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Diploma in Adult Care Level 3 RQF - Medication

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Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)
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  • TQUK Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF) - Free
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The TQUK Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF) has been developed for individuals aiming to forge a career in the health and social care sector. This comprehensive program caters to those aspiring to secure positions in diverse care settings such as residential environments, domiciliary services, and day services. Notably, this version of the diploma encompasses a specialised unit supporting the responsible use of medication within the care setting. This addition enhances the skills and knowledge of participants in the safe administration and management of medication. This is the latest version of the Adult Care diploma.

Qualification: TQUK Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care RQF - (610/0103/6)

This qualification offers a total of 61 credits and earning participants 32 UCAS points. It equips individuals with the necessary expertise to excel in their roles within the dynamic field of adult care.


Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

Regulated by Ofqual


Our Adult Care Diploma is meticulously designed to provide learners with a comprehensive understanding of the field. The programme is dedicated to assessing students' knowledge and competencies within the health and social care sector.

Aligned with the Spring 2022 Skills for Care update, this iteration integrates the latest literature pertinent to the healthcare sector. Notably, the diploma in adult care supersedes the former Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care QCF.

Geared towards elevating the expertise of individuals working in diverse roles within health and social care, this new diploma aims to enhance knowledge, skills, and proficiency. The primary goal of the qualification is to provide support to caregivers in their roles and pave the way for their advancement to higher-level qualifications.

Key roles encompass Senior Care Assistants, Support Workers, and Key Workers in residential and domiciliary services, as well as day services.

The foundational knowledge segments of the programme are diligently updated to encompass recent Acts of Parliament, government directives, and Codes of Practice, including:

  • Care Act (2014) and subsequent amendments
  • Fundamental Standards 2015
  • Duty of Candour
  • New principles of independent advocacy
  • Revised Audit Processes, following the publication of the Caldicott Report (2015)
  • The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
  • Skills for Care’s updated CPD guide
  • Updates to the requirements for Care and Support Plans
  • Updates to definitions of the balance between risk assessment, risk-taking, and rights and responsibilities

The Level 3 Medication and Adult Care Diploma comprises various units of assessment aligned with the RQF (Regulated Qualification Framework). Successful completion of each unit earns a specified number of credits.

This qualification is structured around learning outcomes, requiring learners to substantiate their knowledge and demonstrate practical experience within these outcomes.

Important: To successfully complete this course, a UK-based (excluding NI) work placement of at least 50 hours, either paid or voluntary, is mandatory. During the work placement, supervision by a staff member with occupational competence is essential for witness testimonies, confirming the achievement of work-based learning outcomes. Additionally, participants must be available for both remote and in-person observations conducted by an NCC Assessor.

Who is this course for?

This Level 3 course in medication and adult care has been crafted for individuals aiming to enrich their understanding of the Health and Social Care sector. The course also enables learners to gain the knowledge required to be able to administer medication within their role.

Enrolment in this course doesn't necessitate any prior educational background, ensuring accessibility for anyone keen on expanding their knowledge in this domain. However, possessing some pre-existing familiarity with the industry can be beneficial.


It's important to note that participants must be situated in the UK, excluding Northern Ireland, for the practical workplace segment of this course.

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