Lead Practitioner in Adult Care

Level 4 Apprenticeship


This apprenticeship is aimed at those required to work in senior roles in adult care either in the community or a residential setting. The learner will gain knowledge to manage complex situations in adult care settings and inspire other team members to make positive changes in someone’s life when faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges. The practitioner will be a mentor to others developing and implementing a values-based culture whilst also developing the knowledge and skills in assessing performance and the quality of care delivery in their setting.

What is covered on the course?

The apprentice will be expected to complete the 12 mandatory diploma units below:

  • Develop, maintain and use records and reports
  • Work in partnership
  • Professional practice in social care for adults
  • Safeguard children and young people who are present
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Personal development
  • Equality and diversity
  • Health and safety
  • Facilitate person-centred assessment to support the wellbeing of individuals
  • Facilitate support planning to promote positive outcomes for individuals and to support wellbeing
  • Understand personalisation in care and support services
  • Understand safeguarding and protection in adult care

The learner will also work towards Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English, if applicable.

Key info

Course duration

18 months plus up to 3 months for EPA.

Entry requirements

The individual must be at least 19 years old and will be required to undertake a DBS check. They must be employed, working more than 16 hours per week within the adult care sector. To ensure the learner has the right skills, knowledge and behaviours to meet the requirements of the qualification, the learner will complete an assessed written task and interview prior to signing up.

End Point Assessment (EPA)

  • Observation of practice
  • 90-minute professional discussion


On successful completion of this apprenticeship, the apprentice will be awarded the following:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care
  • Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Standards Certificate
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English level 2 (as appropriate)
Everything that Aspiration Training has supported me through has been great and I’m very grateful for such a positive experience with maximum support to get me the qualification. I want to be able to better myself and further my career in care work.
Ashleigh Smith Care Co-Ordinator
We are more than happy to continue our working relationship with Aspiration Training as we are confident in the knowledge that we will work together to ensure a positive outcome for our apprenticeships.
Maxine Mills Adult Care Training Co-Ordinator

What happens after my apprenticeship?

At Aspiration Training, we provide every learner with a career pathway. This is a plan with clear, practical steps our learners can take to achieve the career of their dreams.

Our career pathways show typical routes through the various stages of learning, the knowledge and skills that will be learnt along the way and the career options that may be available as a result.

Career Progression is available across a number of levels, meaning, with hard work and determination, the sky is the limit.

Explore the pathways below to find out more about the typical job titles associated with each career.

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