Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care

Skills for Care Endorsed Provider


The Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF) is designed to demonstrate the learner’s knowledge and understanding of what is involved in the delivery of high quality care and support.

It recognises the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to demonstrate effective communication, values and behaviours, health and safety, personal development and the responsibilities of self and others, including safeguarding. It could also be used as CPD for experienced and specialist supervisory staff in adult care seeking a qualification to recognise their competence.

If you feel your role is not in a supervisory capacity you could choose the Level 2 Diploma in Care.

Qualification No. Level Credit Value Awarding Organisation
610/0209/4 2 58
Skillfirst Awards

Qualification Overview

Learners for this qualification will work in adult social care and have responsibility for providing person-centred, values-driven care and support for those accessing the service.

They will work under the direction of their manager or supervisor, but will have a degree of autonomy. Learners would be expected to have met the standards of the Care Certificate as part of their induction programme. As well as demonstrating best practice, they will be working towards promoting and modelling it. Learners may or may not have supervisory responsibility for others.

A minimum total of 58 credits must be achieved to gain the qualification as follows:

Group M – 39 credits
Group O – 19 credits

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are 391
Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 580

Group M - Mandatory Units

Unit AO Ref. Title Level Credits
M/650/0705 ACS1 Ways of working in care settings 3 3
R/650/0706 ACS2 Safeguarding in care settings 3 4
T/650/0707 ACS3 Mental capacity and restrictive practice in care settings 3 2
Y/650/0708 ACS4 Duty of care in care settings 3 2
A/650/0709 ACS5 Promote effective communication in care settings 3 4
H/650/0710 ACS6 Handling information in care settings 3 2
J/650/0711 ACS7 Promote person-centred practice in care settings 3 3
/650/0712 ACS8 Promote choice and independence in care settings 3 2
L/650/0713 ACS9 Promote health and well-being in care settings 3 3
M/650/0714 ACS10 Promote equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights in care settings 3 3
R/650/0715 ACS11 Promote health, safety and security in care settings 3 4
T/650/0716 ACS12 Promote Infection prevention and control in care settings 3 2
Y/650/0717 ACS13 Promote continuing personal development in care settings 3 3
A/650/0718 ACS14 Promote personal well-being in care settings 3 2

Group O - Optional Units

Unit AO Ref. Title Level Credits
T/601/5317 LD310 Understand how to support individuals with autistic spectrum conditions 3 3
F/615/4480 DEM301R Understand the process and experience of dementia 3 3
A/503/8085 ELC1 Understand how to work in end of life care 2 3
Y/601/6167 PDOP33 Understand the impact of acquired brain injury on individuals 3 3
H/601/3451 SSOP24 Contribute to supporting individuals in the use of assistive technology 2 3
K/601/3483 SSOP32 Promote effective communication with individuals with sensory loss 3 4

Topics Covered

The Level 3 diploma adult care optional units include the following areas relating to working in adult social care:

Austistic Spectrum Conditions.


End of life care.

Acquired Brain Injury.

Assistive technology.

Sensory loss.


Delivered and accessed online via EdgeWorks™ Care Academy

1 round of marking and invigilation

VTCT (Skillsfirst) qualification certificate upon successful completion

Online candidate support

Learner records archived for future tracking and reporting


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