Duration (EXCL EPA)

15 Months (£4000)


EPA Duration

3 Months


Start Date

8th February 2024


about the course

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 the 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, home care, 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 Overview

As part of the Lead Adult Care Worker Programme, you will be required to develop Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours in the below areas within your organisation:

  • The main tasks and responsibilities of Lead Adult Care Workers include the importance of having the right values and behaviours to work with individuals needing support and promoting this ethos with junior colleagues
  • How to promote and support individuals to remain safe from harm
  • How to work professionally, including their own professional personal development and supporting new staff through coaching
  • Promoting and Supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care
  • Promoting and Supporting individuals with daily living needs
  • Implementing and understanding of health and social care procedures
  • Promoting and Supporting individuals with dementia

Course Delivery

The course will typically be completed over a 14-month period, which will include monthly knowledge delivery through either webinars or face-to-face sessions.


The learners will also be observed in the workplace on at least 2 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 10-12 weeks thereafter, which will require the Employer’s 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 14th month, the learner will have a final assessment with an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO). Revision and mock activities will be completed with the learner prior to the final assessment.

End Point Assessment

As part of the Apprenticeship Standard, you will be required to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of your programme with an external Independent Assessor (EPAO).  Throughout the programme, your tutor will prepare you for the End Point Assessment and complete mock assessments prior to your final assessment.


The following elements will be completed during the End Point Assessment for the Lead Adult Care Worker Standard

  • Situational Judgement Test
  • Professional Discussion


At the end of the final assessment, the below grades will be awarded by the EPAO:

  • Fail
  • Pass
  • Merit
  • Distinction


As part of the Lead Adult Care Worker Standard you will be achieving the following qualifications:

  • Apprenticeship Standard Certificate in Adult Care Worker
  • Level 3 Diploma in Care
  • Functional Skills Maths (Level 2)*
  • Functional Skills English (Level 2)*


*Will be achieved if relevant qualification not already held prior to the Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Typical applicants will display a good attitude, a positive approach to learning & development and a high level of ambition. Apprentices will need to sit an initial assessment in both English and Maths.


Where a learner does not hold an equivalent to or GSCE grade 4 (C) or above, you will need to sit Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths prior to taking the End Point assessment.

Government Funding

Find out how your business can benefit from government funding here.

Skills For Health Quality Mark


Hart Learning & Development’s Healthcare apprenticeships team has been awarded the Skills For Health Quality Mark in recognition of our outstanding healthcare training. The standard recognises, defines, and endorses superior delivery of learning and training in healthcare.


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