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The Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care is an occupational  qualification for learners who work in Adult Care Settings  in England. The qualification is linked to the Lead Adult  Care Worker Trailblazer Apprenticeship and is applicable  to variety of roles, where workers have key responsibilities  for delivery of care and support and /or a level of  supervisory responsibility for others such as:
  • Lead Adult Care Worker
  • Lead Personal Assistant
  • Key Worker
  • Domiciliary Care Worker
  • Senior Care Assistant
  • Support Worker 

This qualification consists of mandatory units covering  core knowledge and skills competencies with optional  specialisms which can be are 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,  equality and inclusion, handling information, duty of care,  responsibilities of the role, safeguarding, and, health,  safety and wellbeing.

The optional units are designed to meet the requirements  of a range of Adult Care services and to support the  delivery of the Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship  Standard. 

Unit 366 Knowledge, skills and behaviour expected of a  lead adult care worker will be particularly useful for those  learners completing this qualification as part of an  apprenticeship.

This qualification allows candidates 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 City & Guilds level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (4222‐34) or the City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management in Adult Care (3080‐50) providing they are in an appropriate job role. Opportunities may also be available to progress to an  apprenticeships for the Lead Practitioner In Adult Care or  Leader in Adult Care, or to higher education programmes, providing all entry requirements are met.  

Structure
To achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care learners must achieve a minimum of 58 credits.
28 Credits must be taken from the mandatory group A   
A minimum of 30 credits must be taken from optional groups B, C and D.   
A minimum of 12 credits must be taken from group B.   
A maximum of 8 credits can be taken from group D.   
There is no minimum requirement for credit to be taken from groups C and D.   
Note that the following units are barred combinations:   
  • Unit 245 is barred with unit 338 
  • Unit 310 is barred with unit 313 
  • Unit 313 is barred with unit 310 
  • Unit 319 is barred with unit 320 
  • Unit 320 is barred with unit 319 
  • Unit 321 is barred with unit 322 
  • Unit 322 is barred with unit 321 
  • Unit 338 is barred with unit 245   
  • Unit 343 is barred with unit 344 
  • Unit 344 is barred with unit 343

GROUP A mandatory units

28 Credits must be taken from the mandatory group A

Unit 201 Safeguarding and protection in care settings 3

Unit 202 Responsibilities of a care worker 2

Unit 301 Promote personal development in care settings 3

Unit 302 Promote health, safety and wellbeing in care settings 6

Unit 303 Promote communication in care settings 3

Unit 304 Promote effective handling of information in care settings 2

Unit 305 Duty of care in care settings 1

Unit 306 Promote equality and inclusion in care settings 2

Unit 307 Promote person‐centred approaches in care settings 6

 GROUP B optional units

You must take at least 12 credits from this goup. 

Unit 310 Work with individuals who have specific communication needs 4


Unit 313 Promote effective communication with individuals with sensory loss 4


Unit 314 Undertake physiological measurements 3


Unit 315 Communicate with individuals about promoting their health and  wellbeing 3


Unit 316 Assist and support individuals to use alternative and augmentative  communication systems(AAC) 5


Unit 318 Coordinate the progress of individuals through care pathways 4


Unit 319 Understand person‐centred thinking and planning 3


Unit 320 Facilitate person centred assessment, planning, implementation and  review 3


Unit 321 Positive behaviour support in adult care 4


Unit 322 Promote positive behaviour 6


Unit 323 Enable individuals to develop strategies to manage their behaviour 8


Unit 324 Support positive risk taking for individuals 4


Unit 325 Support individuals during a period of change 4


Unit 328 Implement therapeutic group activities 4


Unit 329 Support individuals to access and use services and facilities 4


Unit 330 Support individuals to manage their finances 3


Unit 331 Provide information and advice to individuals on eating to maintain optimum nutritional status 5


Unit 332 Monitor and review individuals progress in relation to maintaining  optimum nutritional status 3


Unit 333 Administer oral nutritional products to individuals 4


Unit 334 Support the spiritual wellbeing of individuals 3


Unit 335 Assist in the implementation of programmes to increase mobility,  movement and functional independence 4


Unit 336 Enable individuals to negotiate environments 5


Unit 337 Support individuals to maintain stoma care 4


Unit 338 Support urinary continence management and catheter care in health and care settings 4


