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Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 year Level 3 Full-Time Ashington Main Campus Full-time Vocational Apply Enquire
Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task. All units must be assessed in line with the Skills for Care and Development Assessment Principles.

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your chosen career.

If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/or English at school, you will study this as part of your programme.

Students will need to be attend a practical placement to be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

We work in close partnership with many of the North East's leading health and social care employers to ensure our students get the best opportunities to progress in their future career path. Some of our employer partners offer students who complete and achieve their programme of study a guaranteed interview with their organisation.


This qualification develops the knowledge and skills needed when working in a lead adult care worker role in care settings. The programme is suitable for learners who wish to work in, or are working in, a lead role with adults in health and social care settings.

It covers a wide range of areas including supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and health and social care procedures.

The Level 3 qualification meets requirements to confirm occupational competence and/or 'licence to practice' and confirm competence in an occupational role to the standards required.

Units studied include:

Effective handling of information
Personal development
Promote person-centred approaches
Equality and inclusion
Health, safety and well-being
Responsibilities of a care worker
Duty of care in care settings
Safeguarding and protection in care settings

What’s next?

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

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