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Level 3 Diploma Optional Units


The mandatory units for the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care offer 28 credits towards the qualification.

The remaining 30 credits are accumulated by completing optional units, which will usually geared to subjects aligned with your current role. For example if you work in a nursing home, you may choose optional units related to supporting elderly people or dementia.


You may also be restricted on which optional units you may choose based on the knowledge and resources of your training provider – for example, if your assessor has not been trained in dementia care, they may not be able to assess it.

In addition, some optional units are very similar in content, so may be barred, which means you will not be allowed to select both units.


You may also be able to select a maximum of two level 2 optional units for your level 3 diploma.

Below, you will find a list of the optional units for the Level 3 Diploma in Care along with their level and credit value.


NOTE: We are currently trying to add answers for as many optional units as possible but it is taking a while as there are so many! Optional units that we have completed (or have partially completed) can be clicked.

List of Optional Units for Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care

Understand mental well-being and mental health promotion33
Understand mental health problems33
Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 200533
Understand how to provide support when working in end of life care43
Understand how to support individuals during the last days of life33
Support individuals at the end of life63
Understand the process and experience of dementia33
Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person centred approach23
Understand the role of communication and interactions with individuals who have dementia33
Understand the diversity of individuals with dementia and the importance of inclusion33
End of life and dementia care23
Understand and meet the nutritional requirements of individuals with dementia33
Enable rights and choices of individuals with dementia whilst minimising risks43
Understand and enable interaction and communication with individuals who have dementia43
Equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care practice43
Purpose and principles of Independent Advocacy43
Providing Independent Advocacy support63
Maintaining the Independent Advocacy relationship63
Responding to the advocacy needs of different groups of people63
Introduction to personalisation in social care33
Understand Advance Care Planning33
Facilitate person centred assessment, planning, implementation and review63
Principles of self-directed support33
Support person-centred thinking and planning53
Promote active support53
The principles of Infection Prevention and Control32
Causes and Spread of Infection22
Cleaning, Decontamination and Waste Management22
Principles of supporting an individual to maintain personal hygiene12
Support individuals to maintain personal hygiene22
Supporting infection prevention
and control in social care
Understand the Effects of Ageing
in Activity Provision
Understand the factors affecting
older people
Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities43
Understand positive risk taking for individuals with disabilities33
Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability regarding sexuality and sexual health33
Understand how to support individuals with autistic spectrum conditions33
Understand Physical Disability33
Understand the impact of Acquired Brain Injury on individuals33
Understand Sensory Loss33
Stroke Awareness32
Understand Stroke Care Management43
Support individuals with autistic spectrum conditions43
Work with other professionals and agencies to support individuals with physical disability33
Support individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare33
Promote effective communication with individuals with sensory loss43
Support individuals with multiple conditions and/or disabilities43
Support the assessment of individuals with sensory loss33
Support the promotion of awareness of sensory loss33
Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists43
Support individuals who are substance users73
Identify and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance misusers43
Increase awareness about drugs, alcohol or other substances with individuals and groups73
Carry out initial assessments to identify and prioritise the needs of substance misusers53
Carry out comprehensive substance misuse assessment53
Help individuals address their substance use through an action plan43
Understanding and Enabling Assisting and Moving Individuals42
Move and position individuals in accordance with their plan of care42
Develop and sustain effective working relationships with staff in other agencies43
Support the development of community partnerships54
Provide support to manage pain and discomfort22
Gain access to the homes of individuals, deal with emergencies and ensure security on departure22
Undertake agreed pressure area care42
Provide support to maintain and develop skills for everyday life43
Facilitate learning and development activities to meet individual needs and preferences53
Implement therapeutic group activities43
Support individuals to develop and run support groups33
Prepare to support individuals within a shared lives arrangement43
Support individuals to access and use services and facilities43
Provide support for individuals within a shared lives arrangement53
Support individuals in their relationships43
Support individuals to live at home43
Support individuals to manage their finances33
Support individuals to access and manage direct payments44
Support individuals to deal with
personal relationship problems
Support individuals with specific communication needs53
Support individuals during a period of change43
Support individuals to prepare for and settle in to new home environments33
4 Enable individuals to develop strategies to manage their behaviour83
Support individuals to stay safe from harm or abuse43
Support positive risk taking for individuals43
Support individuals to access education, training or employment44
Enable individuals to negotiate environments53
Support families in maintaining relationships in their wider social structures43
Administer medication to individuals, and monitor the effects53
Support use of medication in social care settings53
Contribute to raising awareness of health issues43
Prepare environments and resources for use during healthcare activities32
Prepare for and carry out extended feeding techniques43
Undertake tissue viability risk assessments33
Undertake physiological measurements33
Obtain venous blood samples33
Undertake urethral catheterisation processes43
Diabetes Awareness63
Promote nutrition and hydration in health and social care settings43
Promote positive behaviour63
Implement the positive behavioural support model84
Contribute to effective team working in health and social care or children and young people’s settings43
Understanding professional supervision practice34
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