Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care

Sector: Health, Public Services and Care, Health and Social Care
What does this qualification cover?

This qualification develops the knowledge and skills needed when working in a lead adult care worker role in care settings. It contains both mandatory and optional units allowing learners to tailor their the qualification to meet their needs, interests, preferred progression paths and the context of their job role.

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is suited for those who wish to work or are already working in health and social care settings in England.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners should be at least 16 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.

How is this qualification structured?

Learners are required to successfully achieve 39 credits from the mandatory units and a minimum of 19 credits from the optional units. at least 35 credits must be achieve at the level 3 or above.

How many credits are required to complete it?


Experience in a real work environment

Learners will be required to attend placement in a real work environment to support their learning. The minimum required number of placement hours are 75 hours.

Entry requirements of Higher Education Institutions may specify the need for more work experience.

What are some examples of suitable work placement settings for learners?

Placement is a crucial element of the learner's journey. Listed below are some examples of appropriate settings which could support learners:

  • Adult Residential Care Home
  • Nursing Home
  • Day Centre
  • Children's Centre
  • Health Centre
  • Supported/Sheltered
  • Accommodation
  • Domiciliary/Community care
  • Respite Care
  • Residential Schools
  • Assessment Centre
  • Special Schools
  • Hospital
  • Specialised Voluntary Groups
How long it takes to complete?

Learners can usually complete the qualification in 12–24 months.

Do you need to be working to take this qualification?

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as they will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills

What qualifications can you progress to?

Learners can progress to the Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care or the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care. Learners may also progress onto qualifications for management or lead practitioner roles in adult care, or to specialist qualifications reflecting the context in which they work.

Career opportunities

Learners can progress into employment in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres or some clinical healthcare settings within job roles such as:

  • Lead adult crea worker
  • Senior Care Support Worker
  • Lead Personal Assistant.