Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) inLead Adult Care Worker

The Apprenticeship Standard Lead Adult Care Worker supports the progression and development of people wishing to work as frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives. In addition, Lead Adult Care Workers have responsibility for providing supervision, frontline leadership, guidance and direction for others, or working autonomously, exercising judgement and accountability.

The apprenticeship is made up of qualifications and learning that will provide apprentices with the skills and knowledge required to become competent in their chosen job role. The course includes a balance of content in technical, caring and interpersonal areas, designed to ensure apprentices have an appropriate set of skills to operate in today’s care roles. As a Lead Adult Care Worker you will make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. You will be expected to exercise judgement and take appropriate action to support individuals to maintain their independence, dignity and control. By providing leadership, guidance and direction at the frontline of care delivery you will be instrumental in improving the health and wellbeing of those receiving care and support. Lead Adult Care Workers will in some circumstances have delegated responsibility for the standard of care provided and may supervise the work of other care workers. This exercising of autonomy and accountability means leading and supporting others to comply with expected standards and behaviours.

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Key Facts

Apprenticeship Level:

Advanced

Start Dates:

Indicative Cost:

College Code: C-AP3LACW

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

This Apprenticeship programme is designed for those who work or wish to work as a Care Officer, Care Supervisor, Senior Care Worker, Supervising Care Worker, Senior Support Worker, Relief Team Leader, Social Work Assistant, Social Services Officer, Outreach Development Worker, Community Support Worker, Community Outreach Worker, Community Development Worker, Family Support Worker or Personal Assistant. These could all specialise in a variety of areas such as learning disability, mental health, drug and alcohol misuse, homecare, dementia and end-of-life care.

Course Content

A Lead Adult Care Worker must know and understand:

  • The job they have to do, their main tasks and responsibilities
  • The importance of having the right values and behaviours
  • The importance of communication
    How to support individuals to remain safe from harm (Safeguarding)
  • How to champion health and wellbeing for the individuals they support and work colleagues
  • How to work professionally, including their own professional development of those they support and work colleagues
    The main tasks and responsibilities according to their job role
  • Treat people with respect and dignity and honour their human rights Communicate clearly and responsibly
  • Support individuals to remain safe from harm (Safeguarding)
  • Champion health and wellbeing for the individuals they support
  • Work professionally and seek to develop their own professional development

Assessment Methods

On-programme is the learning phase for apprentices to apply the academic theory to their own organisations and role, and to capture the skills, knowledge and behaviours developed on the programme and in the workplace. To achieve this apprentices need to complete 20% off-the-job training during the on-programme phase of their apprenticeship, this can be tracked and monitored through our e-portfolio.


End-point assessment (EPA) is the final stage that an apprentice goes through to complete their apprenticeship. The apprentice must show their learning to an independent end-point assessor and the grades available are distinction, pass or fail.
Test of knowledge using scenarios, Professional discussion relating portfolio of evidence and knowledge, skills and behaviours achieved during the apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Apprentices with GCSE grades C/4 or above in English, and Maths are exempt from Functional Skills. If apprentices have grade D GCSE or complete an initial BKSB Assessment at Entry 3 they can complete Level Functional Skills as required alongside their Apprenticeship.

English & Maths

Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must achieve level 2 English and Maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C). If Maths & English Functional Skills are required, these are typically taught in college in specialist functional skill classes.

Progression Opportunities

This apprenticeship provides an ideal step up into more managerial positions within this occupation and supports progression within the sector.

Delivery Model

Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship is entirely delivered and assessed in the workplace. Average duration 13 months.

Payment Breakdown

Levy (via Digital Apprenticeship Service DAS) Non-Levy (direct debit arrangement)
Total cost to employer £3,000 £300
Monthly cost £230.77 £25
End Point Assessment £600 £600
Payment Terms 13 Months 12 Months

If an employer has less than 50 employees with the apprentice aged 16-18 at the start of training it is fully funded (no cost to the employer).

*All details correct at time of print. Additional costs may apply

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