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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 and reside in County Durham.

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 but earn less than £20,319 per year you may still be eligible for support. 

Course delivery

There are eight face to face training days held at Bishop Auckland College, Woodhouse Lane, Bishop Auckland DL14 6JZ.

You must attend all of these sessions.

Wednesday17 April 2024  10.00am to 2.30pm
Wednesday15 May 202410.00am to 2.30pm
Wednesday19 June 2024  10.00am to 2.30pm
Wednesday11 September 2024  10.00am to 2.30pm
Wednesday16 October 202410.00am to 2.30pm
Wednesday13 November 2024  10.00am to 2.30pm
Wednesday11 December 2024  10.00am to 2.30pm
Wednesday8 January 2025 10.00am to 2.30pm

Please note: Your employer will be required to sign an agreement which confirms that they will release you from your role to attend. 

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 12-18 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.

You may also be entitled to funding if you earn less than £20,319 per year.

Other options include applying for advanced learner loans.

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

How to book

To request a place on this course please complete Level 3 Diploma in Adult Social Care Form Bishop Auckland College


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  • Durham County Council
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  • Spennymoor
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
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