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Preparing to work in Adult Social Care NCFE/CACHE Level 3 Certificate

This distance learning course will enable you to gain additional skills and a qualification without disrupting your day-to-day life. You will have access to specialist support from dedicated tutors throughout the programme.

Course content

This qualification provides ideal tasters for those who may be new to the sector or new to the world of work and who want to understand more about working in health and social care in an unsupervised capacity. It aims to introduce some basic concepts of caring and preparation for employment in the sector. 

The units you will study are:

  1. Principles of communication in adult social care settings
  2. Principles of personal development in adult social care settings
  3. Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings
  4. Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  5. Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  6. Understand the role of the social care worker
  7. Understand person-centred approaches in adult social care settings
  8. Understand health and safety in social care settings
  9. Understand how to handle information in social care settings

Assessment methods

Learners will be provided with access to an online portal with e-resources and online assessments.


Preparing to work in Adult Social Care NCFE/CACHE Level 3 Certificate
Further study and career options

Course progression:

Once it has been confirmed that you have fully completed the course, there are several next steps that you can take. You can go on to study another level two distance learning course. Or you could move on to one of our Level 3 Distance Learning courses. Alternatively, you could enrol on to our Access to Higher Education course (subject to interview) or the Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualification (subject to entry requirements).

Career progression:

By completing any of the above courses, you will gain the skills and knowledge that employers find desirable. It is also a great opportunity for continuous professional development.

Course Information & How to Apply

For more information, or to enrol on this course please email

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
To be completed within 24 weeks Flexible £600 Distance Learning K1599


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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