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Health and Social Care Diploma Level 3 QCF

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400 hours
Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)
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This qualification is an ideal course for those looking to embark on a rewarding career in the health and social care industry. This is an ideal course if you are looking for, or currently working in, care roles in residential settings, home care, and day services.


Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

Regulated by Ofqual


Our Health and Social Care Diploma Level 3 QCF qualification provides learners with a sound understanding of the subject area. The programme provides a framework to assess the learner’s competency relating to the health and social care sector.

The content of this level 3 diploma is regularly updated to reflect the latest Acts of Parliament, government guidelines 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 programme contains several different units of assessment, all of which sit within the ‘Regulated Qualification Framework’ (RQF). Credits are achieved for each unit completed (please see unit listing below for more detail).

This qualification has a workplace element where you will demonstrate your practical experience.

The work placement must amount to at least 50 hours in total, and you must ensure that a member of staff with occupational competence is able to sign the witness testimonies to prove you have achieved the work based learning outcomes of the course.

Who is this course for?

The course is particularly popular for learners currently working as senior care assistants and support workers in residential settings as well as domiciliary/day services.

The diploma aims to develop the knowledge and skills of learners working in a wide range of roles within health and social care.


No prior knowledge or skills in this subject area is needed in order to enrol onto this course, making it ideal for those just starting out in this career field.

Career path

The qualification supports the carer’s role in the workplace and provides a pathway to higher level qualifications.

An employer holding a Level 3 Diploma RQF can expect to be working in a team leader or senior staff member capacity, and earning an average of around £22,000 per annum.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.