Unit 339 Work in partnership with families to support individuals 4


Unit 340 Support individuals to access housing and accommodation services 4


Unit 341 Support individuals to live at home 4


Unit 342 Supporting infection prevention and control in adult care 2


Unit 343 Support use of medication in adult care 4


Unit 344 Administer medication to individuals and monitor the effects 5


Unit 345 Obtaining and testing capillary blood samples in care settings 4


Unit 346 Prepare for and carry out extended feeding techniques 4


Unit 347 Obtain venous blood samples 3


Unit 348 Perform routine Electrocardiograph (ECG) Procedures 4


Unit 349 Undertake treatments and dressings of lesions and wounds 4


Unit 350 Support the assessment of individuals with sensory loss 3


Unit 351 Assist in the administration of oxygen 5


Unit 352 Undertake tissue viability risk assessments 3


Unit 354 Work with other professionals and agencies to support individuals with physical disability 3


Unit 355 Support individuals with multiple conditions and/or disabilities 3


Unit 356 Prepare to support individuals within a shared lives arrangement 4


Unit 357 Provide support for individuals within a shared lives arrangement 4


Unit 358 Promote active support 3


Unit 359 Support individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare 3


Unit 360 Support individuals with self‐directed support 5


Unit 361 Support individuals with cognition or learning difficulties 5


Unit 364 End of life and dementia care 2


Unit 365 Facilitate and monitor housing and accommodation services to support individuals with mental health needs 5


Unit 366 Knowledge, skills and behaviour expected of a lead adult care worker 3


Unit 372 Support individuals who are bereaved 4


Unit 373 Supporting individuals with loss and grief before death 2


Unit 374 Managing symptoms in end of life care 4


Unit 375 Recognise when substance misuse is indicated and refer individuals to specialists 4


Unit 376 Support individuals who are substance users 7


Unit 377 Carry out comprehensive substance misuse assessment 5


Unit 378 Supply and exchange injecting equipment for individuals 3


Unit 379 Supporting individuals using technologies in health and care settings 3


Unit 381 Interact with and support individuals using telecommunications 3


Unit 386 Coordination of activity provision in adult care 4


Unit 387 Contribute to effective team working in health and social care 3 


Unit 401 Promote the physical health of individuals with mental health needs 5


Unit 402 Support individuals to access education, training or employment 4


Unit 403 Support individuals to access and manage direct payments 4


Unit 404 Support individuals to manage dysphagia 5


Unit 405 Enable individuals with mental health problems to develop alternative coping strategies 4

 GROUP C optional units

There is no minimum in group c

Unit 267  Understanding advocacy  2

Unit 309  Understand mental health problems 3

Unit 312 Understand sensory loss 3

Unit 353 Understand physical disability 2

Unit 362 Understand long term conditions and frailty 3

Unit 363 Understand the process and experience of dementia 3

Unit 367 Understand the impact of Acquired Brain Injury on individuals 3

Unit 368 Understand Stroke Care Management 4

Unit 371 Diabetes Awareness 3

Unit 380 Understand Advance Care Planning 3 

Unit 385 Understand how to provide support when working in end of life care 4

 

 GROUP D optional units

A maximum of 8 credits can be taken from group D there is no minimum

Unit 213 Support independence in the tasks of daily living 2


Unit 220 Contribute to monitoring the health of individuals affected by health conditions 2


Unit 221 Principles of Health Promotion 2


Unit 228 Support individuals to eat and drink 2


Unit 231 Contribute to the care of a deceased person 3


Unit 232 Undertake agreed pressure area care 4


Unit 237 Support individuals to carry out their own health care procedures 2


Unit 240 Provide support for leisure activities 3


Unit 241 Support individuals to meet personal care needs 2


Unit 244 Move and position individuals in accordance with their care plan 4


Unit 245 Support individuals to manage continence 3


Unit 246 Obtain and test specimens from individuals 2


Unit 247 Prepare individuals for healthcare activities 2


Unit 249 Provide support to manage pain and discomfort 2


Unit 270 Contribute to supporting group care activities 3


Unit 273 Safe practice when visiting individuals in their home 2


Unit 276 Understand and implement a person centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia 3


Unit 277 Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities 2

Pricing

Co-invested rate as part of an Apprenticeship £2,300.00+vat
Advanced learner loan £1,999.00+vat
Commercial rate £1,700.00 +vat (payment terms available over 10 x installments)
Please check for discounts and availability