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Our Adult Care course is the most up-to-date version of CACHE’s Health and Social Care Level 3 qualification (NVQ/QCF/RQF). The course replaces all older versions.
Ever helped a blind man across the road or an elderly woman carry her shopping to the car? Perhaps you’ve nursed a loved one back to health. Or maybe you have supported someone with disabilities, so they can live a better-quality life and well-being. That fuzzy feeling you get from supporting others is happiness you can’t get anywhere else. If you have an aptitude for helping people, why not enhance those skills in remarkable ways? Become a champion of health and social care with our Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care course qualification.
The guided learning hours to read and understand all your course materials on this course is up to 350.
The qualification contains both mandatory and optional units allowing you to tailor the qualification to meet your needs, interests, preferred progression paths and the context of your job role.
In order to achieve this qualification, you must be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.
You must cover all of the 9 mandatory units and as well as 30 credits worth of the optional units to make up your qualification.
To achieve this, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, portfolios, research projects, posters, leaflets, presentations, PowerPoint presentations, video/audio recordings, work-based and practical learning sessions and observations to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.
You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. The TQT is 450 hours, which is more than ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.
How are you assessed?
All your units of work will be internally assessed using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task.
Units 1-7 are observed by a qualified assessor who is occupationally competent. Assessments are conducted in a holistic manner across the assessed units.
Essential Documentation for this qualification Must be included in Live course material. For tutors/assessors/learners. This will include:
- Learner Evidence Tracker Log
- Evidence and Grading Tracker
- Record of Assessment Cycle
Placement and Observation
To complete this course, you’ll need to do a 50-70 hour work placement.
During your placement, observation by an assessor qualified teacher, or suitably qualified witness is required. We recommend finding yourself an assessor, but they will need to be suitably qualified and evidence of this will be required. If needed, your tutor can provide information, support and training for your chosen assessor to fully understand the requirements of observation.
However, if finding your own assessor proves difficult, we can send an assessor to observe you for an additional fee. Please contact us to find out more.
Your learner journey will be tracked with an Evidence Record and Record of Assessment Cycle form
Assessing both Knowledge and Skills
Knowledge learning outcomes:
- Assessors will need to be both occupationally knowledgeable and qualified to make assessment decisions
Competence / Skills learning outcomes:
- Assessors will need to be both occupationally competent and qualified to make assessment decisions
Upon completion of the qualification, Learners will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement by NCFE CACHE. Read more about NCFE CACHE.
Potential Employment Settings
Learners can start applying for roles in a variety of settings, including:
- Residential/nursing homes
- Domiciliary care
- Day centres
- Clinical healthcare
Progressing onto Further Study
There are plenty of options should you want to move on to further study. The following courses are ideal progression routes in adult care:
- Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care
- Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services.
Alternatively, you may opt for qualifications in management, lead practitioner roles or a specialist course relating to your place of work.
- Official Qualification Title - NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care
- Difficulty - Level 3
- Entry requirements - In order to achieve this qualification, you must be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.
- Minimum Enrolment Age - 16 years
- Credits - 58
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