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Health Social Care
Level 3

Diploma in Adult Care


16 weeks


Barking Campus - Barking Learning Centre




Adult 19+

If you have a passion for caring for others, this course could lead to a lifelong career in a number of healthcare settings, including; nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres or clinical healthcare settings.

On this course you will learn about supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and health and social care procedures.

With an ageing population, the demand for health and social care services is increasing, meaning there has never been a better time to pursue a career in this industry. The health and social care sector is incredibly rewarding, and allows you to have a real impact on people's lives.

This qualification is suitable if you are looking to work in a lead adult care worker role in a health and social care setting.

To achieve this qualification, you will complete the following mandatory units, and then either the lead or dementia pathway.

Mandatory Units:

  • Promote communication in care settings
  • Handling information in adult care
  • Promote own continuous personal and professional development
  • Person-centred practice, choice and independence
  • Understand how to promote personal wellbeing
  • Promote equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights in care settings
  • Promote health and safety in care settings
  • Support the health and wellbeing of individuals in a care setting
  • Scope and responsibilities of an adult care worker
  • Understand duty of care
  • Understand how to safeguard individuals
  • Understand mental capacity and restrictive practices
  • Infection prevention and control in a care setting

Lead Pathway:

  • Lead an effective team
  • Personal and professional behaviour in adult care
  • Facilitate assessment, planning implementation and review using person-centred and strengths-based approaches
  • Understand advance care planning
  • Administer medication to individuals and monitor effects

Dementia Pathway:

  • Provide support to individuals with Dementia
  • Support person-centred thinking, planning and review
  • Promote nutrition and hydration in adult care settings
  • Administer medication to individuals and monitor effects
  • Principles of advocacy

You will be working in a senior role (supervisor or manager), such as in medication or care planning. This will be an Adult Care setting and you will have already completed a Level 2 in Adult Care.

On successful completion of this course, you’ll have earned a NCFE CACHE Level 3 certificate which could also help you progress your career, or enter a new sector.

We offer a range of online courses for adult learners. See the full range of courses here.

Where it can lead to
Career progression

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.