16 months (£3000)


Course Overview

Lead Adult Care Workers are 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. In addition, Lead Adult Care Workers have responsibility for providing supervision, frontline leadership, guidance and direction for others, or working autonomously, exercising judgement and accountability.


Typical job titles include Senior Care Worker, Supervising Care Worker, Senior Support Worker, Social Work Assistant, Outreach Development Worker, Community Support Worker, Family Support Worker or Personal Assistant. Lead Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres and some clinical healthcare settings. They could also specialise in a variety of areas such as learning disability, mental health, drug and alcohol misuse, homecare, dementia and end-of-life care.


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.
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.

Course Delivery

The course will typically be completed over 16 months. The knowledge delivery programme will run for 12 months, with delivery of knowledge twice a month, primarily through a webinar. The remaining 3 months will be individually tailored to meet timely achievement and EPA preparation, with the final month taken up with the Independent assessment. The learners will also be observed in the workplace on at least 3 occasions to identify the standards of competence are being met. There will also be recorded professional discussions covering competence towards the standard. The Tutor will complete a progress review in the first 6 weeks and every 12 weeks thereafter, which will require the Employers presence. All work will be stored on an electronic portfolio ready to be submitted to the End Point Assessment Organisation.


At the end of the 15 months the learner will have a final assessment with an End Point Assessment organisation. Revision and Mock activities will be completed with the learner prior to the final assessment.


Learners will need to evidence 20% off the job hours using teaching sessions, shadowing in the workplace, time spent writing tasks; Off-the-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of an apprenticeship

Course Content

Whilst the delivery of training and some of the content will be tailored to employer’s needs, there are key elements that must be covered throughout.:

  • The job they do and their main tasks and responsibilities including the importance of having the right values and behaviours to work with individuals needing support.
  • How to support individuals to remain safe from harm.
  • How to work professionally, including their own professional personal development and their commitment to robust recruitment and induction processes.
  • Supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care
  • Support individuals with daily living needs
  • Implementing and understanding of health and social care procedures
  • Supporting individuals with dementia

Entry Requirements

All learners will need to prove they have, or work towards and achieve Level 2 in Maths and English prior to completion of the Apprenticeship. Learners will need to be working or volunteering in practical placements to be able to demonstrate both the knowledge and the skills required for this apprenticeship.


Link to professional registration and progression

As well as ensuring full competency as a Lead Adult Care Worker, this standard provides a foundation for potential progression into higher-level courses such as Assistant Practitioner or Access to Nursing/ nurse training.