CD3 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

This qualification is now closed for Registrations

Certification end date: 30/04/2024 

View the replacement qualification – Skillsfirst Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

View our Adult Care – Replacement Qualifications update 01.02.2022

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.

The qualification is suitable for learners with supervisory experience who are already working within the care sector, such as a lead adult care worker, lead personal assistant, etc. It could also be suitable for those seeking employment who having the ability and the opportunity to demonstrate recognisable competences.

This qualification recognises the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to demonstrate effective communication, person development, values and behaviours, health and wellbeing, responsibilities of self and others and safeguarding

If you feel your role is not in a supervisory capacity you could choose the 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 27 credits from Group O.

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are 315

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 580

Qualification numberQualification reference
CD3 603/2807/1 

Group M – mandatory units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleLevelCredit value
Y/616/7798CA7Responsibilities of a care worker22
J/616/7800CA9Safeguarding and protection in care settings23
L/616/7815CA10Promote communications in care settings33
R/616/7816CA11Promote effective handling of information in care settings33
Y/616/78157CA12Promote personal development in care settings33
D/616/7818CA13Promote person-centred approaches in care settings36
H/616/7819CA14Promote equality and inclusion in care settings32
Y/616/7820CA15Promote health, safety and well-being in care settings36
D/616/7821CA16Duty of care in care settings33

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
Y/501/0598ASM34Administer medication to individuals and monitor the effects35
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/601/9187 DEM302Understand 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
D/601/9023HSC2001Provide support for therapy sessions22
K/601/9025HSC2003Provide support to manage pain and discomfort22
R/601/8663HSC2017Provide agreed support for foot care23
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
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
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
T/601/8721HSC2024Undertake agreed pressure area care24
H/601/8049HSC3020Facilitate person-centred assessment planning implementation and review36
Y/601/7903HSC3022Support individuals to live at home34
F/601/7927HSC3013Support individuals to access and use services and facilities34
L/601/8028HSC3003Provide support to maintain and develop skills for everyday life34
L/601/9549HSC3066Support positive risk taking34
A/601/7215LD302Support person-centred thinking and planning35
D/601/7353LDOP303Promote active support35

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