Level 3 Lead Adult Care Worker


Lead Adult Care Workers make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, or intellectual challenges, by exercising judgment and taking appropriate action to support individuals to maintain their independence, dignity, and control. Lead Adult Care Workers have responsibility for providing supervision, frontline leadership, guidance, and direction for others, or working autonomously, exercising judgment and accountability.

The apprenticeship standard is made up of:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care Qualification
  • A Portfolio of Evidence covering the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) of the Early Years Standards
  • English and maths at Level 2
  • Care Certificate

12 – 18 Months

No formal entry requirements but learners do need to be employed in an appropriate setting to be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

Qualification delivery is in the workplace or a suitable venue agreed with both the learner and employer, this will where possible be delivered via face to face visits, or if not possible training will be via an online portal.

The adult care worker standards include:
• Job roles, tasks and responsibilities
• Values, behaviours, respect, dignity and human rights
• Communication
• Safeguarding
• Health and well being
• Professional working and development

The diploma includes mandatory units:
• Communication
• Handle information
• Personal development
• Implement person centered approaches
• Equality and inclusion
• Health, safety, and well-being
• Responsibilities of a care worker
• Duty of care
• Safeguarding and protection

Optional units can be chosen from a wide range of topics including, for example, diabetes, dementia, medication, parkinsons, mental health, moving and handling, brain injury and many more.

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. Knowledge-based outcomes can be assessed using non–mandatory assessment tasks provided for tutors’ convenience in the qualification specification. Skills-based outcomes must be achieved with reference to a real work environment and must include direct observation within the workplace.

Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours (KSB’S) competency is assessed through End Point Assessment (EPA) which consists of a Portfolio of Evidence, Questions & Professional Discussion and be graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Levy employers – paid from digital account
Non-levy employers – 95% funding, 5% contribution required

On completion of the apprenticeship, learners may wish to progress onto qualifications or apprenticeships in management or lead practitioner roles.