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Leader in Adult Care Level 5 Apprenticeship Standard

Course Details:

Typical duration: 15 - 18  months


Cost: £7000 or 5% contribution for Non Levy employers

Standard Ref: ST0008

Requirements: Undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result

The Leader in Adult Care will guide and inspire teams to make positive differences to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges. They will be a leader of the care team and will develop and implement a values-based culture at a service or unit level. They may be responsible for business development, financial control, organisational resilience and continuity as well as for managing risk and leading on organisational change.


A Leader in Adult Care has responsibility for managing community or residential based services. This role has a large element of leadership, whether with other care workers and networks or in leading the service itself. A successful apprentice will have met all the requirements. They have a responsibility to ensure the service is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led. They may be a registered manager of a service, unit, deputy or assistant manager. They will be responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance of the care given and the values and training of staff with established standards and regulations. 

Leaders in Adult Care may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, community day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings. The role of Leader in Adult Care in this standard also covers Personal Assistants who operate in a management role but they may only work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care services.

Typical job titles include registered, assistant, deputy, unit or service manager.

The Apprenticeship Standard consists of:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

  • Level 2 English Functional Skills

  • Level 2 Maths Functional Skills

  • Leader in Adult Care Standard

The new Apprenticeship Standard developed by Trailblazer groups, which were led by employers in the industry are different and now have a End-Point Assessment which consists of:

  • Observation of leadership

  • Professional Discussion 

More information on the Leader in Adult Care Standard can be found by clicking here.

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