Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Course Overview


A Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship is a great way of developing the skills and gaining the experience you need to progress in your career. This apprenticeship is ideal for those currently working as a senior care worker. This new apprenticeship offers progression for those who are already working in care and who have achieved a level 2 apprenticeship in care, or who have substantial experience of working in the sector. You will be trained and assessed in the workplace by visiting assessors, although you will be required to attend off the job training to support the extension of your knowledge.

If you are 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. This qualification is to guide and assess the development of knowledge and skills relating to the health and social care industry and its workforce. This qualification confirms competence in these areas for roles such as:


Senior care assistants/support workers/key workers in residential settings

Healthcare assistants/support workers in community and primary care environments

Healthcare assistants/support workers in acute health environments

Senior care assistants/support workers/key workers in domiciliary services

Care assistants/support workers/key workers in day services

Support workers/Team Leaders in supported living projects

Community-based care assistants/ support workers/key workers, including those working in specialist areas, for example dementia or learning disabilities

Personal assistants employed directly by the individual they support or their families

Emerging new types of workers and multidisciplinary health roles crossing traditional service barriers and delivery models.


Typical Duration

14 Months

Key Facts


To develop the skills and knowledge of learners to become the best they can be requires off the job learning as well as workplace experience and assessment.  To complete the Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship learners will provide evidence of achievement of; Skills for Care, Care Certificate and prove competency in the workplace via the Diploma in Health and Social Care and end-point assessment.  You will also have to provide evidence of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) certificate.

Delivery Model


Months 1-3

English and Maths Functional Skills Level 2The Care Certificate

The six ‘C’s’

Your tutor will establish if you have been subjected to DBS checks. In the initial stages of the qualification the core elements of the Six ‘C’s’ become the foundation on which all learning will be based.  This course is facilitated using blended learning to accommodate the learning styles for all learners. Learners and employers will provide evidence of robust high quality induction leading to the achievement of The Care Certificate.Learners will begin their Functional Skills qualifications and develop these key areas to support them in their roles within Health and Social Care industry.

Learners will undertake training for; role of the health and social care worker, safeguarding, duty of care and developing self.

Learners knowledge is subject to summative assessment via question and answer packs after the training has taken place.

Months 3-6 Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 3, evidence gathering Functional Skills examinations

The successful completion of The Care Certificate is mapped into the Diploma and learners are observed in their workplaces.Deeper learning takes place for working in person centred approaches, health and safety, equality and diversity and communication.  Learners knowledge is subject to summative assessment via question and answer packs after the training has taken place.

Examinations for Functional Skills English and Maths are administered including presentations and discussions in assessments for speaking, listening and communication.

Months 6-14 Completion of the Diploma in Health and Social Care

There is a continuation with off the job learning which is tailored to the optional units selected. Due to the holistic nature of assessment, work continues the diploma with more emphasis on observation. Learners will work through their optional units, gathering statements of their competence from the wider health and social care team. Learners extend their confidences in discussing their role in industry with their tutor and employer by undertaking professional discussions.Units are signed off based on judgements of competence made by their tutor and employer.


Month 12-14 Gateway In the last month of the apprenticeship learners will complete a self-assessment ahead of end-point assessment, this will be presented to the end-point assessor. At this point the learner, employer and GB Training tutor will review the work the learner has completed to date, once all milestones have been achieved, agree for the learner to progress to end-point assessment.
Months 14 Synoptic Testing End- Point Assessment

When an apprentice has completed their apprenticeship, their employer will approve them to move forward to the end-point assessment of their knowledge and practical skills. This will be conducted by an independent assessor on behalf of an approved Apprentice Assessment Organisation (AAO) and, in almost all cases, be graded.There are two components to synoptic end-point assessment.  Firstly, a situational judgement test answered through a multiple-choice exercise and secondly a professional discussion.  To achieve final certification of the apprenticeship learners must achieve end-point assessment in addition to the Care Certificate and Diploma.

Learners can expect to achieve one of the following grades:  Pass/Merit/Distinction


Entry Requirements


Ideally, you will have been employed in a senior role for at least six months before embarking on this course and hold an enhanced DBS certificate. The selection process will include a basic Initial Assessment, Skill Scan and an interview during which your suitability, commitment and interest for the programme and your ability to achieve the course successfully will be determined. The suitability of your employer will be determined before you are accepted onto the programme.

Your employer will need to demonstrate that they have the necessary Health and Safety arrangements in place to satisfy legislative requirements and that they can provide you with the full range of work to successfully complete the course.

Career and Education pathways with this qualification


On successful completion of the Lead Adult Care Worker apprenticeship learners can seek to progress towards Level 4 and Level 5 Adult Social Care Diplomas.

There is also the opportunity for learners to commit to further education including access to nursing courses.



 Course Materials


All course materials, teaching, exams and end-point assessments are included.  Learners will be encouraged to join the Social Care Institute of Excellence and Social Care TV to access current learning materials.





In order to attract government funding towards this Apprenticeship, employers who are not involved in the Apprenticeship levy are required to contribute towards the total cost of the Apprenticeship. For this Level 3 Apprenticeship the cost is £21.42 +VAT per month, per learner (14 months). GB Training can arrange payment frequencies to suit your needs (for example Weekly, Monthly, or Quarterly).



Your digital voucher for this Apprenticeship will deduct a total of £3,000 from your pot. This will be in instalments, this would be deducted over 14 months. Further support and information is available from a member of our team.

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