ACD3 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

Qualification summary

The Level 3 Diploma in Adult care (RQF) sets out the minimum requirements for a qualification that develops and confirms the competence of those who work in health and adult care services in England.

The titling of each unit within the qualification mirrors the Skills for Care performance requirements listed in the agreed specification whilst the skills and knowledge requirements listed are all included within the unit content.

Learners for this qualification will work in adult social care and have responsibility for providing person-centred, values-driven care and support for those accessing the service. They will work under the direction of their manager or supervisor, but will have a degree of autonomy. Learners would be expected to have met the standards of the Care Certificate as part of their induction programme. As well as demonstrating best practice, they will be working towards promoting and modelling it. Learners may or may not have supervisory responsibility for others.

This qualification recognises the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to demonstrate effective communication, values and behaviours, health and safety, personal development and the responsibilities of self and others, including safeguarding. It could also be used as CPD for experienced and specialist supervisory staff in adult care seeking a qualification to recognise their competence.

If you feel your role is not in a supervisory capacity you could choose the VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 2 Diploma in Care  (RQF)

It is anticipated that learners will progress to Level 4 or even Level 5 qualifications for management or senior practitioner roles in Health and Social Care, or to specialist qualifications reflecting the context in which they work.

Whilst this qualification is integrated into the Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship Standard, the qualification may also be undertaken outside the Apprenticeship. This could be for learners who do not meet the age or qualification requirements for a full Apprenticeship, or who wish to use the qualification for CPD, to re-skill, or other development activities.

This qualification does not require you to have any prior qualifications or levels of previous learning.

It is supported nationwide by employers. For a list of the training providers and colleges who deliver this qualification in your area please contact our customer services team.

VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF) Handbook

Qualification structure

Learners need to complete a minimum of 58 credits to achieve this qualification.

All units must be achieved from Group M and a minimum of 19 credits from Group O.

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are 391

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 580

Qualification numberQualification reference
ACD3 610/0209/4 

Group M – mandatory units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleLevelCredit value
M/650/0705ACS1Ways of working in care settings33
R/650/0706ACS2Safeguarding in care settings34
T/650/0707ACS3Mental capacity and restrictive practice in care settings32
Y/650/0708ACS4Duty of care in care settings32
A/650/0709ACS5Promote effective communication in care settings34
H/650/0710ACS6Handling information in care settings32
J/650/0711ACS7Promote person-centred practice in care settings33
K/650/0712ACS8Promote choice and independence in care settings32
L/650/0713ACS9Promote health and well-being in care settings33
M/650/0714ACS10Promote equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights in care settings33
R/650/0715ACS11Promote health, safety and security in care settings34
T/650/0716ACS12Promote infection prevention and control in care settings32
Y/650/0717ACS13Promote continuing personal development in care setting33
A/650/0718ACS14Promote personal well-being in care settings32

Group O – optional units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleLevelCredit value
M/502/3146ADV301Purpose and principles of independent advocacy34
M/601/0648ASM1Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists34
R/601/3526ASM24Develop and sustain effective working relationships with staff in other agencies34
Y/501/0598ASM34Administer medication to individuals and monitor the effects35
K/617/1788ACCA32Regulatory processes for adult care53
R/602/2677CH31Undertake stoma care34
J/602/3101CH33Undertake treatments and dressings of lesions and wounds34
J/602/4006CH47Administer oral nutritional products to individuals35
R/602/4011CH60Support carers to meet the care needs of individuals35
J/602/0103CMH302Understand mental health problems33
L/505/1147DA4Understand the treatment and management of diabetes25
F/615/4480DEM301RUnderstand the process and experience of dementia33
T/601/9187DEM302Understand and meet the nutritional requirements of individuals with dementia33
A/601/9191DEM304Enable rights and choices of individuals with dementia whilst minimising risks34
Y/6014693DEM312Understand and enable interaction and communication with individuals who have dementia34
F/601/4686DEM313Equality, diversity, and inclusion in dementia care practice34
A/503/8085ELC1Understand how to work in end-of-life care23
H/505/1980ELC2Understand the role of the care worker in time of death23
D/601/9023HSC2001Provide support for therapy sessions22
K/601/9025HSC2003Provide support to manage pain and discomfort22
R/601/8663HSC2017Provide agreed support for foot care23
L/601/8028HSC3003Provide support to maintain and develop skills for everyday life34
F/601/7927HSC3013Support individuals to access and use services and facilities34
H/601/8049HSC3020Facilitate person-centered assessment planning implementation and review36
F/601/3764HSC3045Promote positive behaviour36
K/601/9493HSC3046Introduction to personalisation in social care33
T/601/9495HSC3048Support individuals at the end of life37
R/601/8662HSC3052Undertake physiological measurements33
D/601/8860HSC3053Obtain venous blood samples33
F/601/9029HSC3057Work with families, carers, and individuals during times of crisis45
L/601/9549HSC3066Support positive risk-taking for individuals34
R/615/4483HSC3075PUnderstand Parkinson’s for health and social care staff32
J/601/8657LD308Support individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare33
T/601/5317LD310Understand how to support individuals with autistic spectrum conditions33
D/600/9799LDSSMP3Professional practice in learning development and support services35
M/617/9584ACLGBT9Support LGBT people with learning disabilities23
A/617/9586ACLGBT11Support an LGBT person at end of life22
K/600/9790MF4Develop and implement marketing plans46
R/506/2907ML43Recruitment, selection, and induction practice46
D/618/8474PBD1Use devices and handle information22
D/618/8475PBD2Be safe and responsible online22
D/618/8476PBD3Principles of social media within a business 23
Y/601/6167PDOP33Understand the impact of acquired brain injury on individuals33
H/615/4486SCM301Understand stroke care management34
H/601451SSOP24Contribute to supporting individuals in the use of assistive technology23
K/601/3483SSOP32Promote effective communication with individuals with sensory loss34
A/601/5190SSOP33Support individuals with multiple conditions and/or disabilities34
H/601/3546SSOP37Support individuals to access education, training or employment44
M/650/3848ACTM1Leading people36
R/650/3849ACTM2Managing people36
D/650/3851ACTM3Building relationships34
F/650/3852ACTM5Operational management38

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