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Lead Practitioner in
Adult Care



This level 4 health and social care apprenticeship has been created to assist professionals in the adult care industry who are already skilled and knowledgeable in becoming experts in health and social care in developing new skills and knowledge.

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The programme in brief

Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Apprenticeship Standard

Duration - 18 months & 3 months End-Point-Assessment

Blended approach to delivery which could include webinars, face-to-face, Skype, telephone and online learning

Level 2 Functional Skills where appropriate

Level 4 Diploma In Adult Care

Non-levy employer contribution (5%) - £350 

Levy paying employer contribution - £7000

About the course

The lead practitioner in adult care level 4 will guide, inspire and help you to support team members to make a positive differences to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges.

Throughout the apprenticeship you’ll learn new knowledge, skills and behaviours to help you mentor and support others. There’s the opportunity to specialise in topics that will help you to lead in areas such as care needs assessment, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and enablement and assistive technology.

The apprenticeship is 18 months in total with a 15 month practical learning programme and then up to 3 months for the End Point Assessment. We deliver throughout the year meaning you can start the programme when you want and when it meets your needs, rather than wait for a particular time in the year.

Training is delivered both on-the-job and off-the-job. You’ll receive workplace teaching and observations as well as joining webinars, virtual one-to-one sessions, completing online learning and independent tasks

Is this course right for you?

This programme can be exactly what you need if you already work in the care industry, want to improve your abilities, grow in your profession, and are passionate about adult care.

This level 4 lead practitioner in senior care does not require a level 3 qualification, but you should be in a lead position or be in charge of tasks including supervising, team meetings, and appraisals.

The apprenticeship is suitable for:

  • Individuals working in a range of settings such as nursing homes, residential homes, support services, clinical healthcare, domiciliary care and day centres;

  • Those have two years’ sector experience

  • Individuals who have some level of management or supervising experience.


Throughout the programme we will meet with you to ensure you understand your programme, to report on your development and progress as well as making sure your programme requirements are being met.

What you will learn

You’ll develop a wide range of skills so that you’re able to successfully supervise, lead and support others to deliver quality care.

We'll mentor and assist you in being a capable lead adult care worker who can provide the highest quality care and be a skilled practitioner. We'll offer and explore with you the knowledge necessary to supervise, direct, and mentor others in order to assist you fulfil your responsibilities.

Key learning topics covered during the apprenticeship include:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care

  • Supporting individuals to stay safe

  • Health and well-being

  • Playing an active role in developing personal care plans

How long is the course and how will I learn?

Our industry professionals will help you complete the apprenticeship. Our personnel is highly qualified and competent and has extensive experience working in the sector. They will be able to share their experiences with you and provide you with superior guidance.

We conduct the training all year round, giving you the freedom to begin the apprenticeship whenever it suits your needs. All instruction is done one-on-one or in small groups during webinars so you may interact with industry experts as effectively as possible.

We have created a flexible programme that is normally delivered one-on-one and contains the following elements:

  • Assessment and induction

  • Face-to-face sessions (or remote delivery)

  • Regular 1-2-1 support (face to face and/or remote)

  • Assignments

  • Observations

  • Ongoing mentoring, coaching and support (including information, advice and guidance)

  • Specialist English and/or Maths support (if needed)


You will also record and track your learning progress through your e-portfolio, helping to support and evidence your journey.

End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment (EPA) is undertaken by an Independent Assessment Organisation within three months of achieving Gateway and is chosen by your employer. The Independent Assessment Organisation is responsible for the final decision and grading of either Fail / Pass / Distinction.

The End Point assessment methods are:

  • Observation of Leadership

  • Professional Discussion


The independent assessor will combine the grades of both assessment methods to determine the overall EPA grade.

  • Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care.

  • Level 2 English and Maths (If not completed prior to starting the programme). For those with an education, health and care plan, or a legacy statement, the apprentice’s English and Maths requirement is Entry Level 3 at a minimum. For those whose primary language is British Sign Language (BSL), the qualification BSL is an alternative and viable qualification.


Having successfully completed this qualification, learners will have the opportunity to progress to the following:​​

  • Leader in Adult Care at Level 5

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Achievements and progression
Apprentice care worker supporting a service user
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