Entry requirements

Set by employer. Candidates must undertake a recognised enhanced disclosure and barring service check.


* level 3 diploma in health and social care (adults) for England (QCF) * the Care Certificate Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must: * achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)

What apprentices will learn

  • adult care practices, principles and standards – including care planning, duty of care, professional boundaries and individual dignity and respect
  • supporting individual physical and mental well-being to help people live as independently as possible – including individual control and choice and person-centred care
  • safeguarding – including addressing personal rights and safety, dealing with abuse, comments and complaints and whistleblowing
  • leadership and team management – including monitoring and reviewing care plans and encouraging others to comply with regulations, policies and procedures
  • communication skills – including advocacy, confidentiality and verbal, non-verbal and written communication
  • health and safety practices and standards within a care environment – including dealing with accidents, fire safety, hazardous substances and infection control


Lead Adult Care Worker

Role Profile (what the successful candidate should be able to do at the end of the Apprenticeship)

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 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.


12-24 months


Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF). This is the qualification that is promoted and valued by employers.

Industry-specific requirements

Undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result prior to starting. The Care Certificate must be achieved as part of the Apprenticeship Standard.