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NCFE cache Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (Bishop Auckland College)

Delivered in partnership with Bishop Auckland College, this qualification develops the knowledge and skills needed when working in a lead adult care worker role in care settings. It covers a wide range of areas including supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and health and social care procedures. This qualification also aligns to the Apprenticeship Standard for Lead Adult Care Worker.

Who is it for

All those who wish to work or are working in a lead adult care worker role with adults in health and social care settings.

Entry requirements

You should be at least 19 years old.

You will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

This course can be provided fully funded for people who do not already possess a level 3 qualification, if you already have a level 3 qualification or higher you will need to pay for this course

Course delivery

Lessons and one-to-ones will be delivered through Microsoft Teams.

Lessons start on Mondays in January 2023 and take place during term time from 9.30am until 12.30pm each week.

Please note: You need to attend these sessions. This means your employer needs to allocate you this time to study.

Course assessment

The qualification will be assessed using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments, or a task.

Length of course

You can usually complete the qualification in 12-24 months.

Further study and career opportunities

You can progress to a Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care or a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care. You may also consider qualifications for management or lead practitioner roles in adult care, or to specialist qualifications reflecting the context in which they work.

You can apply also for employment in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres or some clinical healthcare settings within job roles such as Senior Care Support Worker and Lead Personal Assistant.


Eligible learners who do not have a level 3 qualification can complete this free of charge.

Employers can claim up to £800 through our Workforce Development Fund (WDF) on successful completion of this qualification.

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