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City & Guilds Level 3 RQF (NVQ) Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adult Care 3096)

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (610/0789/4)

This is one of our most popular Social Care qualifications. The Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care is an occupational qualification for learners who work within Adult Care settings. The qualification is for workers who have key responsibilities for delivery of care.

This can be credited towards an access to nursing course in most universities.

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This qualification provides an excellent platform for those learners who are working in care settings or working in service users own homes. The Level 3 is a possible progression route for learners moving into supervisory or management roles.

Therefore this qualification would suit the following groups of people:

  •  Lead Adult Care Worker
  •  Lead Personal Assistant
  •  Key Worker
  •  Domiciliary Care Worker
  •  Senior Care Assistant
  •  Support Worker.

This qualification may also suit personal assistants for individuals or the families of those individuals who employ them directly under management supervision. 

Options available for this qualification

There are 2 ‘pathways’ available to you depending on the environment in which you work.

Generic or Clinical - your assessor will support you in choosing the most appropriate units.

To achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care learners must achieve a minimum of 58 credits.

39 credits must be taken from the mandatory units.

  • A minimum of 19 credits must be taken from optional units in groups A and B.
  • A minimum of 9 credits from the knowledge only units in group B.
  • A maximum of 9 credits from the Level 2 units.

How will the qualifications be assessed?

You will build up a portfolio of evidence. This will be in the form of written statements or ‘Reflective Accounts’ along with supporting work products that you have produced.

An assessor will visit you in the workplace at some point and undertake observations of you at work. These will be planned in advance in order to cause minimum disruption to your work routine and to try to capture as much information as possible in one visit.

You may also supply witness testimonies or statements from third parties with whom you work. This may include supervisors or a line manager or other suitably qualified individuals. They need to understand your job role and the standards you have to meet in order to obtain this level of qualification.


On average, most learners will complete in 8 months. Some learners may take less depending on their personal circumstances and how much time they have to dedicate to the course. We will work at a pace that suits you. You will have full uncapped support for 12 months.

What are the progression routes?

On successful completion of this award, you may progress onto the Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) and other short courses in the social care sector (Subject to support by management or in a management role)

Further Information

Entry Requirements:
You must be in employment in a care setting. This can be full, part-time or in a voluntary capacity.

Age restrictions

The level 3 Diploma is not approved for those who are under the age of 16.


The cost of the course is £1245.00+VAT. An observation fee is also payable subject to your location. Should you wish to pay in full by card please use code PIF10 for 10% off or call +44 (0)1472 240112. Interest-free payment plans are available to suit all budgets with no credit checks.


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What is RQF?

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (RQF Regulated Qualification Framework) is the way of recognising achievement through the awarding of credits for qualifications and individual units.
It aims to provide a more flexible route to gaining qualifications and enables progression to be achieved in smaller steps through the accumulation of credit.

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