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Lead Adult Support Worker Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

This is the sole apprenticeship for people employed in delivering adult social care in England and to enrol on to the programme you will need to be working in a relevant setting at a supervisory level such a residential or nursing home, domiciliary care, a day centre, a person’s own home or clinical healthcare setting. You will study a range of topics to help with your everyday tasks such as Principles of Diversity, equality and inclusion, communication and personal development in adult social care settings. This standard also covers Lead Personal Assistants who can work at a senior level but only work directly with one individual who needs support. First aid and manual handling qualifications will be offered for no extra cost alongside this course.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You must demonstrate the ability work towards Level 2 in both English and maths following an initial assessment (if not already achieved).

Other requirements: You must be willing to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Whilst there are no formal criteria, people who successfully complete apprenticeships and continue to work in the sector most often exhibit empathy, care and interest in others and want to work in the health or social care sector. You should have a suitable level of physical fitness and ability to perform some aspects of the job roles for example, involve assisting in moving and handling of people and objects.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Understanding health and safety in social care settings
  • Understanding how to handle information in social care settings
  • Principles of Diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings
  • Principles of communication in adult social care settings
  • Principles of personal development in adult social care settings
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • Understanding the role of the social care worker
  • Understanding person-centred approaches in adult social care settings

Assessment methods

Assessment methods will include observation, knowledge sheets, reflective accounts, professional discussion, oral/written questions, case studies and witness testimony. Functional skills are assessed via exams and there will be a self-assessment exercise in the last month of the apprenticeship.

Once you have completed the Care Certificate, Level 3 Health & Social Care Diploma, Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy, you will need to complete an end of point assessment which is carried out by an external assessor.  This will include a situational judgement test carried out by a multiple choice exercise and a professional discussion.


You will gain the following qualifications:

The Care Certificate
Health & Social Care Skills First Level 3 Diploma

  • Functional Skills in English and maths 
  • Emergency First Aid at Work Bedford College Certificate
  • Manual Handling Bedford College Certificate 

Further study and career options

Further study: On completion of this apprenticeship, you may progress on to further qualifications specific to your work context. A wide range of qualifications are available for use within the Care sector. These may include further QCF qualifications, higher education qualifications or other work-related education and training to support continuing professional development.

Future careers: Alternatively, you could move to other parts of the sector – for example you may be able to specialise in support for people with a learning disability or dementia

Course information & how to book

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. If you are in the Bedford area, please call us on 01234 291000 for more information. If you are in the Luton area, please make an enquiry on the Luton Training Centre page.

LengthStart DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
12 to 24 months Flexible Dependent on existing skills Free if 16-18yrs. If 19 or over please ring 01234 291000. Cauldwell Street K1563

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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