To work in care is to make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. Adult Care Workers need to have the right values and behaviours developing competencies and skills to provide high-quality compassionate care and support. They 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 which is at the heart of person-centred care. Job roles are varied and determined by and relevant to the type of the service being provided and the person supported. Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings.

This standard covers both Adult Care Workers and Personal Assistants. Personal assistants do the same job as an Adult Care Worker and work directly for one individual usually within their own home. Working with people, feeling passionate about supporting and enabling them to live a more independent and fulfilling life is a rewarding and worthwhile job that provides excellent career opportunities.

Duration: 12-18 months
Funding Band: 4 (£3,000)*

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Mandatory Content

TQUK Level 2 Diploma in Care (RQF)

Functional Skills:
TQUK/IQ Level 2 Award in Functional Skills English 
TQUK/IQ Level 2 Award in Functional Skills Mathematics 

Industry Requirements:
Completed prior to enrollment: Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service
Completed prior to completion: Care Certificate

Full Specification 


End-Point Assessment

Learners will be presented with a range of real-life scenarios about which they are required to answer 60 multiple choice questions in a Situational Judgement Test. The assessment will be undertaken online and under controlled conditions with a time limit applied. The questions will be drawn from the stated knowledge and skills elements of the standard and focus on the higher order competencies.

In the concluding assessment element, the end-point assessor leads a 45-minute discussion to uncover additional evidence of personal development activities and how this learning was applied to the role and workplace. However, learners can only apply to undertake the Professional Discussion element of the assessment once they have achieved a pass in the Situational Judgement Test.

More Information

If you would like to know more about the Adult Care Worker apprenticeship standard and how TQUK can help with the assessment of this apprenticeship, please contact the team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. where a member of our EPA team will be on hand to discuss and answer any questions or queries.

(*Funding Bands from May 2017)