Lead Adult Care Worker Level 3

Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship level 3



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.

Lead Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres or some clinical healthcare settings. As well as covering Lead Adult Care Workers this standard also covers Lead Personal Assistants who can work at this senior level but they may only work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care, services, usually within their own home.


Programme qualifications and requirements:                                                                                                                       

  • The 15 standards of the Care Certificate
  • The level 3 Diploma in Adult Care
  • Level 2 English and Maths
  • End-point assessment.

The Apprenticeship usually takes around 18 months to complete, during which time you will participate in training, development and ongoing activities. These typically include an induction specific to your workplace which meets the 15 standards required by the Care Quality Commission as set out in the Care Certificate.

The level 3 Diploma in Adult Care consists of:

  • Mandatory units covering core knowledge and skills competencies with optional specialisms which can be combined in flexible ways to reflect the real working conditions of different learners. The content of the mandatory units covers person centred approaches, communication, personal development, equality and inclusion, handling information, duty of care, responsibilities of the role, safeguarding and health, safety and wellbeing.
  • Optional units cover a range of adult care services and include working with individuals who have specific communication needs, promoting effective communication with individuals with sensory loss, performing routine ECG procedures, obtaining and testing capillary blood samples etc.

During your Apprenticeship, you must gain knowledge in:

  • Your job, 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 you support and work colleagues
  • How to work professionally, including your own professional development of those you support and work colleagues

You must also gain skills in:

  • The main tasks and responsibilities of your job role
  • Treating people with respect and dignity
  • Communicating clearly and responsibly
  • Supporting individuals to remain safe from harm
  • Championing health and wellbeing
  • Working professionally and seeking to develop your own professional development.

Regular reviews of progress will take place to ensure you are on target to achieve your qualification, and  to support development of the required behaviours, which are based on the 6 Cs of  Care, Compassion, Courage, Communication, Competence and Commitment.

End-Point Assessment:

The End Point Assessment components are:  a situational judgement test (60 multiple choice questions)  and a Professional Discussion lasting around 45 minutes, carried out by an independent assessment organisation. Three levels of grades are available; Pass, Merit and Distinction.

How long will the course take to achieve?

The level 3 qualification will take around 12-18 months to complete, depending on the learners skills level.

How will the learner be assessed?

Assessment will take place by regular observation in the workplace. Additional assessment will be through portfolio building of assignments, case studies, observation  and work based activities.

What support is available?

Full support will be given, including one to one sessions or workshops with the assessor where appropriate, and contact with the assessor by e-mail or telephone. In addition, on-line portfolio building facilities are available.Contact us for more details on the  numbers below.

What are the costings and how do I enrol?

To check eligibility, contact us on 01702 353557 or email [email protected] for more details.

Under the Government’s Apprenticeship Reforms of 2017,  employers have to make a contribution to the cost of training . We’ll discuss and agree this before carrying out an Initial Assessment with each individual learner, which could lead to enrolment if this qualification is appropriate.


If you’re not eligible for government funding or decide the Apprenticeship route isn’t for you, you may be able to apply for  the 19 Learning Loan for this qualification at level 3 — please ask us for details or click here for more information.

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