Lead Adult Care Worker

Key Information

Level 3
Typical Duration 18 Months
Delivery Model One-to-one Support
Delivery Location Workplace
Start Date September 2020

Programme Summary

Lead Adult Care Workers are the 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 Lead Adult Care Worker will be required to learn to meet the following knowledge, skills and behaviours:


Apprentices will know and understand:

  • The job they have to do
  • Their main roles and responsibilities
  • The importance of having the right values and behaviours
  • The importance of communication
  • How to support individuals to remain safe from harm
  • 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


Apprentices wiill be able to:

  • Carry out the main tasks and responsibilities according to their job role
  • Treat people with dignity, respect, and honour their human rights
  • Communicate clearly and responsibly
  • Support individuals to remain safe from harm
  • Champion health and wellbeing for the individuals they support
  • Work professionally and seek to develop their own professional development


Apprentices will:

  •  Work consistently, showing care, compassion, courage, communication, competence, and commitment

What will you learn?

As a Lead Adult Care Worker, you will learn to make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. You will learn how to exercise judgement, and take appropriate action to support individuals to maintain their independence, dignity and control.

Working in a person-centred way, you will plan, develop and review care/support plans, follow standards and codes of practice, understand professional boundaries, and the importance of appropriate communication in all forms. You will learn to provide leadership and guidance, and in some cases, supervision to less experienced staff effectively, thus some responsibility for quality of support is delivered. You may learn more about the specialisms in the sector, e.g. dementia, mental health or a variety of other options.

The standard achievement will support mobility within the sector to enable the apprentice to learn more about other sectors, and advance career prospects to continue to develop.

How is it delivered and assessed?

Elements of learning can be face-to-face tutorials by visit or remote digital means, directed study and research, learning in the workplace via practical demonstration, shadowing, instruction, simulation, or by way of courses and reflection.

Assessment methods may include Q&A, work products, observation of practice, witness accounts, and recognition of prior learning.

Mandatory Qualifications

  • Level 3 Diploma in Adult care
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in English (unless previously achieved)
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in maths (unless previously achieved)
  • Care certificate

End Point Assessment 

Apprentices are required to undertake an end point assessment consisting of:

  • A situational judgement test (60 questions using real work scenarios, graded pass/merit/distinction)
  • A professional discussion (45 minutes, informed by prior learning and experience, and supporting evidence submitted, including statements from the apprentice, manager and individuals)

Entry Requirements

  • English and maths – Level 1

Apprentices must be in suitable employment and have the opportunity to develop the required knowledge, skills and behaviors aligned to this apprenticeship standard. 

Interested in this apprenticeship? Apply now.