health and social care

Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care

Course level: 
Qualification type: 
Subject area: 
Health and Social Care
Awarding body: 
City & Guilds
1 year

This is a Level 3 qualification for those working in the care sector.

Course Content:

This qualification is to guide and assess the development of knowledge and skills relating to the health and social care workforce and confirms competence for those working in the following areas:

  • Care assistants/support workers/key workers in residential settings.
  • Healthcare assistants/support workers in community and primary care environments.
  • Healthcare assistants/support workers/key workers in acute health environments.
  • Care assistants/support workers/key workers in domiciliary services.
  • Care assistants/support workers/key workers in day services.
  • Support workers in supported living projects
  • Community-based care assistants/support workers/key workers, including those working in specialist areas e.g. dementia, learning disabilities.
  • Personal assistants employed directly by the individual they support or their families.
  • Emerging new types of workers and multidisciplinary health roles crossing traditional service barriers and delivery models.

Units include:

  • Promote communication
  • Engage in personal development
  • Promote equality and inclusion
  • Principles for implementing duty of care

Studying at Alton College:

The course is run over 30 weeks which includes 3 hours underpinning in college, candidates will be expected to complete about 15 hours of professional practice, which will include your work role, as well as minimum of 4 hours per week private study.  During the course you will study a number of units covering a range of Health and Social Care related subjects which will give you an understanding of the qualification.

To achieve the level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults), learners must achieve a minimum of 58 credits in total.  From the mandatory units 28 credits, and a minimum of 30 credits from optional units.


You will need to build up a portfolio regarding your work role which will be internally assessed at college and also by an external verifier.  You will also be observed in the workplace.


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

Entry Requirements:

There  are no formal entry requirements for this course but a good standard of English and maths is required.  However, the level 3 Diploma does carry an age restriction and is not approved for those who are under 16 years of age.

Course Costs:

£1,200 tuition fee.

(Includes registration and certification fee).

Candidates are expected to provide their own text books, writing materials, note paper and data sticks.


This is a Skills Funding Agency course and you may be exempt from the tuition fee if under the age of 24 and undertaking your first level 3 qualification, however you would be required to pay the examination fee at the time of enrolment. Tuition fees for overseas students may vary from those quoted.


Please email  for more information.

Unless your tutor informs you otherwise, classes will not be held on college closure days. Details regarding these dates can be found on the general information page  


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