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Level: 3

Location: Workplace

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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. 

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 apprenticeship standard covers Lead Personal Assistants who can work at a senior level but may only work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care services, usually within their own home.

Entry requirements

You will need to undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result prior to starting.

Course Content

Knowledge and skills:

  • Main tasks and responsibilities of the role
  • Values and behaviours
  • Communication
  • Support individuals to remain safe from harm (safeguarding)
  • Champion health and wellbeing for individuals and colleagues
  • Work professionally
  • Treat people with respect and dignity

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed and supported by your assessor in the workplace, receiving theory inputs as required and preparing you for an independent End Point Assessment consisting of a test and a professional discussion.

The situational judgement test will present you with a range of real-life scenarios about which you will have to answer questions in a multiple choice format (60 questions). The assessment will normally be undertaken online under controlled conditions with a time limit applied. Questions will draw from the stated knowledge and skills elements of the standard and focus on the higher order competencies. Material may be drawn from any part of the apprenticeship standard.

A professional discussion will be undertaken with an independent assessor. The discussion will be of no more than 45 minutes duration. You can only apply to undertake the discussion component once the multiple choice assessment has been achieved. The discussion will draw questions and amplifications from prior learning and experience including, where applicable, your self-assessment and supporting evidence such as testimony from users of services and a sample of standardised candidate questions asked of every apprentice candidate in the interview.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Your employer will need to provide you with any Personal Protective Equipment required legally and to help you to undertake your role safely.

What can I do after this course?

After completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3, you can go on to a Higher Apprenticeship at Level 4 or 5.

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Lewis Morrell

Lewis Morrell

Lewis follows dad and granddad into healthcare

Teenager Lewis Morrell is aiming to become the third generation of his family to go into nursing.

But disappointing school GCSE exam results meant he had to have a rethink and plot a new route on the road to his career.

Looking for suitable courses, Lewis attended a College open event and was impressed with both what was on offer and the friendliness of the staff.

Eighteen-year-old Lewis described Derby College as "a lifeline" which has helped to give him confidence and a mind-set that he can achieve his goals.

A hospital work placement, run through the college's Employer Academy programme, has directly helped him land a health care assistant apprenticeship at the Royal Derby Hospital.

And Lewis has also completed Health and Social Care and English Functional Skills at Level 2, with a double pass and a merit. He is waiting for his GCSE English and CGSE Science results.

Lewis's dad is a children's nurse and his grandad worked in nursing and midwifery. He now manages a doctors' practice in Australia.

Knowing Lewis's skillset and temperament, they said that getting into health care would be "the best thing he ever did". He was inspired by them

I was a bit down about my English and Science results from school, because I needed those for nursing. Once I've got them I'll be able to get on further, so college was a lifeline.


It supported me through the first year and they pushed me. It's given me confidence. Rather than thinking 'maybe I can't do this', it helped me think 'yes, I can actually do this.'


It was very supportive through all of my time and I'm proud to have been accepted for the apprenticeship.


I'd say to anybody who didn't quite get the exams they want: go to
College, go to every lesson, stick with it and eventually it'll all click.


It's a four year apprenticeship. I want to go on to university and get my nursing degree and then get into children's nursing eventually.

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