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 front line of care delivery you will be instrumental in improving the health and well-being 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.

Level: 3 
Duration: 12-24 months
Funding Band: 4 (£3,000)*

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Mandatory Content

TQUK Level 3 Diploma in Adult 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 aspect 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 Lead 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)