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Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (for individuals working in the substance misuse sector)

Qualification fee and dates

Registration close date   Start date End date  Fee
15th December 2018 15th February 2019 15th August 2020 £2600
15th March 2019 15th May 2019 15th February 2021 £2600
15th June 2019 15th August 2019 15th May 2021 £2600
15th September 2019 15th November 2019 15th August 2021 £2600



Size of qualification

This Level 3 Diploma qualification has a minimum credit value of 58

The Level 3 Diploma Health and Social Care (Alcohol and Substance Misuse) Qualification Structure information page will show how to achieve these credits through a combination of mandatory and optional credits.

To register

To register for this qualification you need to complete a registration agreement form. This will prompt you to consider all the aspects involved in undertaking a supported distance learning qualification and to seek permission from your organisation to collect evidence in the workplace. To find out more about registering please click here ‘How to Register’

Supported distance learning

To achieve this Level 3 Diploma you will work through a series of twelve Assessment Plans. Each Assessment Plan is structured with set activities to enable you to:

  • Gather evidence for the qualification
  • Receive guidance on how to present your evidence
  • Understand how to use the eportfolio system

You will have access through VQLearner Home to online resources and other Open University courses to help you develop knowledge and understanding for the qualification. You will also receive support from the VQAC Learner Support Team and your allocated assessor.

How long will it take?

When you register, you will see that your qualification has a stated end date. You can complete your qualification sooner than the end date if you are able to submit work regularly and at a good pace.

If you do not complete your registered qualification by the stated end date you may be able to apply for an extension which will incur additional fees

Qualification content and how it is assessed

The majority of credit in this diploma (28 credits) is included in the nine mandatory units. 
A further 18 credits are achieved from four mandatory substance misuse specialist units.
The remaining 12 credits are completed through a range of optional units.
Each unit in the diploma is split into learning outcomes with associated assessment criteria.

Mandatory units

The nine mandatory units cover the following topics:

  • Person centre approaches
  • Communication
  • Personal development
  • Equality and inclusion
  • Handling information
  • Duty of care
  • Responsibilities of the role
  • Safeguarding
  • Health, safety and wellbeing

The four mandatory Substance Misuse specialist units cover the following topics:

  • Mental health
  • Assessment, planning and review of individuals
  • Supporting substance users
  • Carrying out comprehensive assessments

Optional units

The optional units are designed to meet the requirements of a range of Adult Care services.

The qualification structure

Observation of your practice

This is an essential assessment component of the qualification and will be carried out in the workplace by an assessor. The observation will contribute to generating evidence for both the mandatory units and some of the optional units.

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