A lead adult care worker will make a positive difference by providing leadership, guidance and direction at the frontline of care delivery, they 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. By exercising autonomy and accountability, they will lead and support 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 may only work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care services, usually within their own home.
The qualification gives learners the opportunity to:
- Develop the fundamental technical skills and underpinning knowledge and understanding required to become competent in the job role. These cover the following areas: duty of care, safeguarding and promotion, responsibilities of a
care worker and the promotion of person-centred care, equality and inclusion, communication, personal development and health and safety.
- Develop appropriate professional attitudes and behaviours that will support personal success in their job role and the long-term success of their organisation.
- Develop a range of interpersonal and intrapersonal skills to support progression to, and success in, further study and career advancement.
- Achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification.
No prior qualifications are necessary but the learners must be working in a care setting, and should have the support of their employer to achieve the required practice elements.
After Your Course
Learners who achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (England) can then choose to progress to the Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult Care, higher level qualifications in care or specialist qualifications reflecting the context in which they work. Achievement of the Level 3 qualification, together with additional training can also support progression to job roles that require a more complex set of skills and responsibility, e.g. lead practitioners, lead personal assistants.
Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/20
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
Level 3-6 Courses for Adults
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.