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Lead Adult Care Worker – L3

Lead Adult Care Worker – L3 - Apprenticeship

Entry Requirements:

There are no specific entry requirements to this apprenticeship but employers may run their own selection process and may look at someone with prior experience, such as level 2.  Apprentices without Level 2 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:

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.

Typical job roles – 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.


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 – 24 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 2 English and Level 2 Maths
  • Achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adult) or Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care
  • 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.

Click on the link to see the Apprenticeship Standard Requirement – Lead Adult Care Worker L3_Knowledge Skills Behaviours


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 or other professional qualifications and continue your learning.  This would depend on your current job role and opportunities available within the organisation you work for.