Guided Learning Hours:
437 Minimum Hours
NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care
This qualification develops the knowledge and skills needed when working
in care settings. It contains both mandatory and optional units allowing
learners to tailor the qualification to meet their needs, interests, preferred
progression paths and the context of their job role.
The qualification covers a wide range of areas which includes units
• aspects of support
• clinical skills or healthcare tasks
• leadership and management skills
It is aimed at all those who wish to work or are already working in health
and social care settings in England.
Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement,
as they need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.
To be awarded this qualification, learners are required to successfully achieve 58 credits: 39 credits
from the mandatory units and a minimum of 19 credits from the optional units. At least 35 credits
must be achieved at level 3 or above.
Please refer to the list of units in appendix A or the unit summaries in section 2 for further information.
To achieve this qualification, learners must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all learning
outcomes of the units as detailed in this qualification specification. A partial certificate may be requested
for learners who do not achieve their full qualification but have achieved at least one whole unit.
Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to the following:
o lead adult care worker
o senior care support worker
o lead personal assistant
• further education:
o Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care
o Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care
o Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s
• higher education
How the qualification is assessed:
Assessment is the process of measuring a learner’s skill, knowledge and understanding against the
standards set in a qualification.
This qualification is internally assessed and externally quality assured.
The assessment consists of one component:
• an internally assessed portfolio of evidence which is assessed by centre staff and externally quality
assured by NCFE (internal quality assurance (IQA) must still be completed by the centre as usual)
Learners must be successful in this component to gain the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care.
This qualification must be assessed in line with Skills for Care and Development assessment principles.
The Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care is a competence-based qualification.
A competence-based qualification may be based on national occupational standards (NOS) and is a jobready qualification which requires learners to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to work in a
specific industry. A competence-based qualification must be assessed in the workplace or in a RWE in accordance with the relevant assessment principles. For further information on the principles, please visit
the qualifications page on the NCFE website.
Learners who are not successful can resubmit work within the registration period; however, a charge may apply.
All the evidence generated by the learner will be assessed against the standards expected of a level 3 learner for each learning outcome.