Diploma in Adult Care, Level 3

Course Title: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care


    The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care is a course that has been specifically designed for learners who wish to develop the knowledge and skills needed to work in an adult care worker role, within a range of care settings.

  • Length of course: 12-24 months (1-2 years) 
  • Awarding Body: NCFE  
  • Start Date: Ongoing enrolment 
  • Application Deadline: 30th April 2022 
  • Mode of Delivery: Blended Learning 
  • Study Type: Self-Paced
  • Tuition Fee: This course is government funded.



The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care provides all students with the essential knowledge, understanding, and practical skills required to work in an adult care worker role in a range of care settings in the UK.

Throughout the course, students will cover a wide range of areas - including supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, helping with daily living needs, and a detailed understanding of health and social care procedures. In this way it can help students to either enter into the field of adult health care, or alternatively, if they are already in a caregiving position, to develop their skills further and increase their progression opportunities.

Course Requirements and Suitability

In order to be accepted onto the course you must:

  • • Be 18 or older
  • • Working or volunteering in a health care setting.

  • Enrolment Requirements

    To get enroled onto this course you must hold:

  • ☑ British passport/ EU Settlement Status Documentation or Leave to Remain Status
  • ☑ Academic qualification(s)
  • ☑ Proof of address

  • Furthermore, applicants must also supply the following depending on their employment status:

    Unemployed Employed (PAYE) Self-Employed
    Letter from DWP/Jobcentre Plus Latest Payslip/Employment contract HMRC ‘SA302’ Self-Assessment tax declaration
    Written confirmation or referral from DWP/Jobcentre Plus or similar. Class 2 National Insurance Contributions, VAT registration confirmation from HMRC


    Qualification Delivery

    The qualification is delivered online, through a combination of live classes and interactive webinars, which are supported with expert learning resources and an e-portfolio. Each student is assigned a personal assessor from our highly experienced faculty - along with dedicated tutors, assessors and IQAs. Online classes also give students the opportunity to discuss their studies with other learners whilst receiving advice, guidance, and support from an experienced healthcare professional.

    Level 3 Modules

    This level 3 qualification consists of the following 9 mandatory units. On completion of the units, students will have achieved a total of 28 credits:

    Unit No. Unit Title
    DHS1 Promote communication in care settings
    DHS2 Promote effective handling of information in care settings
    DHS3 Promote personal development in care settings
    DHS4 Promote person-centred approaches in care settings
    DHS5 Promote equality and inclusion in care settings
    DHS6 Promote health, safety and well-being in care settings
    DHS7 Responsibilities of a care worker
    DHS8 Duty of care in care settings
    DHS9 Safeguarding and protection in care settings

    Please note that learners will also have to complete a minimum of 30 credits from a range of optional modules.

Level 3 Assessments

The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care is assessed through a combination of the following range of methods:

•  Direct observation in the workplace
•  A Portfolio of evidence
•  Written assignments
•  Course related tasks

Progression Opportunities

Once students have completed the The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care Diploma, they can then 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 on to qualifications for management or lead practitioner roles in adult care, or to specialist qualifications reflecting the context in which they work.

Alternatively, learners will have the skills and qualifications they need to progress straight into employment in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, or select clinical healthcare settings, within job roles such as Senior Care Support Worker and Lead Personal Assistant.