Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

 If you are looking to start your career in Care, Lifetime's Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care is a nationally recognised qualification in the sector.
The Health and Social Care Level 3 qualification develops the knowledge needed to work in adult social care. It covers a wide range of relevant topics (outlined below).

Our expert trainers have professional experience in health and social care and will help you throughout your Health and Social Care Level 3 learning journey with 1-2-1 support.

Achieving this RQF adult care qualification may help you gain employment in the health and social care sector and provides a good foundation of knowledge if you later wish to progress on to the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care.

Can I apply for this course?

You can do this level 3 health and social care qualification if you are interested in adult social care and looking to gain a good foundation of knowledge, and/or looking to start a career within the health and social care sector.

Online and Work-Based Support
4 -6 months
  • Pay nothing up front with a Government-backed Advanced Learner Loan (no credit checks)
  • Flexible interest free installments
  • Credit/Debit Card

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Adult Care Level 3 Certificate Course Details

This adult care qualification is designed to be flexible so you can fit learning around your work schedule and life.

You can choose what and when you learn through our 'MyLifetime' online learning site, and blend this as much or as little support as you need including workplace observations and visits from your expert Lifetime trainer.


Online learning will be completed through the MyLifetime online learning community, where you can access your workbooks and online resources. MyLifetime also provides instant access to expert tutors and allows you to interact with other learners. To support your journey, there are a range of materials available, including; videos, webinars, podcasts and other dynamic learning resources.

Online Support

Online support will be provided via our MyLifetime online learning community. Here you will have access to your assessment workbooks, can ask expert tutors questions and interact with other learners. There is also a range of engaging learning materials that have been designed to support your learning journey, with fresh content uploaded regularly.

Adult Care Level 3 Certificate Course Content

This unit develops knowledge of the importance of communication in adult social care settings, and ways to overcome barriers to meet individual needs and preferences in communication.

This unit develops the concepts of personal development and reflective practice which are fundamental to adult social care roles.

This unit develops concepts of inclusion, which are fundamental to working in adult social care settings.

This unit introduces the important area of safeguarding individuals from abuse. It identifies different types of abuse and the signs and symptoms that might indicate abuse is occurring. It considers when individuals might be particularly vulnerable to abuse and what a learner must do if abuse is suspected or alleged.

It considers how duty of care contributes to safe practice, and how to address dilemmas or complaints that may arise where there is duty of care.

It provides the knowledge required to understand the nature of working relationships, working in ways that are agreed with the employer, and working in partnerships with others.

This unit develops the understanding of person centred support as a fundamental principle of adult social care.

It develops knowledge and understanding of areas of health and safety required to working in a social care setting.

This unit develops the knowledge and understanding needed to implement and promote good practice in recording, sharing, storing and accessing information in social care settings.

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