L5 Leader in Adult Care

Aims of this qualification

This qualification has been developed in consultation with employers within the adult care sector, professional bodies, awarding organisations, higher education institutions and training providers. The apprenticeship ensures that apprentices become competent leaders in Adult Care.

Job roles this qualification is suitable for:

Registered, Assistant, Deputy, Unit or Service Manager


On completion of this apprenticeship the Apprentice will be a competent Lead Practitioner in Adult Care in the health sector. The apprenticeship standard provides a high-level description of the skills, knowledge, values, and behaviours required of the Lead Practitioner in Adult Care.

  • Apply professional judgement, standards and codes of practice relevant to the role
  • Develop and sustain professional relationships with others
  • Identify and access specialist help required to carry out role
  • Lead the specialist assessment of social, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals with cognitive, sensory and physical impairments
  • Mentor colleagues to encourage individuals to actively participate in the way their care and support is delivered
  • Contribute to the implementation of processes to implement and review support plans
  • Provide leadership and mentoring to others for whom they are responsible
  • Apply risk management policies
  • Contribute to the quality assurance of the service provided
  • Theories underpinning own practice and competence relevant to the job role
  • Principles of assessment and outcome-based practice
  • Principles of risk management

On programme Learning:

The Apprentice’s Knowledge, Skills and Behaviour outcomes will be assessed en-route to the final synoptic End Point Assessment. The programme consists of the following:

  • Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Standard
  • Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care
  • Functional skills in maths at Level 2
  • Functional skills in English at Level 2 (consisting of 2 tests, reading, and writing and an assessment in speaking and listening, unless a valid exemption can be provided)
  • End Point Assessment

How is it delivered:

The apprentice will be allocated a qualified Tutor to support the full completion of the qualification and prepare for End Point Assessment. Assessment will be conducted through a blended model of e–Learning and face to face delivery. The tutor will meet with the apprentice on a regular basis via Zoom or Teams technology to conduct assessments which will be planned with the apprentice and their manager; The Tutor will manage the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence using an online electronic system called OneFile and provide regular updates about progress. The apprentice can contact their Tutor in between visits to discuss any aspect of the qualification and will have access to their individual apprentice’s portfolio.

End Point Assessment:

An End Point Assessment will be carried out by staff from an independent End Point Assessment centre approved on the Register of End Point Assessment Organisations (EPAO).

The End Point Assessment will test the entire apprenticeship standard and will be undertaken as follows:

  • Observation of Leadership must include the ability to demonstrate leadership to an organisational audience
  • Apprentices must ensure that the appropriate organisational staff are present at the activity and are notified in advance of the activity
  • A professional discussion: The professional discussion is for the independent assessor to ask the apprentice questions in relation to knowledge, skills, and behaviours

The End Point Assessment requires apprentices to demonstrate they have achieved the standard.

Assessment Gateway

Before the apprentice is deemed ready to undertake the End Point Assessment by their employer and learning provider and enter gateway, they are required to:

  • Achieve Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care
  • Achieve Level 2 maths and English Functional Skills
  • Achieve all of the required Leader in Adult Care standards

The purpose of the End Point Assessment is to test (in a synoptic way) the skills, knowledge and behaviours of the apprentice as set out in the apprenticeship standard.

End Point Assessment provides apprentices with a showcase opportunity to provide oral and documentary evidence of their knowledge, skills and behaviours developed throughout the apprenticeship. Enables the independent assessor to assess the skills and behaviours of the apprentice by observing the apprentice in the course of their normal work. Tests the knowledge acquired by the apprentice throughout the apprenticeship.

How long will it take to complete?

The qualification usually takes around 18-21 months. However, it is possible to complete earlier depending on the apprentices existing achievement and individual circumstance. This can be discussed with the Tutor.

Progression Routes:

The apprenticeship can provide credits into some Higher Education programmes aligned
to professional registration. Units can also be used for continuing professional development in the apprentices chosen field.

Industry requirements:

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