Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship Level 3

Overview (NV)

Lead Adult Care Worker

Course length
12 -18 months (one day per month)


The Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship provides an opportunity for you to develop your skills and knowledge in the workplace.  It is an integrated programme of knowledge and skills acquisition, developed alongside core behaviours expected of a competent worker operating in a regulated field in the health and social care sector.  This apprenticeship will signify recognition of competence in a role and enable progression to higher levels of skills development.

Who is it suitable for?

The apprenticeship is suitable for employees in health and social care services, typically in the following settings; Nursing or residential homes, Domiciliary Care, Clinical healthcare settings, Day centres as:

  • Senior Healthcare Assistants
  • Senior Healthcare Support Workers
  • Deputy Managers
  • Assistant Managers

Tasks undertaken by apprentices will depend on the sector in which they are employed.

Why should I choose this course?

  • To gain new skills
  • Level 3 Diploma in Lead Adult Care Worker is highly recognised in the health and social care sector
  • Career progression
  • Opportunity to consider new career pathways  

Course content

The course involves: respecting and promoting rights, values and behaviours, communication, safeguarding, championing the health and wellbeing of individuals and work colleagues and professional development.

Apprentices undertake the programme of study in a suitable care setting and complete the Care Certificate as part of a high-quality induction programme as well as The Diploma in Lead Adult Care Worker. Apprentices will also need to acquire Level 2 functional skills in English and Maths. Apprentices then undertake a mandatory end-point assessment once the recognised Diploma functional skills and Care Certificate have been achieved. The synoptic end point assessment will include two distinct components. Firstly, the completion of a situational judgement test answered through a multiple choice exercise (but not necessarily undertaken as an online or computer-based test) and secondly a professional discussion.

Teaching and Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment 

You will need to complete tasks and acquire a portfolio of evidence through work-based learning and assessment; taught sessions and online delivery.  A qualified tutor / assessor will examine the evidence which is then approved by the external verifier (appointed by the examining body). Personal learning and thinking skills and employment rights and responsibilities are embedded in the apprenticeship.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

End Point Assessment 

The End Point Assessment provides apprentices with the opportunity to showcase evidence of their skills, knowledge and behaviours. All standards are graded by an approved external apprenticeship assessment organisation. The Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship requires a situational judgement test answered through a multiple-choice exercise and a professional discussion. 

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

  • You are required to undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result prior to starting
  • The Care Certificate must be achieved as part of the Apprenticeship Standard as well as the Lead Adult Care Worker Level 3 and Level 2 functional skills in English and Maths
  • Minimum 18 years old
  • Working for 30 hours per week in an appropriate role
  • Experience of working in the health and social care sector
What's next? (NV)

What's next?

If you want to become an apprentice and do not have a job, you can approach local employers or view our employer vacancies. If you are in work and want to commit to an apprenticeship, we can advise you on what you need to do.

For more information please contact the Apprenticeship team:

By telephone: 0121 232 4091 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

By email: apprenticeships@ucb.ac.uk