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Start date: 01/10/2018 - SGS Filton
End date: 30/07/2019
Duration: Year 1
Course length: N/A
Code: 78028
Cost: N/A

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Level 3 Preparing to work in Adult Social Care

Full time course


This qualification is perfect for learners who would like to specialise in the Adult Social Care sector. With growing employment opportunities in the sector, this programme allows learners to acquire the knowledge of essential areas to be perfectly placed to gain employment

What will I learn?

Alongside informative work placements, this qualification covers the areas of communication, equality, diversity and inclusion, personal development, role of the social care worker, handling information, health and safety, safeguarding, duty of care and person-centred approaches. 

Maths & English

All learners must have a grade C or above in Maths and English to enrol on the level 3 programme. Functional Skills are embedded within the curriculum and learners are fully prepared for HEI entrance exams.


Learners who complete the Level 3 Certificate can progress to apprenticeships and employment within the HSC sector.

Learners who complete the Level 3 Extended Diploma can progress to study different types of nursing, midwifery, social work, youth work, radiography, paramedic science and youth work at HE level. Other HE routes include sociology, psychology and law.

Work experience

Learners will be required to attend placement in a real work environment to support their learning. The minimum required number of placement hours are:

  • Certificate: 75 hours
  • Extended Diploma: 175 hours (includes the 75 hours completed during the Certificate).

Additional qualifications

Opportunity to complete first aid and sign language qualifications.

What do I need to join?

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English or maths. An acceptable DBS clearance and academic reference. Applicants will also need to successfully pass a taster day and a 6-week probationary period.

How will I learn?

Students will have a mix of classroom and work-based learning, which will include presentations, role play, group work, practical activities, guest speakers and assignment work. Support will be provided online and face-to-face. There will be opportunities to visit care providers during the year.

How will I know how I am doing?

You will be continuously assessed through your assignment tasks. Assignments are set throughout the year, so you will know how well you are doing with regular one-to-one feedback from your tutor.

What can I do next?

Upon successful completion of the qualification, learners can continue their training in the workplace through apprenticeships or work-based learning programmes.  


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Dates & Costs

Level 3 Preparing to work in Adult Social Care

Start date: 01/10/2018
End date: 30/07/2019
Duration: Year 1
Code: 78028

Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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