CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care for Adults

This course covers a broad spectrum of optional units to construct bespoke qualifications for the workplace. There are three pathways to choose from: the generic qualification pathway, the Dementia pathway and the learning disabilities pathway.

Always wanted to retrain, upskill or work towards a qualification relevant to your job role?

Now is the time to take advantage of funding available for adults, which could mean you can study for FREE!  From April 2022 the funding criteria has been expanded to include more people - see funding eligibility info below to see if you could be studying for free.

Funding eligibility:

Any adult aged 19 and over, who does not already have a level 3 qualification (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or A levels) or higher, can access fully funded level 3 courses.

In addition, from April 2022, any adult in England earning under the National Living Wage annually (£18,525) or unemployed will also be able to access one of these qualifications for free, regardless of their prior qualification level if they have not previously benefited from the National Skills Fund scheme.

This offer is part of the government’s long-term commitment to help everyone gain skills for life. Courses are available in a variety of lengths, to support adults to get the skills they need to boost their careers.

What will I study?

There are three pathways available for the course:

  • Generic qualification pathway
  • Dementia pathway
  • Learning disabilities pathway
  • Learners will be required to take on mandatory units and optional units.


Mandatory units

  • Promote communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • Promote and implement health and safety in health and social care
  • Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings

Optional units

  • Understand the process and experience of dementia
  • Understand positive risk taking for individuals with disabilities
  • Enable rights and choices of individuals with dementia whilst minimising risks
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care practice
  • Promote active support

How will I be assessed?

Learners will be assessed through an electronic portfolio, and written tests, questioning and observation in the workplace.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

What next?

Learners on a level three course will be able to progress onto an access course for nursing

Additional information

For further information please contact:

Kirsty Coleman on 01482 390835 or 07884 568340 or email [email protected]

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

Free Distance Learning Courses 2024-2025 Full-time Further Education Prospectus