NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care


The perfect follow-on to our Level 2 course in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care, or those with practical experience in this setting who wish to have their skills recognised with a career-changing Level 3 Certification. This course is typically completed in one year, arranged around your existing schedule.

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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

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About This Course

If you have a natural interest in caring for people and want to know what it takes to build a credible career working as an adult social care worker, then our CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care can help you to bring this passion to life.

You too can discover how to communicate with older adults in your care and improve their environment and personal development, so you can use this newly acquired knowledge to jump start your career.

No prior experience or knowledge is required. Instead you can harness your desire to nurture and assist others, and from the comfort of your own home earn a nationally recognised qualification.

This unique course has been specially tailored for home study, enabling you to balance your work commitments and studies with ease; without any of the pressure of deadlines or exams.

And this is great news if you are just taking your first steps back into education as you can easily mould this course around your obligations and study at pace, time and location of your choosing. You can study on YOUR own terms!

All it takes is 12 months and 190 hours of learning time, and by the end of this course you’ll confidently understand the role of social care workers (and their duties), and have a thorough comprehension on: health and safety legislation, safeguarding, person-centred approaches, and duty of care.

Course Benefits

Every unit on this course is designed to enrich your knowledge of this field and supply you with transferrable skills that can make a credible difference to your career choices. Aside from developing your understanding and competency in adult social care, communication and information handling; you can also take this theoretical knowledge and apply it to a practical setting.

This course will:

  • Challenge your understanding of social care and its requirements
  • Develop your existing nurturing and care capabilities
  • Enable you to study at a pace of your choosing – free of exams and stress
  • Allow you to study from the comfort of your own home
  • Explore the role of the social care worker and define their duties
  • Help you to understand the health and safety legislations that are put in place for people in social care

Course Units

Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

Qualification Number: 600/0048/X

Total Credits: 21

Principles of communication in adult social care settings
(R/602/2906, Unit Level 3; GLH; 17 Hours; Credits: 2)

  • Communication
  • Relationships
  • Comparing ways to communicate
  • Communication methods
  • Responding
  • People from different backgrounds
  • Barriers
  • Strategies
  • Support services
  • Team confidentially
  • Day to day communication
  • Potential tension
  • Seek advice

Principles of personal development in adult social care settings
(R/602/3036, Unit Level 3; GLH; 19 Hours; Credits: 2)

  • Reflective practice
  • Improving the quality of service provided
  • Standards
  • Values, belief systems and experiences
  • Feedback
  • Personal development plan
  • Sources of support
  • Roles of others
  • Benefits of a personal development plan

Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings
(M/602/3044, Unit Level 3; GLH; 19 Hours; Credits: 2)

  • Discrimination
  • Promoting equality
  • Supporting diversity
  • Key legislation
  • Codes of practice
  • Consequences
  • Beliefs, culture values and preferences
  • Inclusive practice and practice
  • Challenging discrimination
  • Raising awareness
  • Supporting others

Unit 4 – Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
(A/601/8574, Unit Level 2; GLH; 26 hours; Credits 3)

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional/psychological abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Institutional abuse
  • Self-neglect
  • Neglect by others
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Factors for vulnerability
  • Actions to take
  • Policies and local systems
  • Safeguarding
  • Person-centred values
  • Active participation
  • Unsafe practices

Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
(R/601/1436, Unit Level 3; GLH; 5 Hours; Credits: 1)

  • Duty of care
  • Safeguarding
  • Potential conflicts
  • Manage risks
  • Additional support and advice
  • Complaints
  • Agreed procedures for handling complaints

Unit 6 – Understand the role of the social care worker
(A/602/3113, Unit Level 2; GLH; 9 Hours; Credits: 1)

  • Working relationships
  • Personal relationships
  • Agreed ways of working
  • Working in partnership
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Accessing support and advice

Unit 7 – Understand person-centred approaches in adult social care settings
(R/602/3182, Unit Level 3; GLH; 37 Hours; Credits: 4)

  • Person-centred approaches
  • Values
  • Care plan
  • Complex and sensitive situation
  • Individual’s changing needs or preferences
  • Consent
  • Active participation
  • Holistic needs
  • Approaches to support
  • Influencing individual’s choices
  • Self-image
  • Self- esteem
  • Risk assessment

Unit 8 – Understand health and safety in social care settings
(L/602/3178, Unit Level 3; GLH; 49 Hours; Credits: 5)

  • Health and safety
  • Policies and procedures
  • Training
  • Additional support
  • Risk assessment
  • Accidents and sudden illness
  • Procedures
  • First aiders
  • Hygiene prevention methods
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Safe moving and handling protects
  • Not following a care plan
  • Hazardous substances
  • Environmental safety
  • Emergency plan
  • Managing stress
  • Handling medication
  • Food safely

Unit 9 – Understand how to handle information in social care settings
(D/602/3119, Unit Level 3; GLH; 9 Hours; Credits: 1)

  • Legislation and codes
  • Handling information
  • Up to date records
  • Storing information
  • Security
  • Supporting others


This distance learning course is assessed using a portfolio of written assignments and evidence. Once submitted to your tutor, they will review your work and provide you with valuable, honest feedback.

No external examinations are required, although you will need to conduct your own research whilst completing your coursework.

Required Knowledge

No prior knowledge or experience is required to enrol onto this course. As this is a knowledge based course, you don’t need to already be working in a care role. All we ask, is that you are at least 16 years old.

Awarding Body

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care. This means that you will achieve a Level 3 qualification on The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

NCFE CACHE is the UK’s only specialist awarding organisation for the children and adult care sectors.

They offer the most up-to-date and relevant qualifications for the new RQF, and work with Sector Skills Councils to ensure high quality and cutting edge service is supplied to their customers, learners and the sector itself.


From the guidance of your personal tutor, whose industry experience will help to support and mentor your studies, to our comprehensive study guide and course materials; from day one we will go above and beyond to help you succeed in your studies. With twelve months tutor support, you have the option of completing in as little as three months, or using the full twelve months.

You too can take advantage of the extensive knowledge base of your personal tutor and use their experiences to get all of your questions answered. Similarly, our student support team are readily available to lend you their advice and guidance as they help you to decipher your course materials and answer your questions. The delivery and assessment of this course will be provided by OLC.

Only one click away, you can trust that help will be there when you need it.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

  • No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from tutoring to certification.
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+).
  • Our customers have rated us ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot.
  • Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
  • We are open later than any other home learning provider.
  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work.
  • All courses are fully endorsed by external awarding organisations.
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!

You have 12 months to complete your course, however you can complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this is a distance learning course, which means your assessments will be submitted and marked using our online LMS (Learner Management System).

Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast-track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).

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