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Adult Care Worker – L2

Adult Care Worker – L2 - Apprenticeship

Entry Requirements:

There are no specific entry requirements to this apprenticeship but employers may run their own selection process. Apprentices without Level 1 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.  Additionally, apprentices will need to undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result prior to starting.

Apprenticeship Profile:

To work in care is to make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges.

As an Adult Care Worker you need to have the right values and behaviours developing competences and skills to provide high quality compassionate care and support. You will be 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 which is at the heart of person centred care.

This apprenticeship covers both Adult Care Workers and Personal Assistants. Personal assistants do the same job as an Adult Care Worker and work directly for one individual usually within their own home. Working with people, feeling passionate about supporting and enabling them to live a more independent and fulfilling life is a rewarding and worthwhile job that provides excellent career opportunities.

Typical job roles – Adult Care Worker roles are varied and determined by and relevant to the type of the service being provided and the person supported. Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings.


The on-programme pace will be driven by the apprentice and guided by your dedicated trainer.  It will also be affected by the breadth of experience an employer can offer prior to the minimum of 12 months and the end point assessment.  Typical duration will be 12 – 18 months depending on these points.


This apprenticeship standard requires the qualifications listed below and S6F will provide a clear learning journey to take you from entry point through to the gateway, ready for the end-point assessment and successful achievement. In order to meet this apprenticeship standards, apprentices must:

  • Work through the apprenticeship standard displaying all the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours required
  • Complete the Care Certificate
  • Achieve Level 1 English and Level 1 Maths
  • Achieve the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adult)
  • Undertake a self-assessment in the last month of the apprenticeship
  • In the last three months of the apprenticeship following the completion of the Diploma, collate testimonies from people who use services.


The final assessment will be undertaken by an Independent Assessor and is called the End-Point Assessment.

There are two distinct components that make up end-point assessment for the Adult Care Worker apprenticeship standard.

  • A situational judgement test – multiple choice exercise (60 questions)
  • Professional Discussion – 45 minutes max

The apprenticeship includes Pass, Merit and Distinction grades which are applied at the end point assessment. The assessor may check and clarify any matters arising from the situational judgement exercise.

The professional discussion is held by the independent assessor as above.

A pass apprentice will competently perform their role demonstrating application of the knowledge, skills and behaviours against the whole standard in line with organisation and regulatory requirements and ensuring customer satisfaction. At a minimum they must meet all criteria within the Apprenticeship Standard.

A distinction apprentice, in addition to meeting the pass criteria, will consistently perform above the required level for the role.


On completion of this apprenticeship you may also wish to progress to higher level qualifications and continue your learning.  This would depend on your current job role and opportunities available within the organisation you work for.  This apprenticeships provides an ideal entry into the occupation and supports progression within the sector.