Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care

The Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care is designed for those who have a wealth of experience in Adult Care and are looking to develop their careers in a specialist or senior role.

Course Overview

The Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care is designed for those who have a wealth of experience in Adult Care and are looking to develop their careers in a specialist or senior role. 

About this course

Learners will promote, enhance and champion service provision to colleagues, other professionals and the wider society.

Learners will develop an in-depth awareness of the scope of Adult Care, the roles and responsibilities that extend the foundations to enhance career prospects as a Lead Adult Care Worker.

Developing sufficient depth of knowledge, skills and behaviours relating to the: roles and responsibilities, legal frameworks, codes of conduct and best practice within Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Equality, Personalisation, Care Planning, Safeguarding Principles and Practices, Risk Assessments, Capacity, Advocacy, Service Delivery, alongside an enhanced understanding and application of the 6Cs that is used to develop others.

Learners will promote effective and appropriate practices and services from colleagues, wider professionals that ensure effective and professional service delivery.

Learners develop in-depth knowledge, skills and behaviours to apply or sustain a productive career supporting and developing colleagues in a variety of settings including residential, nursing, domiciliary, day care and clinical settings. Working with colleagues and individuals with various needs, abilities and conditions. Many Lead Adult Care Workers progress their careers into senior roles and nursing.

To achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care learners must achieve 58 credits of which 28 are mandatory the remaining 30 credits to be chosen from allocated roles and responsibilities

Unit typeUnit titleCreditUnit type
MandatoryDuty of care in care settings1Knowledge
MandatorySafeguarding and protection in care settings3Competence
MandatoryPromote communication in care settings3Competence
MandatoryPromote effective handling of information in care settings2Competence
MandatoryPromote personal development in care settings3Competence
MandatoryPromote person-centred approaches in care settings6Competence
MandatoryPromote equality and inclusion in care settings2Competence
MandatoryPromote health, safety and well-being in care settings6Competence
MandatoryResponsibilities of a care worker2Competence
OptionalPrinciples of advocacy4Knowledge
OptionalUnderstand how to support individuals to access and engage in education, training and employment (ETE)3Knowledge
OptionalAwareness of the Mental Capacity Act 20053Knowledge
OptionalUnderstand personalisation in adult care3Knowledge
OptionalUnderstand how to support individuals with foot care3Knowledge
OptionalUnderstand the impact of acquired brain injury on individuals3Knowledge
OptionalUnderstand how to support individuals with autism spectrum condition (ASC)3Knowledge
OptionalDementia awareness2Knowledge
OptionalUnderstand the process and experience of dementia3Knowledge
OptionalDiabetes awareness3Knowledge
OptionalEnd of life care7Knowledge
OptionalUnderstand advance care planning3Knowledge
OptionalPrinciples of supporting individuals with a learning disability regarding sexuality and sexual health3Knowledge
OptionalUnderstand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities4Knowledge
OptionalUnderstand mental health problems3Knowledge
OptionalUnderstand sensory loss3Knowledge
OptionalThe principles of infection prevention and control3Knowledge
OptionalCauses and spread of infection2Knowledge
OptionalCleaning, decontamination and waste management2Knowledge
OptionalCo-ordinate activity provision in adult social care4Competence
OptionalCo-ordinate the use of assistive living technology4Competence
OptionalPromote continence management4Competence
OptionalFacilitate learning and development activities to meet individual needs and preferences5Competence
OptionalManaging pain and discomfort3Competence
OptionalPromote nutrition and hydration in adult care settings4Competence
OptionalImplement positive behaviour support6Competence
OptionalDevelop, implement and review reablement plans4Competence
OptionalSupport individuals to retain, regain and develop skills for everyday life4Competence
OptionalProvide agreed support for foot care3Competence
OptionalProvide support to individuals to continue recommended therapies3Competence
OptionalMove and position individuals in accordance with their care plan4Competence
OptionalSupport individuals to access and use services and facilities4Competence
OptionalSupport independence in the tasks of daily living5Competence
OptionalWork in partnership with families to support individuals3Competence
OptionalImplement therapeutic group activities4Competence
OptionalSupport individuals to live at home4Competence
OptionalSupport individuals during a period of change4Competence
OptionalSupport individuals to access and manage direct payments4Competence
OptionalSupport individuals to access housing and accommodation services4Competence
OptionalSupport individuals to prepare for and settle in to new home environments3Competence
OptionalSupport the spiritual well-being of individuals3Competence
OptionalProvide support for sleep2Competence
OptionalSupport individuals with specific communication needs5Competence
OptionalSupport carers to meet the care needs of individuals4Competence
OptionalCollaborate in the assessment of environmental and social support in the community4Competence
OptionalProvide support for mobility2Competence
OptionalSupport positive risk-taking for individuals4Competence
OptionalSupport person-centred thinking, planning and review4Competence
OptionalFacilitate person-centred assessment, planning, implementation and review6Competence
OptionalSupport families who care for individuals with acquired brain injury3Competence
OptionalSupport individuals with autism spectrum condition (ASC)4Competence
OptionalProvide support to individuals with dementia4Competence
OptionalSupport individuals with diabetes6Competence
OptionalCare for the elderly2Competence
OptionalSupport individuals at the end of life6Competence
OptionalSupport individuals who are bereaved4Competence
OptionalSupport individuals with learning disabilities to access healthcare3Competence
OptionalPromote mental well-being and mental health3Competence
OptionalSupport individuals with multiple conditions and/or disabilities4Competence
OptionalSupport individuals with Parkinson’s disease3Competence
OptionalSupport the assessment of individuals with sensory loss3Competence
OptionalPromote stroke care management4Competence
OptionalCarry out assessments to identify the needs of substance users5Competence
OptionalSupport individuals who are substance users5Competence
OptionalTest for substance use5Competence
OptionalRecognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists4Competence
OptionalUndertake research in adult care8Competence
OptionalUndertake physiological measurements3Competence
OptionalUndertake personal hygiene activities with individuals3Competence
OptionalObtain venous blood samples3Competence
OptionalObtain and test capillary blood samples4Competence
OptionalUndertake agreed pressure area care4Competence
OptionalAdminister medication to individuals and monitor the effects5Competence
OptionalUnderstand the administration of medication3Competence
OptionalLead learning and development in adult care4Competence
OptionalMentoring in adult care4Competence
OptionalPersonal and professional behaviour in adult care3Competence
OptionalContribute to quality assurance in adult care3Competence
OptionalManage resources in adult care3Competence
OptionalLead an effective team3Competence
OptionalSupport individuals to meet personal care needs2Competence

