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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care

Health, Public Services and Care, Health and Social Care
Registration and Certification Fee

Level 3
Minimum entry age
Credit Value

About this qualification

This qualification develops the knowledge and skills needed when working in care settings. It contains both mandatory and optional units allowing learners to tailor 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 designed for those who wish to work or are already working in health and social care settings in England.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry is at the discretion of the centre, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. However, learners should be aged 16 or above to undertake this qualification.

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 achieved at level 3 or above.

How is it assessed?

This qualification is internally assessed and externally quality assured via a portfolio of evidence.

How many credits are required to complete it?

58 credits

How long will it take to complete this qualification?

Learners can usually complete the qualification in 12 to 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 need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

• Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care
• Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care
• Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England)

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

• lead adult care worker
• senior care support worker
• lead personal assistant

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