Duration (EXCL EPA)

18 Months (£7000)


EPA Duration

3 Months


Start Date

15th February 2024


about the course

A Leader in Adult Care has responsibility for managing community or residential based services. This role has a large element of leadership, either with other care workers and networks, or in leading the service itself. They have a responsibility to ensure the service is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs, and well-led. They will be responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance of the care given and the values and training of staff with established standards and regulations. They must act as strong role models demonstrating the key attributes and behaviours expected under the 6C’s.


Leaders in Adult Care may be a registered manager of a service, unit, deputy, or assistant manager and may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, community day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings. The role of Leader in Adult Care in this standard also covers Personal Assistants who operate in a management role but they may only work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care services.


Typical job titles include registered, assistant, deputy, unit or service manager.

Course Overview

As part of the Leader in Adult Care programme, you will be required to develop the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours in the areas below within your organisation and the wider sector:

  • Develop, lead and evaluate systems and processes needed that monitor and sustain quality of service, including assessments, care plans and service delivery in a person-centred way.
  • Develop, lead and apply systems and processes needed to ensure compliance with legislations, regulations and organisational policies and procedures including health & safety, safeguarding, equality and diversity, and handling of information.
  • Develop and lead a values-based culture that values courage in working in ways that may challenge worker’s own cultural and belief systems.
  • Translate policy and guidance into understandable information for a range of audiences including people who access care and support, carers and families and other colleagues and professionals.
  • Create a supportive culture that values initiative and innovation, recognising the variety of skills of all within the service, embedding systems to improve performance through supervision, reflective practice and learning and development opportunities.

Course Delivery

The course will typically be completed over an 18-month period, which will include knowledge delivery through either webinars, face to face or a blended approach.


Learners will also be observed in the workplace on at least 2 occasions to identify the standards of competency are being met. There will also be recorded professional discussions and observations of work products covering competence towards the standards.


The tutor will complete a progress review in the first 6 weeks and every 10-12 weeks thereafter, that will require the Employer’s presence. All work will be set, marked and stored on an electronic portfolio.


At the end of the 18th month, the learner will agree a final assessment with an End Point Assessment (EPAO). Revision and mock activities will be completed with the learner prior to 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 Leader in Adult Care

  • • Two-stage Observation of Leadership (60 minute observation, followed by 30 minute post observation of practice questioning)
  • Professional Discussion


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

  • Fail
  • Pass
  • Distinction


As part of the Leader in Adult Care Standard you will be achieving the following qualifications:

  • Apprenticeship Standard Certificate in Leader in Adult Care
  • • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult 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. Apprentices will need to sit an initial assessment in both English and Maths, and where learners do not hold exemptions for Maths and English, the results of the initial assessments may be used to determine suitability for the programme.

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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