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Lead Adult Care Worker

Course Code: AP3

Level: 3
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One and a half years
When you'll study: Various days and times

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, they 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. You will be expected to exercise judgement and take appropriate action to support individuals to maintain their independence, dignity and control. By 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.

Lead adult care workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres or some clinical healthcare settings. 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.

What you'll learn

On this Apprenticeship, you will learn to:

  • support individuals they are working with according to their personal care/support plan
  • take the initiative when working outside normal duties and responsibilities
  • recognise and access help when not confident or skilled in any aspect of the role that they are undertaking
  • implement/facilitate the specialist assessment of social, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals with cognitive, sensory and physical impairments
  • contribute to the development and ongoing review of care/support plans for the individuals they support
  • provide individuals with information to enable them to exercise choice on how they are supported
  • encourage individuals to actively participate in the way their care and support is delivered
  • ensure that individuals know what they are agreeing to regarding the way in which they are supported
  • lead and support colleagues to understand how to establish informed consent when providing care and support
  • guide, mentor and contribute to the development of colleagues in the execution of their duties and responsibilities.
Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship will be determined through completion of functional skills entry assessments with our Work-based Learning Team and a vocational assessment carried out with the College’s health and social care team.


Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job. Individuals without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

Important information

By applying for this position you will go through the College’s assessment procedure and once successful, you will be assigned a Business Engagement Officer who will guide you into employment by supporting you to find the best suited workplace.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. Just complete an enquiry form.

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