Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF) for staff in a Senior Carer Role or who are wanting to progress to a Senior Carer role. It was known as the NVQ level 3 in care. It is for students who are already working in care and wish to increase their knowledge. It builds on knowledge and skills learned in the level 2 qualification and adds some additional supervisory management and leadership knowledge and skills.

For employers, it ensures your staff have the correct levels of knowledge and skills to undertake senior carer roles where they will be supervising other staff. This qualification is for learners who are working as; senior care workers, senior healthcare assistants, senior support worker, personal assistant etc

The Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF), replaces the NVQ 3 in Health and Social Care.


This qualification is eligible for funding from the Skills for Care Workforce Development Fund 

Funding value £800

Structure of Qualification

There are mandatory and optional units. Learners must achieve a total of 58 credits. 28 credits will come from the mandatory units. 30 credits will come from the optional units. There are 9 mandatory units. Learners can choose from a selection of over 100 optional units.

Download the full diploma specification here.

Choosing Optional Units

Care Skilled will allocate a dedicated course tutor to the learners undertaking the level 3 diploma in care. The Care Skilled tutor will help the learner choose the best optional units for them and their job.

Types of Jobs

People with this qualification typically do the following jobs;

  • Senior Carer 
  • Lead Adult Care Worker
  • Lead Personal Assistant
  • Senior Support Worker

These people may be working in the following places;

  • Nursing Home
  • Care Home
  • Homecare
  • Nursing Agency
  • Supported Living


Following completion of this qualification, learners may progress to

Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)


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