Level 3 Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship

Progress your career - obtain your level 3 Apprenticeship

Why Choose Access Skills?

We are a specialised Health and Social Care training provider; we concentrate on providing high-quality training programmes to support the achievement of nationally recognised qualifications and apprenticeships. With our in-depth understanding of the sector, we fully appreciate the roles of Managers, Deputy Managers, Registered Managers/ Senior Practitioners – our unique programmes incorporate the activities you regularly undertake to provide the evidence-base required for our apprenticeship programmes. Our goal is to support development of the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed in the sector to meet national standards and positively enhance working practices.

As a Lead Care Worker, you are instrumental in improving the health and wellbeing of those receiving care and support. You are expected to exercise good judgement and accountability by providing leadership, guidance and direction at the frontline of care delivery.

This apprenticeship will equip you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to successfully lead the frontline of the care delivery team.  You will learn how to effectively manage resources, lead on approaches, and share best working practice, all with the goal of making a positive difference to someone else’s life.

Management techniques will be tested and applied to practice, such as modelling behaviours, challenging and supporting peers and other practitioners to ensure practice leads to a safe and secure environment.

Apprenticeship Programme, Training and Assessment

  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF)
  • The Care Certificate
  • Level 2 Qualification in English and Maths (applies to those without a prior L2 qualification eg: GCSE grade A-C)
  • Portfolio of workplace evidence gathered during the training period.
  • Records of regular performance management with both the employer and tutor.

Duration: Typically, 14- 18 months (Training programme plus EPA)

End Point Assessment (EPA) happens on completion of the training and assessment stage and conducted and graded by the Awarding Body’s Independent Assessor.

Apprentices bring together the knowledge, skills and behaviors learnt through the training stage to demonstrate that they are competent and can perform their roles to the national standard set out in the apprenticeship assessment plan.

The Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship consists of the following two components:

  • Situational Judgement Test
  • Professional Discussion (supported by a range of work-based evidence).

It is expected that the components are attempted in the order they are shown here. It is expected that the test will be taken before the end-point assessor visit, during which the Professional Discussion will be assessed.

The Apprenticeship Certificate is awarded after successful completion of the EPA.

To read the full details of the EPA arrangements, please refer to the attached Awarding Body’s published plan that sets out the process.


Training Outcomes

  • The job you have to do, the main tasks and responsibilities.
  • The importance of having the right values and behaviours and treating people with respect and dignity.
  • The importance of communication and communicating clearly and responsibly.
  • How to support individuals to remain safe from harm (Safeguarding).
  • How to promote health and wellbeing for the individuals they support and work colleagues
  • How to work professionally and seeking to develop their own professional development and that of work colleagues
  • Gain confidence to take on additional responsibilities including the leadership of supporting colleagues.


Personal and Professional Development

  • Six e-learning topics designed to help you enhance essential personal and professional skills needed in the workplace.


Tutor Workshop Topics

  • Care Planning and Assessment
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • The 6 C’s
  • Health, Safety and Wellbeing
  • Roles, Responsibilities and Professional Development
  • Safeguarding and Duty of Care
  • Workplace Culture


Apprentices and employer will benefit from our experience of delivering higher level apprenticeships through our unique delivery model and excellent learning resources that provide flexibility to both employer and apprentice.  This includes:

  • Activities that are based on specific workplace tasks and the requirements of the job, so all learning links directly to your everyday working activities.
  • All relevant resources, including free Learner access to Quality Compliance Systems Ltd, here you will find all the CQC compliant operational policies and procedures to provide a wealth of knowledge to help evidence understanding of the care provision and management to support assignments linked to the L3 Diploma.
  • Regular webinars/workshops and online webinars. Learners will be required to attend the above interactive workshops, a training calendar for planning will given
  • Assessor workplace observations via video conferencing – where the apprentice demonstrates management skills in the workplace, for example, leading a meeting, conducting a supervision and other duties.  This provides a rich source of evidence that is required for the portfolio.
  • One to one assessor contact arranged via SKPE or Go to Meeting, so the apprentices get individualised support and feedback. We are always keen to respond to individual needs and will provide additional support, as necessary.
  • Regular guidance from the friendly office-based Curriculum Team. Our experts are available Monday to Friday during office hours. So, if an employer or apprentice have any queries throughout the apprenticeship, you can give them a quick call or email them for immediate support or clarification.
  • An online learning portal enables the apprentices to view all learning activities, access resources and monitor progression.  The system tracks progress, what happens next and can easily find any course information required.
  • Regular monitoring and support throughout the course ensures progress happens in a timely manner. We are supportive of learners who experience unforeseen or challenging circumstances and work to help you resolve issues to ensure successful completion.
  • Social Media – Access Skills Facebook and Twitter provide additional support and contact with Access Skills Curriculum Team and Peers. This includes readily available contact from other learners in the same position.



Apprentices can progress to the Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care or the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services Adult pathway qualifications. Apprentices may also progress onto qualifications for management or lead practitioner roles in adult care, or to specialist qualifications reflecting the context in which they work.

Apprentices can progress into employment in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres or some clinical healthcare settings within job roles such as: • Senior Care Support Worker • Lead Personal Assistant


The Person/Role

Lead adult care workers may work in a range of care and support settings including day care centres, individuals’ homes, residential and nursing homes, and other healthcare settings.

Entry Requirements:

  • No formal entry requirements, but must be in a suitable work role.
  • Undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result.
  1. If you are employed by an employer with a payroll of less than £3 million per year, (most private organisations) 95% of the tuition fees are funded by the ESFA.  The cost is £3,000 and your employer is required to pay 5% of the course fee (£150 plus VAT). 
  2. If you work for a large Employer where payroll is £3 million per year or more then the course will be funded by the Employer via the Levy process.  Please find more information about Levy Scheme Apprenticeships on the government website:


If you are interested in our new L3 Lead Adult Apprenticeship or would like more information, please contact our dedicated IAG Team on telephone 0121 510 2169 (option 1).

Further Information About our Apprenticeships

If you are interested in our new CYP apprenticeship or would like more information, please contact our dedicated IAG Team on telephone 0121 510 2169 (option 1).

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Start Date:

Enrolment Anytime

Course Length

14-18 months


Blended Workplace, Remote Flexible Tutor/Assessor Support


Government Funded 95%, Employer 5%


UK Coverage




Above National Average


Employers Recommend


Learner Satisfaction Rate


Registered Managers Enrolled

What's Provided During The Course?

We provide you with lots of specialist resources to help you progress through the programme:

Is there any funding available?

The course fee can be paid using our Easy Payment Plan or it can be funded through an Advanced Learner Loan, for more details click below.

What progression opportunities are available to learners after completion?

Progression to a health and social care or leadership/management degree or other specialist qualification in the field of work

Diploma Qualifications

Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (RQF) (England)
Senior Carers, Carers in a supervisory position
Course Length
9-12 months
Payment plans available, Government Funded Loans
Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England)
For Carers, Care Assistants and Support Workers
Course Length
9-12 months
Payment plans available, Government Funded Loans
Level 4 Diploma in Health and Social Care (RQF)
Senior Carers, Carers in a supervisory position
Course Length
12-15 Months
Payment plans available, Government Funded Loans
Level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management for Residential Childcare (England)
For Registered Care Managers and Deputy Care Managers.
Course Length
12-16 Months
Payment plans available, Government Funded Loans