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RQF Level 4 – Diploma in Adult Care

RQF Level 4 – Diploma in Adult Care

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification will support learners to develop specialist knowledge and skills in their area of responsibility and enable learners to promote a values-based culture within their setting.
This qualification can act as a progression route from the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care qualification to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care qualification.

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is suitable for those working as a lead practitioner in adult care.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners should be at least 18 years old.

How is this qualification structured?

Learners must achieve a minimum of 70 credits to achieve the Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care.

How is it assessed?

All units are internally assessed by your Tutor or Assessor using a portfolio of evidence using different range of assessment methods such as Observation, Questioning, Professional Discussion, RPL, Product of Work etc.

How long will it take to complete this qualification?

The qualification can usually be completed within 18 months.

Do you need to be working to take this qualification?

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as they will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

The qualification could lead to progression to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care.

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Career opportunities

The qualification will enable learners to progress into employment in settings such as residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, an individual’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings.
Learners can progress into a number of lead practitioner job roles within the adult care sector, such as:

  • Community Care/Support Officer
  • Social Care Assessor
  • Care Assessment Officer
  • Social Services Officer
  • Brokerage Worker
  • Rehabilitation and Reablement Assistant
  • Independence Support Assistant
  • Reablement Support Workers/Officer
  • Telecare Assistant
  • Assistive Technology Co-ordinator/Officer
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