Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

This qualification is aimed at learners interested in or new to, working in adult social care. It is a suitable qualification for those wishing to change career or move into a particular area of employment following a career break.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course has start dates in September and February and will take approximately one academic year to complete.

There is also the option to study this qualification via distance learning. This is seen as being suitable for those who are working, or who have care commitments.

Full support will be given including; fortnightly tutorials in College as well as direct contact with a tutor via email, telephone and the virtual learning environment.

What will I study?

This course will allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the following aspects of working in Adult Social Care:

  • Communication
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Personal development
  • Role of the social worker
  • Handling information
  • Health & safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Duty of Care
  • Person centred approaches

How is it assessed?

A range of methods are used to assess this course. You will complete essays, produce information booklets, leaflets, posters, group presentations and information packs.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

There are no formal entry requirements. However, it would be an advantage if you have already achieved a level 2 qualification in health and social care.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2017), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our Money Matters page.

If you are aged 19+ you could also choose to apply for a Advanced Learner Loan to cover part of your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £25,000 per year.

For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please visit our dedicated finance page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

On successful completion of the course you can enter employment within the social care sector, or seek promotion within the care sector for those already in employment. there are a wide range of jobs open to successful learners. the scope of the job roles are examined as part of the programme of study.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Ref: Alison Lloyd



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