Adult in Care CACHE Level 3 Diploma (Part-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Health and Care

Attendance Part-Time


The level 3 Diploma in Adult Care will support learners to develop the knowledge and skills required to work in a range of clinical healthcare support settings and in adult care environments.

The level 3 Diploma is formed of mandatory and optional units. The mandatory units cover core competencies whilst the optional units allow learners to choose from a variety of areas to tailor the qualification to their needs, interests and to reflect the context of their work.

It covers a wide range of areas including supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs, health and social care procedures, supporting individuals with a learning disability regarding sexuality and sexual health and promoting mental health and well-being.

Through this qualification, you will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills required when working as a lead adult care worker in care provision.

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement to be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

Upon completion, learners can enter either the adult care or health workforces. The content is applicable to a variety of roles, including:
• Senior Care Support Worker
• Lead Personal Assistant.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2019. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

The Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care is ideal for you if you are seeking occupational competence in working with adults in the care sector. This qualification aligns to the Apprenticeship Standard for Leader in Adult Care. In order to achieve this qualification, you must be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

Qualification Gained

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

The learner must achieve a total of 58 credits from the Diploma: 28 credits from the mandatory units, and a minimum of 30 credits from pre-chosen optional units.

Learning Methods

 All units are internally assessed by your Tutor or Assessor using a portfolio of evidence.

Assessment Methods

 Methods of assessment include:
• direct observation of learner by Assessor
• witness evidence when directed by the sector skills assessment strategy
• professional discussion
• reflection on own practice in real work environments
• written assignments
• learner’s own work products.

Progression Opportunities

Qualifications in specialist health pathways such as the foundation degree in health and social care or healthcare practice at Newcastle College.

Career Opportunities

 Learners can progress into employment in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres or some clinical healthcare settings within job roles such as:
• Senior Care Support Worker
• Lead Personal Assistant.

Entry Requirements

You need to aged 19 or over.

Have a level 2 qualification in a related subject or vocational experience of working in the care sector.

If English is not your first language you will also need an English language test score of 5 or above.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

Learners aged 19 or over

Please note many courses will be available free of charge or at a discount depending on your age and circumstances. For friendly advice and to check your eligibility for free or discounted study please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000. Please note some courses are not eligible for any discounts. Please download a prospectus from the adults section of this website for details of the latest course fees.