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Covid Update

On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance advises:

  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to college when they no longer have a high temperature, and are well enough to attend.
  • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, we will no longer be able to order test kits .

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L3 Diploma Adult Care Level 3 | Diploma in Adult Care (England)

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The NEW Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care is a competence-based qualification which has been designed to meet the Skills for Care qualification criteria. City & Guilds conducted additional consultation with employers and assessment centres during the development of the qualification.

The qualification covers the knowledge and skills required to work in lead adult care worker roles, such as, support worker, home care workers and residential care worker in a range of settings, supporting individuals with different needs.

The qualification contains units which are competence based and knowledge based.

The diploma is a flexible qualification to suit different settings in the care sector. There is a strong emphasis on practical skills, as well as the underpinning theories which support your working practices. The qualification will take around 15 months to complete.

Candidates are required to complete their training within the workplace, where an assessor will visit them and support their progress through on-site assessment.

Benefits from studying with us include:

  • We focus on you
  • We are flexible and reliable
  • Competent assessors
  • Resources are provided
  • Bespoke packages to meet individual employers' requirements

This qualification is ideal for you if you are working in an adult care setting and wish to develop your skills and knowledge to a level which demonstrates that you are competent.

Delivery of the qualification can be flexible to meet your needs and assessment usually takes place in your place of work. The qualification has been endorsed by Skills for Care and has national recognition in England.

The Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (England) allows you to learn, develop and demonstrate the skills and knowledge required for employment and/or career progression in adult care within a role which has some autonomy, delegated responsibility or where there may be a need for supervision of others.

Learners can progress to the following qualifications providing they are in an appropriate job role:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care, or
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care, or the replacement for this qualification, the Level 5 Diploma in Leading and Managing an Adult Care Service

You will be provided with log in details to our Smart Assessor portal and assigned an assessor who will visit you within the work place throughout the year.

This course is eligible for the Free Courses For Jobs government scheme which is designed to offer a selection of level 3 qualifications to learners for free to eligible learners.

How will I learn?

The assessment of the qualification mostly takes place in your real work environment whilst you carry out the day-to-day activities of your job. This means that you can prove that you are working to a nationally recognised level at the same time as doing your job. You will be observed at work by an assessor who is competent in working in adult care. Your assessor may also use other assessment methods, such as professional discussion to assess your knowledge and confirm your skills.

Occasionally you may be asked to provide a

·         reflective account

·         complete a project

·         write an assignment

·         answer questions

 which can be assessed outside of your workplace

You will be provided with log in details to our Smart Assessor portal and assigned an assessor who will visit you within the work place throughout the year.

Entry Requirements

The Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care is a competence-based qualification, which means that it covers the knowledge and skills that are required to work in a particular job role in adult care. These could include domiciliary/home care worker, senior care assistant or senior support worker.

This means that you must be working in a role where you have some level of responsibility for or supervision of others or for leading on aspects of work within your work setting. You must also be working in excess of 16 hours per week.

Additional Information


This qualification consists of 15 mandatory units covering the required core knowledge and skills and a selection of optional specialisms which can be combined in flexible ways to reflect the real working context of different learners.

 The content of the mandatory units covers

·         person-centred approaches

·         communication

·         personal development

·         diversity

·         equality,

·         inclusion and human rights

·         choice and independence

·         handling information

·         duty of care

·         responsibilities of the role

·         ways of working

·         safeguarding

·         health and safety

·         infection prevention and control

·         personal wellbeing and wellbeing of individuals.

It also includes knowledge of mental capacity and restrictive practice.

Please be aware that some courses have fees that are payable on enrolment. This course is only free if a form of waiver or entitlement is applied, for example Free Courses For Jobs.

If you require financial support including payment plans, bursaries and advanced learner loans please visit the Money Management Service section of the website.

For more information on fees please view our Fees, Charges and Refunds Policy and our Download course information in PDF format

Dates and Enrolment for this course

Course information last updated: Friday 31st March 2023 @ 8.02am (1 day ago)

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AvailabilityCourses start at various times throughout the year. If you can't see a suitable date, please contact our
Customer experience team 0800 0567 253.

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Course fees explained

The course fee can usually be broken down to three components which are Materials (resources required to study the course, for example stationery, books and other equipment), Tuition (teaching, classroom etc) and Exams. Depending on age, financial circumstances and a number of other factors you could be asked to pay the full fee or just elements of it. Usually Learners under 19s studying Full-Time courses have just Material fee costs to pay, over 19s on Full-Time or Part-Time courses usually have materials, exams and tuition fees to pay. Find out more about Understanding Fees

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