Competence – comprises of knowledge, skills and behaviours developed within the workplace and observed to ensure consistent application of knowledge, skills and behaviours in practice. Knowledge – assessed on apprentice’s ability to demonstrate apprehension and understanding All assignment submissions from Adult Care Workers will be graded on a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Referral

9 – 12 months.

Learners must be employed within a role, working towards, being developed or on a placement that allows for opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours in areas that include:

  • Support and work within individuals care / support plan to provide personal goals and aspirations within the care / support plan
  • Take the initiative when working outside normal duties and responsibilities
  • Supporting individuals to remain safe from harm
  • Recognise and access help when they are not confident or skilled in any aspect of the role that they are undertaking
  • Implement or facilitate specialist assessment of social, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals with cognitive, sensory and physical impairments
  • Contribute to the development and ongoing review of care/support plans
  • Ensure active participation and agreement in the way their care and support is delivered
  • Lead and support colleagues to understand how to establish informed consent
  • Guide, mentor and contribute to the development of colleagues in the execution of their duties
  • Championing health and wellbeing of colleagues and individuals they support
  • Developing risk assessments and contributing to care plans
  • Demonstrate and promote to other workers excellent communication skills and understanding to individuals, their families, carers and professionals
  • Working professionally, taking the initiative to develop self, colleagues and others within the organisation
  • Demonstrating continuous professional development of self and others through supervision and or mentoring in the workplace
  • Research and cascade specialist information to others regarding specific conditions and needs of individuals being supported
  • Team and partnership working
  • Contribute to robust recruitment and induction processes

Delivery will be based on a mix of blended learning for the practical elements which includes:

  • Tutor taught delivery
  • One to one tutorial
  • Virtual learning
  • eLearning
  • Distance Learning
  • Directed and self-directed study
  • Mentoring
  • Peer Support
  • Workplace experience
  • Formal Reviews
  • Supervisions
  • Reflective Practice
  • Team Meetings
  • Shadowing


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