Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship (Level 3)


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.

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. 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.


Typical job titles include Care Officer, Care Supervisor, Senior Care Worker, Supervising Care Worker, Senior Support Worker, Relief Team Leader, Social Work Assistant, Social Services Officer, Outreach Development Worker, Community Support Worker, Community Outreach Worker, Community Development Worker, Family Support Worker or Personal Assistant. These could all specialise in a variety of areas such as learning disability, mental health, drug and alcohol misuse, homecare, dementia and end-of-life care.


Must have 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English, Grade C or above or 4/5 (new grading). Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification. Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and taken the test for level 2 prior to taking their end point assessment. We do have to make sure that the Apprentice has the potential to achieve the different elements that make up the apprenticeship qualification and that they are working at the right level in their job. It will be a requirement to complete initial assessments in Maths & English, this may lead to taking some additional diagnostics.


This apprenticeship standard has been developed with the help of employers such as Woodford Homecare, Anchor, Barchester Healthcare, CareTech, Central Bedfordshire Council, Creative Support, Hand in Hands, Hendra Healthcare (Ludlow) Limited, Hertfordshire County Council, Surrey County Council, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL).

This Standard includes:

A knowledge based qualification - Diploma in Adult Care Level 3

On Programme Assessment - Portfolio of evidence; Assessment of behaviours and skills; Technical knowledge and understanding; Technical competencies

Functional Skills - Maths and English at Level 2

End-Point Assessment - Situational Judgement Test; Personal Discussion


Progression can be made onto the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship Level 3.

If you have any questions or queries relating to apprenticeships, please contact the apprenticeship team Apprenticeships@newcollege.ac.uk