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Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship (Level 5)

The Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship is delivered alongside the TQUK Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care as a work-based route towards developing professionally competent Care Managers.  The award of the apprenticeship signifies recognition of competence in the role and enables progression to higher level skills development.

The Apprenticeship includes:

  • Development of Leadership and Management Skills within Care Setting
  • Development of New Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) 
  • Off the Job Training

Apprentices completing this programme will receive:

  • Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Maths/English (as required)

Apprentices must be in a suitable role within a care setting where they have responsibility for managing community or residential-based services. The role has a large element of leadership, whether with other care workers and networks or in leading the service.

As a Leader in Adult Care you will be responsible for ensuring the service is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led.  You will guide and inspire teams to make a positive difference to someones life when they are faced with physical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges.  You will also 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.  Typical job roles include: registered, assistant, deputy, unit or service manager.

The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care, completed with support from both the employer and training provider, must also be completed before the Gateway to End Point Assessment (EPA).

The apprenticeship is delivered and assessed using a range of methods and activities using a hybrid model which can include live online sessions, assignments, projects, case studies, reports, work-product evidence, self-directed study, and interactive groupwork activities, in addition to observations within the workplace.

The apprenticeship at a glance

Duration: 24 months (18 months then end point assessment).  This is based on employment of at least 30 hours per week.

Starts: Throughout the year.

Suitable for: 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.  Typical job roles include: registered, assistant, deputy, unit or service manager.

Costs: Payable by the employer through the apprenticeship levy or co-funded (5%).  There are no further costs required for resources, teaching, assessing.  You will need access to ICT to undertake your studies.

Entry requirements: Working in an appropriate role, 18+.

“Off the job” element: All delivery sessions and workshops plus activities including, assignments, case studies, reflection, work-product evidence, tutorials, and group activities.

Support for students: Dedicated assessor for the duration of the programme.

Support for employers: UCQ account manager for the duration of programme with practical experience of business management and leadership

Eligibility: Individuals holding existing qualifications may join, providing they are not sector-related.

Assessment: There are no exams, successful completion of the apprenticeship is entirely based upon the following assessments:

  • Knowledge – assignments
  • Skills and Behaviours – Self-reflection, peer and line manager reviews, witness testimonies, assessor observations, work-product evidence
  • End-point assessment

If you have any questions you can contact UCQ by emailing: apprentices@ucq.ac.uk

Course Information

  Title: Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship – Level 5


  Duration: 18 months (24 months including End Point Assessment (EPA))


  Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship


  Accreditation: TQUK Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care; Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship 


  There are no opening or closing dates for applications as courses can start throughout the year, dependent on numbers.  


  Location: Work-based learning (within the workplace).


  Study format: Assessor sessions; supported self-directed study; tutorials; observations within the workplace/via Teams; collation of work-product documentary evidence and EPA preparation.


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Ifate: Apprenticeship Standard

Assessment Plan: Leader in Adult Care

Occupational Map: Care Sector