Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship Standard Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

The Health and Social Care Apprenticeship Standard provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to work in a variety of health and social care settings; from helping people with a particular need to providing vital assistance to healthcare professionals in the care of patients.

An Apprenticeship is a work-based training programme designed around the needs of both employers and employees, which leads to nationally-recognised qualifications for the apprentice.

This training is flexible and is predominantly ‘on-the-job’ meaning it takes place on your work premises. An apprenticeship will ensure that you are properly trained to perform the job you need to do. Anyone can be an apprentice, from a school leaver looking to enter the workplace to an existing employee who wants to progress in their chosen career.

Apprenticeships are flexibly structured to fit around your needs without disruption. They are designed so that, where possible, the work you do as an apprentice during the day counts towards your development and qualification.

Advanced level apprentices follow work-based learning towards a Level 3 qualification (equivalent to 2 A-levels).

The way that apprenticeships work is changing. The new Standards system will completely replace current Frameworks by 2020. There is now a transitional phase where the current Framework and the new Standard will run side-by-side as Standards are embedded.

The Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard Lead Adult Care includes, Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care, flexible to suit all fields across the health and social care sector so you can choose a pathway of learning that suits your role now or for the future. The diploma qualification consists of mandatory units covering core knowledge and skills competencies with optional specialisms which can be are combined in flexible ways to reflect the real working context of different learners. The optional units are designed to meet the requirements of a range of healthcare and care services and to support the delivery of both the Adult Care Worker and Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship Standards Transferable Skills, such as Functional Skills, which cover more general work-related skills like communication (literacy), team working, problem solving (numeracy) and using new technologies in understanding the job you are training for. A synoptic End Point Assessment (EPA) 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. To achieve final certification, you must have completed and achieved all elements of the end point assessments in addition to the Care Certificate and the Diploma.

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.

The qualification is approved by Skills for Care and is designed to support the on- programme element of the Lead Adult Care Worker apprenticeship standard in England.

Assessment Methods

Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard Lead Adult Care is a competence-based qualification which is assessed by a portfolio of evidence. You we be measured against learning outcomes and assessment criteria described in each unit of the qualification. You must meet all the learning outcomes within the chosen units and meet the rules of combination to be able to be awarded the qualification. The majority of assessment will be work-based, using real experiences, written assessments and observations by a qualified assessor.

 Modes of assessment include:

  • Direct observation
  • Oral questioning
  • Case studies
  • Assignments and projects
  • End Point Assessment (EPA)

Progression Options

This qualification allows you to learn, develop and demonstrate the skills and knowledge required for employment and/or career progression in Adult Care within a role which has some autonomy, delegated responsibility or where there may be a need for supervision of others. Learners can progress to the City & Guilds level 4 Diploma in Adult Care or the City & Guilds Level 5.

Diploma in Leadership and Management in Adult Care providing they are in an appropriate job role.

Opportunities may also be available to progress to an apprenticeships for the Lead Practitioner in Adult Care or Leader in Adult Care, or to higher education programmes, providing all entry requirements are met.

Course Summary

Course Title Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship Standard Level 3
Entry Requirements

To start this level of apprenticeship you should ideally have five GCSEs
(grade C or 4) or have completed an intermediate level apprenticeship or
equivalent. For this Apprenticeship you need:

  • An appropriate role in the health and social care sector
  • To be working towards or completion of the care certificate as part of an
    induction programme
  • An initial assessment and a skillscan

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The staff have been very supportive they will do anything to help whether it be staying late or putting in 100% to make the lessons more suited to you. The staff have backgrounds in the specific course in which you want to take which helps to get another person’s view on what it’s like to work in the sector and also the course covers all areas of the subject and there is nothing that isn’t covered within the syllabus and modules.

Lauren Pierce - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care

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