The lead practitioner in adult care level 4 apprenticeship provides an ideal entry into the occupation of lead practitioner. A role which teaches the management of frontline carers to look after vulnerable adults with care needs, making it an essential role within both adult social care and health care.


This is a Level 4 apprenticeship.


Typically, 18 months.


Entry requirements

Apprentices should be at least 18 years old and have undertaken a DBS check to work within adult care services. It is recommended that apprentices hold a level 3 qualification in a related area.

Typical job roles

Community Care/Support Officer, Social Care Assessor, Care Assessment Officer, Social Services Officer, Brokerage Worker, Public Health Associate Worker, Adult social care jobs and many other adult care services.


Blue tick bullet The qualification is supported by Skills for Care and meets the Skills for Health qualification design criteria

Blue tick bullet In addition to their apprenticeship, apprentices will achieve the Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care plus Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English Programme overview

Blue tick bullet Mandatory units that cover core knowledge and skills competencies relevant to the apprenticeship standard, along with optional units to enable apprentices to choose from a variety of specialist areas to reflect the specific requirements of the role or organisation

Blue tick bullet Dedicated skills coach to support apprentices throughout their entire learner journey

Blue tick bullet Regular one to one workplace visits

Blue tick bullet Flexible and innovative training methods geared to different learning styles

Blue tick bullet 24/7 access to digital learning content, ensuring apprentices have everything they need to support and accelerate learning

Blue tick bullet Care certificate, free DBS checks, free first aid and safeguarding training

Blue tick bullet Free NUS Apprentice Extra card, allowing apprentices to access discounts on the high street and on other well-known brands

Progression opportunities

Upon completion, apprentices can progress to the Level 5 Leader in Adult Care standard which include the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management for Adult Care. Alternatively, they can progress into employment in a range of adult care roles and settings.

Funding and financial support

Employers paying the Apprenticeship Levy can use their funds to cover the cost of apprenticeship training while government funding is available for non-levy organisations. Other financial support is available for employers and apprentices depending on circumstances. Find out more about the latest funding and incentives available to your business.




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