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Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (Advanced) - Level 3


Do you want a career supporting adults in a rewarding job sector? Yes, then this course is for you. 

This qualification will provide you with the theoretical and practical underpinnings for a career working in health and social care. It will also support progression into employment or an apprenticeship in adult social care. 

Work experience plays a large role in this course, in an exciting work placement, which could include local care providers and the NHS.

Whilst this course does not carry UCAS, it does open up avenues for pursuing an apprenticeship or employment in the social care or psychology sectors.


Start dates and fees

Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20231480A1623FREEFREE* to £811.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

What will I study?

  • Principles of communication in adult social care settings
  • Understand person-centred approaches in adult social care settings
  • Understand the role of the social care worker
  • Work Placement

Entry requirements

  • Grade 4 in English language or maths, plus three other GCSEs at grade 4. Or a Level 2 health and social care qualification with at least a grade 4 in English language or maths.
  • You will need to be successful in an interview and have
  • An Enhanced DBS check.
  • You will be required to purchase a uniform.

If you are a young person who is not currently studying a traditional GCSE programme, we will consider alternative qualifications such as functional skills and vocational qualifications.

Please contact our admissions team for further information -

Applications learners aged 19+ will be considered following a discussion on existing qualifications and course suitability.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

1 year.

How will I be assessed?

Assignment based with a variety of different tasks such as producing reports and information packs.

What can I progress onto?

  • An apprenticeship
  • Employment.


How do I apply?

Apply online

Next steps

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Why choose West Notts?

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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