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IQ Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (QCF)


Qualification Number 600/7002/X
Title IQ Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (QCF)
Category National
Sector Health & Care
Operational Start Date 01/11/2012
Operational End Date 31/12/2017
Total Units 9 Min Credit 21
Min Guided Learning Hours 190 Max Guided Learning Hours 190
Min Age From 16 Min Age To 100

Registration Fee : £35.50

This is the administrative fee that IQ charges centres to register a learner on this qualification, and NOT a training fee. All fees include registration, certification and postage (international delivery rates may apply).

Qualification Purpose

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About this Qualification

The IQ Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (QCF) is a qualification aimed at learners who work or intend to work in the adult social care sector. It provides learners with formal recognition of their knowledge and understanding of adult social care. As a knowledge-based qualification, it is not a requirement that learners are in work. In the mandatory units, all learners will cover duty of care, diversity, equality and inclusion, communication, person-centred approaches, personal development, health and safety, safeguarding and protection, information handling and the role of the social care worker. The qualification is generic in nature and relevant to a wide-range of health and social care settings. Objectives of the qualification include: preparing learners to progress to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level or requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding, meeting relevant programmes of learning, preparing learners for employment and supporting a role in the workplace.

This qualification forms the knowledge component of the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care.



Learners who have already achieved the Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (QCF) can progress to this qualification using credits achieved as there is an overlap of units. Upon completion of this qualification, they can also progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) which forms the competence component of the apprenticeship framework.

Take this Qualification

If you are interested in taking this qualification and would like to find your nearest IQ centre, please give us a call on 01952 457 452 and a member of our team will be happy to help.


To achieve this qualification, learners must achieve 21 credits from the 9 mandatory units.

IQ Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (QCF)


All units in this qualification are knowledge-based and assessed by portfolio (internally set and marked and externally quality assured by IQ). Assessment must be in accordance with the Skills for Care and Development QCF Assessment Principles located in Appendix A at the end of this document. An Achievement Record for this qualification which includes the forms necessary to map and claim knowledge and understanding is available to download from the IQ website. All assessment criteria must be met and mapped and the location of the evidence must be indicated in the achievement record.

This qualification is not graded, successful learners achieve a pass.

All units must be assessed using methods appropriate to the assessment of knowledge and understanding and may take place in or outside of a real work environment. They can be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • Question and answer test
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Question and answer verbal (ensure records are kept)
  • Essay
  • Other

Learner Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, learners should be able to work at level 2 or above and be proficient in the use of English Language.

Tutor Requirements

All trainers/assessors and internal verifiers delivering this qualification must meet the requirements as per the assessment strategy Skills for Care and Development QCF Assessment Principles, located in Appendix A at the end of this document.

Centre Requirements

Centres must be approved by IQ in order to offer this qualification.



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