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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care

Ref:
603/2618/9
Sector:
Health, Public Services and Care, Health and Social Care

Level
Level 3
Minimum entry age
16
GLH
399
TQT
580
Credit Value
58

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 covers a wide range of areas including supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and health and social care procedures. This qualification also aligns to the Apprenticeship Standard for Lead Adult Care Worker.

Who is it suitable for?

All those who wish to work or are working in a lead adult care worker role with adults in health and social care settings.

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 must achieve a total of 58 credits for the Diploma, with 35 of these credits being at Level 3 or above. All learners will need to complete the 9 mandatory units, thereby achieving a total of 28 credits. Learners will need to complete a minimum of 30 credits from the optional units.

How is it assessed?

The qualification will be assessed using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task.

How many credits are required to complete it?

58

How long will it take to complete this qualification?

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 related 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:
• Senior Care Support Worker
• Lead Personal Assistant.

Funding for our qualifications

Find out more about funding for this and other qualifications on our funding page.


Qualification Specification
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This qualification specification contains everything you need to know about this qualification and should be used by everyone involved in the planning, delivery and assessment.

Key Facts
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The Key Facts document details all of the important information you need to know about this qualification.

Learner Overview
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This document contains all the information learners need to know if they’re considering taking an Advanced Learner Loan to complete this qualification.

Care Certificate Mapping
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This document sets out how the Care Certificate maps across to other resources that are used within the health and social care sectors.

Skills for Care and Development Assessment Principles
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This document sets out the Skills for Care and Development Assessment Principles.

Skills for Health Assessment Principles
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This document sets out the Skills for Health Assessment Principles.

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Students will still need to prepare a portfolio of evidence. We encourage centres to review our guidance on the types of evidence, and evidence capture, that we permit including e.g. the use of video, photos and other digital means of demonstrating knowledge.

Students are still required to complete the work placement, but the focus should be on learning outcomes and evidencing competence.

These qualifications sit within an Apprenticeship Standard and have shared units/content across other Awarding Organisations which have been agreed by the relevant sector bodies; therefore it has not been possible to reduce the required Rule of Combination (or to remove any further learning outcomes/assessment criteria) as any changes in this area would largely impact on the integrity and purpose of the qualification.

The adaptation addendum document contains further information of how learning outcome / evidence of competence needs to be met either within the workplace or via alternative assessment methods.

Adaptations should also be applied in line with the ‘HSC, Early Years and Childcare - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance 2021’ document.

For further information please see the adaptation addendum document below.

AT 60326189 V1.0
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HSC, Early Years and Childcare - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance 2021 V2.0
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