The Highfield Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care is a qualification for care assistants and support workers, that is recognised and regulated by Ofqual and CCEA Regulation.  

The objective of this qualification is to prepare learners to progress to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level or requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding. It is aimed at those working in, or preparing to work in adult social care and aims to introduce knowledge only around areas relating to adult social care. 

Key facts of Ofqual recognition

Qualification number: 600/3827/5

Learning aim reference: 60038275

Credit value: 21

Assessment method: Portfolio of evidence

Guided learning hours (GLH): 190

Total qualification time (TQT): 210 

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is available to learners in England and Northern Ireland. 

This qualification is aimed at individuals who are working in, or who aspire to work in, adult social care.  

How long will it take?

The Total qualification time (TQT)  of 210 includes time for learning and assessments. 

Learners are expected to organise and plan their time according to how quickly they intend to complete to complete the qualification. 

Mandatory Units

  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. Introduction to 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 method

This qualification can be assessed by a portfolio of evidence that includes multiple-choice questions and assignment essays.

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