NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care

Our Adult Care course is the most up-to-date version of CACHE’s Health and Social Care Level 3 qualification.



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Study method
Distance learning, self-paced
350 hours
Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)
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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.


Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)


Study Hours

The guided learning hours to read and understand all your course materials on this course is up to 350.

Study Method

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.

Course Duration

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

Course Outcomes

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.

Additional Information

  • 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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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 ABC Awards and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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