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Introduction to the course

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. It is 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.

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement, as they need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

DHS 1 Promote communication in care settings

DHS 2 Promote effective handling of information in care settings

DHS 3 Promote personal development in care settings

DHS 4 Promote person-centred approaches in care settings

DHS 5 Promote equality and inclusion in care settings

DHS 6 Promote health, safety & wellbeing in care settings

DHS 7 Responsibilities of a care worker

DHS 8 Duty of care in settings

DHS 9 Safeguarding and protection in care settings

HSC AS 2 Co-ordinate activity provision in adult social care

HSC AS 5 Co-ordinate use of assistive living technology

HSC AS 12 Managing pain and discomfort

HSC AS 17 Implement positive behaviour support

HSC AS 23 Support person-centred thinking, planning and review

HSC S 22 Support individuals with multiple conditions and/or disabilities

DHS 10 The principles of infection prevention and control

DHS 11 Causes and spread of infection

The units are a mixture of both knowledge and skills and are assessed both in the college environment as well as in a work setting. 

What do I need?

Learners must be aged 16 or over and although NCFE/CACHE do not set specific entry requirements for the L3 programme, all learners are interviewed and complete the BKSB basic skills test in mathematics and English prior to ensure that this is the appropriate programme for them.

It is advisable that you have a minimum of L1 in FS English & Maths or hold a GCSE 3 or above in English Language as you will be expected to support settings with report writing and providing legible information. If learners have not already achieved qualifications in English and Maths, Level 2 Functional skills in English and Maths can also be taken.

How is the course taught?

A wide range of strategies to check learning and ensure that the industry standards required for practice in the Healthcare sector are fully embedded and will include evidence from:

  • written work completed in lessons or at home

  • CACHE/NCFE assignment tasks

  • targeted questions in lessons

  • group discussion and presentations

  • 1:1 discussion as appropriate

  • reports from work placement providers and internal assessment of professional practice 

How will I be 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. A wide range of formative and summative assessment methods will be used to check and confirm learning and understanding.

Summative assessment is directly linked to the NCFE/CACHE standards which themselves are drawn from the National Occupational Qualifications for Health care professionals. These will include the:

  • written work completed in lessons or at home

  • assignment tasks

  •  reports from work placement providers and internal assessors of professional practice

  • targeted questions in lessons

  • group discussion and presentations

  • 1:1 support as appropriate

This qualification is supported by Skills for Care allowing learners who successfully complete the course to apply to achieve the Care Certificate required to work in this sector. 

What does it lead to?

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 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.

The Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care qualification does not hold UCAS points. 


Course Details

Location Start Date - End Date - Study Mode
Tottenham Centre 1 Sep 2020 - 3 Jul 2021 - Daytime

Course Code: DP3MADC1 / 20DA11A

Information on course fees

If you are aged 16 - 18:
Courses are free up to Level 3

If you are over 18, fees may apply:
If you are over 18, fees may apply. Click here for information on financial help available to you.

If you are aged 24+ click here for information on financial help available to you. This course is eligible for a loan.

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Enfield Centre 1 Sep 2020 - 3 Jul 2021 - Daytime

Course Code: DP3MADC1 / 20DA11Z

Information on course fees

If you are aged 16 - 18:
Courses are free up to Level 3

If you are over 18, fees may apply:
If you are over 18, fees may apply. Click here for information on financial help available to you.

If you are aged 24+ click here for information on financial help available to you. This course is eligible for a loan.

Information on how to apply
Apply Now!

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