their normal work role. This will form the basis for their portfolio. The evidence must reflect policies and procedures of the workplace as stated by current government legislation. During the course of the qualification, the candidate should ideally work with at least two service users.

A range of assessment methods will be used by the assessor including examining work products and expert witness testimonies and direct observation.

Entry Requirements

  • This qualification is designed for those who wish to work or are already working in health and social care settings in England.
  • Entry is at the discretion of the centre, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. However, learners
  • should be aged 16 or above to undertake this qualification.
  • 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 2 qualification.

Mode of Delivery:

Fully Online Mode
Students are given a complete set of learning materials to facilitate independent study which can be downloaded from the designated Learning PortalLearners are encouraged to participate in online discussions with other learners and their tutors for at least 18 hours per module

Guide to Learning Hours / Student Learning Time

To be awarded this qualification, learners are required to successfully achieve 58 credits: 39 credits
from the mandatory units and a minimum of 19 credits from the optional units. At least 35 credits
must be achieved at level 3 or above.

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